Accreditation and Educational Effectiveness

Accreditation

San Francisco Theological Seminary is accredited by WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC) and the Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools (ATS) in the United States and Canada to offer the following degree programs:

  • Master of Divinity
  • Master of Arts in Theological Studies
  • Doctor of Ministry

WASC Senior College and University Commission
985 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 100
Alameda, CA 94501
510.748.9001 | 510.748.9797 | wascsenior.org

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


10 Summit Park Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15275
412.788.6505 | 412.788.6510 (Fax) | ats.edu

The program in Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) is fully accredited by the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE) to offer Level I, Level II and Supervisory CPE.

The Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc.
1 West Ct Square, Suite 325
Decatur, GA 30030
404.320.1472 | acpe.edu

Statement of Educational Effectiveness

SFTS endeavors to achieve the highest level of academic excellence in all of its programs. Measures of educational effectiveness include graduation, retention, and placement rates, as well as average time to degree.

Master of Divinity
The Master of Divinity program serves students seeking ordination or pursuing other professional ministries on behalf of the Church.

The table below shows the graduation and retention rates for MDiv student cohorts who entered the program in the years specified.

Year EnteredNumber in CohortOne-Year
Retention Rate
Graduated Within
6 Years
2009-103197%22 (71%)
2010-111894%12 (67%)
2011-121788%14 (82%)
2012-131479%-
2013-14888%-
2014-151392%-
2015-161580%-

The normative time to degree for this program is four years. The table below shows the average time to degree for MDiv students who graduated in the four most recent calendar years.
Graduation YearNumber of GraduatesAverage Time to Degree
2013154.5 years
2014154.2 years
2015164.4 years
201694.0 years

Following are first-year placement rates for MDiv students who graduated in the years specified.
 20112012201320142015Total
Vocational Placement10 (36%)13 (48%)12 (80%)11 (73%)13 (81%)59 (58%)
Non-Vocational Placement2 (7%)2 (7%)1 (7%)005 (5%)
Further Study6 (21%)6 (22%)02 (13%)014 (14%)
Seeking Placement6 (21%)0001 (6%)7 (7%)
Other1 (4%)1 (4%)1 (7%)2 (13%)1 (6%)6 (6%)
Unknown3 (11%)5 (19%)1 (7%)01 (6%)10 (10%)
Total Graduated2827151516101

Master of Arts in Theological Studies
The MATS program is a two-year general academic degree providing students with balanced exposure to the theological disciplines while also allowing for focus on an area of interest.

The table below shows the graduation and retention rates for MATS student cohorts who entered the program in the years specified.

Year EnteredNumber in CohortOne-Year
Retention Rate
Graduated Within
4 Years
2009-10667%4 (67%)
2010-113100%3 (100%)
2011-124100%4 (100%)
2012-13475%3 (75%)
2013-142100%-
2014-151100%-
2015-162100%-

The normative time to degree for this program is two years. The table below shows the average time to degree for MATS students who graduated in the four most recent calendar years.
Graduation YearNumber of GraduatesAverage Time to Degree
201364.2 years
201452.6 years
201552.6 years
20160-

Following are first-year placement rates for MATS students who graduated in the years specified.
 20112012201320142015Total
Vocational Placement1 (13%)3 (43%)3 (50%)1 (20%)1 (20%)9 (29%)
Non-Vocational Placement1 (13%)1 (14%)0002 (6%)
Further Study5 (63%)1 (14%)1 (17%)2 (40%)3 (60%)12 (39%)
Seeking Placement000000
Other01 (14%)01 (20%)02 (6%)
Unknown1 (13%)1 (14%)2 (33%)1 (20%)1 (20%)6 (19%)
Total Graduated8765531

Doctor of Ministry
The DMin degree, usually undertaken after completion of an MDiv and at least three years in ordained ministry, gives religious professionals an opportunity to sharpen their pastoral skills and do specialized work in an area that strengthens their ministry aspirations.

The table below shows the graduation and retention rates for DMin student cohorts who entered the program in the years specified.

Year EnteredNumber in CohortOne-Year
Retention Rate
In ProcessGraduated within
6 Years
2009-104095%14 (35%)15 (38%)
2010-113459%16 (47%)12 (35%)
2011-122785%14 (52%)10 (37%)
2012-131979%12 (63%)-
2013-142383%19 (83%)-
2014-151883%16 (89%)-
2015-162273%--

The normative time to degree for this program is five years. The table below shows the average time to degree for DMin students who graduated in the four most recent calendar years.
Graduation YearNumber of GraduatesAverage Time to Degree
2013194.1 years
2014174.8 years
2015135.3 years
201655.4 years

Following are first-year placement rates for DMin students who graduated in the years specified.
 20112012201320142015Total
Vocational Placement9 (69%)13 (68%)13 (68%)13 (76%)11 (85%)59 (73%)
Non-Vocational Placement2 (15%)002 (12%)04 (5%)
Further Study000000
Seeking Placement01 (5%)0001 (1%)
Other01 (5%)1 (5%)1 (6%)03 (4%)
Unknown2 (15%)4 (21%)5 (26%)1 (6%)2 (15%)14 (17%)
Total Graduated131919171381

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