4.0 Admission Policies and Procedures

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

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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      Admission 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  Master of Divinity and Master of Theological Studies degree-seeking applicants 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 programs, a completed application includes:

  • Completed online application form and non-refundable application fee of $65;
  • Receipt of reference letters in the Admissions office, that include:
    • Two recommendation letters submitted electronically for the general application, including a letter from each
      • An educator, if out of school less than three years, or,  if out of school three years or more, a recent employer who can speak to the applicant’s leadership skills; and
      • 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, 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 an institution accredited by an organization recognized by the Department of Education (or international equivalent) and
    • All applicants must have a minimum grade point average of 2.5; and
  • For all 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 students receive a 30% tuition scholarship.

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

  • A completed online application form and non refundable application fee of $65; 
  • Receipt of Reference letters in the Admissions office.  These shall include three recommendation letters submitted electronically, as follows:
    • One from a professor from the applicant’s M.Div. program or a more recent graduate program,
    • One from a recipient of the applicant’s ministry (e.g. a lay leader in the applicant’s congregation), and 
    • One from a judicatory leader  (*If the 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, with the following stipulations:
    • Applicants for the Doctor of Ministry degree program must have an ATS-approved Master of Divinity degree or equivalent and
    • Applicants must have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 in their M.D.iv. program; and
  • 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

All non-degree students, including Certificate Students, Special Students, and Auditors are subject to all policies and standards of conduct described in the Seminary’s Student Handbook.

4.4.3.1      Special Student

Special Students 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 a 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:

  • A completed online application form and non-refundable application fee of $65,
  • Receipt of one recommendation submitted electronically from a minister, educator, or employer who knows the applicant well and can speak to the applicant’s preparation for seminary work, and
  • Receipt of official transcript in the Admissions office for all post-secondary credits earned.  All applicants must have a minimum GPA 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 minimum of one full-year’s credits toward 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:

  • A completed online application form and non-refundable application fee of $65,
  • 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, and
  • Receipt of one letter of recommendation submitted electronically from a minister, educator, or employer who knows the applicant well and can speak to the applicant’s preparation for seminary work.

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

  • A completed online application form and non-refundable application fee of $65 and
  • Information regarding high school graduation. 
    NOTE:  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.

4.4.3.3      Auditor

Anyone can audit courses 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 a completed online application form and a non-refundable application fee of $65.