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Educational Effectiveness

The seminary is accredited by the Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools (ATS) in the United States and Canada, which requires that all member schools report on their educational effectiveness as it relates to graduation and placement rates of their students. Below, you will find information related to the graduation rate of our students and the placement rate of our graduates.

Graduation Rate

Graduation rate information for five consecutive years is displayed in the tables below. Each table gives information pertaining to the class that enrolled during that Academic Year. For example, in the 2006-2007 Academic Year, 20 students enrolled in the MDiv program. Of those 20, 8 have since discontinued their degree program, 0 are still actively in process, and 12 have graduated. The overall graduation rate for MDiv students enrolling in the 2007-2008 Academic Year is 21/26, or 79%.

2007-2008 Graduation Rates
Enrolled Discontinued In Process Graduated % Graduated
DMIN 33 6 1 26 79%
MAML 19 7   12 63%
MDIV 26 5   21 81%
MSFD 9 1   8 89%
MATS 10 5   5 50%
MACM 1     1 100%
Total 98 24 1 73 74%
2008-2009 Graduation Rates
Enrolled Discontinued In Process Graduated % Graduated
DMIN  25 3 0 22 88%
MAIS  0 0 0 0
MAML 24 15 0 9 38%
MDIV 21 12 0 9 43%
MSFD 15 7 0 8 53%
MATS   10 7  1  2 20%
Total 95 44 1 50 53%
2009-2010 Graduation Rates
Enrolled Discontinued In Process Graduated % Graduated
DMIN  43 10 1 32 74%
MAIS 0 0 0
MAML 23 16 0 7 30%
MDIV 37 18 0 19 51%
MSFD 28 11 1 16 57%
MATS   16 9 0 7 44%
Total 147 64 2 81 55%
2010-2011 Graduation Rates
Enrolled Discontinued In Process Graduated % Graduated
DMIN  36 6 2 28 78%
MAIS 0 0  0  0 0%
MAML 17 8 0 9 53%
MDIV 42 16 3 23 55%
MSFD 20 10 10 50%
MATS   9 5   4 44%
Total 124 45 5 74 60%
2011-12 Graduation Rates
Enrolled Discontinued In Process Graduated % Graduated
DMIN* 42 8 6 28 67%
MAIS 1 0 0 1 100%
MAML 24 14 0 10 42%
MDIV 36 20 3 13 36%
MSFD 17 7 0 10 59%
MATS   10 3 2 5 50%
Total 130 52 11 67 52%
2012-13 Graduation Rates
Enrolled Discontinued In Process Graduated % Graduated
MAIS 26 13 2 11 42
MAML 14 8 0 6 43
MDIV 40 20 9 11 28
MSFD 38 23 2 13 34
MATS  10 5 1 4 40
Total 172 82 23 67 39
Total: 2007/8-2011/12 Graduate Rates
Enrolled Discontinued In Process Graduated % Graduated
DMIN  190 40 18 132 76%
MAIS** 27 13 2 12 44%
MAML 102 61 0 41 40%
MDIV 176 86 15 75 43%
MSFD 118 58 3 57 48%
MATS   55 29 4 22 40%
Grand Total 668 287 42 339 51%

*Since DMin students commonly take 2 or even 3 years to complete their dissertations, we do not begin tracking a given class' graduate rate until the 6th year after they started to allow time for students to complete the program, providing an accurate reflection of the program's actual graduation rate. 


Placement Rate

The tables below display the placement rates of our graduates for the three most recent academic years, by learning community: DMin (Doctor of Ministry), LLC (Local Learning Community), OLC (Online Learning Community). A description of the placement catagories, supplied by the ATS, is included below the tables. Note that several of the degrees we offer are chosen by students for personal enrichment, not vocational placement.

Placement Rates for Graduates 2011-12 through 2013-14

Placement Rates for Graduates in the 2013-14 Academic Year
Degree Vocational Employment Non Vocational Employment Further Study Seeking Placement Other
DMIN 95% 0% 0% 5.00% 0%
LLC 71% 6% 11% 6% 6%
OLC 65% 15% 4% 14% 3%
Total Average 81% 7% 5% 5% 2%
Placement Rates for Graduates in the 2012-13 Academic Year
Degree Vocational Employment Non Vocational Employment Further Study Seeking Placement Other
DMIN 75% 19% 0% 3% 3%
LLC 64% 12% 12% 12% 0%
OLC 88% 0% 0% 12% 0%
Total Average 74% 14% 3% 7% 2%
Placement Rates for Graduates in the 2011-12 Academic Year
Degree Vocational Employment Non Vocational Employment Further Study Seeking Placement Other
DMIN 75% 7% 4% 14% 0%
LLC 58% 15% 4% 15% 8%
OLC 55% 36% 0% 9% 0%
Total Average 64% 15% 4% 14% 3%

  • Vocational placement. The graduate is in a position for which the degree program prepared he graduate. Some graduates may have placements related to their degree programs prior to graduating; these may be reported as degree related placements. Such placements may be compensated or volunteer positions.
  • Non-vocational placement. The graduate received a graduate theological degree designed for personal enrichment rather than vocational preparation. Graduates in positions, compensated or volunteer, which reflect their vocational choice may be placed in this category.
  • Further study. The graduate is pursuing additional education. This education may be at the graduate or undergraduate level.
  • Seeking placement. The graduate is actively seeking appropriate placement.
  • Other. The graduate has a position or placement that does not fall within the above categories.

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