Certificate Program Application Overview

Application Overview for:

‍- Certificate in Congregational Faith Formation (CCFF)
- Certificate in Theological Studies (CTS)
- Certificate in Theological Studies for ELCA TEEM Candidates
- Urban Theological Institute (UTI) Certificate in Christian Ministry

General Information

Name– Please provide any previous name(s) if you have changed your name.

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– Please provide your current addresses.


You are asked to list the schools/colleges/universities you have attended with dates and whether a diploma/degree was received.


Reference forms will be emailed from ULS. Ensure reference email addresses are accurate. Provide their first and last names ONLY. Due to the Family Education Rights Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA), the ULS Policy requires original references for your application.

Pastoral Reference – Must be from a pastor at your home church.

Background Check

All persons submitting applications for certificate programs to ULS will be required to complete Background Check Authorization provided securely by Castle Branch. An application will not be considered by the Program Directors 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 (non-refundable)
Fall Application Deadline June 1st*
Spring Application Deadline November 1st*

To be considered for admission, your application must be completed, and the Admissions Office mustreceive your Pastoral Reference and the final Background Check report before the application deadline dates.  

 Once all your application materials are received, you will be notified by the Admissions Office that your file is complete.  Then your file will be reviewed by the Certificate Program Directors, you will be informed of the decision by email and/or a mailed letter.

Admissions Contact information

We are here to help. Please let us know if you have any questions.

Admissions Team
Deacon Nancy Gable and Marlita Lee
Tel: 215.248.7302
Fax: 215.248.7315
Email: admissions@uls.edu

Mailing address for all Admissions documents:

United Lutheran Seminary
Office of Admissions
7301 Germantown Avenue
Philadelphia PA 19119-1794