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Advanced Studies Admissions

Please download and print the application materials below (in PDF format). If you are unable to download and print the application materials, please contact the Assistant to the Director for Advanced Studies (below under Contact Us), to request a hard copy.

  1. Program Overview
  2. Instructions for Application
  3. Application Form
  4. Tips for Writing Essay
  5. Recommendation for Admission
  6. Supplementary Questions for All Applicants Who Are Not U.S. Citizens
  7. Affidavit of Support
  8. Financial Aid Application
  9. Application Checklist and Verification (Please review this Checklist fully and include all required components with application.)

Please review the Program Overview or the Catalog for more information about the Advanced Studies Programs at LSTC.

For all Th.M. and Ph.D. Applicants, we require:

  • Application form
  • Letters of recommendation, 2 required for Th.M., 3 or 4 for Ph.D. (each sealed in an envelope with recommender's signature written across the back flap)
  • Essay on intellectual interests and vocational goals
  • College, M.A., and/or M.Div. transcripts

For National Students/U.S.A., we also require:

  • GRE Examination scores

For International Students we also require:

  • TOEFL (Test of English for Foreign Language) Examination scores
  • Supplemental Questions concerning affiliation with a church body or educational institution and sponsorship
  • Affidavit of Support for period of study (2 years for Th.M., 4-5 years for Ph.D.)

For international Lutheran students, our seminary works together with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), Global Mission Unit. For international applicants who are Lutheran and seek funding from the Lutheran Church, through this partnership, a standard form can be obtained from the national church office in their home country. For further information please contact:

Ms. Tammy Jackson
Director for International Leadership Development
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Global Mission
8765 West Higgins Road
Chicago, IL 60631

(773) 380-2639, (800) 638-3522 ext. #2639

Contact Us

Assistant to the Director for Advanced Studies
Lutheran School of Theology, Chicago
1100 E. 55th Street
Chicago, IL 60615

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