Lexington Theological Seminary Quick Facts
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
MDiv; MTS; MPS; DMin
Number of Students
Tuition Costs for 2016 - 2017
Lexington Seminary has a rich and storied history. Originally part of Kentucky University, the school moved to Lexington as part of its merger with Transylvania University (which retained the Kentucky University name until 1908). In time, the seminary would gain its own charter and change its name from The College of the Bible (one of the colleges under the purview of Kentucky University) to Lexington Theological Seminary in 1965.
Though the seminary has undergone significant changes in recent
years, its commitment to the church and its leaders is unwavering. The
seminary has long held an ecumenical focus with nearly 50% of its
student body coming from traditions other than the Disciples of Christ
or United Church of Christ. The seminary's online education models allows students from a wide variety of backgrounds to receive a seminary education where it might not otherwise be feasible. The seminary's practical focus is on the student's local congregation so the theory and practice of ministry are intertwined.
Due to financial woes sustained during the economic decline of 2008, the seminary moved to offering their courses solely through primarily online instruction as a cost-cutting measure, though there are intensive on-site sessions offered as part of the programs. Currently, the seminary offers the MDiv, MTS, MPS, and DMin programs.
Since 2011, LTS has moved toward a primarily online-only education model. As such, there is no dedicated campus space for student events or campus-oriented student groups, though students will meet for a few intensive courses during their enrollment. That being said, LTS takes great care to ensure that students are grouped into online communities that provide support for one another. Students also work in and with their local church throughout their program to ensure that their seminary studies have a practical focus.
Since Lexington Seminary has moved to a "virtual" campus with most of its offerings online, there is no housing offered.
LTS offers a small number of full-tuition scholarships to select students and several 50% scholarship awards to Disciples of Christ or United Church of Christ students who are under care in their local region. Students are also eligible for Federal Direct Unsubsidized Student Loans.