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Educational Effectiveness

Westminster Theological Seminary, through a world-class faculty with a faithfully Reformed and confessional curriculum, trains students to serve in roles of the global church in the 21st century, including pastors and theologians, to the glory of God. As we strive for excellence, each degree program utilizes learning goals to carry out this mission. (See the degree program section of Westminster's Academic Catalog for learning goals.) Westminster's faculty members hold an annual Assessment Day to evaluate the effectiveness of each degree program. On this day, the faculty assess the results of direct and indirect measures of student learning. These measures include juried reviews of papers; Mentored Ministry evaluations; presbytery surveys; and entering, graduating, and alumni questionnaires, among others. The following assessment results reflect Westminster's educational effectiveness.

Placement Information

Westminster's degree programs are designed to prepare students for ministry and advanced graduate studies. The following placement rates for the Class of 2015 pertain to those alumni seeking professional employment who obtained professional employment one year after graduating. The percentage of graduates who pursued further studies after graduation is also provided.

Degree % Employed of Those Seeking a Position
% Pursued Further Studies
 M.Div. 91% 10%
 M.A.R. 91% 45%
 M.A.C. 100% 7%
 Th.M. 100% 0%
 Ph.D. 100% N/A
  • D.Min. students are not included in the placement statistics because ministry placement is an admissions requirement.

Graduates were placed in the following fields:

Ministry Vocation M.Div. M.A.R. M.A.C. Th.M. Ph.D.
 Pastor 39%   10% 25% 33%

 Christian Education/Youth Work (in congregation)

18% 25%      
 Campus Ministry 3%    10%    
 Administration/Education 3%        
 Counseling 3%   40%   17%
 Parachurch Ministry 3% 38%      
 Teaching   25% 10% 25% 50%
 Chaplaincy 3%        
 Bi-vocational 22% 12% 30% 25%  
 Other 6%     25%  


(Class of 2015 Alumni Survey, 69% response rate)

Completion Rate

Entering Class Summer/Fall 2010 (MDiv) and Summer/Fall 2012 (MAR & MAC):

 Degree  Completion Rate
 MDiv  68.8%
 MAR  57.9%
 MAC  65.6%


The completion rates above are based on the time frame standard given by the Association of Theological Schools: 6 years for MDiv programs and 4 years for MA programs. The cohorts include students who may have transferred from another program.

 

Educational Effectiveness and Growth

Westminster conducts annual surveys of graduating students to assess their spiritual and personal growth upon completion of their degree. Students graduating in 2016 reported the following:

 Westminster most effectively cultivated: Average (out of 5)
 Trust in God 4.2
 Enthusiasm for learning 4.0
 Respect for my own religious traditions 4.0
 Insight into the troubles of others 4.0

 

 Students grew most in these areas: Average
 Ability to think theologically 4.4
 Ability to use and interpret Scripture 4.4
 Knowledge of church doctrine and history 4.1

 

 Students agreed most with these statements about their experience: Average 
 My faith is stronger than when I came 4.2
 I have grown spiritually 4.2
 My personal faith has been respected 4.2