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Accreditation


Mount St. Mary's Seminary, an integral part of Mount St. Mary's University in Emmitsburg, Maryland, is fully accredited by the Maryland Higher Education Commission of the State Board of Education of Maryland, and the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools. The Seminary is also accredited by the Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada, with the following approved degree programs: M.Div., M.A. (Theology).

Concerns regarding compliance with accrediting standards may be addressed to either of the following associations:

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

10 Summit Park Dr.
Pittsburgh, PA 15275-1103
Telephone: (412) 788-6505
Fax: (412) 788-6510

Middle State logoCommission on Higher Education of
the Middles States Association

3624 Market St.
Philadelphia, PA 19104-2680
Telephone: (215) 662-5606

Mount St. Mary's Seminary on January 4, 2007 (Feast of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton) was affiliated with The Pontifical Faculty of Theology of the Immaculate Conception, at the Dominican House of Studies, in Washington, D.C. which is authorized to grant the first-cycle degree of Bachelor of Sacred Theology (S.T.B.).


 

Statement of Educational Effectiveness

Mount St. Mary's Seminary provides education and formation for candidates for the Roman Catholic Priesthood. The school has developed a variety of direct and indirect measures to assess the extent to which the students are achieving the outcomes described in our catalog for the various degrees and programs they are pursuing. Faculty and Administration regularly review this data in the ongoing assessment of the educational effectiveness of the Seminary and to measure the success and timely completion of its degree and certificate programs. The following is a summary of the recent data.

Pre-Theology Certificate Program

This two-year formation program has as its purpose the preparation of candidates for entry into the theologate. The achievement of the goals of the program are measured by the formation team using direct and indirect measures of achievement in intellectual, spiritual, pastoral and human formation and cuminates in the awarding of a Completion Certificate. As a demonstration of the effectiveness of the pre-theology formation program, the following data shows the percentage (by recent academic years) of those who completed the pre-theology formation program at Mount St. Mary's seminary and subsequently entered a graduate theological formation program of preistly formation the following fall:

  • 100% of those completing pre-theology (5/2016) subsequently enrolled in graduate Theological formation (fall 2016) 

  • 86% of those completing pre-theology (5/2015) subsequently enrolled in graduate Theological formation (fall 2015)

  • 87% of those completing pre-theology (5/2014) subsequently enrolled in graduate theological formation (fall 2014)

  • 94% of those completing pre-theology (5/2013) subsequently enrolled in graduate theological formation (fall 2013)

  • 78% of those completing pre-theology (5/2012) subsequently enrolled in graduate theological formation (fall 2012)

  • 91% of those completing pre-theology (5/2011) subsequently enrolled in gradtuate theological formaiton (fall 2011) 

Master of Arts in Philosophical Studies (M.A.P.S.)

The two-year M.A.P.S. degree program has as its purpose to offer an opportunity for advanced graduate study of philosophy emphasizing both the history and major topical areas of philosophical inquiry, with attention to how these inform and are informed by the Catholic intellectual tradition. The graduates successfully passed a two-fold concluding exercise of a qualifying paper and oral presentation designed to measure student achievement of the degree program outcomes.  The following data of recent M.A.P.S. candidates by entering cohort year (updated in spring 2016) shows the percentages of those who:  1) graduated from the M.A.P.S. degree program in a timely manner, 2) who withdrew from M.A.P.S (but not from Seminary formation), and 3) retain eligibility to complete the degree.

  • Entering cohort 2014/15: none have graduated so far nor withdrawn from M.A.P.S. and 100% retain eligibility. 

  • Entering cohort 2013/14: 6% graduated, 19% withdrew from the M.A.P.S. degree program (but not from seminary formation), and 38% retain eligibility.

  • Entering cohort 2012/13: 14% graduated, 36% withdrew from the M.A.P.S. degree program (but not from seminary formation), and 36% retain eligibility.

  • Entering cohort 2011/12: 50% graduated (passing the two-fold concluding exercise at that time of a qualifying paper and comprehensive exam), 25% withdrew from the M.A.P.S. degree program (but not from the seminary), and none are still eligible. 

  • Entering cohort 2010/11: 46% graduated (passing the two-fold concluding exercise at that time of a qualifying paper and comprehensive exam), 23% withdrew from the M.A.P.S. degree program (though not from the seminary), and none are still eligible.

  • Entering cohort 2009/10: 36% graduated (passing the two-fold concluding exercise at that time of a qualifying paper and comprehensive exam), 45% withdrew from the M.A.P.S. degree program (though not from the seminary), and none are still eligible. 

Master of Divinity (M.Div.)

The four-year Master of Divinity (M.Div.), a fully-accredited professional ministerial degree, is designed to be completed by seminarians while they are fulfilling the requirements of the ordination program. All graduates received a grade of "pass" on the direct an indirect assessment tools designed to measure the achievement of the degre program outcomes in intellectual, spiritual, pastoral, and human formation and were recommneded to their sponsoring diocese for ordination.  As a demonstration of the effectiveness of ths degree program in preparing men for ordained ministry, the data below shows the percentages of recent graduates (by class year) who are still engaged in pastoral ministry (as of July 2016). 

  • 95.0% of those earning the M.Div. degree in 2015/16 are involved in active pastoral ministry.

