Admission Procedures

The process for application and admission to Concordia Theological Seminary normally takes from 6-12 months prior to enrollment. An applicant must submit the following documents for the admission process:

  1. An application for admission and a $42.00 check ($35-Application fee / $7- Background Review fee).
  2. A completed, signed and dated Background Check Authorization form.
  3. A letter of recommendation from your pastor addressing your character, talents and fitness for the Ministry.  This letter should be addressed to the Department of Admission and mailed directly to the seminary by your pastor
  4. Four personal letters of recommendation that address your character, scholarly ability and fitness to serve as a pastor.  Each letter should be addressed to the Department of Admission and mailed directly to the seminary by the person recommending, not the applicant
  5. Information listing the ten (10) years of significant church experience (elder, lector, evangelism caller, Bible class teacher, etc.) in a Missouri Synod setting.
  6. Applicants should arrange to have official transcripts sent to the Admission Office by the Registrar of the college(s) they have attended.
  7. Applicants should contact their district president to schedule the district interview. It is the responsibility of the district interview committee to arrange this interview. The results of the interview will be forwarded to the seminary's Admission Office.
  8. Applicants are required to complete the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test and have the scores forwarded to the seminary for consideration as part of their application for admission. Those applicants who already have a master's, doctorate or equivalent degree are not required to take the GRE. GRE test scores beyond five years will not be accepted. GRE Information Bulletins can be obtained from the Admission Office or at any college Registrar's Office. The GRE is also available by computer at many locations.

Entry Level Competency

Students will need to demonstrate that they possess entry-level competence in Old Testament content and New Testament content. This demonstration is not required prior to admission to the program, but is required to enroll in certain courses in the program. Students may demonstrate that they possess entry-level competence in each of the listed areas in one of two ways:

  1. By passing a competency test during the 12 months prior to the date of beginning studies in the program (tests may be requested via this form), or
  2. By passing a pre-seminary level course offered by the seminary.
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