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  • 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.


    Visit

    The best way to get a feel for Trinity is to visit Trinity! Join us at chapel, sit in on a class, chat with current students, walk through our building, meet with a faculty person, and explore our neighborhood.

    In your time here, we hope to help you find answers to your questions. We hope to stand beside you and help you think deeply and critically about vocation and discernment. We hope you experience the joy that accompanies community bound by sincere care for one another. In other words, we hope that you’ll be our guest.

    Each fall and spring Trinity hosts “Explore Trinity Days,” in which we offer a special welcome for prospective students. We can also accommodate visits on most other days. Just let us know that you’re coming!

    Also know that it’s never too early to start thinking about seminary! If you are a high school student thinking about vocation, we would love to host you at our special summer seminary sampler program, Sustain the Flame.

    Schedule a Visit

    For High School Students
    Summer Seminary Sampler

    Not able to visit us on campus, but still interested in learning more? Email us at tlsadmissions@capital.edu!


    Financial Aid

    Dollars and cents make a difference. Financial aid, both in the form of generous grants and student loans, is what makes a seminary education possible for nearly all of our students. As a seminary, we are mindful of the costs of attending seminary. We are committed to limiting the debt our students take on, by offering affordable theological education and providing financial resources for student support.

    Trinity stewards numerous endowed scholarships, which have been funded by generous alumni and friends over the span of decades. Our scholarship packages are competitive and tailored to fit students’ needs. Additionally, we help connect students with outside funding sources.

    Application for Aid

    Ready for a deeper conversation about bottom line expenses, scholarship opportunities, and eliminating barriers to earning a seminary degree? Contact us at tlsadmissions@capital.edu.


    Living in Columbus

    Many of Trinity’s students relocate to the Columbus-area for graduate school, and moving is a lot-- no matter how far or short the distance may be! Helping our students make themselves at home is important to us.

    Many of our students choose to live in university-owned apartments or homes directly adjacent to the seminary. Others choose to live in the surrounding community.

    The seminary sits at the corner of Main and College in downtown Bexley, a historic, small town community. It’s only about three miles to downtown Columbus, the fourteenth largest city in the US. Because of the size and diversity of our city, seminary students have the opportunity to connect with a near endless list of community, non-profit, and social service organizations.

    Columbus provides ample opportunity to learn from, listen to, and serve a burgeoning refugee population; unpack complex structural ills through participation in a timely hearing or rally at the Ohio Statehouse; and stand behind and alongside faithful community leaders who have carried justice work forward in the region for the last decades.

    Drive a few miles outside of the city and you’ll find the heart of rural America, places where country churches, summer parades, and Little League baseball are the talk of the town.

    Students are encouraged to discover, explore, and take part in cultural and community life that is different from where they grew up and what they are used to. Central Ohio has a lot to offer!

  • 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: When are applications due? 

    Trinity accepts applications on a rolling basis. Students are encouraged to apply as soon as possible during the year prior to their intended enrollment. Many Trinity students receive scholarships from the seminary and from outside sources. When applications are submitted earlier, we are better able to connect students with scholarship funding sources.

    While earlier applications are encouraged, we remain committed to assisting all of our students, including those who, because of life circumstances and discernment processes, decide to join us closer to the start of the semester.

    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 Sustain the Flame program. Participants come to campus for a week-long experience in the summer. Sustain the Flame provides 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. However, the student body is always in transition, and we have had up to a dozen different denominations represented.

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

    On rare occasions, Trinity may welcome seminarians without an undergraduate degree. However, per the standards determined by our accreditors, the Association of Theological Schools, these students must demonstrate, by objective means, that their capacities and experience are equal to that of a person holding a baccalaureate degree. If you have questions about this, please contact our admissions office at tlsadmissions@capital.edu. We can have a conversation about opportunities.

    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.

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