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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).

Effective August 2017, the Seminary's ESL program has been accredited by the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation (CEA).  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. It is to be noted that the failure to meet academic standards is only rarely a determining factor among those who do not continue on beyond the Pre-Theology Program and those who withdraw from Seminary formation. 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:

  • 88% of those completing pre-theology (5/2017) subsequently enrolled in graduate Theological formation (fall 2017).

  • 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).

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 summer 2017) 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 2016/17: none have graduated so far, nor withdrawn from M.A.P.S., and 100% retain eligibility.

  • Entering cohort 2015/16: 25% have graduated, none have withdrawn from M.A.P.S. without also withdrawing from Seminary formation, and 50% retain eligibility.

  • Entering cohort 2014/15: 100% have graduated, 0% withdrew and 0% retain eligibility. 

  • Entering cohort 2013/14: 19% graduated, 5% withdrew from the M.A.P.S. degree program (but not from seminary formation), and 25% retain eligibility.

  • Entering cohort 2012/13: 21% graduated, 14% withdrew from the M.A.P.S. degree program (but not from seminary formation), and 0% retain eligibility.

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 fall 2017). 

  • 95.2% of those earning the M.Div. degree in 2016/17 are involved in active ministry.

  • 86.9% of those earning the M.Div. degree in 2015/16 are involved in active pastoral ministry.

  • 89.1% of those earning the M.Div. degree in 2014/15 are involved in active pastoral ministry.

  • 100% of those earning the M.Div. degree in 2013/14 are involved in active pastoral ministry.

  • 90.9% of those earning the M.Div degree in 2012/13 are involeved 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: 

  • 0% of M.A. (theology) candidates from entering cohort 2015/16 completed requireemnts so far; and 65% still retain eligibility.  

  • 76% of M.A. (theology) candidates from entering cohort 2014/15 completed degree requirements within 3 years of matriculation (92.3% % of those eligible); and 6% still retain eligibility for the degree.

  • 45% of M.A. (theology) candidates from entering cohort 2013/14 completed degree requirements within 3 years of matriculation, a total of 50% graduated within 4 years (90.9% 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 (84.6% of those eligible); and 0% retain eligibility to complete the degree.

  • 67% of M.A. (theology) candidates from entering cohort 2011/12 completed the requirements within 4 years of matriculation (85.7% of those eligible); and 0% retain eligibility to complete the degree.

  • 44% of M.A. (theology) candidates from entering cohort 2010/11 completed the requirements within 3 years of matriculation, a total of 50% graduated within 4 years of matriculation (88.8% of those eligible); and 0% 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): 

  • 50.0% of STB candidates from seminary class of 2017 (STB entering cohort 2014/15) graduated; none withdrew the STB without also withdrawing from seminary formation.

  • 50.0% of STB candidates from seminary class of 2016 (STB entering cohort 2013/14) graduated; 16.6% withdrew from STB (but not the seminary).

  • 50.0% of STB candidates from seminary class of 2015 (STB entering cohort 2012/13) graduated; 30.0% withdrew from STB (but not the seminary).

  • 85.7% of STB candidates from seminary class of 2014 (STB entering cohort 2011/12) graduated; none withdrew from the STB without also withdrawing from seminary formation.

  • 71.4% of STB candidates from seminary class of 2013 (STB entering cohort 2010/11) graduated; none withdrew from the STB without also withdrawing from seminary formation.

Overall Seminary Completion Rates, Ordination Curriculum

The data below shows the five-year graduation rate of those First-Year theology 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 completed with the graduating seminary class of 2017 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 2013 and completed the overall curriculum, achieved a 4-year graduation rate of 56.3% (seminary class of 2017). 

  • 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 59.3% (seminary class of 2016); and a 5-year graduation rate of 65.6% by May of 2017.

  • 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 58.5% (seminary class of 2015); and a 5-year graduation rate of 60.9% 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 69.9% (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 69.6% (seminary class of 2013); and a 5-year graduation rate of 72.7% by May 2014.

 
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