Welcome to Wesley!

We are excited that you will be joining our student body! At Wesley you will find a community of diverse individuals who are collectively living out God’s call upon their lives. Through spiritual formation, scholarship, and active engagement in ministry, Wesley will provide you a wonderful setting as you prepare for ministry. This site is designed to lead you smoothly through all the necessary processes that will prepare you for the start of classes.  Please use the tabs below to walk through all of the information.  If you have a question that is not covered below, please call the Office of Community Life at (202) 885-8694 or send us an email.

  • Getting Started
  • Academic Planning
  • Registration
  • Orientation
  • Directions to Wesley
  • Directions to Wesley Downtown
  • Textbooks


I - Getting Started

This section contains the forms and information you'll need to get you started including the academic planning and orientation registration form and computer user agreement.

Step One: Do Online Now

1. Sign up for Academic Planning and Community Life Orientation

Deadline:  Minimum one week prior to the session of your choice

Every entering degree student is required to attend one Academic Planning session and Community Life Orientation. You do NOT have to wait to register for courses before attending this session.  Please complete the online sign up to reserve your place for one Academic Planning session and Community Life Orientation.  If you cannot attend Orientation on August 28, please know you will be required to make this session up in January 2016 as part of your graduation requirements.

2. Sign up for Housing

Deadline:  Rolling deadline based on vacancies, priority consideration given for applications based on order of receipt.

If you are in need of housing, please visit our on-campus housing page to read about our housing options and rates and submit a housing application.  Applications for Fall 2015 permanent residents and commuter residents are now being accepted.  If you have additional questions, please contact Amelia Masdin, Director of Housing at (202) 885-8612.

3. Financial Aid

If you have any questions about financial aid options at Wesley or federal loans, please contact Mary Vibert, Director of Financial Aid.  There will also be an in-depth session on financial aid during Community Life Orientation.

4. Disability Accomodations

If you are in need of disability accomodations to ensure your academic success, please visit our disability accomodations page to learn more about the guidelines and the request form for students. If you have additonal questions, please contact the Office of Community Life at (202) 885-8694.

Step Two: Print and Complete

1. Computer User Agreement

Deadline: This form is due at your Academic Planning Session

Wesley provides computer access and email accounts to all students. Please download the Computer User Agreement; follow the instructions to complete and submit the third page. You will receive information about your Wesley email account by mail prior to Community Life Orientation dependent upon the date of your acceptance.

2. Covenant of Professional Ethics and Behavior

Deadline: This form is due at your Academic Planning Session

Please take a moment to read our Covenant of Professional Ethics and Behavior. This document will serve as the contract between yourself and the community on campus. The Associate Dean of Community Life would also like to extend an invitation to dialogue about the covenant's meaning and terms of community before you arrive on campus. Please feel free to email or call Associate Dean Asa Lee at 202-885-8614.

3. Immunization Form

Deadline: If you will be under the age of 26 on August 22, 2015, this form is due at your Academic Planning Session

The District of Columbia law states that all students under the age of 26, regardless of program of study, are required to provide proof of immunization. Please download the Immunization Form if you will be under the age of 26 on the first day you are scheduled to begin classes.  After your physician has completed the form, please submit it to the Office of Community Life and Housing.

4. Photo and Video Release

Deadline: This form is due at your Community Life Orientation Session

Frequently, our photographer/webmaster will be present at Wesley events to take photos for use in future Wesley publicity.  Please indicate your approval or rejection of the use of your likeness for these means by completing the Photo Release.

5. Student Information Form

Deadline: This form is due at your Academic Planning Session

Since the contact information you provided on your application may be different from your contact information upon matriculation at Wesley, please take a moment to update your information, including your local contact and denominational information.  It is vital that we have accurate information regarding your address and phone number so that we may contact you in case of emergency.


Our Academic Planning sessions for the 2015-2016 academic year are scheduled for August 26 and August 27 from 5:00 - 8:30 pm. All M.A., M.T.S. and M.Div. students are required to attend an Academic Planning session, which will include a presentation of the degree program requirements and an overview of the Academic Planning and Advising programs. Special (Non-Degree) students are not required to attend but are encouraged to do so as they are able. Please confirm your attendance on the sign up form. The session will begin with devotion, followed by a meal and introductions. At that time we will begin the degree program overview.  At Community Life Orientation this fall, you will have a full day of worship, community building, and seminars designed to answer the questions you may have at this point in your journey. The complete schedule for Orientation is listed in Part IV.

