Our degree programs offer preparation for lay/ordained ministry, vocations in nonprofit leadership, and doctoral studies in theology.

In most cases, a Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution is required for admission. A limited number of qualified applicants without Bachelor's degrees may be admitted to the MDiv Program in accordance with the standards of The Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada, as well as in the Certificate of Youth & Young Adult Ministry Program.


Degree Programs:

  • Doctor of Ministry - for religious professionals endeavoring to advance their practice of ministry.
  • Master of Divinity - designed for those seeking a vocation in ordained ministry or preparation for doctoral studies in religion.
  • Master of Arts in Ministry and Leadership - a professional degree for those serving in ministry in a volunteer and/or paid position for three or more years and seek the opportunity to enhance their ministry gifts and pursue further theological education.
  • MDiv/Chaplaincy Combined Program - The accelerated combined MDiv with specialization in Chaplaincy offers highly motivated students the ability to earn the MDiv degree from Lancaster Theological Seminary and complete four units of Clinical Pastoral Education at Lancaster General Hospital within three years.
  • MDiv/Spiritual Direction Combined- This innovative program, in collaboration with Shalem Institute for Spiritual Direction, draws on the rich resources of Christian contemplative tradition to prepare individuals called to the ministry of spiritual direction.
  • Unclassified - for people who have earned a baccalaureate degree and are seeking knowledge of a particular subject, or those undecided about pursuing a degree program. 
  • Special Student Status - for students at an ATS-accredited institution enrolled in a degree program who wish to supplement their studies with a course at LTS or for those who have already earned the MDiv degree  but need to take a course for academic credit to satisfy judicatory requirements for standing or ordination. Application is available here.
Degree Program Resources:

Continuing Education - Lifelong Learning