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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 and the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Learn more here.

A Message from President Krey

At its session on June 27, 2013, the Middle States Commission on Higher Education acted "to accept the monitoring report and to note the visit by the Commission's representatives, and to remove the warning and reaffirm accreditation because the institution is now in compliance with Standards 2, 3, 4, and 7."

Thank you to all in the LTSP community who worked so hard and continue to work for the success of this wonderful institution.

In Christ,

President Philip D.W. Krey



Statement of Educational Effectiveness

links in this Statement lead to LTSP's Mission and Values page

The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP) 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 (through contextual education) to prepare graduates for both lay and ordained ministries. Although LTSP is a Lutheran seminary, we strive to live out good practices of ecumenism, multiculturalism, and interfaith hospitality in all aspects of campus life. Our faculty is comprised of professors from various faith traditions, and LTSP welcomes students from a range of faith backgrounds such as Anglican, Baptist, Methodist, Presbyterian, Church of God in Christ, and United Church of Christ, to name a few.

At LTSP, the assessment of student learning is a process that has enriched and enhanced our pedagogical practices and ongoing discussions on curriculum revision. The process currently consists of maintaining student portfolios and collecting and processing data from course evaluations, contextual education evaluations, and various student assessment forms. Students play a large role in providing feedback throughout their time at LTSP and continue to do so as alumni. Our judicatories also provide us with important information on our students/alumni, which feeds back into our ongoing decision making process.

By the time of graduation, we endeavor to have equipped our First Theological (MDiv, MAR, MAPL) students with the knowledge, skills, and competencies consistent with institutional and appropriate higher education goals. Student assessment outcomes data show that students from our First Theological degree programs have demonstrated excellence in their ability to both articulate clearly and embrace the roles and responsibilities of the professional ministry for which they are preparing. Over a ten-year period (between August 1, 2000 and August 1, 2010), 80% of students admitted into our MDiv program have graduated, and 70% in all programs. Of the 2012 graduating class, 79% of MDiv, MAR, and MAPL students have thus far either found employment in the vocation for which they were preparing or have gone on for further study. All this has happened within the first 4 months after graduating from LTSP! We are confident that the remaining students, who are at various levels of the employment process, will soon find a calling commensurate with their qualifications.