Princeton Theological Seminary is a school dedicated to forming women and men in service to Jesus Christ for leadership in changing churches and to serving as an unsurpassed resource for Reformed theology worldwide.
The Seminary engages in ongoing evaluation of its educational effectiveness which, as an institution of the PC(USA), is measured through: 1) completion rates, 2) PC(USA) ordination exam pass rates, and 3) student satisfaction with progress (as measured through the Graduating Student Questionnaire) in the primary areas of the core curriculum: their ability to use and interpret Scripture, their knowledge of church doctrine and history, their ability to think theologically, and their ability to preach, teach, and provide pastoral counseling (these are the areas of required coursework in practical theology).
- Completion rates for the 2013 graduating class:
Of the 2010 entering class of Master of Divinity students, 84% successfully completed the program in three years; 6% transferred into the Master of Arts/Master of Divinity program, 6% withdrew from the program, and 4% were transfer students who completed the degree in 2012.
7% of the M.Div. students who graduated in 2013 took longer than three years to complete the degree.
100% of entering students in 2009 who intended to earn a Master of Arts/Master of Divinity degree successfully completed the program in four years.
90% of entering students who intended to earn a Master of Theology degree successfully completed the program in one year.
100% of entering students who intended to earn a Master of Arts (Theological Studies) degree successfully completed the program within two years.
25% of entering students who intended to earn a Master of Arts degree successfully completed the program within two years. 50% are in process.
50% of the students earning their Doctor of Philosophy degree successfully completed the program within five years. 23% completed within six years, 18% completed within seven years, and 9% completed within nine years.
- PC(USA) ordination pass rates. Over the past 10 administrations (5 years) of the biblical exegesis, theological competence, worship and sacraments, and polity exams, Princeton Theological Seminary students passed at the following rates:
Biblical Exegesis: 82% (national average: 70%)
Theological Competence: 81% (national average: 70%)
Worship and Sacraments: 82% (national average: 73%)
Polity: 77% (national average: 71%)
- Graduating students in 2013 reported the following satisfaction rate (responding on a 5-point scale: 1-very dissatisfied, 2-dissatisfied, 3-neutral, 4-satisfied, 5-very satisfied) on the Graduating Student Questionnaire.
Ability to use and interpret Scripture: 4.3
Ability to think theologically: 4.3
Ability to preach well: 4.1
Ability to teach well: 3.9
Knowledge of church history and doctrine: 3.9
Ability in pastoral counseling: 3.9
Princeton Theological Seminary is accredited by the Association of Theological Schools (ATS) in the United States and Canada as well as the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE).
The following degree programs are approved: MA, MDiv, MDiv/MA, MA(TS), ThM, PhD