STATEMENT OF EDUCATIONAL EFFECTIVENESS
Covenant Theological Seminary is committed to effective education and preparation for a variety of Christian ministries locally, nationally, and globally. Our 4,157 degreed graduates currently live or serve in all 50 states and 47 countries in a variety of vocational and non-vocational ministry positions. These men and women serve the Kingdom of God as senior or solo pastors, associate or assistant pastors, youth or campus ministers, church lay leaders, counselors, chaplains, translators, educators, missionaries, business owners, community and political leaders, film makers, homemakers, and in many other Christ-centered and God-honoring ways. More than 7,500 other alumni have grown in and through our courses over the past 60 years. Together, our alumni body is over 11,000 members strong.
Our effectiveness is evidenced by the fact that, by God’s grace, the placement rate within twelve months of graduation for our Master of Divinity graduates seeking ministry positions with the Seminary’s recommendation has been consistently high, more than 92% cumulatively for the past 10 years, with most graduates entering full-time church leadership. The placement rate for MDiv graduates for the 2015-16 year (the last year for which complete statistics are available) is 95.1%.
Placement for all master’s degrees, as reported to ATS in 2015-16 (the last year for which all-degree statistics are available), are:
• MDIV: 95.1% (78% vocational placement; 17.1% other placement)
• MAEM: 100% (90% vocational placement; 10% other placement)
• MARC: 100% (100% vocational placement)
• MAC: 90.5% (60% vocational placement; 30.5% other placement)
• MATS: 76.9% (69.3 % vocational placement; 7.6% other placement)
Vocational placement is any profession, vocation, or work—paid or unpaid—that naturally results from and logically flows out of study in the particular field. Non-vocational placement is any other profession, vocation, or work—paid or unpaid—that falls outside a natural and logical progression of education-to-employment track. Non-vocational placement does not imply that these individuals could not be placement vocationally, nor does it imply that non-vocational placement was a substitute for professional and vocational pursuits.
This placement rate builds upon the student experience in the classroom and community. Student satisfaction surveys reveal the following about the student experience at Covenant Seminary related to our mission.
• 95% of students are satisfied that they have grown in their personal understanding of God’s grace and in their ability to lead God’s people with grace.
• 98% of students are satisfied that they have grown in their ability to minister God’s Word and articulate it clearly.
• 93% of students would commend their experience at Covenant Seminary to others.