It is the commitment of The Master’s College and Seminary (TMCS) to offer challenging academic degree programs that seek to ensure student mastery of the skills and knowledge, which are critical to success in one’s chosen profession, as well as preparation for further education at the graduate level. At the same time the College and Seminary make it a priority to provide support systems to maximize the potential for students to complete their degree work in a timely manner.
The following links provide access to data and a number reports which address both the areas of educational quality and student success.
There has been a progressive growth of degrees granted from the seminary’s inception, indicating an increasing demand for TMS degrees. Over the period of twenty-eight years, TMS has successfully attracted more students with time and subsequently more graduates with time.
|Years||Total Degrees Awarded||average/year|
|• Master of Divinity||183|
|• Master of Theology||2|
|• Doctor of Divinity||1|
|• Master of Divinity||265|
|• Master of Theology||17|
|• Doctor of Divinity||2|
|• Master of Divinity||484|
|• Master of Theology||64|
|• Doctor of Theology||2|
|• Doctor of Ministry||18|
|• Doctor of Divinity||3|
|• Master of Divinity||368|
|• Master of Theology||76|
|• Doctor of Theology||5|
|• Doctor of Ministry||43|
Graduates Admitted to Doctoral Programs
The quality of the TMS program can be reflected in the proportion of graduates who go on to pursue either research or professional doctorates.
As of June 2014, 152 (11.3%) graduates are enrolled in or have completed doctoral studies
• Research doctorates: 79
• Professional doctorates: 73
Books Published by Graduates
While TMS graduates are gauged primarily by their knowledge of Scripture and ability to communicate that knowledge orally in preaching and teaching, there is a secondary encouragement to develop one’s ability to publish quality-level books.
• 75 graduates (5.5%) have published 136 books (or parts thereof)
• 36 graduates (2.7%) have published 90 journal articles
Graduates Engaging in Missions
In keeping with the seminary’s Institutional Purpose statement, which includes “the mission of penetrating the world with the Truth,” a strong intentional effort is made to encourage students, upon graduation, to consider ministry beyond the borders of America.
163 graduates (12.1%) serve internationally on six continents in 46 countries
Graduation rates provide one of the stellar summative evidences of educational effectiveness.
• African-American: 53%
• Hispanic: 61%
• Asian: 64%
• Caucasian: 75%
Placement reflects two major issues in graduate seminary education: 1) the intentionality of the seminary to place graduates in the field for which they have been trained, and 2) the reputation/desirability of the graduates by those outside the seminary.
• 1987 – 1989: 79%
• 1990 – 1999: 85.3%
• 2000 – 2008: 90.5%
• 2009 – 2014: 90.0%
Graduates Evaluated by Employers
A major survey, comprised of having graduates evaluated by the person to whom they report, was conducted in 1999, 2008, and again in 2012.
• Overall rating: 3.34
• High Marks (3’s & 4’s): 89%
• Low Marks (1’s & 2’s): 11%
Graduates Licensed or Ordained
In 2012, TMS surveyed its graduates inquiring as to their licensure/ordination status. At that time, 93% of TMS graduates were licensed or ordained.
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