Your Roadmap to Success at Wesley

As a student at Wesley, you are ultimately responsible for insuring that you fulfill the requirements for your program and that you are progressing toward the completion of your degree. We are committed to helping you by providing information about the academic requirements in the Seminary Catalog and the Student Handbook.  We will assign you a faculty advisor who can give guidance as you plan your program.  At Community Life Orientation, you will be able to meet with your advisor and schedule an appointment to develop a long-range degree plan which will be submitted to the Registrar's Office. You will receive more information about this process at the Academic Planning session.

M.A. Students

Students entering under the new Master of Arts degree will meet their advisor, Beverly Mitchell, and discuss with her options for pursuing specific emphases or areas of interest within the degree. Students are able to take any courses they desire, however any required prerequisites for upper level courses must be satisfied.

M.Div. and M.T.S. Students

The M.Div. and M.T.S. degree programs have an identical core of courses that build a foundation for the degree. These courses are in the following areas:

  • Introduction to Hebrew Bible (BI-101 and BI-102)
  • Introduction to New Testament (BI-171 and BI-172)
  • Introduction to the History of Christianity (CH-101 and CH-102)

In addition, the M.Div. degree has additional core courses that, along with the courses listed above, should be completed in the first 27 hours. These courses are in the following areas:

  • Foundations of Christian Worship (PW-101)
  • Spiritual Formation for the Practice of Ministry (MM-101 and MM-102)

As a new student, plan on taking at least one required course during your first semester. You should plan your course load based on your full-time or part-time status and the amount of time in which you plan to complete your degree. In the Catalog, you will find templates to be used as models for academic plans.

Below you will find the suggested courses for students entering in Fall 2015:

Full-time Three Year Plan
Fall 2015  
BI-101-A or -B Introduction to Hebrew Bible (2)
BI-171-A or -B Introduction to New Testament: Gospels (2)
CH-101-A or -B The Church in History: Early Church to Reformation (2)
MM-101-A or -B Spiritual Formation for Ministry (2)
PW-101 Introduction to Corporate Worship (2)
XX-### Elective (2)
Full-time/Part-time Four Year Plan
Fall 2015  
BI-101-A or -B Introduction to Hebrew Bible (2)
BI-171-A or -B Introduction to the New Testament: Gospels (2)
XX-### Electives or Other Requirements (2-5)
Part-time Five Year Plan
Fall 2015  
BI-101 Introduction to Hebrew Bible (2)
BI-171-A or -B Introduction to the New Testament: Gospels (2)


III - Registration

All registration is processed online through WesleyWeb, which is accessed through the My Wesley student portal. Or you may use the direct link to WesleyWeb which will take you to a login screen where you can enter the site using your assigned username and password. For registration instructions, please visit the Registration Instructions webpage. 

If you are admitted prior to June 1, a letter with your log-in information will be mailed to you by June 1. As soon as you receive your log-in information, you may log into WesleyWeb to register for classes. You do not need to wait to attend an academic planning session before registering for classes. For students admitted after June 1, your WesleyWeb log in information will be mailed to you approximately two weeks after you have returned your confirmation form.  If you have not received information three weeks after you have submitted your confirmation form, please contact the Registrar's Office.

REGISTRATION: June 1, 2015 - September 4, 2015
Wesley Web will be available for registration for all spring courses. You may add or drop courses on-line during this time with no restrictions. 

ADD/DROP PERIOD: August 31, 2015 - September 11, 2015
The first two weeks of the semester are the add/drop period. From August 31 - September 4 students will be able to add or drop classes using WesleyWeb. From September 4 - September 11 WesleyWeb will be unavailable for new registrations. Any new registrations and changes to existing registrations must have instructor approval and be made in writing using the registration form. Registration changes are subject to fees as described in the Seminary Catalog.

AN IMPORTANT NOTE: You must be registered before attending class.

Limited Enrollment Courses & Waitlists
Most courses open to entering students do not have enrollment limits. However, some courses have enrollment limits, as indicated in the course listings. When a course is filled, students may elect to be placed on a waitlist for the course. Places on the waitlist are determined on a "first come" basis. As students in the course drop, students from the waitlist are added and notified via email. Waitlists will be maintained until the end of the first week of the semester.

A WORD OF ADVICE: Because returning students have already registered, it is most likely that entering students will not get into courses that have filled. Therefore, do not base your schedule on the hope of getting into a full course.

Holds & Warnings
If WesleyWeb indicates that you have a warning or hold, read the information on the Hold/Warnings link on the WesleyWeb main menu for instructions on how to remove the hold.

Questions & Problems
If you have a question about registration using Wesley Web, have misplaced your log-in information, or you encounter problems, please use the Registration Help Form or contact the Registrar's Office. You may also find answers in Frequently Asked Questions.


