Consider your own call brothers and sisters . . .

1 Corinthians 1:26-31

Welcome to Wartburg Seminary’s Admissions page! Exploring this page might be a first step as you discern God’s call. For others, you have been on our site many times, welcome back. Wherever you are on your journey, I know you are in really good hands with our dedicated Admissions staff.

As you walk through the days ahead, know that I hold you in prayer. I remain confident that the Holy Spirit will work through you and use you to serve the world.

We look forward to welcoming you for a visit.

The Rev. Louise N. Johnson, President

Choose your pathway to leadership

Explore our various academic programs.

The Wartburg Master of Divinity

One Degree, Three Options

The Master of Divinity degree program is designed for students preparing for pastoral ministry. Wartburg prepares pastors who are grounded in their confessional identity as Christians for service in local congregations.

The Wartburg Master of Arts

One Degree, Lots of Flexibility

The Master of Arts programs are designed for a wide variety of students: those who are preparing for additional graduate study, international students, and those wishing to deepen their theological knowledge for personal growth.

The Wartburg Master of Arts in Diaconal Ministry

Empower, Equip, and Support the Church.

The Master of Arts in Diaconal Ministry degree program is ideal for those leaders who feel called to serve on the boundaries of church and world seeking to empower, equip, and support through ministry and mission of the church within society. The degree would equip leaders in carrying out a particular service in one or more areas of specialization such as education, administration, outreach and evangelism, pastoral care, music and the arts.

Theological Education for Emerging Ministries

Programs Based in Dubuque & Austin

The Theological Education for Emerging Ministries (TEEM) program provides alternative preparation for those who will provide pastoral ministry in emerging ministry contexts throughout the church. In addition to our Dubuque-based TEEM program, we also offer a focused TEEM program for leadership in Hispanic Ministries through the Lutheran Seminary Program of the Southwest.

Wartburg Certificate Program

For Continuing Education or Faith in Daily Life

A certificate from Wartburg Seminary demonstrates either basic or advanced mastery in a specialized area of ministry or theological studies. The certificates are offered in Theological Studies or Hispanic Ministry (through the Lutheran Seminary Program of the Southwest). The Advanced Certificate is offered in Rural Ministry, Theological & Congregational Leadership, and Youth & Family Ministry.

What has helped others along the way?

Students and Faculty share their resources for the discernment process.

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Financial Aid

At Wartburg we help people attend seminary with as little debt as possible and help students graduate with one of the lowest average debt amounts among the ELCA seminaries.

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Meet the Admissions and Student Services office staff.
Lindsey Queener

Director for Admissions

Jackie Baumhover

Associate Director for Admissions

Halcyon Bjornstad

Director for Integrated BA/MDiv Degrees

Rev. Dr. Charlene M. Rachuy Cox

Director for Contextual Education

Barb Simon

Director for Financial Aid and Student Services

Rev. Amy Current

Vice President for Admissions and Student Services

Classroom to Congregation

From the Classroom to the Congregation

Taking a full class load and serving in this role with three churches is busy. Sometimes, it’s overwhelming. It helps that SWIM church members are flexible and understanding and forgiving of mistakes. They are more self sufficient than any other church I’ve ever experienced. They are willing to try new things, to experiment. They invite most new ideas. I am keenly aware of how wonderful this is.

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