Educational Effectiveness

Program Learning Outcomes

The faculty in each academic degree program at The Master’s Seminary articulates what they want students in their program to have achieved–in terms of knowledge, skills, and ability–when they complete the program. These achievements are referred to as Program Learning Outcomes. The program’s content, student experiences, and teaching methodologies are then aligned in an optimal way to help students achieve these learning outcomes.

Master of Divinity

  • PLO 1: As a future elder, pastor, missionary or educator, comprehend the significant areas of biblical interpretation, biblical languages, Christian theology and pastoral ministry.
  • PLO 2: As a future elder/pastor, construct a personal, biblical philosophy of ministry with application to the desired vocational goals.
  • PLO 3: As a future preacher/teacher of the Scripture, synthesize the input of biblical languages, Bible backgrounds and theological constructs to preach and teach the Bible to varied age levels and abilities within any ministry context.
  • PLO 4: As a future spiritual leader, exhibit the disciplines of holiness, prayer, leadership, and compassion required for ministry

Master in Biblical Ministry (Spanish Language Degree)

  • PLO #1: As one called to handle accurately the Word of truth (2 Timothy 2:15), comprehend the significant areas of biblical knowledge, historical-grammatical-literal interpretation, and systematic theology.
  • PLO #2: As one called to shepherd God’s flock (1 Peter 5:2), exhibit the disciplines of personal holiness, private prayer, and counseling care necessary for ministry.
  • PLO #3: As one called to give instruction (Titus 1:9), understand the fundamentals of message preparation, and demonstrate aptitude to teach in a variety of local church contexts.

Master of Theology

  • PLO 1: As an advancing scholar, specialize in an area of biblical or theological studies, gaining facility in its literature, and scholarship.
  • PLO 2: As an advancing exegete, employ a more refined skill set in Hebrew and Greek translation, exegesis, and interpretation
  • PLO 3: As an advancing teacher, implement the skills of communication and effective teaching of course content.
  • PLO 4: As an advancing contributor to the literature, demonstrate critical thinking, in-depth interaction, thorough research, and excellence in writing

Doctor of Ministry

  • PLO #1: As an experienced biblical expositor, demonstrate the ability to accurately and effectively exegete biblical passages as part of the sermon preparation process.
  • PLO #2: As an experienced biblical expositor, demonstrate the ability to effectively organize and synthesize the content being presented in a sermon.
  • PLO #3: As an experienced biblical expositor, demonstrate an advanced ability to deliver sermons with rhetorical eloquence.
  • PLO #4: As an experienced biblical expositor, demonstrate an advanced mastery of expository preaching skills

Doctor of Philosophy

  • PLO 1: As a critical thinker, collect and analyze primary and secondary sources of information, critique interpretations of the evidence, synthesize the evidence for future scholarly contributions to the field of study, and draw and integrate implications for professional practice.
  • PLO 2: As a theological exegete, apply exegetical skills to the biblical text, develop a theological critique of views related to the text, and connect the issue with its historical precedents.
  • PLO 3: As a scholarly communicator, engage in quality written papers and oral presentations in colloquia for the purpose of disseminating personal scholarship to peer audiences as well as future readers and hearers of their work.

Evidence of Educational Effectiveness

It is the commitment of The Master’s University and Seminary (TMUS) to offer challenging academic degree programs that seek to ensure student mastery of the skills and knowledge which are critical to success in ministry as well as preparation for further education at the graduate level. At the same time the seminary makes it a priority to provide support systems to maximize the potential for students to complete their degree work in a timely manner.

Educational effectiveness is measured with pre/post tests in key curricular areas as well placement rates for our graduates.

Bible Knowledge

An exam measuring students’ understanding of themes, characters and structure of Scripture.

Year

Percentage Point Increase

2010-11 52.07%
2011-12 54.68%
2013-14 50.52%
2014-15 47.57%
2015-16 35.66%
2016-17 TBA

Placement

TMS tracks the percentage of its graduates who are in various categories of employment within a specified number of months of graduation.  Of the 2016 graduates whose ministry placements are known to the seminary, 88%  were placed in ministry positions within 12 months of graduation.

Placement Rates/TMS Alumni: Of those alumni in ministry for whom the seminary has information, 53% are working in church ministry as associate pastors, 26% work as pastors/senior pastors, 3% in chaplaincy, 12% in missions, and 6% in education.

RETENTION & GRADUATION RATES

Retention and Graduation Rates help the seminary understand how well our students are able to persist to completion in their educational goals. The seminary evaluates these measurements to help identify and remove barriers to student success and to help forecast annual enrollment levels and set new student recruiting targets.

Retention Rates

Retention rates indicate the percentage of enrolled students that persist in continuous enrollment at this seminary from one year to the next.

Fall 2017 – 94%

Graduation Rates

Graduation rates indicate the percentage of enrolled students that graduate from this seminary after specified numbers of years from their initial enrollment at this seminary.

Master of Divinity

Cohort

2 year Graduation Rate

3 year Graduation Rate

4 year Graduation Rate

2008 30% 33% 38%
2009 27% 56% 64%
2010 26% 30% 46%
2011 20% 32% 53%
2012 28% 28% 59%
2013 34% 34% 54%

Average

  27% 35% 51%

 

Master of Theology

Cohort

2 year Graduation Rate

3 year Graduation Rate

4 year Graduation Rate

2008 63% 69% 75%
2009 83% 83% 83%
2010 41% 56% 63%
2011 80% 90% 100%
2012 40% 52% 56%
2013 67% 89% 89%

Average

  56% 67% 72%

 

Doctor of Philosophy

Cohort

2 year Graduation Rate

3 year Graduation Rate

4 year Graduation Rate

2008 0% 100% 100%
2009 0% 33% 33%
2010 0% 0% 0%
2011 0% 33% 100%
2012 0% 0% 100%
2013 0% 0% 0%

Average

  0% 33% 58%

 

Doctor of Ministry

Cohort

2 year Graduation Rate

3 year Graduation Rate

4 year Graduation Rate

2008 45% 64% 64%
2009 67% 17% 50%
2010 67% 67% 83%
2011 100% 100% 100%
2012 60% 60% 60%
2013 86% 86% 86%

Average

  66% 63% 71%

 

 

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