Applying to Trinity | Capital University, Columbus Ohio


  • Trinity Lutheran Seminary at Capital University

  • Imagine the Impact.

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    Jesus said, “With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable will we use for it? It is like a mustard seed, which, when sown upon the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on earth; yet when it is sown it grows up and becomes the greatest of all shrubs, and puts forth large branches, so that the birds of the air can make nests in its shade.” (Mark 4:30-32)

    Since its founding, Trinity Lutheran Seminary has provided opportunities for theological education and faith formation in the classroom and around the globe, equipping students for transformative ministry in a variety of settings. The scope of our master's degrees will prepare you to change the world, whether you see yourself leading a congregation, teaching in the classroom or advocating for social justice in the community.

    EDUCATING and forming a new generation of theologically informed leaders for the emerging world.
    DELIVERING relevant courses, experiences, events and speakers on our campus and across the globe that inspire students to impact the community and our world.
    FORMING leaders with an ethic of inclusivity and care, cultural competency, and ecological passion and commitment.

    An institution of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Trinity Lutheran Seminary at Capital University is committed to expanding its students' understanding of faith, responsibility to others and to our world, and purposeful impact. That's forming leaders for Christ's church at work in the world.

  • We Form Wise and Faithful Leaders

    Kate Fann
    Kate Fann
    “I chose Trinity because of the amazing community I could sense during my short time as a visitor. It is obvious that God is doing beautiful things on this campus and that this community is feeding all of the students.”


    Justice Ofsouhene
    Justice Ofosuhene
    “I decided to further my education at Trinity Lutheran Seminary because I had heard a lot of good things about the faculty, students and the institution. Trinity is just like a family to me. The lecturers are welcoming and friendly. I think the communal nature of the school is different from other universities and, as an African who believes in ’I am because we are,‘ I am really at home with this beautiful environment.”


    Michael Opfermann
    Michael Opfermann
    “I first learned about Trinity from my pastor, however I chose this seminary for two reasons: the sense of home I felt during my first visit to campus, as well as their mission and determination to truly form the best leaders for God's church."


    Kristin Boris
    Kristin Boris
    "I chose Trinity Lutheran Seminary because the sense of community is truly unlike any other school I have ever visited. The warm feeling of welcome is compelling and it feels like home. I also really love the aspect of the 2+2 ... 2 years of classes, 2 years of internship. I think learning through actually doing is such an effective way to learn and I'm excited to have the extra year of experience through internship."


    Robert Eller
    Robert Eller
    "I was first drawn to Trinity because they are on the leading edge of MDiv programs with the Spanish for ministry and 2+2 programs. The community here is what sealed the deal for me. When I visited, I could sense how big community is here."

  • Frequently Asked Questions

    Q: I'm currently in college. Can I still apply? 

    Regardless of how far you are from graduation day, college is the perfect time to begin thinking about seminary. It's also the perfect time to begin visiting seminaries to get a sense of the distinctive context and the community vibe of each. Being on campus during the heart of the academic year is an ideal way to picture yourself here. We would love to have you schedule a visit with us.

    Q: I'm thinking about seminary but I'm still in high school. What are my options? 

    High school students who are sensing a call to ministry are encouraged to let us know of your interest. We would love to be a part of this journey you are on. One amazing opportunity for high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors is the Summer Seminary Sampler Program. Samplarians, as they are called, come to campus for a week-long experience in the summer. The Sampler program will give you another community in which to think about your gifts, and how God might be calling you to put them to work in the world. 

    Q: I'm not Lutheran. Can I still apply to Trinity? 

    Trinity students come from a variety of denominational backgrounds. To be sure, as a seminary of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), the largest number of Master of Divinity (M.Div.) students on campus are ELCA students. While the student body is always in transition, we often have more than a dozen different denominations represented.

    Q: I don't have an undergraduate degree. Can I still apply to seminary? 

    The Association of Theological Schools in Bulletin 2010, states “as many as 15 percent of students in the M.Div. degree program may be admitted without possession of the baccalaureate degree or its educational equivalent, if the institution can demonstrate by some objective means that these persons possess the knowledge, academic skill, and ability generally associated with persons who hold the baccalaureate degree. Admission of such applicants should be restricted to persons with life experience that has prepared them for theological study at the graduate level.” The Admissions Office can provide additional information about Trinity’s implementation of this ATS standard.

    Q: Where can I get more information? 

    Thank you for your interest in Trinity Lutheran Seminary at Capital University. We are happy to answer any additional question you may have. Request more information

    Q: Is the program accredited? 

    Trinity Lutheran Seminary at Capital University degree programs are accredited by the Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada and the Higher Learning Commission, a regional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.