Concordia Lutheran Seminary

Admission Requirements – Master of Divinity

An application is complete when the Director of Admissions has received the following:

  • The Application for Enrolment - Master of Divinity Program, completed in full.
  • The non-refundable Application Fee.
  • Official Transcripts from all universities/colleges attended.
  • Reference Letters. Request letters of reference from your pastor and other referees as indicated in the Application Form. Please allow enough time for your referees to submit their letters directly to the Director of Admissions.
  • Criminal Record Check.
  • Additional letter indicating special circumstances for consideration of application (Applicants without Bachelor’s Degree only).
  • TOEFL or IELTS Proficiency Exam Scores (International or ESL Applicants only).
  • Letter of Recommendation from home church body (International Applicants only).

Official Transcripts

Applicants are normally required to have their official transcripts sent directly to the Director of Admissions from all of the post-secondary institutions that they have attended. The Director of Admissions may accept hand-delivered transcripts in envelopes that have been officially sealed by the issuing institutions; seals must be unbroken.

Academic Requirements

Official Transcripts must provide proof of:

  • A Bachelor’s Degree from an institution accredited by an agency holding membership in the Association of Universities and Colleges in Canada (AUCC), or recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) in the United States, or its equivalent (see Bachelor's Degree Equivalency, below). Because the completion of a broad liberal arts program is a great asset to the seminary student, an undergraduate degree that includes courses in English, philosophy, psychology, sociology, history, education, music, and the biblical languages is ideal.
  • A minimum GPA of 2.0 on a 4 point scale or equivalent (applicants with a GPA of less than 2.500 may be admitted in Academic Probation)
  • One year (two semesters or 6 credits) of Greek (with a minimum passing grade of “C”)
  • One year (two semesters or 6 credits) of Hebrew (with a minimum passing grade of “C”)

Biblical Languages

Both biblical languages are required for acceptance into the Master of Divinity program. CLS cooperates with Concordia University of Edmonton, which offers pre-seminary courses including Hebrew and Greek in alternate years. Biblical language courses may also be taken by correspondence or online from other institutions.

The seminary generally offers Hebrew or Greek as online, evening courses in alternating years.

Criminal Record Check

A Criminal Record Check (including the 'Vulnerable Persons/Sector' check) must be obtained by the applicant and submitted to the seminary. This can be obtained from your nearest RCMP detachment or local police service. There is usually a charge for this, and it may take several weeks to process your request. Contact your local police service or RCMP detachment for information on the request process. The website for Edmonton Police Information Checks is

Non-Degree Admission

Applicants without a bachelor’s degree may be admitted to the Master of Divinity program, although such admission is competitive and is normally restricted to a maximum of 15 percent of the total M.Div. student body.

Applicants for non-degree admission must:

  • Indicate in writing the circumstances (age, family, finances, etc.) that make it unrealistic for him to obtain a bachelor’s degree prior to enrolment;
  • Demonstrate satisfactory completion (minimum GPA of 2.0 or a “C” average) of at least one year of university level study in liberal arts, ideally including courses in English composition, sociology, psychology, logical or analytical thinking, early European history, religion, etc.

Applicants for non-degree admission must also meet other admission requirements, such as grades, references, and leadership in the congregation and church at large. Applicants should demonstrate in-depth knowledge of the Word of God, commendable communication skills, and a willingness to serve.

All applicants granted non-degree admission are admitted on academic probation.

English Language Requirement

CLS welcomes international students and seeks to provide an academic and social climate which promotes understanding, acceptance, and personal growth through interaction among Christian people of different cultures and lands.

In addition to the general requirements for admission to the Master of Divinity program, students for whom English is a second language, and who have not completed a previous degree in English, are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) unless this requirement is waived by the Admissions Committee. Details about where and when TOEFL exam can be taken can be found at For the IELTS, see

The minimum TOEFL score required is 80 (iBT), with no individual score below 20. The minimum IELTS band (overall) score is 6.5, with no individual (component) score below 5.5.

Concordia Lutheran Seminary's TOEFL Institution Code is: 5020.


Transfer Students

Students at accredited theological seminaries who wish to transfer to CLS are urged to make early contact with the registrar for an evaluation of their transcripts in order to identify which courses may meet a portion of the proposed program requirements. See the Transfer Credit section under Enrolment Policies for details. (Academic Calendar 2020-2021) Undergraduate university and college courses are not transferable to seminary programs.

In the case of students transferring from another seminary of Lutheran Church–Canada or a partner church, a letter of recommendation, transcripts, and biographical information from the transferring institution are required.


Individuals who have withdrawn or been discontinued for cause, and for those who have been denied admission, should contact the Director of Admissions to request information on procedures for re-application.

Admission Timeline – Master of Divinity

It is advisable for a prospective student to begin early in making plans to enroll in the seminary pastoral education program.

Ordinarily, application for admission should be made by April 1.