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Wilfrid Laurier University Waterloo Lutheran Seminary
April 18, 2014
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MDIV Application Instructions

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Address all communications to: 
Waterloo Lutheran Seminary
Attn: Admissions Coordinator
75 University Avenue West,
Waterloo, ON, N2L 3C5
Phone: (519) 884-0710 ext. 3234
Fax: (519) 725-2434

Students entering the MDiv program are not required to hold a Bachelor’s degree nor complete a thesis or major comprehensive paper.  Students may apply for the MDiv after completing a minimum of 10 undergraduate courses (normally with a minimum Grade Point Average of B-) from a recognized accredited university or university college.   Students not seeking a career in ministry can apply to the Master of Arts in Theology: Christian Studies.The Master of Divinity program can be applied to for any term (Fall, Winter or Spring term start).  The Master of Divinity-Master of Social Work program can only be applied to for Fall term start.  Applications will be processed when the appropriate application form, application fee, and all supporting materials have been received.  Your completed dossier will be reviewed by the Academic Admissions Committee and you may be invited for a personal interview.  The decision of the Committee will be shared with the applicant normally within one month of receipt of completed application.  Courses can be registered for after an offer of admission is accepted.   Application materials will not be returned. 

COMPLETING AN MDIV FROM A DIPLOMA IN THEOLOGY:Diploma in Theology graduates of Waterloo Lutheran Seminary may apply to complete a Master of Divinity by following steps 2, 6 and 10 below.   Admitted students will be informed of course requirements to fulfil the MDiv program (normally two courses).  The Diploma in Theology must be relinquished in order to obtain a Master of Divinity degree from Waterloo Lutheran Seminary.


1)      Familiarize yourself with the program and admission requirements for the MDiv: 

2)       Complete the online application form via Wilfrid Laurier University and the Ontario University Application Centre (OUAC), found here:  A non-refundable application fee of $100 is paid online by credit card. Should you encounter technical difficulties with the application, please contact OUAC directly at 519-823-1940.

3)       Order original transcripts from all college and universities you have attended, included incomplete degrees and diplomas.  Transcripts from some Ontario colleges and universities schools can be ordered during the OUAC application process and will be sent to Waterloo Lutheran Seminary electronically.  If your institution was not on the list, you will need to contact that institution directly and order a transcript to be sent to Waterloo Lutheran Seminary attn: Admissions Coordinator.  If you attended Wilfrid Laurier University, you will not need to order that transcript.  We cannot accept photocopied or unofficial transcripts, nor can we accept original transcripts in opened envelopes.  Transcripts do not need to be ordered for WLS alumni applying for another degree as we will have your transcripts on file.

4)      Arrange two letters of reference.  Print out confidential assessment forms during OUAC application and deliver to referees.  The letters of reference can be mailed directly to Waterloo Lutheran Seminary attn: Admissions Coordinator or given to applicant to forward to WLS provided the letter is in a sealed envelope with a signature across the envelope seal.  One of the references should be academic -- only if you have not attended university in the last five years is an academic reference not required. The other reference should be your pastor or church leader. If one or both of the persons named is closely related to you, please request one or two additional references as necessary.

5)      Save and print the Submission Summary at the end of the OUAC application process.  OUAC does not notify WLS of your application or forward the Submission Summary.

6)      Complete and print Personal Information Form found here.  Instructions for the separate Personal Statement are detailed on this form.

7)       TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) exam (if applicable):  Applicants whose language of instruction for an undergraduate degree was other than English must furnish evidence of proficiency in English usage prior to admission.  A minimum score of 550 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or its equivalent is required.  Please arrange to have the official results of TOEFL sent directly to the Seminary Office as soon as these are available.

8)      For Contextual Stream applicants: Arrange for a letter of endorsement for study from the candidacy committee of your denomination to be sent to Waterloo Lutheran Seminary attn: Admissions Coordinator.  Students may be eligible for admission to the MDiv program without a letter of endorsement; however, no Contextual placements will be given. 

9)      Mail signed Submission Summary, Personal Information Form and Personal Statement to Waterloo Lutheran Seminary attn: Admissions Coordinator.  Include a résumé of your academic and work experience.  Include letters of reference and transcripts unless they are being mailed directly, and the letter of endorsement and TOEFL score if applicable.  All application materials must by the application deadline.  International Applicants are advised to apply an additional six months in advance of regular application deadlines (see below).

10)   Contact the WLS Admissions Coordinator at 519-884-0710 ext 3234 after you have submitted your application so we know to expect your application materials.  Application Deadlines for the Master of Divinity: December 15th, 2013 for Spring term 2014 admissions, January 15, 2014 for Fall term 2014 admissions and August 15, 2014 for Winter term 2014 admissions.  All application materials must arrive to the Seminary Office by the deadline.  International Applicants should apply an additional six months in advance of regular application deadlines. 

Application Deadlines:

January 15th for the following Fall term (September - December)
August 15th for the following Winter term (January - April)
December 15th for the following Spring term (May - August)