Prospective students tell us that the most important reason for attending Austin Seminary is the quality of the faculty and the academic reputation of the school. The Christian scholars who make up our faculty integrate into their own daily lives a spirit of devotion to the mission of God's church in the world. This dedication is evident in and outside of the classroom; in a typical year, these scholar / pastors will preach and teach in more than 400 settings around the country.
Many places brag about their faculty-student ratios, an important factor, and ours is an intimate ten to one. At Austin Seminary, however, we're more interested in the faculty-student relationships-which are unquantifiable. Our community's broad geographical, theological, experiential, and age representation means that you will engage in conversations that both nurture and challenge your own deeply held beliefs. Such is the path toward self knowledge, one of the most important attributes of a capable Christian leader.
Statement of Educational Effectiveness/Student Achievement
Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary has established criteria for educational effectiveness/student achievement that are consistent with its mission and publishes them to the school’s constituencies.
The criterion for each degree program is:
Master of Arts (Theological Studies): Criterion: Proficient Integrative Papers, Threshold of Acceptability: 80 percent judged competent by faculty evaluators.
Master of Arts in Ministry Practice: Criterion: Time to Degree Completion, Threshold of Acceptability: 80 percent of students who enroll in the program complete the degree within four years of matriculation.
Master of Divinity Degree: Criterion: Job Placement Data, Threshold of Acceptability: 85 percent of graduates in the program receive calls or appointments to ordained ministries or be employed as leaders in service to the church 13 months after graduation.
Doctor of Ministry: Criterion: Time to Degree Completion, Threshold of Acceptability: 60 percent of students who enroll in the program will complete their degree within six years of matriculation.
Documentation about performance relative to these criteria is available upon request from the Academic Dean’s office.
Updated: March 17, 2016