Lancaster Theological Seminary Quick Facts
United Church of Christ
MDiv; MA; DMin
Number of Students
Tuition Costs for 2017 - 2018
$17,750/semester (flat rate, master's programs); $3,000/semester (DMin students)
Lancaster Seminary is one of seven seminaries formally associated with the United Church of Christ, though it boasts students from over 17 different denominations. Founded in the early 19th century by members of the German Reformed Church, the school was once formally part of Franklin and Marshall College, and the two still hold a close relationship. The seminary is part of the Open and Affirming LGBT movement of the UCC.
Lancaster offers the MDiv (available as a traditional three year program or a four year weekend program), with concentrations available in Chaplaincy or Spiritual Direction, the MA (available with a certificate in Youth and Young Adult Ministry or a specialization in Spiritual Direction), and the DMin.
Lancaster Seminary considers worship to be at the center of its life. As such, the seminary body gathers every Wednesday morning to celebrate communion and worship. For students who wish to engage in individual or group meditation or prayer, the seminary has a "Sabbath Room" available for such use. In addition to facilities for spiritual exercise, the seminary has arranged for students to engage in physical exercise through the facilities of Frank & Marshall College.
Students at Lancaster Seminary are fortunate to attend a seminary located in a city with both a rich history and modern amenities. A fantastic city in its own right, Lancaster is within close proximity to several other major metropolitan areas, including Philadelphia, New York, DC, and Baltimore. For a relatively small (around 60,000) city, Lancaster has a thriving arts community, with several art and historical museums. Lancaster is also home to the professional baseball team, the Lancaster Barnstormers. There are numerous options for music and theater as well.
The seminary has both 1 and 2 bedroom apartments available for both single and married students, with or without children, with or without pets. The seminary generously pays for cold/hot water, sewage, trash, recycling, and heat; students are responsible for electricity, cable, and Internet service.
Lancaster Seminary offers both need-based scholarships as well as merit-based Presidential Scholarships. The seminary also participates in the Federal Direct Student Loan program, offering both subsidized and unsubsidized student loans.