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Wilfrid Laurier University Waterloo Lutheran Seminary
May 22, 2015
Canadian Excellence


Relationship with the University
As a federated college of Wilfrid Laurier University and a member of the University Graduate Faculty Council, the Seminary maintains close ties, especially with the Department of Religion and Culture and the Faculty of Social Work. Seminary students may take certain courses from the Department of Religion and Culture.

The ties with the Faculty of Social Work are maintained through the offering of a joint MDiv/MTS-MSW degree program. This program allows students to explore the interrelationship of theology and social work.

The close relationship between the Seminary and the University also offers other advantages. All the facilities and academic, social, athletic and cultural programs of the University are available to Seminary students. The Seminary is a fully accredited member of the Association of Theological Schools.

Partnership with counselling centres
WLS works in a partnership with a number of counselling agencies in the Waterloo region and Ontario’s Golden Horseshoe. Through the years partnerships with these counselling centres have played an integral role in the pastoral counselling programs offered at Waterloo Lutheran Seminary providing the clinical experiences required for its Master of Theological Studies with a concentration in Pastoral Counselling, its Master of Theology in Pastoral Counselling, and its Doctor of Ministry in Pastoral Counselling and Marriage and Family Studies.

The agencies offer post degree programs in marriage and family therapy, some of which are accredited by the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy and The Canadian Association for Pastoral Practice and Education. Trainees have come from every part of Canada, the USA and overseas.

Relationship with other institutions
The academic resources of Waterloo Lutheran Seminary are strengthened by courses offered through Conrad Grebel College [CGC], a Mennonite church-related academic and residential college affiliated with the University of Waterloo.

WLS has co-operated with CGC since 1961 in the offering of courses to students at both institutions. Faculty at CGC are listed as adjunct faculty of Waterloo Lutheran Seminary and students seeking to take approved courses through CGC on a Letter of Permission may register for such courses through Waterloo Lutheran Seminary.

WLS has an agreement with the Toronto School of Theology, of which it is an affiliate member, the Faculty of Theology at Huron College, and McMaster Divinity College whereby students seeking to take courses through these schools on a Letter of Permission may register for such courses through Waterloo Lutheran Seminary upon approval.

WLS co-operates with the Mennonite Church to offer courses of special interest to students preparing for leadership in the Mennonite tradition. For details concerning these courses, please contact the Director of Pastoral Leadership Training, Mennonite Conference of Eastern Canada, Kitchener, ON (Phone: 519-650-3806 ; Fax: 519-650-3947).

Waterloo Lutheran Seminary permits students to take courses on a Letter of Permission from schools that are accredited by the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada. Courses taken on a Letter of Permission for ATS-accredited institutions would normally be registered through the host school and the student would be responsible to the host school for meeting admission requirements and payment of fees.

Contact the Waterloo Lutheran Seminary Office for further information.