Admission to Lexington Theological Seminary is based on academic record, promise for ministry, and leadership potential. An admissions committee composed of the Dean and faculty members evaluates applications. The decisions are based on information from the application, transcripts, references, and essay.  Students transferring from other schools must have left in good standing. Admission can be denied based on any information in the student’s completed application, at the discretion of the committee. Reasons for denial may be kept confidential.

Degree Program Requirements

Admission to LTS is ongoing throughout the year. Files will be read and decisions made on an ongoing basis.

  • All students are expected to have a good command of the English language. For those whose first language is not English, documentation of a TOEFL paper test score of at least 600, a computer test score of 250 or higher, or internet test score of 100 is required.

A bachelor’s degree from an institution accredited by an organization recognized by the Department of Education (or international equivalent) is required of all applicants.  A minimum GPA of 2.5 is required for admission consideration.  Students who are taking a certificate for non-credit will need a high school diploma or a G.E.D.

In addition to academic record, considerations for Master of Divinity applicants include experience in a local church, sense of call, denominational recognition, general promise for ministry, essay quality and reference content. M.Div. students should be persons of Christian faithfulness and possess qualities that indicate promise for effective ministry or service in the Christian denomination of their choosing.

Applicants for the M.A. in Pastoral Studies for Roman Catholics must contact the Program Director, Dr. Margaret Ralph, or (859) 260-1219 prior to admission.

Applicants for the Doctor of Ministry degree must have a Master of Divinity degree with at least a 3.25 GPA average from an institution accredited by an organization recognized by the United States Department of Education (or international equivalent). They must be currently engaged in the practice of ministry, have at least three years of ministerial experience beyond seminary graduation, and have the support of the congregation or organization being served. Persons accepted in the Doctor of Ministry program must begin the program in a fall semester.