  • 94.2% of those earning the M.Div. degree in 2014/15 are involved in active pastoral ministry.

  • 96.6% of those earning the M.Div. degree in 2013/14 are involved in active pastoral ministry.

  • 95.2% of those earning the M.Div degree in 2012/13 are involeved in active pastoral ministry. 

  • 91.0% of those earning the M.Div. degree in 2011/12 are involved in active pastoral ministry.

  • 100% of those earning the M.Div. degree in 2010/11 are involved in active pastoral ministry. 

Master of Arts (Theology)

The degree program goals include both the attainment of survey knowledge of theology, as well as a focus in an area of concentration for study and research writing. Successful candidates, in addition to the required coursework, complete the capstone exercise of a three-part portfolio of directed M.A. (theology) research projects and an oral comprehensive examination designed to measure student achievement of the degree program outcomes. The graduation rate by entering cohort year is shown below: 

  •   6% of M.A. (theology) candidates from entering cohort 2014/15 completed degree requirements within 3 years of matriculation (6.2% % of those eligible); and 88% still retain eligibility for the degree.

  • 10% of M.A. (theology) candidates from entering cohort 2013/14 completed degree requirements within 3 years of matriculation, a total of 45% graduated within 4 years (64.2% of those eligible); and 23% retain eligibility for the degree.

  • 50% of M.A. (theology) candidates from entering cohort 2012/13 completed the requirements within 4 years of matriculation (65% of those eligible); and 23% retain eligibility to complete the degree.

  • 70% of M.A. (theology) candidates from entering cohort 2011/12 completed the requirements within 4 years of matriculation (100% of those eligible); and none retain eligibility to complete the degree.

  • 67% of M.A. (theology) candidates from entering cohort 2010/11 completed the requirements within 4 years of matriculation (86% of those eligible); and none retain eligibility to complete the degree.

  • 44% of M.A. (theology) candidates from entering cohort 2009/10 completed the requirements within 3 years of matriculation; a total of  50% graduated (89% of those eligible); and none retain eligibility to complete the degree. 

Bachelor of Sacred Theology (S.T.B.)

This degree is offered under an affiliation agreement (approved by the Vatican Congregatio de Institutione Catholica and in keeping with the Apostolic Constitution Sapientia Christiana), with The Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception (at The Dominican House of Studies, Washington, D.C.). The educational effectiveness of the degree program is measured by the concluding exercise, a two phase (written and oral) comprehensive examination coram professors from both institutions designed to measure student achievement of the degree program outcomes.  The data below (updated summer 2016) shows the rate of completion by entering cohort, listing the percentage who graduated having successfully completed the concluding exercise along with the percentage of those who withdrew from the S.T.B. program (but not from seminary formation): 

  • 28.5% of candidates from STB entering cohort 2013/14 graduated; 14.2% withdrew from STB (but not the seminary).

  • 38.4% of candidates from STB entering cohort 2012/13 graduated; 30.7% withdrew from STB (but not the seminary).

  • 100% of candidates from STB entering cohort 2011/12 graduated; none withdrew from the STB.

  • 71.4% of candidates from STB entering cohort 2010/11 graduated; none withdrew from the STB.

  • 85.7% of candidates from STB entering cohort 2009/10 graduated; none withdrew from the STB.

  • 25 % of candidates from STB entering cohort 2008/09 graduated; 62.5% withdrew from STB (but not the seminary).

Overall Seminary Completion Rates, Ordination Curriculum

The data below shows the five-year graduation rate of those First-Year tehology students, who entered as full-time students in the Seminary's ordination curriculum in the fall of a given year and completed the overall ordination curriculum and its concluding exercises. For example, the majority of those who completd with the graduating seminary class of 2016 entered the ordination formation program in ay 2013/14 (others in their cohort may still be eligile for completion if they took a pastoral year): 

  • First-year graduate theology students, who entered full-time into the Seminary's ordination formation program in fall of 2012 and completed the overall curriculum, achieved a 4-year graduation rate of 59% (seminary class of 2016).

  • First-year graduate theology students, who entered full-time into the Seminary's ordination formation program in fall 2011 and completed the overall curriculum, achieved a 4-year graduation rate of 58% (seminary class of 2015); and a 5-year graduation rate of 61% by May 2016.

  • First-year graduate theology students, who entered full-time into the Seminary's ordination formation program in fall 2010 and completed the overall curriculum, acheived a 4-year graduation rate of 70% (seminary class of 2014); and a 5-year graduation rate of 82.7% by May 2015. 

  • First-year graduate theology students, who entered full-time into the Seminary's ordination formation program in fall 2009 and completed the overall curriculum, achieved a 4-year graduation rate of 70% (seminary class of 2013); and a 5-year graduation rate of 73% by May 2014.

  • First-year graduate theology students, who entered full-time into the Seminary's ordination formation program in fall 2008 and completed the overall curriculum, achieved a 4-year graduation rate of 53% (seminary class of 2012); and a 5-year graduation rate of 63% by May 2013.

  • First-year graduate theology students, who entered full-time into the Seminary's ordination formation program in fall 2007 and completed the overall curriculum, achieved a 4-year graduation rate of 57% (seminary class of 2011); and a 5-year graduation rate of 60% by May 2012.

 
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