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Effectiveness in Training

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.

Below is information regarding the student learning outcomes and effectiveness of each of our programs, and survey responses from current students and alumni.

Doctor of Ministry

The Program goals include:

  • To enhance and increase the knowledge of the ministry leader
  • To prompt and deepen the character of the ministry leader
  • To refine and supplement the skills of the ministry leader

Program learning outcomes include:

  • Display an advanced understanding of the Bible as interpreted through the hermeneutic of the gospel;
  • Display a corresponding application of the gospel to such ministry expressions as preaching, leadership, and spiritual formation;
  • Display the capacity to evaluate past and present expressions of pastoral ministry in diverse contexts when set against the contact of the gospel;
  • Display for publication a doctoral-level dissertation that makes a new and essential contribution to the field of pastoral ministry as informed by the gospel.
201720162015
Number of Graduates 3 2 2
Vocational Placement Rate 100% 100% 50%

Doctor of Intercultural Studies

Program goals include:

  • The development of competence in theological disciplines at the graduate level within culturally diverse contexts of ministry as relevant or pertinent to the area of specialization.
  • Increased capacity for critical and constructive theological reflection regarding content and practices of the various disciplines that undergird the areas of specialization.
  • Skill in the design, implementation, and assessment of ministry in the area of specialization, including ministerial effectiveness.
  • Development and appropriation of a personal and professional ethic with focused study on ethical standards and mature conduct in the profession.
  • Advanced understanding of the various disciplines that undergird the area of specialization; and
  • Enhanced opportunities for growth in spiritual maturity.

The term "area of specialization" refers to the each student's program focus, dissertation topic, and vocational preparation. Program learning outcomes include:

  • Engage in theological reflection on issues and practices of educational ministry
  • Acquire competence in academic understanding of local and global leadership holistically
  • Demonstrate dynamic, gospel-centered leadership cross-culturally
  • Carry out the pedagogical task of teaching and training others for local and global leadership
  • Carries out quality research and effectively communicates that research in both written and oral media
201720162015
Number of Graduates 5 1 3
Vocational Placement Rate 100% 100% 100%

Doctor of Education in Intercultural Studies

The program goals include mastery of disciplines in intercultural education disciplines, graduate-level understanding of theological disciplines, growth in Christian maturity and integrity, and increased capacity to engage in educational administration, teaching, training and research.

Program learning outcomes include:

  • Students will be able to apply theoretical and theological understanding of educational theories, philosophy and methodology for ministry in a globalized world;
  • Students will be an agent of spiritual transformation through modeling and ministry;
  • Students will be able to develop advanced competence in teaching, training, and administration in intercultural contexts locally and globally;
  • Students will be able to conduct research and apply research findings to improve the practice of education in intercultural contexts locally and globally

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Master of Theology

The program goals include:

  • Academic Excellence
    • Conceptual Comprehension: The student demonstrates mastery of course material and basic methodologies in the chosen area(s) of study, and exhibits mature, critical, independent thinking.
    • Rigorous Scholarship: The student develops good research plans, and analyzes and critically evaluates research data that has been efficiently located and adequately documented. Communicates ideas logically, clearly, concisely, and compellingly in both written and oral forms.
  • Spiritual Vitality
    • Personal Integrity: The student engages academics as a whole person, embracing the synergy between scholarship and piety, without which credibility and viability are compromised
    • Ministerial Intentionality The student completes coursework and develops research with the implications for spiritual formation and ministry practice in view.
  • Theological Integration
    • Interdisciplinary Interaction: The student applies information and insight from multiple theological disciplines, as appropriate, to particular problems and research projects.
    • Engaged Evangelicalism The student articulates a clear understanding of and commitment to evangelical theology, in open dialog with other perspectives. Recognizes that biblical and theological studies are appropriately undertaken in, with, and for the church.
201720162015
Number of Graduates 4 5 7
Vocational Placement Rate 50% 0% 42%
Further Study Placement Rate 50% 86%

Master of Divinity

The Master of Divinity program goals include:

  • Develop students’ knowledge of the biblical and theological foundations of the Faith
  • Foster student’s spiritual life and moral integrity
  • Equip students’ capacity for cultural engagement
  • Expand student’s competencies for ministry leadership

The MDiv student learning outcomes encompass multiple dimensions of the graduate’s life and work. This means that the MDiv student’s educational experiences are intended to produce growth in knowledge, character, and skills for ministry. Many of these outcomes are best achieved and measured in the context of ministry rather than the classroom. Consequently, many of the educational experiences bring the classroom and the ministry context together in partnership to prepare the student for a life of effective ministry.

The Master of Divinity is designed to prepare graduates with the following learning outcomes:

  • Apply biblical truth to life and ministry based on a thorough understanding of the biblical canon and solid exegesis
  • Employ mature theological thinking to evaluate competing ideas, develop a personally integrated and gospel-centered expression of biblical teachings, communicate theological truths clearly, and apply theological truths to life and ministry
  • Demonstrate cultural awareness and discernment in theological thinking and ministerial practice
  • Exhibit a Christ-like character worthy of being emulated, and integrity that imparts credibility to his/her ministry
  • Demonstrate self-awareness and a commitment to an ongoing process of personal and spiritual formation that is clearly grounded in the gospel
  • Implement a gospel-centered philosophy of ministry that is biblical, missional, and transformational
  • Communicate God’s truth clearly, accurately, and convincingly
  • Nurture and equips people so that God’s purposes are effectively accomplished in and through them
17/1816/1715/1614/15
Graduation Rate 14%* 24% 36%
Graduate Count 20 12 16 12
Placement Rate 64% 77% 83%

*MDiv graduation rates are affected significantly by students who transfer to a different program within the institution. Of the 16 students who started in the cohort (6 years ago) who completed the full MDiv program, 4 completed the program. In addition, the numbers provided reflect only those students entering the MDiv program in the fall whereas Western Seminary admits students to each term so the cohort graduation numbers will differ from numbers of student completion overall.

