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Accreditation

On February 23, 2015, Vanderbilt Divinity School will be receiving an evaluation committee related to its reaccreditation by the Association of Theological Schools. Comments concerning the institution’s qualifications for accreditation may be submitted to the ATS directly at the address below.

Vanderbilt University Divinity School 

Accredited by the Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada, and the following degree programs are approved:

Master of Divinity, Master of Theological Studies

The Commission contact information is:

The Commission on Accrediting of the Association of
Theological Schools in the United States and Canada
10 Summit Park Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15275
USA

Telephone: 412-788-6505
Fax: 412-788-6510
Website: www.ats.edu

Educational Effectiveness Statement

Master of Divinity

On the Association of Theological Schools 2014 Graduating Student Questionnaire, VDS MDiv graduates responded to the statement "If I had to do it over, I would still come here" with an average rating of 4.4 (scale of 1-5 with 5="strongly agree" and 1="strongly disagree"). 92.5% of our graduates rated their field education as "important" or "very important" to their educational experience.

By April of 2014, 47.5% of May 2014 MDiv graduates had been offered a position and 7.5% were headed for further academic study. Within six months of graduation, 97.5% of MDiv graduates were employed and 95% in vocationally related placements.

Among the many careers identified at graduation, 47.5% of our 2014 graduates expect to be working in some form of congregational ministry, 12.5% into pastoral counseling, hospital chaplaincy, prison ministry, campus ministry, or spiritual direction, 27.5% into social justice ministry, other specialized ministry, social services, non-profit work, or secondary teaching, and 5% into PhD/other graduate programs or directly into seminary/college/university teaching.

Most Master of Divinity students finished their degree program within three (52.5%) or four (45%) years. Over the past three years, our average MDiv graduation rate in under 4 years is 80%.

Master of Theological Studies

On the Association of Theological Schools 2014 Graduating Student Questionnaire, VDS MTS graduates responded to the statement "If I had to do it over, I would still come here" with an average rating of 3.6 (scale of 1-5 with 5="strongly agree" and 1=" strongly disagree").

By April of 2014, 20.5% of May 2014 MTS graduates had been offered a position and 20.6% were headed for further academic study. Within six months of graduation, 88.6% of MTS graduates were employed (8.6% unknown) and 80% in a vocationally related placement.

Among the many careers identified, 9% of our 2014 graduates expect to be working in some form of congregational ministry, 6% into pastoral counseling, hospital chaplaincy, prison ministry, campus ministry, or spiritual direction, 36% into social justice ministry, other specialized ministry, social services, non-profit work, or secondary teaching, 12% into "other" professions such as law, medicine, sales, and 30% into PhD/other graduate programs or directly into seminary/college/university teaching.

Most Master of Theological Studies students finished their degree program within two (55%) or three (36%) years. Over the past three years, our average MTS graduation rate in under 3 years is 76.9%.

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