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. 

Student graduation and placement rates* 

M.Div.
Graduation rate within six years: 81% (2016) and 76% (2015)
Placement for 2014-15 graduates: 80%

Professional M.A.
Graduation rate within four years: 67% (2016) and 62% (2015)  
Placement for 2014-15 graduates: 95%

Academic M.A.
Graduation rate within four years: 62% (2016) and 36% (2015)
Placement for 2014-15 graduates: 86%

D.Min.
Graduation rate within six years: 68% (2016) and 67% (2015)
Placement for 2014-15 graduates: placed prior to enrollment

M.Th.
Graduation rate within two years: 40% (2016) and 14% (2015)
Placement for 2014-15 graduates: unknown

Ph.D.
Graduation rate within eight years: 64% (2016) and 38% (2015)
Placement for 2014-15 graduates: unknown

* 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 placement 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 over 90 percent of first degree students receive merit-based scholarships ranging from $2,500 to $24,500. 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.