Educational Effectiveness

Multnomah Biblical Seminary is committed to excellence in its equipping of students to become biblically competent, academically proficient, spiritually formed, and culturally engaged servant leaders. As a member school of The Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada (ATS) and the Commission on Accrediting of ATS, Multnomah Biblical Seminary is committed to continuous quality improvement in the achievement of its mission. To ensure that its education programs have their intended impact in the church, community, and world, Multnomah Biblical Seminary regularly assesses the effectiveness of our educational programs with five separate measures:

  • Percentage of students who complete degree programs within the allotted time for completion;
  • Satisfaction of graduates with their personal spiritual growth;
  • Satisfaction of graduates with the development of skills for ministry leadership;
  • Overall satisfaction of graduates with their educational experience;
  • Vocational placement of graduates.

One of the ways we gather this data is to ask our graduating students what they think about their experience at Multnomah Biblical Seminary. In a recent survey using the 2012 ATS Graduating Student Questionnaire (GSQ), we asked our graduates to assess the time it required them to complete their program (beginning year of program), their experience of personal growth, their satisfaction with the skills they acquired for future service, and their overall satisfaction with their MBS program. In all of these areas, we discovered that graduates of Multnomah Biblical Seminary reported positive growth and satisfaction after their program. Based on that data—download the Educational Effectiveness Dashboard and more details—MBS achieved the following results in educational effectiveness:

Degree completion

M.Div. 83% completed the degree within six years
MAPS 100% completed the degree within four years
MABS* 78% completed the degree within four years

*Includes Graduate Certificate program graduates
Source: ATS Graduating Student Questionnaire 2012, Q 2.

Satisfaction with personal spiritual growth

M.Div. 4.0 out of 5
MAPS 4.0 out of 5
MABS* 3.8 out of 5

*Includes Graduate Certificate program graduates
Source: ATS Graduating Student Questionnaire 2012, Q 12

Satisfaction with the development of skills for ministry leadership

M.Div. 4.1 out of 5
MAPS 4.0 out of 5
MABS* 3.7 out of 5

*Includes Graduate Certificate program graduates
Source: ATS Graduating Student Questionnaire 2012, Q 13

Overall satisfaction with seminary experience

M.Div. 4.2 out of 5
MAPS 4.4 out of 5
MABS* 3.7 out of 5

*Includes Graduate Certificate program graduates
Source: ATS Graduating Student Questionnaire 2012, Q 13

Vocational placement rates for MBS graduates from 2002-2012*

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*MBS is currently collecting vocational placement data from its alumni. Anticipated publication date is November 15, 2012.

Although the numbers are impressive, we believe this provides just a snapshot of the transformative work that happens at Multnomah Biblical Seminary. If you’re looking for a place to be shaped for service, we invite you to come take a look for yourself.