Accreditation & Consumer Information


Wartburg Theological Seminary is accredited by the Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada, 10 Summit Park Drive, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15275-1103, (412) 788-6505,, and by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association, 230 South La Salle Street, Suite 7-500, Chicago, Illinois 60604, (800) 621-7740, The seminary is approved for the degree programs it currently offers: Master of Divinity, Master of Arts, and the Master of Arts in Diaconal Ministry. The seminary is approved by ATS for a Comprehensive Distance Education Program. The seminary was reaccredited in 2008 for a ten-year period.

Notification of re-accreditation

Wartburg Theological Seminary in Dubuque, Iowa is seeking comments
from the public about both Wartburg Seminary and the Lutheran
Seminary Program in the Southwest in Austin, Texas, in preparation for
its periodic evaluation by its regional accrediting agency. The Seminary
will host a visit 26-27 February 2018 with a team representing the
Higher Learning Commission. Wartburg Theological Seminary has been
accredited by HLC since 1976. The team will review the institution’s
ongoing ability to meet HLC’s Criteria for Accreditation.

The public is invited to submit comments regarding the Seminary to the
following address:

Public Comment on Wartburg Theological Seminary
Higher Learning Commission
230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500
Chicago, IL 60604-1411

The public may also submit comments on HLC’s website at

Comments must address substantive matters related to the quality of
the institution or its academic programs. Comments must be in writing.

All comments must be received by 30 November 2017.

In addition, Wartburg Theological Seminary is also seeking comments
from the public in preparation for its periodic evaluation by the
Association of Theological Schools. Wartburg has been accredited by
ATS since 1944. Wartburg will host a visit 26 February-1 March 2018. The
team will review Wartburg’s ongoing ability to meet the Standards of
the ATS.

The ATS Commission invites email comments to the Director of
Accreditation Services (

The public is also invited to submit comments to the following:

Wartburg Theological Seminary
333 Wartburg Place
Dubuque, IA 52003

Or online at:

Consumer Information

The United States Department of Education requires participants in Title IV Federal Funding Programs to disclose the following consumer information on our website and annually to enrolled and prospective students and our campus community.

The Wartburg Theological Seminary Annual Campus Safety and Security Report & Annual Fire Safety Report are published in September annually. This is the compliance document to the Federal Student Right to Know and Campus Security Act of 1990 also known as the Clery Act, with Higher Education Amendments. Please see the full pdf of the Annual Campus Security Report and Annual Fire Safety Report or see the Director of Financial Aid and Student Services to request a paper copy.

*If you desire a paper copy, please write to Barb Simon, Director for Financial Aid and Student Services, Wartburg Theological Seminary, 333 Wartburg Place, Dubuque, IA 52003 or e-mail her at