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Educational Effectiveness
The University of St. Thomas School of Theology at St. Mary’s Seminary is committed to providing the highest quality education for seminarians, permanent deacon candidates and students preparing for lay ministry in the Roman Catholic Church. Regular outcomes assessment is used to evaluate the effectiveness of the program. Faculty annually review outcomes data with the goal of modification of course content and of the overall curriculum, if necessary, to assure that students have the best possible intellectual formation. In addition placement of graduates is monitored as an indication that the training of our graduates is consistent with the needs of our client dioceses.
 
Master of Divinity (Ordination Candidates)
From 2009 to 2012, 100% of graduates were ordained to the Roman Catholic priesthood. Outcomes assessment data (judged on a 5 point scale) indicated that students were judged to be at least competent in the following major areas: Scripture (4.9, excellent); Systematic Theology (3.6, competent/very good); Church History (3.8, very good); Moral Theology (4.5, very good/excellent); Sacramental Theology (4.5, very good/excellent).
 
Master of Divinity (Non-Ordination Candidates)
From 2009 to 2012, nine students completed the non-ordination Master of Divinity degree. Of these, 1 is a parish employee, 2 are parish volunteers, 2 are employed as hospital chaplains, 3 are pursuing further studies and 1 was ordained to the Roman Catholic priesthood.
 
Master of Arts (Theology)
Of the students completing the Master of Arts (Theology) from 2009-2012, 60% are employed by parishes or their dioceses, 13% have gone on for additional studies and 26% are actively volunteering in their parishes. Outcomes assessment (judged on a 4 point scale) indicate that students were judged as follows: Scripture (3.4, good/outstanding); Systematic Theology (3.3, good/outstanding), Church History (3.1, good); Sacramental Theology (3.6, good/outstanding).
 
Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies
Of the students completing the Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies from 2009-2012, 40% were ordained to the permanent diaconate in the Roman Catholic Church, 31% are employed by parishes or their dioceses, 10% are pursuing further studies and 19% are actively volunteering in their parishes. Outcomes assessment (judged on a 5 point scale) indicate that these students were judged very good in the following major areas: Scripture (4.2, very good); Church History, 4.3, very good); Sacramental Theology (4, very good); Moral Theology (3.9, very good); Systematic Theology (3.9, very good).
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