Certificate Program Application Overview

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

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.

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.


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


A pastoral reference is required to complete your application. This reference must be from a pastor at your home church.  The reference letter is to be emailed to admissions@uls.edu

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 must receive your pastoral reference and 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.

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:

United Lutheran Seminary

Office of Admissions

7301Germantown Avenue

Philadelphia, PA 19119-1794