Statement of Educational Effectiveness

Perkins School of Theology continually strives to evaluate and improve its academic programs in fulfillment of its mission to prepare women and men for faithful leadership in Christian ministry.  In order to pursue this complex task, Perkins utilizes existing sets of data and has established a process to identify and develop additional sources.

The information in this document is based on three sources:

  1. Data on matriculation, academic progress and graduation.
  2. Faculty assessment of key performance metrics based on the Student Learning Outcomes for each degree program.
  3. Students' responses to the Association of Theological Schools Graduating Student Questionnaire. 

Master of Divinity

  • According to consolidated academic assessments for the 2016-2017 through 2018-2019 academic years, at least 25% of M.Div. students demonstrated Excellent achievement on 49 facets of the core curriculum related to:
    • Interpreting Scripture
    • Comprehending History and Culture
    • Theological and Ethical Reflection
    • Leading Worship
    • Preaching Effectively
    • Performing in Ordained Leadership Roles
    • Spiritual Formation
      while more than 90% demonstrated at least Adequate achievement. 
  • For academic years 2014-2015 through 2018-2019, 65.6% of graduating M.Div. students strongly agreed and 23.1% agreed with the statement, "I have been satisfied with my academic experience here." 
  • For academic years 2014-2015 through 2018-2019, 36.7% of M.Div. graduates finished their degree in less than 4 years and 79.1% finished in less than 5 years.

Master of Arts in Ministry

  • According to consolidated academic assessments for the 2016-2017 through 2018-2019 academic years, at least 25% of M.A.M. students demonstrated excellent achievement on 33 facets of the core curriculum related to:
    • Interpreting Scripture
    • Comprehending History and Culture
    • Theological and Ethical Reflection
    • Performing in Specialized Leadership Roles
    • Spiritual Formation
      and more than 90% demonstrated at least adequate achievement. 
  • M.A.M. graduates also report a high degree of satisfaction with their academic program and their experience overall.  In their responses for the 2014-2015 through 2018-2019 academic years, 64.7% strongly agreed and 23.5% agreed with the statement, "I have been satisfied with my academic experience here." 
  • For academic years 2014-2015 through 2018-2019, 56.0% of M.A.M. graduates finished their degree in less than 3 years and 88.0% finished in less than 4 years.

Master of Sacred Music

  • M.S.M. students demonstrate their attainment of the learning outcomes for the degree through comprehensive examinations and through a supervised practicum, all of which must be successfully completed to graduate. 
  • M.S.M. students report high degrees of satisfaction with their academic program.  In their responses for the 2014-2015 through 2018-2019 academic years, 75.0% strongly agreed and 25.0% agreed with the statement, "I have been satisfied with my academic experience here." 
  • For academic years 2014-2015 through 2018-2019, 81.3% of M.S.M. graduates finished their degree in 3 years or less and all finished in less than 4 years.

Master of Theological Studies

  • Candidates for M.T.S. must present a thesis or summative project demonstrating successful attainment of the degree outcomes in order to graduate.  According to consolidated academic assessments of M.T.S. theses for the 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 academic years, 50% of readers rated the theses they reviewed as Excellent Scholarship in Scope and General Quality and more than 90% were rated as at least Good Scholarship.
  • For academic years 2014-2015 through 2018-2019, 63.6% of graduating M.T.S. students strongly agreed and 34.1% agreed with the statement, "I have been satisfied with my academic experience here." 
  • For academic years 2014-2015 through 2018-2019, 53.0% of M.T.S. graduates finished their degree in 3 years or less and 72.7% finished in less than 4 years.

Master of Theology

  • The Th.M. degree is new to Perkins and has only been awarded in the 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 academic years, so the number of theses and projects submitted thus far is small.  However, to date 80% of readers have rated the theses they reviewed as Excellent Scholarship in Scope and General Quality.
  • For academic years 2014-2015 through 2018-2019, 66.7% of graduating Th.M. students strongly agreed and 33.3% agreed with the statement, "I have been satisfied with my academic experience here."
  • For  years 2015-2016 through 2018-2019, 29.4% of M.T.S. graduates finished their degree in less than 2 years and 88.2% finished in less than 3 years.

Doctor of Ministry

  • Candidates for D.Min. must complete a professional project and written thesis demonstrating successful attainment of the degree outcomes in order to graduate.  For the academic years 2012-2013 through 2016-2017, thesis advisors have recommended 42.1% of D.Min. thesis projects for Honors.
  • For academic years 2014-2015 through 2018-2019, 83.3% of graduating D.Min. students strongly agreed and 13.3% agreed with the statement, "I have been satisfied with my academic experience here." 
  • For academic years 2014-2015 through 2018-2019, 37.1% of D.Min. graduates finished their degree in less than 4 years and 64.3% finished in less than 5 years.

Doctor of Pastoral Music

  • The D.P.M. degree is new to Perkins and has not yet been awarded.