Student Achievement

Statement of Educational Effectiveness

Mission: Asbury Seminary is a community called to prepare theologically educated, sanctified, Spirit-filled men and women to evangelize and to spread scriptural holiness throughout the world through the love of Jesus Christ, in the power of the Holy Spirit and to the glory of God the Father.

The faculty and staff of Asbury Theological Seminary are dedicated to the fulfillment of this mission and a continuous cycle of evaluation and improvement of the academic programs, services and overall effectiveness of theological education at Asbury. While effectiveness can be measured in many differing ways, Asbury Theological Seminary presents the following findings:

  • According to a 2013 survey of graduates conducted by the Association of Theological Schools of those individuals who answered the survey, upon graduation from school the first professional position or job for the majority of graduates was ministry in a congregation (66.4%).
  • Year to year retention rates have exceed 80% since 2010.

Year to Year Retention Rates, Fall 2010-2013

  Fall 2010  Fall 2011 Fall 2012 Fall 2013
By Percentage 82.20% 83.20% 83.09% 84.10%

Retention = term/registration.

Degrees Conferred Per Academic Year 2010-14

  2010 – 2011 2011 – 2012 2012 – 2013 2013 – 2014
Degrees Conferred 294 270 285 TBD
  • Over the past 3 years, the default rate on student loans for students of Asbury Theological Seminary has been 3.3%, which is well below the national average of over 13%.

Graduation Rate (Grads Total: New Students)
2004 – 2011

Degree Program 04-05 05-06 06-07 07-08 08-09 09-10 10-11
Doctor of Ministry–DMIN 0.68 0.81 0.71 0.72 0.68 0.24 0.29
Doctor of Missiology–DMISS 0.27 0.22 0.25 0.29 0.10 0.00 0.00
Doctor of Philosophy in Intercultural Studies–PHD(IS)  0.81 1.00 1.00 0.63 0.64 0.40 0.24
Doctor of Philosophy in Biblical Studies–PHD(BS)      1.00 0.60 0.43 0.10 0.00
Doctor of Philosophy in Evangelization–PHD(E)       0.50 1.00 0.25 0.00
Master of Theology in World Mission & Evangelism–THM(WME)   0.67 0.67 1.00 0.33 0.00 0.40 0.50
Master of Theology in Biblical Studies–THM(BS)       0.33 0.00 0.67 0.60
Master of Divinity–MDIV 0.49 0.43 0.46 0.41 0.38 0.23 0.20
Master of Arts with specialization in Biblical Studies–MA(BS)  0.50 0.44 0.58 0.43 0.61 0.58 0.36
Master of Arts with specialization in Theological Studies–MA(TS)  0.62 0.42 0.31 0.65 0.55 0.59 0.42
Master of Arts in Counseling–MAC 0.83 0.67 0.77 0.55 0.52 0.56 0.00
Master of Arts in Christian Education–MACE 0.50 0.40 0.55 0.45 0.63 0.75 0.20
Master of Arts in Christian Leadership–MACL   0.63 0.75 0.56 0.38 0.33 0.48 0.21
Master of Arts in Christian Ministries–MACM  0.40 0.57 0.55 0.50 0.50 0.44 0.32
Master of Arts (Intercultural Studies)–MAIS      0.50 0.50 0.63 0.64 0.50
Master of Arts in Marriage & Family Counseling–MAMF               0.64
Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling–MAMH              0.48
Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling–MAPC  0.67 0.67 0.50 0.80 0.67 0.80 0.17
Master of Arts in World Mission & Evangelism–MAWME  0.59 0.63 0.58 0.44 0.64 0.00 0.00
Master of Arts in Youth Ministry–MAYM  0.42 0.75 0.50 0.67 0.25 0.67 0.60
Certificate–CERT  0.31 0.17 0.30 0.11 0.25 0.17 0.33