Olson Campus Center

Statement on Educational Effectiveness

Luther Seminary is committed to assuring and enhancing the quality of teaching and learning. Broad measures, such as graduation and placement rates are tracked along with various financial aid indicators. Quality assurance and enhancement efforts are also 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. Our goal is for 85% of all graduates to be rated as acceptable or better on each learning outcome. 

Student graduation and placement rates* 

Graduation rate within six years: 76% (2015)
Placement for 2013-14 graduates: 93%

Professional M.A.
Graduation rate within four years: 62.5% (2015)  
Placement for 2013-14 graduates: 87%

Academic M.A.
Graduation rate within four years: 36.36% (2015)
Placement for 2013-14 graduates: 92%

Graduation rate within six years: 66.67% (2015)
Placement for 2013-14 graduates: placed prior to enrollment

Graduation rate within two years: 14.29% (2015)
Placement for 2013-14 graduates: 100%

Graduation rate within eight years: 37.50% (2015)
Placement for 2013-14 graduates: 100%

* Graduation rates are now calculated over time periods defined by Association of Theological Schools reporting requirements. Placement rates are calculated by dividing the number of graduates for whom data exists into the total number of graduates reporting vocational placements or continuing 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 to forty percent of Luther Seminary students are able to complete their program without the need of federal loan assistance and 85 percent of first degree students receive merit-based scholarships ranging from $2,500 to $16,500. Students not receiving merit aid may apply for a need-based grant. Each year a limited number of institutional loans are available, of which up to 50% may be forgiven for ministry service following graduation.

An assessment committee and the Office of Institutional Effectiveness coordinate the degree program assessment process for the purpose of student formation and institutional improvement. For questions about the seminary's program of assessment and educational effectiveness, please contact the Office of Academic Affairs.