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Accreditation and Educational Effectiveness

Accreditation

The Graduate Theological Union is accredited by:

WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC)
985 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 100
Alameda, CA 94501
Phone: 510/748-9001
Fax: 510/748-9797
Website: www.wscuc.org

2015 WSCUC Visiting Team Report
2016 WSCUC Commission Action Letter

The Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada (ATS)
10 Summit Park Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15275 USA
Phone: 412/788-6505
Fax: 412/788-6510
Website: www.ats.edu

The following degree programs are approved by ATS: MA, PhD, ThD (discontinued).

Statement of Educational Effectiveness

The Graduate Theological Union is committed to the highest standards of educational effectiveness in all of its academic programs. Measures of educational effectiveness include graduation rates, the length of time that students take to complete their degrees, and placement after graduation in positions appropriate to their vocational objectives.

Doctoral Program

The GTU doctoral program is an advanced academic research degree intended to prepare students for professional careers in teaching, writing, and scholarship, as well as for leadership opportunities with religious organizations, social service agencies, foundations, museums, libraries, publishing, and in educational institutions.

According to a 2007 Council of Graduate Studies report, the average 10-year graduation rate for doctoral programs in the humanities was 49.3%. The table below shows the graduation rates for GTU doctoral student cohorts who entered the program in the years specified.

Year Entered

Number in Cohort

Graduated within 10 Years

2007-08

28

14 (50%)

2008-09 36 18 (50%)
2009-10 42 17 (40%)
Three Year Total 106

49 (46%)

 

The normative time to degree for these programs is seven years. The table below shows the average time to degree for doctoral students who graduated in the three most recent calendar years.

Graduation Year

Number of Graduates

Average Time to Degree

2017

30

7.6

2018 15 7.2
2019 17 6.7
Three Year Total 62 7.2

 

GTU doctoral program graduates in the three most recent academic years prior to last year were in the following placements a year after graduation:

 

2015-16 2016-17 2017-18 Three year Total

Full-time teaching

8 (32%) 7 (21%) 5 (22%) 20 (25%)

Part-time or adjunct teaching

3 (12%) 9 (27%) 3 (13%) 15 (19%)

Ministry

7 (28%) 11 (33%) 8 (35%) 26 (32%)

Non-profit administration

2 (8%) 1 (3%) --- 3 (4%)

Academic administration

2 (8%) --- 3 (13%) 5 (6%)

Postdoctoral study

2 (8%) --- --- 2 (2%)

Writing and Publishing

--- 1 (3%) 1 (4%) 2 (2%) 

Business

--- 3 (9%) 3 (13%) 6 (7%)

Unemployed

1 (4%) 1 (3%) --- 2 (3%)

Total

25 (100%) 33 (100%) 23 (100%) 81 (100%)

 

Master of Arts

The MA is a two-year degree program that provides a basic understanding of theological or religious studies for further graduate study or for general academic purposes. Some MA students attend school part-time and others pursue this degree concurrently with the MDiv or another master’s program at one of the GTU member schools. The table below shows the graduation rates for GTU MA student cohorts who entered the program in the years specified.

Year Entered

Number in Cohort

Graduated within 4 Years

2013-14

29

17 (59%)

2014-15

30

18 (60%)

2015-16 21 17 (80%)

Three Year Total

80

52 (65%)

 

The table below shows the average time to degree for MA students who graduated in the three most recent calendar years.

Graduation Year

Number of Graduates

Average Time to Degree

2017

24

3.1 years

2018

10

2.5 years

2019 18 2.8 years

Three Year Total

52

2.8 years

 

GTU MA graduates in the three most recent academic years prior to last year were in the following placements a year after graduation:

 

2015-16

2016-17

2017-18

Three Year Total

Further graduate study

7 (23%)

9 (31%)

7 (35%)

23 (29%)

Ministry

7 (23%)

7 (24%)

6 (30%)

20 (25%)

Full-time teaching (K-12)

4 (13%)

2 (7%)

2 (10%)

8 (10%)

Business

6 (19%)

5 (17%)

1 (5%)

12 (15%)

Non-profit administration

3 (10%)

4 (14%)

2 (10%)

9 (11%)

Writing and Publishing

1 (3%)

1 (3%)

1 (5%)

3 (4%)

Academic administration

3 (10%)

1 (3%)

1 (5%)

5 (6%)

Total

31 (100%)

29 (100%)

20 (100%)

80 (100%)

 

Updated August 5, 2019

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