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 four 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%.

2011-12 Graduation Rates
Enrolled Discontinued In Process Graduated % Graduated
DMIN* 43 7 6 30 70%
MAIS 1 0 0 1 100%
MAML 24 14 0 10 42%
MDIV 36 21 0 15 42%
MSFD 17 7 0 10 59%
MATS   10 3 0 7 70%
Total 131 52 6 73 56%
2012-13 Graduation Rates
Enrolled Discontinued In Process Graduated % Graduated
DMIN* 44 12 2 30 68%
MAIS 26 13 1 12 46%
MAML 14 9 0 5 36%
MDIV 40 16 7 17 43%
MSFD 38 24 1 13 34%
MATS   10 5 0 5 50%
Total 172 79 11 82 48%
2013-2014 Graduation Rates
Enrolled Discontinued In Process Graduated % Graduated
DMIN* 33 12 6 15 45%
MAML 13 8 0 5 38%
MDIV 17 10 3 4 24%
MSFD 18 9 2 7 39%
MATS   9 3 0 6 67%
Total 90 42 11 37 41%
2014-15 Graduation Rates
Enrolled Discontinued In Process Graduated % Graduated
DMIN* 60 9 17 34 57%
MAIS 2 0 2 0 0%
MAML 15 15 0 0 0%
MDIV 18 13 5 0 0%
MSFD 14 8 0 6 43%
MATS  9 5 1 3 33%
Total 118 50 25 43 36%
Total: 2011/12-2014/15 Graduate Rates
Enrolled Discontinued In Process Graduated % Graduated
DMIN* 180 40 31 109 61%
MAIS** 29 13 3 13 45%
MAML 66 46 0 20 30%
MDIV 111 60 15 36 32%
MSFD 87 48 3 36 41%
MATS   38 16 1 21 55%
Grand Total 511 223 53 235 46%

*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.