Graduate Theological Union

Accreditation and Educational Effectiveness

Accreditation

The Graduate Theological Union is accredited by:

Western Associate of Schools and Colleges (WASC)
Accreditation Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities

985 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 100
Alameda, CA 94501
Phone: 510/748-9001
Fax: 510/748-9797
Website: www.wascsenior.org

The Commission on Accrediting of
the Association of Theological Schools (ATS)
in the United States and Canada

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: M.A., Ph.D., Th.D.

 

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 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 (Ph.D. and Th.D.) are advanced academic 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.

The normative time to degree for these programs is seven years. The table below shows the time to degree for the 21 doctoral students who graduated in the 2011-12 academic year. 62% of that group graduated within seven years, and 81% graduated within ten years.

 

Time to Degree in Years

Number of Students

4 to <5

1  ( 4%)

5 to <6

2  (10%)

6 to <7

6  (29%)

7 to <8

4  (19%)

8 to <9

1  ( 5%)

9 to <10

3  (14%)

10+

4  (19%)

 

The 25 doctoral students who graduated in the 2010-11 academic year were in the following placements in May 2012:

 

Full-time teaching

10 (40%)

Part-time or adjunct teaching

5 (20%)

Ministry

3 (12%)

Non-profit organization

2 ( 8%)

Postdoctoral fellowship

1 ( 4%)

Government agency

1 ( 4%)

Publishing

1 ( 4%)

Not seeking employment

2 ( 8%)

 

Master of Arts

The M.A. 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 M.A. students attend school part-time and others pursue this degree concurrently with the M.Div. or other master’s program at one of the GTU’s member schools. The table below shows the time to degree for the 41 M.A. students who graduated in the 2011-12 academic year. 46% of that group graduated within three years, and 80% graduated within six years.

 

Time to Degree in Years

Number of Students

<2

1   (  2%)

2 to <3

18   (44%)

3 to <4

5   (12%)

4 to <5

3   (  7%)

5 to <6

6   (15%)

6+

8   (20%)

 

The 37 M.A. students who graduated in the 2010-11 academic year were in the following placements in May 2012:

 

Ministry

12 (32%)

Further graduate study

8 (22%)

Full-time teaching (K-12)

7 (19%)

Business

4 (11%)

Counseling

1 (3%)

Non-profit organization

1 (3%)

Publishing

1 (3%)

Not seeking employment

1 (3%)

Unknown

2 (5%)

 

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