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    Description of PhD Program

    Our program has a focus on Public Theology and interdisciplinary study. Students are required to take a seminar, and comprehensive examination in Public Theology. In addition, our focus is on training teachers. Students are required to take a two year non-credit teaching seminar, along with three teaching assistantships, where they are evaluated.

    Tuition & Housing Costs

    Tuition and fees are $17,200, room and board (on campus) are $10,500, other expenses are calculated at $10,451 (insurance, personal expenses, etc.), for a total of $38,151.

    Financial Aid-Fellowships

    Need-based Grants LTSP Seminary Scholarship Grants- LTSP is able to provide substantial, need-based seminary scholarship grants thanks to the generosity and partnership of people throughout the Church, along with the support of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and the other denominations.

    Need-based Grant/ Scholarship Summary for ELCA Students- Seminary scholarship based on demonstrated need.

    Philadelphia Scholarships A number of Philadelphia scholarships are awarded to incoming first professional students each year. The scholarships are given to students who have outstanding academic credentials, who write well and who demonstrate exceptional potential for ministry. These scholarships provide full tuition plus a book allowance and fees (including health insurance for the individual student). They are renewable for up to six semesters by maintaining a 3.5 grade point average (GPA).

    Presidential Scholarships A number of Presidential scholarships are awarded to incoming first professional students whose strong potential for ministry is demonstrated by a record of service to the church and/or community. These scholarships range from $500 to $4,000, are given at the discretion of the financial aid committee, and are not renewable.

    For more information, please visit- http://ltsp.edu/financial-aid.

    Hispanic/Latino Faculty

    Nelson Rivera
    Associate Professor, Systematic Theology and Hispanic Ministry;  
    Director, Latino Concentration

    Hispanic Centers and Programs

    Latino Concentration The Latino Concentration within the M.Div. and M.A.R. programs aims to equip persons for ministry in a Latino context and leads to a Certificate of Latino Theology and Ministry alongside the regular degree diploma. Since its inception as part of the Seminary curriculum in the academic year 2001, more than twenty students have obtained the certificate after having completed all concentration requirements. Numbers of students from across of Seminary constituency have also taken courses offered in the concentration.

    The program is targeted to both Latino and non-Latino students with concern for mission and ministry in Latino communities and neighborhoods. Those interested in pursuing this track of studies should have a minimum proficiency in the Spanish language, and an eagerness to deal with the issues surrounding Latino culture and experience. Concentration courses are normally taken during the student’s second and third year of program. The program will enable the student to become more conversant in cross-cultural dialogue in an avowedly diverse and inclusive church as well as in a pluralistic society like ours.


    Library Resources-Special Collections

    While the Krauth Memorial Library has over 193,000 volumes, the Rare Book Collection includes 8,000 volumes, fifteen incunabula, three Books of Hours, and twenty-five cuneiform tablets. Collection strengths are the 16th-century Lutheran Reformation, Continental Pietism, 18th-century works in theology ad philosophy, liturgical studies, and 19th-century American Lutheran periodicals.


    HTI Fellows/Scholars 

    Leila Ortiz
    2014-2016 Dissertation 

    Contact Information

    The HTI person to contact for information on Ph.D. studies at Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia is:

    Name:                  Dr. David Grafton
    Title:                    Director of Graduate Studies; Associate professor of Islamic Studies and Christian-Muslim Relations
    Telephone:          215-248-6347
    Email:                  [email protected]

      Updated March 2015