The academic requirement for admission is the Bachelor of Arts degree or its equivalent. Normally this degree will be from a member institution of the Association of Universities and Colleges or an institution accredited by a United States agency recognized by the Council of Higher Education Accreditation.
Students should have a broad background in liberal arts and demonstrate basic
competence in the following areas.
As an aid to acquiring competence in these areas, we recommend that a candidate's college course of studies include 12 hours of English (including literature), 12 hours of a modern language, 6 hours of history, 6 hours of natural science, 6 hours of social science, and 6 hours of philosophy and the humanities.
Though deficiencies in any of these areas are evaluated in light of the student's total record, the seminary may request additional course work prior to admission or during the first year at seminary to compensate for serious deficiencies in a student's preparation for theological study.
GRADUATE LEVEL WRITING PREREQUISITE
Since writing is essential to professional ministry, Wartburg Seminary offers a graduate writing course. Many new seminary students have reported that their writing skills are not up to the rigors of graduate level course work, candidacy committee expectations, and congregational ministry. Therefore, students admitted to the M.Div. or M.A. degree programs complete a writing assessment during the first week of starting coursework at Wartburg. The assessment is an essay assignment that is based on required readings. Essays are reviewed by faculty to determine who would benefit from the graduate writing course. Some students may be required to take this course, which requires a separate, nominal tuition charge. Those who have taken this course in years past have reported that it was extremely helpful.
GREEK PREREQUISITE TO THE M. DIV. PROGRAM
Eight semester hours of Greek are prerequisite to the M.Div. junior (first year) curriculum. Students will have completed 8 semester hours of college Greek when enrolling or be able to demonstrate competency through a proficiency exam. Students admitted with no Greek shall be required to satisfactorily complete the summer Greek course (BI 003-004W). The Greek prerequisite must be met before a student can enroll in BI 160W Exegetical Readings in New Testament Greek, which is normally taken in a student's first fall semester and serves as a foundation course for all New Testament coursework.