We are committed to offering graduate education programs that experience true results. Each year, we evaluate our programs based on completion rates, educational effectiveness, placement rates, and spiritual growth.
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.
Westminster's degree programs are designed to prepare students for ministry and advanced graduate studies. The following placement rates for the Class of 2017 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. DMin students are included in the placement statistics because ministry placement is an admissions requirement.
Graduates were placed in the following fields:
(Class of 2017 Alumni Survey, 56 percent response rate)
Entering Class Summer/Fall 2012 (MDiv) and Summer/Fall 2014 (MAR & MAC):
MDiv - 71.2 percent completion rate
MAR - 38.5 percent completion rate
MAC - 57.1 percent completion rate
The above completion rates above are based on the timeframe 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 2018 reported the following: