Effectiveness in Training

In order to achieve recognition as a provider of trustworthy and accessible ministry training, Western Seminary is committed to the highest standards of educational integrity and Christian stewardship. As such, Western engages in regular, systematic, and evidence-based evaluation of its effectiveness in producing graduates. Western measures educational effectiveness through assessment of student learning outcomes and the successful placement of graduates within strategic ministry roles.

Student Learning Outcomes

Evidence points to the majority of Western graduates meeting or surpassing the student learning outcomes expressed in our educational goals. For example, in the five years since 2008:

  • 100% of our graduates have successfully passed ordination examinations
  • Over 95% have passed the culminating theological and integration projects in their programs
  • More than 90% of our counseling graduates have passed state licensing exams on their first attempt
  • More than 80% of our students maintain steady annual progress to complete their degrees on schedule


Over the past ten years, 89% of our graduates have found successful placement in strategic ministry roles, and 92% of our graduates report they continue in their ministry roles. Western Seminary graduates are serving worldwide today as pastors, church planters, counselors, teachers, missionaries, missional ministry leaders, chaplains, ministry coaches, marketplace ministry leaders—effectively strengthening the Gospel influence of the Church worldwide.