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.
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.
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:
Seminary application, which includes a $35 non-refundable application fee.
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.
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.
Official transcripts* from each college or university attended submitted to:
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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