Statement of Educational Effectiveness

Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary (PLTS) regularly assesses the educational effectiveness of student learning in each degree program. In accordance with the request of our accreditation agency, we are providing basic information on this website. Additional information is available upon request.

Learning Outcomes for Degree Programs
Assessment Plan Report

As is common in higher education, two indicators of educational effectiveness are completion rates and the placement of graduates.

For the 3 most recent class years for which PLTS has completed student data from entrance through graduation, 67% of entering students who intended to earn a Master of Christian Ministry (MCM) degree successfully completed the degree program. 50% of 2 students who completed this degree found placement related to this degree program. Because most of our MCM students choose this degree for professional enrichment of current ministries, placement for this degree is not a good indicator of educational quality.

For the 3 most recent class years for which PLTS has completed student data from entrance through graduation, 88% of entering students who intended to earn a Master of Theological Studies degree successfully completed the degree program. 75% of 8 students who completed this degree found placement related to this degree program. Because most of our MTS students choose this degree for personal theological enrichment, placement for this degree is not a good indicator of educational quality.

For the 3 most recent class years for which PLTS has completed student data from entrance through graduation, 85% of entering students who intended to earn a Master of Divinity degree successfully completed the degree program. 73% of 66 students who completed this degree found placement related to this degree program. Because most of our MDiv students choose this degree to prepare for call and ordination in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), placement for this degree is mostly contingent on the needs of the ELCA, will therefore vary in timing of placement following completion of this degree, and is not a good indicator of educational quality.