Quick Facts

degrees-programs DEGREES AND PROGRAMS
Master of Divinity, Master of Arts, Master of Arts in Diaconal MinistryResidential and Distributed Programs
Wartburg Theological Seminary offers degree programs that may be pursued residentially at our campus located in Dubuque, Iowa or through our Distributed Learning Programs which combine online learning and on-campus intensive courses.
student-enrollment STUDENT ENROLLMENT
177 students in all degrees and programs.
Average age of students is 37.
concentrations CONCENTRATIONS    
Students can choose to add concentrations in Youth, Culture, and Mission or Hispanic Ministry.
centers CENTERS              
Center for Global Theologies, Center for Theology & Land, and Center for Youth Ministries.
planning LEARNING FOR LIFE: SEMINARY FOR EVERYONE
Through Wartburg’s Learning for Life: Seminary for Everyone program classes are offered in a variety of areas, both online and in short term on campus formats, offering theological education for individuals in congregations as well as rostered leaders.  Students may take individual courses or study toward the completion of a certificate. Areas of specialization include Theological Studies, Leadership and Theology, Rural Ministry, Hispanic Ministry, and Youth and Family Ministry.
student-enrollment WORSHIP CENTERED COMMUNITY
Wartburg is a distinctive worship-centered community where students gather to live, learn, and worship together, centered in Christ. Formation and learning in community prepares graduates to be sent out to serve the church. Wartburg graduates are leaders for the church and for people of faith throughout the country and world.
financial-adi FINANCIAL AID         
Annual tuition is $16,400 (2016-2017). 100% of eligible students receive grants and scholarships from Wartburg Seminary. Each year Wartburg Seminary awards approximately $730,000 in scholarships to eligible students. While a portion of this is provided by the Seminary’s endowment, much is provided through the generous annual support of individuals, alumni, churches and other organizations.
learning-for-life ACCREDITATION         
Wartburg Theological Seminary is accredited by the Association of Theological Schools (ATS) and the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association. 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.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,www.ats.edu,Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association, 230 South La Salle Street, Suite 7-500, Chicago, Illinois 60604, (800) 621-7740, www.hlcommission.com.
locations LOCATION             
Wartburg Theological Seminary is located in Dubuque, IA which is known as the “Masterpiece on the Mississippi” featuring a rich history and natural beauty. The city of Dubuque was recently named to Kiplinger Personal Finance’s list of “10 Great Places to Live for 2013”. The seminary campus is located in a welcoming residential neighborhood and features housing for single, married, and students with families.
graduates GRADUATES               
Thousands of graduates are sent to serve in congregations and other ministries through-out the world, proclaiming God’s word to people in need of faith and hope.  Wartburg graduates provide leadership to the church in many contexts – small to  mid-size communities, rural settings, and large urban congregations. Each year graduates are sent out to share the Gospel of Christ and serve the church as pastors, diaconal ministers, deaconesses, associates in ministry, chaplains, and youth leaders.
educational-effectiveness EDUCATIONAL EFFECTIVENESS
The degree programs of WTS prepare leaders with theological understanding and pastoral skills, which are assessed through the the Twelve Pastoral Practices. Evaluation by leaders of the ELCA demonstrates the educational effectiveness of the school. Data from longitudinal assessment consistently indicates that students make continual growth throughout the educational process and that graduates rank higher than 4 (on a scale of 1 to 5) in relation to the stated curriculum outcomes. More information about educational effectiveness.