Community Life Orientation

Friday August 28, 2015 

All new students must attend all events. This schedule is tentative in regards to the times for all activities. Students will be presented with a schedule the day of the event. Reminder: Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be provided.  Students may dress casually and comfortably. 

Registration, 8:00-8:30 am

Breakfast, 8:30-9:15 am

Reaffirmation, 9:30-10:15 am

Class Photo, 9:15-9:30 am

Formation for Seminary, 10:30-12:00 pm

Community Picnic Lunch, 12-2 pm

Optional Tour will begin at 12:30pm 

Choir Auditions: TG-09 at 12:30-1:30 PM

Breakout Sessions, 2-5 pm

2:00-3:00 pm,   Money Matters (Because it’s Your Money)

·Managing Your Finances for 1st Career Students with Mary Vibert 

·Financial Management and Stewardship for 2nd Career Students: James Ward


3:00 pm-4:00pm, The Role of Theological Research with James Estes 


4:00- 5:00 pm, Student Panel


Eucharist, 5:00- 5:45 PM

Dinner, 6:00 PM



Wesley has two locations in the District of Columbia; one in Upper-Northwest D.C. directly adjacent to the American University Campus, and the other in Downtown DC at Mount Vernon Square. Both locations have classrooms, residence halls, and faculty and administrative offices. Wesley’s Northwest D.C. campus also houses a dining hall, Oxnam Chapel and campus library, and a brand new residence hall. All Wesley students also have the privilege of using the library and wellness facilities at American University.

Wesley Main Campus

4500 Massachusetts Avenue NW Washington, DC 20016

From Virginia: If you travel through Rosslyn, Arlington, etc.
Cross the Key Bridge north into Washington, DC and turn left onto M Street. When M Street bears to the right, it becomes Foxhall Road. Continue on Foxhall Road for approximately 4 miles through a wooded residential area. Foxhall will come to a dead-end at Nebraska Avenue. Turn right at the light onto Nebraska. Follow Nebraska through one light keeping in the right-hand lane. The second light is located at Ward Circle. Travel counter clockwise around 3/4ths of the circle until you reach Massachusetts Avenue, which travels by American University. At Massachusetts Avenue, turn right out of the circle, continue through the light at the entrance to American University, and take the next left onto the driveway of the Wesley campus parking lot. You will then pass the Trott Administration Building on your right. You have arrived! To view a campus map, click here.

From Virginia: If you travel 95 North from south of Washington, DC
Travel I-95 North to the Capitol Beltway (I-495 North) and be sure the sign says north. Take the exit to the right that says I-95 and I-495 North to Tysons Corner. Do not go toward Baltimore. Stay on the beltway through Virginia. After you cross over the Potomac River and enter Maryland, take exit 39, River Road. Once you have taken this exit, turn right onto River Road and travel into Washington, DC. Follow River Road for several miles – you'll cross Western Avenue – until you reach 46th Street. Turn Right onto 46th Street. Follow 46th Street to Massachusetts Avenue. Turn left on Massachusetts Avenue. The Wesley campus will be a short distance up the hill, on your right. Turn right onto the driveway.You have arrived! (If you find yourself in the Ward traffic circle, you have gone too far.)To view a campus map, click here.

From Maryland: If you travel south from upper Maryland
Take I-270 to I-495 toward Tysons Corner Virginia to exit 39, River Road. Or, take I-95 (and at the split take I-495/Silver Spring, not I-95 South or downtown Washington, DC.) Travel on I-495 for several miles. After I-270 merges with I-495 you will take exit 39, River Road. Once you have taken this exit, turn right onto River Road following the signs for Washington D.C. Follow River Road for several miles, you'll cross over Western Avenue. Turn right on 46th Street – the road after Western Avenue. Turn Left on to Massachusetts Avenue. You will travel a short distance up the hill with the Wesley campus on your right. Turn right onto the driveway.You have arrived! (If you find yourself in the Ward traffic circle, you have gone too far.) To view a campus map, click here.

When traveling on the Metro

The WMATA website has a Trip Planning tool that is very helpful for navigating the Metro subway system in Washington, DC. The closest Metro stop to Wesley is the Tenleytown station on the Red Line. You can either take the M4 bus toward Sibley Hospital, which loops past Wesley. Or you can take the American University shuttle (blue or red) for the AU community, arriving every 15 minutes at the Metro station. Disembark at the Katzen Arts Center stop and walk one and a half blocks down the hill along Massachusetts Avenue (West) toward Wesley. The campus will be on your left. To view a campus map, click here.

