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


General Inquiries

How is WLS affiliated with Wilfrid Laurier?

Waterloo Lutheran Seminary is a graduate school operated by the Eastern Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church In Canada and is a federated college of Wilfrid Laurier University. Seminary students obtain degrees issued by Wilfrid Laurier University.

The close relationship between the Seminary and the university offers many advantages.  All the facilities and academic, social, athletic and cultural programs of the university are available to seminary students. Moreover, Seminary students may take additional courses in the University to enrich their program of theological studies, such as in Social Work, Religion and Culture and other areas.

Answers to general frequently asked questions are below.  Click the menu tabs on the left for answers to FAQs on Application, Programs and for International Applicants.

Where are you located?

Waterloo Lutheran Seminary is located at the south-west end of the Wilfrid Laurier University campus, at the corner of Albert and Bricker streets, in Waterloo, Ontario. Our mailing address is 75 University Avenue West, Waterloo, ON, N2L 3C5. View map.

Waterloo is situated within an hour's drive of Toronto, London and Hamilton, and a two hour drive of the Niagara Falls U.S. border.

Why should I choose Waterloo Lutheran Seminary for my studies?

Waterloo Lutheran Seminary has been equipping people as leaders in church and the world since 1911 and is the founding institution of both Wilfrid Laurier University and University of Waterloo.

A fully accredited member of The Association of Theological Schools, Waterloo Lutheran Seminary is the premier choice for theological graduate studies for both ordained and lay ministry.

With just over one hundred students, and 15 full and part-time faculty members, Waterloo Lutheran Seminary offers small classes and a tightly knit community. Our students report that they appreciate the friendly, student-focused atmosphere, while being able to enjoy all the benefits of being full students of Wilfrid Laurier University, a world-class university.

Seminary students have access to their own Student Advisor, a certified Career Development Practitioner who assists the students one-on-one to plan their current studies and career after graduation.  Our graduates find employment in ordained ministry, as well as lay ministry, including schools, hospitals and community agencies. We offer the most extensive selection of programs in Spiritual Care and Counselling in Canada. Approximately half of our graduates pursue counselling careers, one quarter pursue ordination after graduation, and the other quarter pursue other careers in lay ministry.

Waterloo is home to two universities and several church colleges. This vibrant, dynamic community is a great place to live and study and has a student population of over 20,000. Waterloo is a one of Canada's safest, friendliest, most affordable cities. Waterloo is a fun, culturally diverse city with a multitude of diverse offerings to stimulate your mind and interests. The City of Waterloo is large enough to have all the amenities you could want, yet small enough to have a sense of community second to none.

Do I have to be Lutheran or Christian to attend WLS?

No. We warmly welcome students of all backgrounds and denominations. Waterloo Lutheran Seminary provides for the scholarly study of Christian faith in an interdenominational setting.  Approximately one-quarter of our students are Lutheran, and the other three-quarters are other denominations (Christian and non-Christian).

Do I have to live in Waterloo Region to study at WLS?

No. Many of our students commute from London, Toronto, Hamilton and other cities. Many of our classes run in three-hour time blocks once a week, with some classes on evenings and weekends for your convenience.

Can I come for a visit?

Certainly. Please contact our Admissions Coordinator at or 519-884-0710 ext. 3234 who will be pleased to arrange a tour of the Seminary, and introduce you to the faculty and staff. There is parking at the south side of the Seminary, at the corner of Albert and Bricker streets. Please ask for a permit at the Seminary Office for your visit.

Prospective students are encouraged to join us for our Information Night which runs twice a year. All are welcome!  Come and see if a career in ministry, spiritual care or counselling is for you.  Please contact our Admissions Coordinator at or 519-884-0710, ext 3234 to find out when the next Information Night will be held.

Are there worship services at WLS?

Yes. As a community of faith, worship is an important community-affirming moment at WLS. There is a worship service in the Seminary’s Keffer Memorial Chapel at 12:00 pm Tuesdays through Thursdays during the term, with full Eucharistic one-hour services on Wednesdays. Chapel is open to members of the University and the wider community. We hope that you will invite others to join us. Additional special worship events take place during the year; for more information, please call 519-884-0710 ext. 3619.

Is the Seminary wheelchair accessible?

Yes. Our building is equipped with an elevator, and our north-east entrance is ramped and has an activation switch. If you are visiting and have accessibility challenges, please call the Seminary Office and we will be pleased to assist you.

Who do I contact for more information?

All prospective students are invited to contact our Admissions Coordinator at or 519 884-0710 ext. 3234.  For information on our Lecture Series, please contact Dr. Allen Jorgenson at ext. 3619. For all general inquiries, please contact the Office Coordinator at ext. 3241.

If you have further questions, we welcome you to contact us: 519-884-0710 ext. 3234.