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) completion rates, 2) PC(USA) ordination exam pass rates, 3) student satisfaction with progress in the primary areas of the core curriculum, and 4) placement.

1. Completion rates for the 2014 graduating class:

  • 95% of the Master of Divinity (M.Div.) graduates completed the degree in 3 years, 4% in 4 years, and 1% in 5 years.
    - Retention - PTS retained 91% of the M.Div. students who began the program in 2011.
  • 100% of the Master of Theology (Th.M.) graduates completed the degree in 1 year.
  • 66% of the Master of Arts graduates completed the degree in 2 years and 33% in 3 years.
  • 100% of the Master of Arts (Theological Studies) graduates completed the degree in 2 years.
  • The 2014 Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) graduates completed the degree in an average of 6.4 years

2. PC(USA) October 2014 ordination exam pass rates for Princeton Theological Seminary students:

  • Biblical Exegesis: 93% (national average: 72%)
  • Theological Competence: 100% (national average: 80%)
  • Worship and Sacraments: 92% (national average: 71%)
  • Polity: 90% (national average: 57%)

3. 2014 graduating M.Div. students’ satisfaction rates in the primary areas of the core curriculum as reported on the ATS Graduating Student Questionnaire (Average rating based on a 5-point scale: 1-very dissatisfied, 2-dissatisfied, 3-neutral, 4-satisfied, 5-very satisfied):

  • Ability to use and interpret Scripture: 4.4
  • Ability to think theologically: 4.3
  • Knowledge of church history and doctrine: 4.0
  • Ability to preach well: 4.1
  • Ability to teach well: 4.1
  • Ability in pastoral counseling: 3.7

4. Placement information for various graduating classes:

M.Div. and Th.M. Graduates
  • Placement for the 2013 graduating M.Div. students - 65% in church ministry placement, 24% on to further study, 4% in non-church ministry placement, 3% seeking placement, and 4% unknown.
    - Church ministry - pastor (senior/associate/youth/campus), Christian education director
    - Non-church ministry - chaplain (college/hospital/military), teacher at a Christian school, Teach for America, PC(USA) Mission Agency, associate editor for Eerdmans Publisher
  • PTS M.Div. and Th.M. graduates have been accepted into Ph.D. programs at institutions such as Candler School of Theology, Duke Divinity School, Durham University, Notre Dame, Garrett Theological Seminary, Graduate Theological Union, Harvard Divinity School, Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton University, University of Edinburgh, University of Oxford, Vanderbilt Divinity School, and others.
Ph.D. Graduates
  • Placement for Ph.D. graduates from 2010-2014 - 64% in higher education faculty positions, 21% in professional clergy/ministry positions, 18% in other professional (private profit enterprises/post docs) positions, and 6% unknown/not on record.
  • PTS Ph.D. graduates are serving at institutions such as Azusa Pacific University, Boston College, Candler School of Theology, Columbia School of Divinity, Duke Divinity School, Fuller Theological Seminary, Harvard Divinity School, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, Princeton Theological Seminary, Presbyterian University and Theological Seminary (Seoul, Korea), Seattle Pacific University, Tokyo Christian University, Union Presbyterian Seminary, University of Chicago Divinity School, University of Edinburgh, University of Munich, University of Zurich, Villanova University, Wesley Theological Seminary, Wheaton College, Yale Divinity School, Yonsei University (Seoul, Korea), and others.

Princeton Theological Seminary is accredited by the Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools (ATS) in the United States and Canada as well as the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE).

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