Wartburg Theological Seminary Quick Facts
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Number of Students
Tuition Costs for 2016 - 2017
Dating back to 1854, Wartburg Theological Seminary is one of eight seminaries formally associated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. In addition to its master's-level programs, Wartburg is home to the Center for Global Theologies, Center for Theology and Land, and Center for Youth Ministry. They thrive on being a "worship-centered community" with numerous opportunities for students to participate in the life of the church and seminary.
Wartburg Seminary offers the MDiv (with concentrations in either Hispanic Ministry or Youth, Culture and Mission), general MA degree, and MA in Diaconal Ministry. All three degree programs are available in traditional residential learning format or in distributed learning format (online courses combined with intensive onsite courses).
Students at WTS are fortunate to partake of a number of formal and informal gatherings to encourage fellowship and community amongst members of the seminary. Daily chapel services are held in Loehe chapel, and students regularly participate in chapel in a variety of ways. Communion is held every Wednesday. Furthermore, many student groups are formed and meet during the year, including groups for student spouses. Services available for students include subsidized counseling and a dedicated fitness area (the "Re-Formation Room").
The city of Dubuque itself has much to offer students. With a population of roughly 60,000, the relatively small city offers a number of interesting outings, from the Dubuque Museum of Art to the National Farm Toy Museum. The city also boasts over 40 parks and numerous trails for hikers and bikers to enjoy. Coupled with a relatively low cost of living, Dubuque is an excellent place to spend one's seminary years.
Wartburg offers very generous housing options for both its single and married students, with or without kids, with or without pets. Pricing is much lower than similar options in the area. In addition, all utilities are included (water, electric, cable, high speed internet, telephone, and gas). Options include residence halls for single students without children or pets as well as 1, 2, and 3-bedroom apartment options.
Wartburg offers generous financial aid to all eligible students. Award options include need-based grants and several scholarship funds, including numerous renewable scholarships designated "leadership awards." The ELCA also offers the Fund for Leaders in Mission (FLM), which funds full-tuition scholarships. The seminary also participates in sever