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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

Master of Divinity

On the Association of Theological Schools 2014 Graduating Student Questionnaire, VDS MDiv graduates responded to the statement "If I had to do it over, I would still come here" with an average rating of 4.4 (scale of 1-5 with 5="strongly agree" and 1="strongly disagree"). 92.5% of our graduates rated their field education as "important" or "very important" to their educational experience.

By April of 2014, 47.5% of May 2014 MDiv graduates had been offered a position and 7.5% were headed for further academic study. We will update in November of 2014, but last year 98% of May 2013 MDiv grads were employed six months after graduation.

Among the many careers identified, 47.5% of our 2014 graduates expect to be working in some form of congregational ministry, 17.5% into pastoral counseling, hospital chaplaincy, prison ministry, campus ministry, or spiritual direction, 17.5% into social justice ministry, other specialized ministry, social services, non-profit work, or secondary teaching, and 5% into PhD/other graduate programs or directly into seminary/college/university teaching.

Most Master of Divinity students finished their degree program within three (52.5%) or four (45%) years. Over the past three years, our average MDiv graduation rate in under 4 years is 80%.

Master of Theological Studies

On the Association of Theological Schools 2014 Graduating Student Questionnaire, VDS MTS graduates responded to the statement "If I had to do it over, I would still come here" with an average rating of 3.6 (scale of 1-5 with 5="strongly agree" and 1=" strongly disagree").

By April of 2014, 20.5% of May 2014 MTS graduates had been offered a position and 20.6% were headed for further academic study. We will update in November of 2014, but last year 97% of May 2013 MTS grads were employed six months.

Among the many careers identified, 6% of our 2014 graduates expect to be working in some form of congregational ministry, 16% into pastoral counseling, hospital chaplaincy, prison ministry, campus ministry, or spiritual direction, 36% into social justice ministry, other specialized ministry, social services, non-profit work, or secondary teaching, and 30% into PhD/other graduate programs or directly into seminary/college/university teaching.

Most Master of Theological Studies students finished their degree program within two (55%) or three (36%) years. Over the past three years, our average MTS graduation rate in under 3 years is 76.9%.

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