A Seminary that Feels Like Home


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 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.

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.

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  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. 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. 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
  5. Application deadlines are July 31 for fall semester and November 30 for spring semester. 

School Codes

Amanda Burke

Each of the programs on the Columbia campus shares a beautiful piece in common, serving others. These programs all nurture students that are called to serve others...

Amanda Burke, M.Div'21

Admitted Students

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 commitment 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.

News & Events

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The seminary was recognized by the Association of Theological Schools for its commitment to be an inclusive community, for its faculty and staff who demonstrated genuine passion about their faith and care for students, as well as its relationship with Lenoir-Rhyne.

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