Master of Arts (Biblical and Theological Studies)

The MA (Biblical and Theological Studies) program goals include:

  • Cultivate skills in the efficient study and interpretation of Scripture.
  • Provide theoretical and practical skills in one area of focused specialization; and
  • Promote growth in Christian maturity demonstrated through effective interpersonal relationships.

The MA (Biblical and Theological Studies) student learning outcomes include:

  • Applies biblical truth to life and ministry based on a thorough understanding of the biblical canon.
  • Employs mature theological thinking to evaluate competing ideas, develop a personally-integrated expression of biblical teachings, communicate theological truths clearly, and apply theological truths to life and ministry.
  • Understands a broad range of biblical and theological issues, their historical background, and the significance that they have for the life and ministry of God’s people.
  • Exhibits a Christ-like character worthy of being emulated, and integrity that imparts credibility to his/her ministry.
  • Demonstrates self-awareness and a commitment to ongoing personal and spiritual formation.
17/1816/1715/1614/15
Graduation Rate 46% 28% 45%
Graduate Count 17 20 22 32
Placement Rate 65% 64% 64%

Master of Arts in Ministry and Leadership

The Master of Arts in Ministry and Leadership program goals include:

  • The capacity for critical and constructive theological reflection regarding the content and processes of the areas of specialized ministry
  • The skill in the design, implementation, and assessment of ministry in these specialized areas
  • An understanding of the various disciplines that undergird the area of specialized ministry
  • Growth in personal and spiritual maturity.

The Master of Arts in Ministry and Leadership program is designed to prepare graduates with the following learning outcomes:

  • Applies biblical truth to life and ministry based on sound hermeneutics and a thorough understanding of the biblical canon.
  • Employs mature theological thinking to evaluate competing ideas, communicates theological truths clearly, and applies theological truths to life and ministry.
  • Demonstrates cultural awareness and discernment in theological thinking and ministerial practice.
  • Exhibits a Christ-like character worthy of being emulated, and integrity that imparts credibility to his/her ministry.
  • Demonstrates self-awareness and a commitment to ongoing personal and spiritual formation.
  • Implements a gospel-centered philosophy of ministry that is biblical, missional, and transformational.
  • Leads others in effective ministry by casting a vision for transformational ministry, equipping others for ministry, and faithfully modeling servant leadership.
  • Demonstrates mastery of the key principles of their chosen area of ministry through effective service in that area.
17/1816/1715/1614/15
Graduation Rate 46% 28% 45%
Graduate Count 17 20 22 32
Placement Rate 65% 64% 64%

Master of Arts in Global Leadership

The MA in Global Ministry program goals include:

  • Cultivate skills in the efficient study, interpretation and application of Scripture to life and ministry
  • Promote growth in Christian maturity demonstrated through effective interpersonal relationships
  • Develop understanding and skill in self-awareness, social competence, and ministry formation in diverse cultural settings
  • Provide theoretical and practical skills for global leadership of ministry

The MA is designed to prepare graduates with the following learning outcomes:

  • Applies biblical truth to life and ministry through appropriately utilizing biblical interpretation
  • Employs mature theological discernment, evaluating competing ideas, developing a personally integrated expression of biblical teachings, communicating theological truths clearly for diverse cultures, and applying theological truths to life and ministry in a global context
  • Demonstrates ongoing, gospel-centered personal and spiritual formation
  • Demonstrates self-awareness, social competence, sensitivity to diversity and teamwork in diverse cultural settings
  • Displays effective ministry competence and leadership in a global ministry setting
17/18
Graduation Rate N/A*
Graduate Count 9
Placement Rate 100%

*This program began in 14/15 and therefore has not existed long enough to establish graduation rates, though 9 students completed the program in 3 years.

Master of Counseling

The MA in Global Ministry program goals include:

  • Cultivate skills in the efficient study, interpretation and application of Scripture to life and ministry
  • Promote growth in Christian maturity demonstrated through effective interpersonal relationships
  • Develop understanding and skill in self-awareness, social competence, and ministry formation in diverse cultural settings
  • Provide theoretical and practical skills for global leadership of ministry

The MA is designed to prepare graduates with the following learning outcomes:

  • Applies biblical truth to life and ministry through appropriately utilizing biblical interpretation
  • Employs mature theological discernment, evaluating competing ideas, developing a personally integrated expression of biblical teachings, communicating theological truths clearly for diverse cultures, and applying theological truths to life and ministry in a global context
  • Demonstrates ongoing, gospel-centered personal and spiritual formation
  • Demonstrates self-awareness, social competence, sensitivity to diversity and teamwork in diverse cultural settings
  • Displays effective ministry competence and leadership in a global ministry setting
17/1816/17
Graduation Rate 96% 95%
Graduate Count 21 13
Placement Rate 63% 65%

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