United Theological Seminary

Statement of Educational Effectiveness

United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities is committed to providing an outstanding educational experience for all of its students. The measurements below are among the ways we assess our educational effectiveness. We use these findings to identify and act on areas for improvement in ensuring students are successful in attaining their desired vocation. The following results are for fall 2019.

Graduation Rate

Our graduation rate is defined as the percentage of students matriculated in each degree who graduate within 200% of the expected completion time for a full-time student in that degree. This translates to 4 years for the MA and MAL degrees, and 6 years for the MDiv and DMin degrees. The following results represent matriculated MA and MAL students admitted in fall 2015 and matriculated MDiv and DMin students admitted in fall 2013 who completed their degrees by the end of August 2019.

Overall (n=31): 61%
Master of Arts (n=9): 56%
Master of Arts in Leadership (n=2): 0%
Master of Divinity (n=16): 75%
Doctor of Ministry (n=4): 50%


First Year Retention

Our first year retention rate is defined as the percentage of students who enroll in the fall of a given year who are still enrolled in a degree program in fall of the subsequent year. The following results represent matriculated students who first enrolled in fall 2018 who are still enrolled in fall 2019.

Overall (n=30): 87%
Master of Arts (n=2): 50%
Master of Arts in Leadership (n=4): 75%
Master of Divinity (n=23): 91%
Doctor of Ministry (n=1): 100%


Graduate Vocational Placement

Our graduate vocational placement data is collected from students who graduated the prior spring. The following results represent responding graduates who completed their degree during the 2018–2019 academic year. Eighty seven percent of responding graduates who were already employed or seeking employment upon graduation either continued or gained employment related to their area of study.


Placement Status MA
(Response Rate 100%)
(Response Rate 100%)
(Response Rate 80%)
(Response Rate 100%)
(Response Rate 89%)
Currently in a position for which my degree program prepared me. 0% 100% 75% 75% 59%
Degree acquired for personal enrichment rather than vocational reasons. 25% 0% 0% 25% 12%
Pursuing additional education. 25% 0% 0% 0% 6%
Actively seeking placement. 25% 0% 13% 0% 12%
Placement or position other than the above. 25% 0% 13% 0% 12%