Seated in the nation's capital, centered in Christian faith, Wesley Theological Seminary prepares over 1,000 students annually, representing more than 30 denominations, to become exemplary teachers, preachers, and leaders in the world today.
The mission of Wesley Theological Seminary is to equip Christians for leadership in the church and the world, to advance theological scholarship, and to model a prophetic voice in the public square. Wesley is a teaching seminary and a service-oriented community. Our graduates are in ministry in all 50 states and in 20 countries as leaders of churches and other service organizations.
Wesley has come to have a strong impact through its commitment to service and to congregational partnerships. As vectors of creative, collaborative and scholarly practice, the members of Wesley's 2010 graduating class alone will minister to more than half a million people in the course of their careers. I welcome you to join them. - The Rev. Dr. David McAllister-Wilson, President
Founded | 1882
Affiliation | The United Methodist Church
Wesley is one of the most diverse seminaries in the world. Within the community of about 500 students, 56% are women, 43% are an ethnic minority, and 38 denominations are represented. Clubs and organizations on campus include Association of Black Seminarians, Episcopal Student Union, Korean Student Association, Open Room, Of Sacred Worth, LOGOS, Multicultural Fellowship, Plumbline, Presbyterian Student Organization, Student Council, Unitarian Universalist Student Association, The Writing Group, Wesley Student Fellowship, and Wesley Ambassadors. New student groups are regularly formed based on the needs and interests of the community.
About 30% of the student body lives on campus in 2 residence halls, including both standard dorm style rooms and apartments.
Wesley is located in the Northwest quadrant of the District of Columbia, directly adjacent to American University. Wesley's campus consists of a chapel, library, residence hall, apartment building, administrative building, dining hall, faculty offices. classrooms, and community meeting areas. Wesley students have the privilege of using the library and wellness facilities at American University. Wesley is also a member of the Washington Theological Consortium which affords students the opportunity to take classes at and use the library facilities of any member institution. Wesley has long been a leader in promoting the intersection of Arts and Theology and in that vein boasts an art studio with changing exhibits and several artists in residence each semester.
Wesley offers 4 degrees including Master of Divinity, Master of Arts, Master of Theological Studies, and Doctor of Ministry. In addition, Wesley offers a dual degree program with neighboring American University combining a Master of Theological Studies from Wesley and a Master of Arts degree in International Peace and Conflict Resolution or International Development from American University. The Master of Divinity and Master of Arts degrees include a Practice in Ministry and Mission (PMM) placement, Covenant Discipleship, and an Intercultural Immersion. Optional specialities within the Master of Divinity degree include Youth Ministry, Student Pastor Program, Emerging Ministry, and Urban Ministry. Master of Arts and Master of Theological Studies offer many options for specialization.
Introductory lecture classes average 30-60 students in size. Discussion based classes generally include 6-10 students.