Hermeneutics and Biblical
Educational Effectiveness

Statement of Educational Effectiveness

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.

Placement Information

Westminster's degree programs are designed to prepare students for ministry and advanced graduate studies. The following placement rates for the Class of 2011 and 2012 pertain to those alumni seeking professional employment who obtained professional employment one year after graduating. The percentage of graduates who pursued advanced graduate studies after graduation is also provided.

Degree % Employed in Professional Position Out of Those Seeking a Position
% Pursued Advanced Graduate Studies
M.Div. 82% 32%
M.A.R. 88% 24%
M.A.C. 88% 21%
Th.M. 33% 100%
Ph.D. 83% N/A
  • D.Min. students are not included in the placement statistics because ministry placement is an admissions requirement.
  • A percentage of graduates who had not obtained a professional position were employed in non-ministry positions.

Graduates were placed in the following fields:

Ministry Vocation M.Div. M.A.R. M.A.C. Th.M. Ph.D.
Pastor 57% 49% 9% 33%*  

Christian Education/Youth Work (in congregation)


9%   25%
Chaplaincy         25%
Administration/Education 3%
Counseling 3% 17% 37%    
Parachurch Ministry 7% 17%

Social Services     18%    
Teaching 11% 17%     25%
Medical Field     18%    
Bi-vocational 7%  

* Th.M. respondents from Class of 2011 Alumni Survey only. All Th.M. respondents were pursuing further graduate studies.
(Class of 2011 and 2012 Alumni Survey 73% response rate)

Completion Rate

Entering Class 2008 - 2009

Degree Matriculation Semester/Term

All terms/semesters

M.Div. 58% 59%
M.A.R. 75% 73%
M.A.C. 67% 60%
M.A.U.M. 50% 50%

The above chart presents the completion rates for each Masters level degree program at the Philadelphia campus. These completion rates are based on a six-year time frame to graduate.

Spiritual and Personal Growth

Westminster conducts annual surveys of graduating students to assess their spiritual and personal growth upon completion of their degree. Students graduating in 2014 reported the following.

Spiritual/Personal Growth M.Div. M.A.R. M.A.C.
I have grown spiritually during my time at Westminster. 85% 100% 94%
I have grown in my understanding of my gifts and calling while at Westminster.
90% 100% 88%