Statement of Educational Effectiveness

Trinity Lutheran Seminary, a seminary of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, offers the following degrees as part of its mission to form leaders for Christ’s church at work in the world:  

Master of Divinity (M.Div.)
Master of Arts in Church Music (MACM)
Master of Arts in Christian Education  (MACE)
Master of Arts in Youth and Family Ministry (MAYFM)
Master of Theological Studies (MTS)
Master of Sacred Theology (STM)
Doctor of Ministry Degree (D.Min. - in partnership with the Methodist Theological School in Ohio)

Year by year as a key marker of its educational effectiveness the seminary tracks how many of its graduates, within a year of graduation, are in vocational placements (positions for which their degree programs prepared them) or are pursuing further theological study. Some students desire a degree for personal enrichment rather than vocational preparation; such students who are in placements after graduation that reflect their vocational choices are also tracked.

As of May 2015 Trinity graduates from the class of 2014 were situated as follows:

M.Div. – 17 of the 18 graduates were in vocational placements and one was seeking vocational placement. Effectiveness rate: 94%

MACE – There were no graduates from the Master of Arts in Christian Education program in 2014.

MACM – All four graduates were in vocational placements directly related to music ministry. Effectiveness rate: 100%

MAYFM – The one Master of Arts in Youth and Family Ministry graduate was engaged in further study.  Effectiveness rate: 100%

MTS – Three of the seven graduates were in vocational placement, two were engaged in further study, one was seeking vocational placement, and one was in placement that does not fall within these categories. Effectiveness rate: 71%

STM – One of the four graduates was in a placement reflecting personal enrichment, two were engaged in further study, and one was in a placement that does not fall within these categories. Effectiveness rate: 75%

D.Min. – A relatively new degree, with the first students entering the program in 2009, there were not yet any graduates from the Doctor of Ministry program in 2013.
 
Altogether, of the 34 Trinity graduates in the class of 2014, 30 were pursuing their vocations through meaningful employment or further study in fields for which their degrees prepared them.
Overall effectiveness rate: 88%

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