Doctor of Ministry Degree (DMin) Application for Admission

The deadline to apply for regular admission is September 1. Consideration for applications submitted early is April 1.

All documents submitted for application become the property of Louisville Seminary and may not be returned to you or transferred to a third party. If you have questions or problems accessing the online form, please contact the Office of Admissions. Email:

NOTE: Please allow at least six weeks to complete this application. This form will not be automatically saved, so be sure to fill it out and submit in one sitting.

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Contact Information

Course Information

General Information

Ministry Information

Your professional relationship to the church:

Academic Information

Please list below all colleges, universities, and theological schools in chronological order. Please request an official transcript be mailed to Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary Office of Doctor of Ministry Programs, 1044 Alta Vista Road, Louisville, Kentucky 40205 or email

Theological seminaries attended (in chronological order)

Other Post Graduate Professional Degrees (in chronological order)


Application credentials and references: You are to request the following credentials to be sent to the Doctor of Ministry Office (address found at the bottom of the application); indicate the date (MM/DD/YYYY) of your request and the names of the persons sending your reference letters. Please send the link to the DMin Reference Form to those who you have listed for recommendations.

Peer in ministry

Layperson from your ministry site

An ecclesiastical supervisor

Former professor

Required Essays

Please provide clear and concise answers to each question. Submit your responses as a separate narrative for each topics below and send in a separate email to

  1. Provide a description and critical assessment of your ministerial experience since seminary. [250–500 words]
  2. Identify your purpose in applying to our DMin Program including your reason for choice of track. [250 words]
  3. Describe a current problem in ministry and/or research question you would like to explore in your doctoral studies. [500 words]
  4. Using an example or case from your own ministry (sermon, educational event, counseling session, or other ministry encounter), describe the context and substance of the event, detail your ministerial actions and responses to the situation, including the reasons why you acted in the way you did, and identify the outcomes or results of the encounter. [500–750 words]
  5. Drawing on one or two theologians who inform your work, reflect theologically on the case as you discuss what you learned from the encounter. [500–750 words]

Please read the statement below and verify the validity of your application. You may save this portion of your application and submit it to us. Your application file will not be complete and will not be considered by the Admissions Committee until you submit answers to all the essay questions, complete the Background Check with and pay your application fee.

Louisville Seminary requires background checks for all applicants to our degree programs. This policy has been adopted to address the safety and well-being both of our Seminary community and of the churches, agencies, and other institutions that our students serve. The Admissions Committee may consider the impact of any offenses disclosed in these checks as possible grounds for denial of admission.

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Required Personal Information
• In addition to entering your full name and date of birth, you will be asked for your social security number, current address, phone number and email address.

Payment Information
• At the end of the online order process, you will be prompted to enter your Visa or Mastercard information. Money orders are also accepted but will result in a $10 fee and an additional turnaround time.

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For PCUSA applicants only
If you are also applying to any of these PC(USA) seminaries, you only have to submit one background request form and fee: Pittsburgh, Union (Richmond or Charlotte campus), Dubuque, or Austin. Be sure to provide access rights to each of the PC(USA) seminaries for which you are applying.

Title IX Compliance
In compliance with federal regulations, applicants are hereby notified that Louisville Seminary’s Title IX Coordinator is Rev. Dr. Kilen Gray, Dean of Community Life (Nelson Hall Room 105, 1044 Alta Vista Road, Louisville, KY 40205,, 502-992-9365).

There is a $75.00 non-refundable application fee required. You will be able to pay that fee when you click Submit.