Before completing your application form (available for download at bottom of page), please review the following admission requirements:
1. Program admission qualifications: To apply to the ATS program, you must possess a high school diploma or GED. To apply to the BTS program, you must hold an associate degree or equivalent. To apply to the B.Div. program, you must be over 30 years of age and possess a high school diploma or GED. To apply to the MBS, MTS, or M.Div. programs, you must hold a bachelor level degree (in any field) or equivalent. To apply to the Th.M. program, you must first possess the specified first master's degree. In order to apply to the D.Min. program, you must possess an M.Div. degree with 3 years of pastoral experience subsequent to conferring of M.Div. degree. To apply to the Th.D. programs, you must possess a Master's level degree in a related discipline of theological study consisting of a minimum of 60 academic credit hours with at least 12 credit hours of Biblical language courses (if languages were not included in applicant’s master’s program, applicant will need to complete BS500/BS501 as part of the doctoral program). The Th.D. in Nouthetic Counseling requires a M.Div., LCS MTS, or LCS Th.M. (grants advanced standing). The B.Div. program, M.Div. program, and all doctoral programs are restricted to male applicants.
2. Transcripts: The ATS and B.Div. programs require submission of a copy of your high school diploma or GED. The BTS, MBS, MTS, M.Div., and all Doctoral programs require submission of OFFICIAL undergraduate and graduate transcripts which must be sent directly to LCS by postal mail or emailed using eSCRIP-SAFE from the sending institution. Transcripts must be submitted in English. For institutions that do not issue transcripts in English, the applicant must submit transcripts using a course-by-course credit evaluation service. While the applicant may use any credit evaluator of his/her choice, LCS recommends Validential (one of the most affordable evaluators and offers next business day service). Your application cannot be fully processed until these documents are received.
3. Church Membership: LCS requires all students to be communing members in good standing in a local church (or members of presbytery without censure). There are NO exceptions to this policy. Those not yet a member of a local church (or presbytery) will need to postpone their application. LCS believes the local church to be God's instrument for the discipleship and progressive sanctification of His people. Our programs are designed to be completed within the context of the local church. Applications will not be considered until an applicant's home church situation is settled such that a letter of recommendation from a local church officer can be provided without issue. Each applicant must have their pastor or church officer submit a Letter of Recommendation. The letter must be sent directly from the church officer to the seminary via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or postal mail.
4. Mentor Candidates: Students must present a mentor candidate to the seminary administration for approval as part of the application process. Mentor applicants must meet the following qualifications in order to be considered for approval by the seminary administration: (1). Full subscription to the Westminster Confession of Faith 1788 American Revision (only minor exceptions to the Confession will be considered; mentor applicants who subscribe to the 1658 Savoy Declaration of Faith and Order or the 1689 London Baptist Confession of Faith may also be considered). (2). Master’s degree in a theological discipline to mentor ATS students; M.Div., Th.M., or Doctoral degree in a theological discipline if mentoring BTS, B.Div., MBS, MTS, or M.Div. students; Doctoral degree in a theological discipline if mentoring Th.M. or doctoral students. The mentor does not have to reside in a location near you as long as you can maintain regular phone and email contact.
5. English Proficiency: EFSET / TOEFL / IELTS
The demonstration of English proficiency is required of all applicants for whom English is not their native language.
Applicants demonstrate their proficiency in English by submitting a satisfactory score on the EF Standard English Test (EFSET) 50 assessment test. This is a free online assessment test that will take approximately 50 minutes to complete. Students must score a minimum of 70 to be considered for acceptance into any program.
The seminary also recognizes and accepts the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) assessment test taken within two years of the date of application. Only internet-based (iBT) exam results are accepted. Students must score a minimum of 95 to be considered for acceptance into any program. For reporting purposes our school code is B330.
The seminary also recognizes and accepts the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) assessment test taken within two years of the date of application. A minimum score of 7.0 is required.
To connect to the EFSET 50 Test website, visit www.efset.org/ef-set-50/
To connect to the TOEFL website, visit www.ets.org/toefl. (For reporting purposes our school code is B330).
To connect to the IELTS website, visit www.ielts.org
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