Doctor of Ministry Degree Application for Admission

The deadline to apply for admission in January is September 1. Consideration for applications submitted early will be made 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 issues accessing the online form, please contact Melody Hall in the Doctor of Ministry office. Email:, Phone: 502.894-2291 or 800.264.1839 (toll free), extension 291.

Inquiries about the DMin program may be directed to:, or call 800.264.1839, ext. 291 or 502.894.2291.

For general admissions information, please contact: Office of Admissions, Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, 1044 Alta Vista Road, Louisville, Kentucky 40205-1798, Email:, Phone: 800.264.1839 (toll free), then press 1 or direct phone: 502.992.9373.

NOTE: Please allow plenty of time to complete this application. This form will not be saved, so be sure to save it to your computer before you click the "Submit" button on the bottom of this form.

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Contact Information

Course Information

General Information

Ministry Information

Your professional relationship to the church:

Academic Information

Colleges and universities attended (in chronological order), You must request an official transcript from each college and seminary you attended to be sent to Doctor of Ministry Office at LPTS.

Theological seminaries attended (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


Work supervisor

Ecclesiastical / Official church body

Former professor

Required Essays

Please provide a clear and concise answer to the following topics. Submit your responses as a separate narrative for each topics below and send in a separate email to in the Doctor of Ministry Office.

  1. Provide a description and critical assessment of your ministerial experience since seminary. [250-500 words]
  2. Identify your purpose in applying for the DMin Program, including reasons for your choice of field or track and your initial concept, if any, of a major project. [250-500 words]
  3. Name and describe a current challenge in ministry and/or research question you would like to explore in your doctoral studies. [500-750 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. Drawing on one or two theologians who inform your work, reflect theologically on the case as you discuss what you learned from the encounter. [1,000-2,000 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
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For PCUSA applicants only
For PC(USA) applications 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 regulation, applicants are hereby notified that Louisville Seminary’s Title IX Coordinator is Kilen Gray, Dean of Student Engagement (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.