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Statement of Educational Effectiveness

Princeton Theological Seminary is a school dedicated to forming women and men in service to Jesus Christ for leadership in changing churches and to serving as an unsurpassed resource for Reformed theology worldwide.

The Seminary engages in ongoing evaluation of its educational effectiveness which, as an institution of the PC(USA), is measured in part through: 1) graduation rates, 2) completion rates, 3) PC(USA) ordination exam pass rates, 4) students’ rating of effectiveness in preparation with primary areas of the core curriculum, and 5) placement.

1. Graduation rates for 2015–2016 class: 92% for Master of Divinity, 100% for Master of Arts (Theological Studies), 91% for Master of Theology (ThM), and 85% for PhD.

2. Completion rates for the 2015–2016 graduating class:

  • 81% of the Master of Divinity (MDiv) graduates completed the degree in 3 years, 15% in 4 years, and 3% in 5 years.
  • 73% of the Master of Theology (ThM) graduates completed the degree in 1 year and 23% in 2 years.
  • 100% of the Master of Arts graduates completed the degree in 2 years
  • 67% of the Master of Arts (Theological Studies) graduates completed the degree in 2 years and 33% in 3 years.
  • The 2016 Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) graduates completed the degree in an average of 6.6 years.

3. PC(USA) October 2016 ordination exam pass rates for Princeton Theological Seminary students:

  • Biblical Exegesis: 88% (national average: 68%)
  • Theological Competence: 80% (national average: 81%)
  • Worship and Sacraments: 100% (national average: 76%)
  • Polity: 100% (national average: 84%)

4. 2016 graduating MDiv students’ rating of PTS’ educational effectiveness in facilitating skills in the primary areas of the core curriculum as reported on the ATS Graduating Student Questionnaire (Average rating based on a 5-point scale: 1-Not at all effective, 2-Not very effective, 3-Somewhat effective, 4-Effective, 5-Very effective):

  • Ability to use and interpret Scripture: 4.4
  • Ability to think theologically: 4.5
  • Knowledge of church history and doctrine: 4.2
  • Ability to preach well: 4.2

5. Placement information for various graduating classes:

MDiv and ThM Graduates

  • Placement for the 2014–2015 graduating MDiv, Dual, and MA students - 41% in church ministry placement, 29% in non-church placement, 20% on to further study, and 9% unknown.
    • Church ministry - pastor (senior/associate/youth/campus), Christian education director
    • Non-church ministry - chaplain (college/hospital/military), teacher at a Christian school
  • PTS MDiv and ThM graduates have been accepted into Ph.D. programs at institutions such as Duke Divinity School, Eastern University, Fuller Theological Seminary, Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton University, Rutgers University, University of Aberdeen, University of Edinburgh, University of North Carolina, University of Notre Dame, University of Toronto, Vanderbilt Divinity School, Yale University, and others.

PhD Graduates

  • Placement for PhD graduates from 2010–2015 - 66% in higher education faculty positions, 20% in professional clergy/ministry positions, 10% in other professional positions (private and non-profit enterprises, post-doctoral fellowships, higher education administration), and 4% unknown.    
  • PTS PhD graduates are serving at institutions such as Azusa Pacific University, Candler School of Theology, Columbia School of Theology, Drew University, Duke Divinity School, Episcopal Divinity School, Harvard University, Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, Presbyterian University and Theological Seminary (Seoul, Korea), Princeton Theological Seminary, Seattle Pacific University, Seigakuin University (Japan), Seminário Teológico Batista do Nordeste (Brazil), Taiwan Theological College and Seminary, Tokyo Christian University, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Union Presbyterian Seminary, University of Chicago Divinity School, University of Edinburgh, University of Geneva (Switzerland), University of Munich, University of Notre Dame, Villanova University, Wesley Theological Seminary, Wheaton College, Yale Divinity School, Yonsei University (Seoul, Korea), and others.


Princeton Theological Seminary is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104 (267-284-5000) and by the Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools, 10 Summit Park Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15275-1110 (412-788-6505).

The following degree programs are approved: MACEF, MDiv, MDiv/MACEF, MA(TS), ThM, PhD

To file a complaint with Princeton Seminary’s Accreditors and/or with its State Licensing Entity (New Jersey Association of Colleges and Universities), refer to this link (pdf). 

Educating faithful Christian leaders.

Special Advisor & Founding Director, IJM Institute

Bethany Hoang, Class of 2004

“The rooting of justice in our spiritual formation in Christ requires careful thought and teaching. I was equipped to lead in this way through my time at PTS. ”