Graduate Theological Union

Accreditation and Educational Effectiveness

Accreditation

The Graduate Theological Union is accredited by:

WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC)
985 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 100
Alameda, CA 94501
Phone: 510/748-9001
Fax: 510/748-9797
Website: www.wascsenior.org

2015 WSCUC Visiting Team Report
2016 WSCUC Commission Action Letter

 

The Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada (ATS)
10 Summit Park Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15275 USA
Phone: 412/788-6505
Fax: 412/788-6510
Website: www.ats.edu

The following degree programs are approved by ATS: MA, PhD, ThD.

 

Statement of Educational Effectiveness

The Graduate Theological Union is committed to the highest standards of educational effectiveness in all of its academic programs. Measures of educational effectiveness include graduation rates, the length of time that students take to complete their degrees, and placement after graduation in positions appropriate to their vocational objectives.

Doctoral Programs

Both of the GTU’s doctoral programs (PhD and ThD) are advanced academic research degrees intended to prepare students for professional careers in teaching, writing, and scholarship, as well as for leadership opportunities with religious organizations, social service agencies, foundations, museums, libraries, publishing, and in educational institutions.

According to a 2007 Council of Graduate Studies report, the average 10-year graduation rate for doctoral programs in the humanities was 49.3%. The table below shows the graduation rates for GTU doctoral student cohorts who entered the program in the years specified.

Year Entered

Number in Cohort

Graduated within 10 Years

2002-03

31

19 (61%)

2003-04

43

24 (56%)

2004-05

33

18 (55%)

2005-06

35

15 (43%)

 

The normative time to degree for these programs is seven years. The table below shows the average time to degree for doctoral students who graduated in the four most recent calendar years.

Graduation Year

Number of Graduates

Average Time to Degree

2012

20

7.1

2013

18

7.2

2014

9

7.1

2015

18

7.2

 

GTU doctoral program graduates in the four most recent academic years prior to last year were in the following placements a year after graduation:

 

2010-11

2011-12

2012-13

 2013-14

Full-time teaching

10 (40%)

5 (24%)

4 (22%)

3 (21%)

Part-time or adjunct teaching

5 (20%)

8 (38%)

5 (28%)

5 (36%)

Ministry

3 (12%)

5 (24%)

2 (11%)

2 (14%)

Non-profit administration

2 (8%)

2 (10%)

1 ( 6%)

 

Academic administration

---

 

2 (11%)

1 (7%)

Postdoctoral study

1 (4%)

---

---

1 (7%)

Government agency

1 (4%)

---

---

 

Publishing

1 (4%)

---

1 ( 6%)

 

Business

---

---

1 ( 6%)

1 (7%)

Not seeking employment

2 (8%)

---

---

 

Unemployed

---

1 (5%)

---

 

Unknown

---

---

2 (11%)

1 (7%)

Total

25 (100%)

21 (100%)

18 (100%)

14 (100%)

 

 

Master of Arts

The MA is a two-year degree program that provides a basic understanding of theological or religious studies for further graduate study or for general academic purposes. Some MA students attend school part-time and others pursue this degree concurrently with the MDiv or another master’s program at one of the GTU member schools. The table below shows the graduation rates for GTU MA student cohorts who entered the program in the years specified.

Year Entered

Number in Cohort

Graduated within 4 Years

2008-09

25

15 (60%)

2009-10

30

23 (77%)

2010-11

31

21 (68%)

2011-12

36

31 (86%)

 

 

The table below shows the average time to degree for MA students who graduated in the four most recent calendar years.

Graduation Year

Number of Graduates

Average Time to Degree

2012

33

2.8 years

2013

31

2.7 years

2014

29

3.2 years

2015

25

3.5 years

 

GTU MA graduates in the four most recent academic years prior to last year were in the following placements a year after graduation:

 

2010-11

2011-12

2012-13

2013-14

Further graduate study

8 (22%)

13 (33%)

6 (15%)

15 (38%)

Ministry

11 (30%)

9 (23%)

7 (18%)

7 (18%)

Full-time teaching (K-12)

6 (16%)

4 (10%)

5 (13%)

2 (5%)

Business

4 (11%)

7 (18%)

2 ( 5%)

1 (2%)

Non-profit administration

1 ( 3%)

2 ( 5%)

3 ( 8%)

5 (13%)

Part-time or adjunct teaching

---

---

3 ( 8%)

3 (8%)

Counseling

1 ( 3%)

---

1 ( 2%)

---

Publishing

1 ( 3%)

---

1 ( 2%)

---

Not seeking employment

1 ( 3%)

---

1 ( 2%)

---

Academic administration

---

---

1 ( 2%)

3 (8%)

Unemployed

---

---

1 ( 2%)

---

Unknown

4 (11%)

5 (13%)

9 (23%)

4 (10%)

Total

37 (100%)

40 (100%)

40 (100%)

40 (100%)

 

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