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Accreditation

Vanderbilt University Divinity School

Accredited by the Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada, and the following degree programs are approved:

Master of Divinity, Master of Theological Studies

The Commission contact information is:

The Commission on Accrediting of the Association of
Theological Schools in the United States and Canada
10 Summit Park Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15275
USA

Telephone: 412-788-6505
Fax: 412-788-6510
Website: www.ats.edu

Educational Effectiveness Statement

Vanderbilt University Divinity School's overall average graduation rate currently stands at 83% of matriculated students (2007 to present).

Master of Divinity

Of those M.Div. students who completed the standardized Association of Theological Schools Graduating Student Questionnaire in 2012 (92.2% response rate), graduates responded to the statement "If I had to do it over, I would still come here" with an average rating of 4.5 (scale of 1-5 with 5="strongly agree" and 4="agree"). 93.5% of our graduates rated their field education as "important" or "very important" to their educational experience.

By the November following their graduation, 98% of last year’s M.Div. students were employed (although information was not available for 7% of the students). Among the many careers identified, 64% of our 2012 graduates reported working in parish, youth, or professional lay ministry, 8.5% into pastoral counseling, hospital/other chaplaincy, campus ministry, or spiritual direction, 17% into social justice ministry, social services, secondary teaching or other professions, and 8.5% into PhD/other graduate programs or seminary/college/university teaching.

Most Master of Divinity students finish their degree program within three (59%) or four (35%) years.

Beginning in 2013, Vanderbilt University Divinity School will be implementing the Association of Theological Schools standardized Alumni Student Questionnaire to track placement and satisfaction rates at five and ten years post-graduation. We look forward to sharing those results next academic year.

Master of Theological Studies

Of those M.T.S. students who completed the standardized Association of Theological Schools Graduating Student Questionnaire in 2012 (76.9% response rate), graduates responded to the statement "If I had to do it over, I would still come here" with an average rating of 4.6 (scale of 1-5 with 5="strongly agree" and 4="agree").

By November following their graduation, 98% of our M.T.S. students were employed (although information was not available for 20% of the students). Among the many careers identified, 60% indicated they were immediately headed into professional lay ministry, campus ministry, secondary teaching, social justice ministry or other professions, and 35% indicated they were immediately headed into PhD/other graduate programs or seminary/college/university teaching.

Almost all Master of Theological Studies students finish their degree program within two (69%) or three (31%) years.

Beginning in 2013, Vanderbilt University Divinity School will be implementing the Association of Theological Schools standardized Alumni Student Questionnaire to track placement and satisfaction rates at five and ten years post-graduation. We look forward to sharing those results next academic year.

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