4.0 Admission Policies and Procedures

4.1    Admissions Policies
4.2    Admissions Procedures
4.3    Criminal Background Checks
4.4    Admissions Requirements


 

4.1      Admissions Policies

Responsibility for determining a candidate’s compliance with the requirements for admission and for administering the admissions policy is vested in the Director of Admissions, who consults with program directors, the Dean, and individual faculty as needed about particular applications.

 

4.2      Committee Procedures

4.2.1

Admission to Lexington Theological Seminary is ongoing throughout the calendar year. All applications must be submitted through the online application process. Students will be eligible to begin coursework no later than six weeks after accepting an offer of admission from LTS.

4.2.2

Reasons for denial are not shared with the applicant or anyone outside of the Admissions Committee. When an applicant is denied admission, that person must wait at least one calendar year before reapplying for admission. This policy does not imply any promise for admission in the future. The process of reapplication and re-admission are the same as those for re-admission after an absence from studies. See section 5.7.9 “Re-Admission after an Absence.” A new non-refundable admission fee is charged for the reapplication.

 

4.3      Criminal Background Checks

4.3.1

A criminal background check is required for all applicants for the Master of Divinity degree and those Master of Theological Studies degree-seeking students who wish to complete their coursework while working in a ministry setting. The applicant submits their own information for that check through the online service Intellicorp.net, listed on the LTS website. Criminal history in and of itself does not necessarily mean the applicant will be denied admissions. However, failure to disclose a criminal history on the application itself, which later turns up in the background check, may be grounds for denial.

4.3.2

If the criminal background check produces a criminal record of concern, the Director of Admissions may request further information from the applicant before an admissions decision is made.

 

4.4      Degree Admission Requirements

4.4.1      Master of Divinity, Master of Theological Studies, Master in Pastoral Studies

For students applying to the Master of Divinity, Master of Theological Studies, or Master in Pastoral Studies a completed application includes:

  • Completed online application form
    • Including essay and
    • Completed list of recommenders
  • Receipt of reference letters in the Admissions office
    • Two recommendation letters submitted electronically for the general application
      • Educator (if out of school less than three years); if out of school three years or more a recent employer who can speak to the applicant’s leadership skills
      • A minister who can speak to the applicant’s potential for Seminary study and potential for ministry
    • If applying for an LTS scholarship an additional letter of recommendation must be submitted by a minister (not named above) who can speak to the applicant’s potential for excellence in ministry.
  • Receipt of official transcripts, in the Admissions office, from all secondary schools attended
    • Applicants for degree programs must have earned a Bachelor’s Degree from and institution accredited by an organization recognized by the Department of Education (or international equivalent).
    • All applicants must have a minimum grade point average of 2.5
  • Non-refundable application fee of $65
  • English language; All students are expected to have a good command of the English language. For non-native English speakers, a TOEFL paper test score of at least 600 or an online test score of 250 is required.

Students requesting admission to the Master of Divinity, Master of Theological Studies, or Master in Pastoral Studies who do not hold a bachelor’s degree (or who hold a bachelor’s degree from a non-accredited institution) will be admitted to the Certificate in Pastoral Ministry for credit. On completion of the Certificate (for credit), if a student’s performance warrants it, that student can be considered for admission to the applicable Masters degree program with special approval of the faculty.

4.4.2      Doctor of Ministry

Applicants must be currently engaged in the practice of ministry, have at least three years of ministerial experience after receiving an ATS-approved Master of Divinity degree or its equivalent, and have the support of the congregation or organization being served. Doctor of Ministry candidates are not eligible for LTS scholarships.

For Doctor of Ministry applicants, a completed application will include:

  • Completion of selected sections of the online application
  • Receipt of Reference letters in the Admissions office
    • Three recommendation letters submitted electronically:
      • Professor from the applicant’s M.Div. program or a more recent graduate program;
      • A recipient of the applicant’s ministry (e.g. a lay leader in the applicant’s congregation);
      • A judicatory leader – If an applicant is a member of a denomination without judicatory leadership, a colleague in ministry who can speak tot he candidate’s excellence in ministry will suffice.
  • Receipt of official transcripts from all post-baccalaureate schools attended
    • Applicants for the Doctor of Ministry degree must have an ATS-approved Master of Divinity degree or equivalent
    • Applicants must have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 in their M.D.iv. program.
  • Non-refundable application fee of $65
  • English language: All students are expected to have a good command of the English language. For non-native English speakers, a TOEFL paper test score of at least 600 or an online test score of 250 is required.

4.4.3      Non-Degree Requirements

4.4.3.1      Special Student

A Special Student at Lexington Seminary can take up to twelve credit hours of coursework as long as they meet all prerequisites (or present equivalents approved by the Dean) for the courses they wish to take. After taking up to twelve credit hours, the Special Student may choose to apply to an LTS degree or certificate program, transfer to another institution, or leave the institution with twelve hours on her/his transcript.

For Special Student applicants, a completed application will include:

  • Completion of the Special Student application form
  • Receipt of one recommendation submitted electronically
    • This letter must come from a minister, educator, of employer who knows the applicant well and can speak to the applicant’s preparation for seminary work.
  • Receipt of official transcript in the Admissions office for all post-secondary credits earned
    • Applicants for degree programs must have earned a Bachelor’s Degree from an institution accredited by an organization recognized by the Department of Education (or international equivalent).
    • All applicants must have a minimum grade point average of 2.5.

4.4.3.2      Certificate Student

Certificate in Pastoral Ministry students may take coursework for credit or non-credit. Applicants seeking to take courses for credit must have earned a Bachelor’s Degree from and institution accredited by an organization recognized by the Department of Education (or international equivalent). Applicants pursuing the non-credit option must have a high school diploma.

For certificate applicants seeking to take courses for credit, a completed application will include:

  • Completed online application form
  • Receipt of official transcript in the Admissions office for all post-secondary credits earned and documenting receipt of baccalaureate degree.
    • All applicants for for credit must have a minimum grade point average of 2.5.
  • Receipt of one recommendation submitted electronically
    • This letter must come from a minister, educator, or employer who knows the applicant well and can speak to her/his preparation for seminary work.
  • Non-refundable application fee of $65.

For certificate applicants choosing the non-credit option, a completed application will include:

  • Completed online application form
  • Information regarding high school matriculation
    • Non-credit seeking applicants are required to send in the name and address of the high school from which they graduated as well as the year of graduation.
  • Non-refundable application fee of $65.

4.4.3.3      Auditor

Anyone can audit modules at LTS. Auditors can take as many courses as they choose, although class size may limit their options.

For auditors, a completed application will include:

  • Completed online application form
  • Non-refundable application fee of $65.