Application Overview

Doctor of Ministry (DMin) / Master of Sacred Theology (STM)

Please read this carefully before completing your application online.

General Information

Previous Names – If you have changed your name since completing your undergraduate or graduate degrees.
Primary Phone – The number at which you would like us to contact you during the application process and for a final decision.
Email Address – The e-mail address at which you can be contacted during the application process.
Addresses – If you do not currently reside at your home address (e.g. you are away at school), please provide both your home/permanent and current addresses.


Official Transcripts - All institutions at which you have studied regardless of whether a degree was granted.
Transfer students  must also have a letter of good standing sent from the Dean of your current institution.
- Due to the Family Education Rights Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA), the United Lutheran Seminary (ULS) policy requires, it be the stated recipient; ULS will not share transcripts with any entity.
Grade Point Average
–The minimum GPA expected of applicants, from previous graduate course work, is 3.0.


Reference forms will be emailed from ULS. Ensure reference email addresses are accurate. Provide their first and last names ONLY.
ULS policy requires original references for your application.
Due to the Family Education Rights Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA), the ULS policy requires original references for your application.
– Dean/Professor – This reference should be from an academic setting who is acquainted with your academic abilities (if it has been some time since your previous academic work, choose someone who can vouch for your ability to do advanced degree work.
Professional – This is to be written by a church council/official board or a professional peer.
Ecclesiastical - The final reference is to be from your bishop or ecclesiastical superior.

Statement of Ministry

Must be typed 600-800-words, Times New Roman, 12-point font, doubled spaced, submitted in PDF(preferred) or MS Word format.
All applicants must address each of the below questions in their essay.

1.    A description of your present context of ministry.
2.    An assessment of present strengths and areas for growth in ministry or academic study.
3.    A description of your professional goals in ministry or the academy.
4.    An explanation of major (STM) or focus (DMin) which you might pursue in your graduate study and how it might relate to an STM thesis (if thesis track) or a DMin project.
Background Check
All persons submitting applications for degree and certificate programs to United Lutheran Seminary (ULS) will be required to complete the ULS Background Check Authorization Form (provided securely by Castle Branch). An application will not be considered by the Admissions Committee until we receive the results. These results, along with all application materials, are kept confidential and included in the applicant’s file as a part of the application process.

Other Information

Application Fee $50.00 (Non-Refundable)
Fall Application Submission Deadline May 15th*
Spring Application Submission Deadline October 15th*

*Completed application, fee, essay, transcripts, background check, and references all must be received by the admissions office no later than June 1st for the Fall Semester and November 1st for the Spring Semester. It is wise to apply at least six months prior to your intended start date. After you begin the application process as new materials arrive you will be regularly notified of your application status by email.

Admissions decisions are made by June 15th for Fall and November 15th for Spring.

Financial Aid

Financial Aid Application Priority Deadlines are June 30th for Fall and November 30th for Spring. Priority is given to students that submit their applications prior to these Deadlines.

United Lutheran Seminary is excited to announce scholarships for students enrolled in degree-seeking programs. These scholarships, in partnership with outside student support, ensure that qualifying degree seeking students have their education fully funded. We encourage every student to apply for financial aid, and suggest that you do so at the same time you apply for admission.

To be eligible for Financial Aid you must be ADMITTED by June 15th for Fall and November 15th for Spring.

You must apply for federal aid at, and you must also complete the Institutional Financial Aid Application after you have been admitted and received a ULS email account. Otherwise you will receive notification of your financial aid package once you have completed the appropriate forms.
For financial aid questions, call 215-248-6301 Monday – Friday (8:30am – 5:00pm) or email:


Housing Application Deadline for the 2021-2022 School Year is April 1st. Housing that remains available after that date is assigned on a first come, first served basis.

Contact Director of Housing, Wendy Mizenko for housing information and forms.

Contact information -
Admissions Team:
Deacon Nancy Gable and Marlita Lee
Tel: 215.248.7302
Fax: 215.248.7315
Mailing Address for all Admissions Documents:
United Lutheran Seminary

Office of Admissions
7301 Germantown Avenue
Philadelphia PA 19119-1794