Wesley Campus Map


Wesley Downtown is located in the heart of Washington, DC on the corner of Massachusetts Avenue and 9th Street (NW). Wesley Downtown is just steps from the the Convention Center, and blocks from the National Mall, the Smithsonian, the Verizon Center, and Chinatown. The facility is easily accessible by metro via the Metro Center, Mt. Vernon, and Gallery Place/Chinatown Metro stations. 

Public Transportation Options from Wesley Seminary to Mt. Vernon Square/Asbury

Note: East side is across Massachusetts Avenue from the seminary. West side is on the seminary side of Massachusetts Avenue.

American University Shuttle and Metrotrain:
Take the outbound AU shuttle bus located just inside Glover Gate (AU driveway on Mass Avenue across from the AU Katzen Art Center) to Tenleytown Metro. Take Red Line Metro towards Glenmont/Silver Spring.  Exit at Gallery Place/Chinatown.  Walk .42 mile north to 900 Massachusetts Avenue.

Use WMATA Trip Planner here.

Metro buses to 9th Street and Massachusetts Avenue:
Take N4 Bus (Farragut Square) at Massachusetts Avenue (west side) and 45th Street.  Exit at Farragut West Metro Station.  Walk a short distance east on K Street N.W. to 17th Street.  Take the DC Circulator Bus (Black, red and yellow in color) toward Union Station.  Arrive at 9th Street and Massachusetts Avenue.

Metro buses and Metrotrain to Massachusetts Avenue and 7th Street:
Take N8 Bus (Wesley Heights/Van Ness UDC Station) at Massachusetts Avenue (east side) and 45th Street to the Van Ness UDC metro station. Take Red Line Metro towards Glenmont/Silver Spring.  Exit at Gallery Place/Chinatown.  Take 70 Bus toward Silver Spring Station.  Exit at 7th and Massachusetts Avenue. Walk .17 mile north to 900 Massachusetts Avenue N.W.

Metro buses to 13th and K Streets:
Take N4 Bus (Farragut Square) at Massachusetts Avenue (west side) and 45th Street.  Exit at Massachusetts Avenue and 20th Street.  Take D6 Bus (Stadium Armory Station).  Exit at 13th and K Streets.  Walk .34 mile east to 900 Massachusetts Avenue N.W.

Metro buses to 9th and H Streets:
Take N4 Bus (Farragut Square) at Massachusetts Avenue (west side) and 45th Street.  Exit at Farragut West Metro Station.  Walk a short distance east to 17th and I Streets N.W. Take 42 Bus (Metro Center).  Exit at 9th and H Streets N.W.  Walk .22 mile north to 900 Massachusetts Avenue N.W.

Additional Parking Options for Drivers

  • Parking garages near Mount Vernon Square vary in rate but can charge anywhere from $4 an hour to $20 for the entire day.
  • Metered parking is available in limited quantity around the immediate vicinity with most meters having a one-hour or two-hour limit. Each quarter buys about 7 minutes.
  • Two-hour zoned parking (free) is available on some neighborhood side streets.
  • The rush hour parking restrictions are from 4:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Therefore some of the metered and zoned parking spaces are off-limits during that time. However, some of those same spaces do not require money after 6:30 p.m. Read the signs where you park carefully to avoid a ticket.
  • The parking garage for the Mt. Vernon UMC and adjoining office building can be accessed on the block of 10th Street between Mass Avenue and K Street. There is a parking rate of $10 per hour or $16 for the entire day. Therefore parking there for a class would be $16.  Wesley is unable to secure “free” spaces during the day at this garage. Please note that parking is free for all people attending worship at Mount Vernon Place United Methodist Church.
  • Parking in the Asbury garage is free of charge by displaying a parking permit obtained from the Community Life Office at Wesley.  Parking is provided during the evening section of classes but not during the afternoon section in order to assist students traveling to class after dark. 



Purchasing Textbooks

In an effort to make buying your books simple and intuitive, we have partnered with the AU Campus Store and created an Amazon Associates website. You may also choose to buy your books through Cokesbury.com, any other supplier, or you may also chose to borrow or seek out used copies through other means. The required and recommended texts for all courses are available through WesleyWeb in the course information, as well as being listed on our Amazon site and on shopAmericanU.com

Should you choose to purchase your books through our Amazon site, we have created a guide to help you through that process.

You may also wish to set up an Amazon Student account in order to access Amazon Prime benefits such as free shipping. More information about how to set up an Amazon Student account is also in the textbook purchasing guide.

The AU Campus Store also offers free in store pickup for any online orders. For location hours and additional information on how to order from the AU Campus store can be found here at AU Campus Store location map.    

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