Statement of Educational Effectiveness

The curriculum of Concordia Seminary is under continuous review in order that, with suitable revisions, it can prepare its students more thoroughly to serve the church of today.

Detailed curriculum information regarding the various programs is available at the appropriate places within the Academic Catalog, including the ordinary expected duration of each program. Specific matriculation, completion, and placement rates are given below.

Matriculation in Degree Programs

The following is the five year average matriculation rate by degree program:

  • Master of Divinity – 81.20%
  • Master of Arts in Deaconess Studies – 93.33%
  • Master of Arts – 51.90%
  • Doctor of Ministry – 84.66%
  • Master of Sacred Theology – 61.60%
  • Doctor of Philosophy – 61.62%

Completion Rate for Degree Programs

The following is the average time for completion of graduates of degree programs in the last five years:

  • Master of Divinity – 85.73% of graduates completed the program in four years or fewer.
  • Master of Arts in Deaconess Studies – 91.66% of graduates completed the program in three years or fewer.
  • Master of Arts – 79.29% of graduates completed the program in four years or fewer.
  • Doctor of Ministry – 95.00% of graduates completed the program in six years or longer.
  • Master of Sacred Theology – 50.00% of graduates completed the program in three years or fewer.
  • Doctor of Philosophy – 47.61% of graduates completed the program in six years or fewer.

Placement Rates for 2011-2012 Graduates

 

MDiv – 77 Graduated

  • Vocational Placement – 69 – 90%
  • Further Study – 7 – 9%
  • Other – 1 – 1%

MDeac – No graduates

DMin – 7 Graduated

  • All were currently serving – 100% Vocational

MA – 3 Graduated

  • Non-vocational Placement – 1 – 33.33%
  • Unknown – 1 – 33.33%
  • Further Study – 1 – 33.33%

STM – 2 Graduated

  • 100% Vocational Placement

PhD – 2 Graduated

  • 100% Vocational Placement

Program Assessment is addressed in several ongoing ways and continues to be developed and refined, even as our faculty is currently engaged in a comprehensive process of curriculum review and revision. This website will be updated as additional information is evaluated and processed.

A comprehensive assessment survey of the M. Div, curriculum conducted in 2010 on graduates over the past five years yielded the following summary results (all on a 5-point scale, with 3 as neutral, 4 as “agree” and 5 as “strongly agree”:

Ability to preach: 4.46
Ability to lead worship in various styles: 3.33
Ability to teach the faith to confirmands: 3.90
Ability to teach the faith to adults: 4.37
Ability to share one’s faith: 4.31
Facility for pastoral leadership 3.80
Overall “well prepared” for pastoral min: 3.80

Annual data from the Noel-Levitz Student Satisfaction Survey, conducted since 2001, yielded the following data regarding curricular goals for 2010 – 2012 (on a seven point scale):

2012 2011 2010
The quality of instruction is excellent 5.76 5.78 5.67
Faculty are knowledgeable in their fields 6.47 6.43 6.42
Bridges built from theological knowledge to ministry 5.92 6.00 5.73
Learned to think critically about theological issues 6.33 6.09 6.06
Curriculum as a whole helped me understand ministry 5.87 5.88 5.67