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With flexible course options in several programs, you can begin your seminary studies at any semester and complete the program at a pace that fits your busy lifestyle.

We offer flexible learning with the convenience of online, weekend and evening courses, and experienced faculty provide the guidance you need to succeed – LTSS makes earning your master’s degree a reality.

The first step toward enrollment at LTSS is to submit all components of the application. After submitting all materials, the average turnaround time to receive an admissions decision is 5-10 business days.

Once admitted, the admissions packet provides detailed instructions on the enrollment process, including how to reserve a space in our upcoming semester. Upon admission, the enrollment deposit secures your spot in the program and allows you to proceed with the next steps.

To be considered for financial aid, you must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Prior to the start of the semester, LTSS provides additional information about orientation and registration, including courses to start your graduate program.

Please note: You are required to turn in immunization information to be eligible to register.

Application Deadlines


Fall semester: July 31
Spring semester: November 30

Admission Tracks


Students can enroll in our graduate programs through a traditional admission track or a career admission track, designed for applicants who have distinguished themselves in the workplace or community.

  • Traditional Admission Track

    The traditional admission track is designed for applicants who have received their baccalaureate degree within the past six years, have limited professional work experience or any applicant who prefers traditional admission procedures. Traditional admission procedures, including standardized test scores, are required for some of our graduate programs.

    Candidates for admission to the seminary as a degree-seeking student through the traditional admission track must submit all additional documentation, including scores on requisite standardized entrance exams, as required by the specific graduate program.

  • Career Admission Track

    Our career admission track is designed for applicants who have distinguished themselves in the workplace or community. Career applicants must demonstrate they are capable of graduate studies through documentation of professional work, letters of professional endorsement and written expression.

    Candidates for admission to the seminary as a degree-seeking student through our career admission track must:

    • Possess an earned baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university in an appropriate discipline, having met the GPA requirement for the program of study desired.
    • Request official copies for all college transcripts to be forwarded directly to the Division of Enrollment Management.
    • Submit a completed application form for the desired program along with the required non-refundable application fee.
    • Submit proof of eligibility to be considered for the career admission track. Candidates must possess a combination of an undergraduate degree and a minimum of six years of professional work experience. To demonstrate exemplary work experience, the applicant should submit the following materials:
      • Detailed resume that highlights specific career accomplishments.
      • Letter of endorsement from an employer or professional within the chosen field which attests to the applicant’s qualifications for graduate-level work.
      • Writing sample articulating goals and life experiences that have impacted the student’s decision to pursue this specific graduate degree.
    • Any other documentation (e.g., work sample, portfolio, performance reviews, etc.) that the candidate believes would strengthen the application.
    • Be available for an interview upon request.
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Options for Waiving Test Scores


  • Earned a cumulative 3.5 GPA or above on undergraduate transcripts
  • Possess a master's degree from a regionally accredited college or university

Start Your Application


Your application is considered completed once LTSS has received your application form and all your required supporting documents:

  1. Seminary application, which includes a $35 non-refundable application fee.
  2. Autobiographical essay setting forth in 600-800 words your reasons for applying to the seminary; an assessment of your strengths and weaknesses as an applicant for theological studies; the significant events of your life, your Christian experience, and your relationship to the church.
  3. Three letters of recommendation from your pastor; a faculty member, an advisor in an academic setting, or a supervisor who is acquainted with your work ethic; a non-relative layperson who has known you in a leadership role or professional setting.
  4. Official transcripts* from each college or university attended submitted to:

    Lenoir-Rhyne University
    Division of Enrollment Management
    625 7th Ave. NE, LRU 7227
    Hickory, NC 28601

*Prospective students may be admitted based on unofficial transcripts and/or as courses are in progress. However, LTSS must receive a final transcript before a student enrolls.

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