Accreditation & Educational Effectiveness


Princeton Theological Seminary is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104 (267-284-5000) and by the Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools, 10 Summit Park Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15275-1110 (412-788-6505). Princeton Seminary is also licensed by the State of New Jersey.

The following degree programs are approved: MACEF, MDiv, MDiv/MACEF, MA(TS), ThM, PhD

To file a complaint with Princeton Seminary’s Accreditors and/or with its State Licensing Entity (New Jersey Association of Colleges and Universities), refer to this link (pdf).

Statement of Educational Effectiveness

Princeton Theological Seminary is a school dedicated to forming women and men in service to Jesus Christ for leadership in changing churches and to serving as an unsurpassed resource for Reformed theology worldwide.

The Seminary engages in ongoing evaluation of its educational effectiveness which, as an institution of the PC(USA), is measured in part through: 1) graduation rates, 2) completion rates, 3) PC(USA) ordination exam pass rates, 4) students’ rating of effectiveness in preparation with primary areas of the core curriculum, and 5) placement.

1. Graduation rates for 2019-2020 class: 91% for Master of Divinity, 67% for Master of Arts in Christian Education and Formation, 100% for Master of Arts (Theological Studies), 95% for Master of Theology (ThM), and 60% for Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).

2. Completion rates for the 2019-2020 graduating class:

  • 80% of the Master of Divinity (MDiv) graduates completed the degree in three years, 17% in four years, and 3% in five or more years.
  • 70% of the Master of Theology (ThM) graduates completed the degree in one year, 20% in two years, and 1% in four years.
  • 100% of the Master of Arts in Christian Education and Formation (MACEF) graduates completed the degree in two years.
  • 67% of the Master of Arts (Theological Studies) graduates completed the degree in two years and 33% in three years.
  • 40% of the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) graduates completed the degree in five years and 60% in six or more years.

3. PC(USA) January 2021 ordination exam pass rates for Princeton Theological Seminary students:

  • Biblical Exegesis: 88% (national average: 67%)
  • Theological Competence: 100% (national average: 81%)
  • Worship and Sacraments: 100% (national average: 82%)
  • Polity: 78% (national average: 67%)

4. 2020 graduating MDiv students’ rating of PTS’ educational effectiveness in facilitating skills in areas of the core curriculum as reported on the ATS Graduating Student Questionnaire (Average rating based on a 5-point scale: 1-Not at all effective, 2-Not very effective, 3-Somewhat effective, 4-Effective, 5-Very effective).

  • Ability to think theologically: 4.4
  • Ability to use and interpret Scripture: 4.3
  • Ability to relate social issues to faith: 4.3
  • Ability to preach well: 4.2
  • Ability to work effectively with women and men: 4.2
  • Knowledge of church history and doctrine: 4.0
  • Ability to conduct worship and liturgy: 4.0
  • Ability to work effectively within my own religious tradition: 4.0

5. Placement information for various graduating classes:

MDiv and ThM Graduates

  • Placement for the 2018-2019 graduating MDiv, Dual, MA(TS), and MACEF students who have reported to the Placement Office - 44% in vocational church ministry placement, 0% in non-church placement, 15% on to further study, 29% seeking placement, and 12% unknown.
    • Church ministry - pastor (senior/associate/youth/campus), Christian education director
    • Non-church ministry - chaplain (college/hospital/military), teacher at a Christian school

PhD Graduates

  • Placement for PhD graduates from 2011-2021 - 48% in higher education faculty positions, 7% in contingent faculty positions, 16% in professional clergy/ministry positions, 3% in post-doctoral fellowships, 18% in other professional positions (private and non-profit enterprises, higher education administration), and 8% unknown.
  • PTS PhD graduates are serving at institutions such as Canadian Mennonite University, Candler School of Theology, China Graduate School of Theology, Duke Divinity School, Evangelical Theological Seminary (Cairo, Egypt), Fuller Theological Seminary, Lancaster Theological Seminary, California Lutheran Theological Seminary, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, Busan Presbyterian University (Korea), Princeton Theological Seminary, Seattle Pacific University, Seigakuin University (Japan), Taiwan Theological Seminary, Tokyo Christian University, Torch Trinity Graduate University (Korea), Union Presbyterian Seminary, Université de Genève (Switzerland), University of Greenland, University of Texas, Villanova University, Wartburg College, Wesley Theological Seminary, Wheaton College, Yale Divinity School, and others.

Educating faithful Christian leaders.

Pastor at Grace Presbyterian Church, Crystal City, Missouri

Joshua Noah, Class of 2015

“Through my field education placement at Trinity Presbyterian Church in East Brunswick, New Jersey, I discovered my gift to minister to all age groups.”