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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.).


Mount St. Mary's Seminary's Preparation for 2015 Periodic Evaluation Visit

Mount St. Mary's Seminary invites comments from its constituencies about the school in preparation for its periodic evaluation by its accrediting agencies. Mount St. Mary's Seminary is currently engaging in a self-study process in preparation for a comprehensive evaluation visit in April, 2015 by committees representing The Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools and The Commission on Higher Education of the Middles States Association. The committees will review the Seminary's ongoing ability to meet the Standards for Accreditation.

The public may submit written comments regarding the Seminary's qualifications for accreditation to:

Rev. J. Daniel Mindling, OFM Cap
Seminary Academic Dean
Mount St. Mary's Seminary
McSweeny Hall, Rm. 016
16300 Old Emmitsburg Rd
Emmitsburg, MD 21727-7797


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.

  • 94 percent of candidates who received the Certificate in 2012/13 subsequently enrolled (as of fall 2013) into graduate theological programs of priestly formation.

  • 86 percent of candidates who received the Certificate in 2011/12 subsequently enrolled (as of fall 2012) into graduate theological programs of priestly formation.

  • 91 percent of candidates who received the Certificate in 2010/11 subsequently enrolled (as of fall 2011) into graduate theological programs of priestly formation.

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.

  • Of those who matriculated in 2011/12, 50 percent graduated as of spring 2013, 17 percent retain eligibility, 17 percent withdrew from the M.A.P.S. degree program (though not from the seminary). The graduates successfully passed the two-fold concluding exercise of a qualifying paper and comprehensive examination designed to measure student achievement of the degree program outcomes.

  • Of those who matriculated in 2010/11, 33 percent graduated as of spring 2012, 25 percent retain eligibility, 33 percent withdrew from the M.A.P.S. degree program (though not from the seminary). The graduates successfully passed the two-fold concluding exercise of a qualifying paper and comprehensive examination designed to measure student achievement of the degree program outcomes.

  • Of those who matriculated in 2009/10, 92 percent graduated as of spring 2012, 7 percent withdrew from the M.A.P.S. degree program (though not from the seminary). The graduates successfully passed the two-fold concluding exercise of a qualifying paper and comprehensive examination designed to measure student achievement of the degree program outcomes.

  • Of those who matriculated in 2008/09, 40 percent graduated as of spring 2011, 47 percent withdrew from the M.A.P.S. degree program (though not from the seminary). The graduates successfully passed the two-fold concluding exercise of a qualifying paper and comprehensive examination designed to measure student achievement of the degree program outcomes.

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.

  • 97 percent of those earning the M.Div. degree in 2012/13 were ordained Roman Catholic priests within two months of graduation. All graduates received a grade of "pass" on the direct and indirect assessment tools designed to measure achievement of the degree program outcomes in intellectual, spiritual, pastoral and human formation.

  • 81 percent of those earning the M.Div. degree in 2011/12 were ordained Roman Catholic priests within two months of graduation. All graduates received a grade of "pass" on the direct and indirect assessment tools designed to measure achievement of the degree program outcomes in intellectual, spiritual, pastoral and human formation.

  • 81 percent of those earning the M.Div. degree in 2010/11 were ordained Roman Catholic priests within two months of graduation. 100percent of graduates received a grade of "pass" on the direct and indirect assessment tools designed to measure achievement of the degree program outcomes in intellectual, spiritual, pastoral and human formation.

  • 92 percent of those earning the M.Div. degree in 2009/10 were ordained Roman Catholic priests within two months of graduation. 100 percent of graduates received a grade of "pass" on the direct and indirect assessment tools designed to measure achievement of the degree program outcomes in intellectual, spiritual, pastoral and human formation.

  • 95 percent of those earning the M.Div. degree in 2008/09 were ordained Roman Catholic priests within two months of graduation. 100 percent of graduates received a grade of "pass" on the direct and indirect assessment tools designed to measure achievement of the degree program outcomes in intellectual, spiritual, pastoral and human formation.

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.

  • 67 percent of M.A. (theology) degree candidates who initially matriculated into the program in 2009/10 completed the requirements within 3 years of matriculation (92 percent of those eligible); and 5 percent retain eligibility to complete in 2014.

  • 44 percent of M.A. (theology) degree candidates who initially matriculated into the program in 2009/10 completed the requirements within 3 years of matriculation (78 percent of those eligible); and 6 percent retain eligibility to complete in 2014.

  • 63 percent of M.A. (theology) degree candidates who initially matriculated into the program in 2008/09 completed the requirements within 3 years of matriculation (100 percent of those eligible).

  • 63 percent of M.A. (theology) degree candidates who initially matriculated into the program in 2007/08 completed the requirements within 3 years of matriculation (91 percent of those eligible); and a total of 69 percent graduated within 4 years.

  • 55 percent of M.A. (theology) degree candidates who initially matriculated into the program in 2006/07 completed the requirements within 3 years of matriculation (82 percent of those eligible); and a total of 61 percent graduated within 4 years.

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 class="apple-converted-space" Sapientia Christiana), with The Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception (at The Dominican House of Studies, Washington, D.C.).
The education effectiveness of the degree program was 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.

  • From the seminary class of 2013, 66 percent of candidates who matriculated into the STB program graduated having successfully completed the concluding exercise; 11 percent withdrew from the STB, but not the seminary program; and 22 percent retain eligibility to complete in 2014.

  • From the seminary class of 2012, 66 percent of candidates who matriculated into the STB program graduated having successfully completed the concluding exercise; 33 percent withdrew from the STB, but not the seminary program.

  • From the seminary class of 2011, 22 percent of candidates who matriculated into the STB program graduated having successfully completed the concluding exercise (on their second attempt); 44 percent withdrew from the STB, but not the seminary program.

  • From the seminary class of 2010, 100 percent of candidates who matriculated into the STB program graduated having successfully completed the concluding exercise.

  • From the seminary class of 2009, 100 percent of candidates who matriculated into the STB program graduated having successfully completed the concluding exercise.

Overall Seminary Completion Rates, Ordination Curriculum

  • First-year theology students, who entered as full time students in the Seminary's ordination curriculum in the fall of 2009 and completed the overall ordination curriculum, achieved a 4-year graduation rate of 70 percent by May 2013, with 3 percent retaining eligibility to complete by May of 2014.

  • First-year theology students, who entered as full time students in the Seminary's ordination curriculum in the fall of 2008 and completed the overall ordination curriculum, achieved a 5-year graduation rate of 63 percent by May 2013.

  • First-year theology students, who entered as full time students in the Seminary's ordination curriculum in the fall of 2007 and completed the overall ordination curriculum, achieved a 5-year graduation rate of 67 percent by May 2012.

  • First-year theology students, who entered as full time students in the Seminary's ordination curriculum in the fall of 2006 and completed the overall ordination curriculum, achieved a 5-year graduation rate of 70 percent by May 2011.

  • First-year theology students, who entered as full time students in the Seminary's ordination curriculum in the fall of 2005 and completed the overall ordination curriculum, achieved a 6-year graduation rate of 69 percent by May 2011.

 
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