Accreditation and Statement of Educational Effectiveness
The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia is accredited by the Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada. The seminary is approved to offer the following degrees: Master of Arts in Public Leadership, Master of Divinity, Master of Arts in Religion, Doctor of Ministry, Master of Sacred Theology, and Doctor of Philosophy. The Commission may be contacted at:
The Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada
10 Summit Park Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15275
The seminary is also accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.
3624 Market St., 2nd Floor West,
Philadelphia, PA 19104-2680
Both institutional accrediting agencies are recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.
Statement of Educational Effectiveness
The seminary seeks to educate and form public leaders who are committed to developing and nurturing individual believers and communities of faith for engagement in the world. Our various degree programs combine high academic standards with practical experience to prepare graduates for both lay and ordained ministries. Although the seminary is a Lutheran seminary, it strives to be ecumenical, multi-cultural, and hospitable in all aspects of campus life. Our faculty is comprised of professors from various faith traditions and it welcomes students from a range of faith backgrounds including Anglican, Baptist, Methodist, Presbyterian, Church of God in Christ, and United Church of Christ.
Student learning is assessed by collecting and processing data from course evaluations, contextual education evaluations, student portfolios, and various other student assessment forums. This process, along with feedback from students and alumni, has led to the enhancement of the curriculum and the way it is taught. The seminary’s judicatories also provide important information on students/alumni, which feeds into our ongoing decision making process.
By the time of graduation, we endeavor to have equipped our first (MDiv, MAR, MAPL) students with the knowledge, skills, and competencies consistent with institutional and appropriate higher education goals. Data show that students from our first theological degree programs demonstrate excellent ability to articulate clearly and embrace the roles and responsibilities of the professional ministry for which they are preparing. Over a ten year period (August 1, 2000–August 1, 2010), 80% of students admitted into our MDiv program have graduated, and 70% in all programs. Within the first four months after the 2012 graduation, 79% of the MDiv, MAR, and MAPL students either found employment in their vocation or went on for further study.