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Statement on Educational Effectiveness

Luther Seminary is committed to assuring and enhancing the quality of teaching and learning. Institutional structures help to ensure that stakeholders are engaged in an active and productive conversation about the health of the seminary's programs and the development of students. To aid in data-driven decision making, quality assurance and enhancement efforts are informed by a variety of direct and indirect measures of student experience and student learning, such as student surveys and interviews, course evaluations and the direct assessment of student learning measured against clearly stated learning outcomes at the institutional, program or course level. An assessment committee and the Office of Institutional Effectiveness coordinate the degree program assessment process for the purpose of student formation and institutional improvement.

Student graduation* and placement rates

M.Div.
Graduation: 88% (2014) and 80% (2013)
Placement: 94% (2014) and 96% (2013)

Professional M.A.
Graduation: 97% (2014) and 88% (2013)  
Placement: 100% (2014) and 93% (2013)

Academic M.A.
Graduation: 100% (2014) and 60% (2013)
Placement: 100% (2014) and 100% (2013)

D.Min.
Graduation: 93% (2014) and 76% (2013)
Placement: 100% (2014) and 100% (2013)

M.Th.
Graduation: 71% (2014) and 100% (2013)
Placement: 100% (2014) and 100% (2013)

Ph.D.
Graduation: 67% (2014) and 33% (2013)
Placement: 67% (2014) and 100% (2013)

* Graduation rate = percentage of enrollees who complete the degree program in six years or less

On average, 85 percent of Luther Seminary graduates find employment within one year of completing their program of study.

Moreover, educating leaders for Christian communities is in part about setting students on a firm foundation to fully live out God’s calling in their lives. Luther Seminary takes seriously the financial and vocational needs of its students. Thirty percent of Luther Seminary students are able to complete their program without the need of federal loan assistance and 50 percent of first degree students receive merit-based scholarships ranging from $5,000 to $15,000. In addition, students can apply for need-based aid and an institutional loan of which 50 percent can be forgiven after five years of ministry upon graduation.

For questions about the seminary's program of assessment and educational effectiveness, please contact the Office of Academic Affairs.