About Gettysburg Seminary

Vision

Bearing witness at the crossroads of history and hope, the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg proclaims Jesus Christ to a restless world by preparing students for faithful discipleship. As we listen to God’s Word in community, the Holy Spirit empowers us to lead in church and world through worship, education, service and encouragement.

 
Accreditation

The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg is Accredited by the
Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada, and the following degree programs are approved:

MDiv, MA in Ministerial Studies, MA (Religion), STM

ATS is located at 10 Summit Park Drive, Pittsburgh, PA, USA, Telephone: 412-788-6505, Fax: 412-788-6510, www.ats.edu

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The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg is also accredited by:
The Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, Philadelphia, PA

Detail of Status:

In 2011 Gettysburg Seminary received unqualified reaccreditation for the maximum ten-year period.  In their report, independent outside evaluators from the two accrediting agencies commended our school for the “deep commitment to the vision of the institution” on the part of students, faculty, staff, the board of directors, alumni and other constituents.  Specifically noted was “ample evidence that the institution uses its curricular offerings in ways that order learning, teaching and research to both educational goals and professional qualifications for ministry.”


Statement of Educational Effectiveness:

Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg maintains a robust learning community, resulting in a very high retention rate. Of students matriculated into first-professional level masters degrees and enrolled in classes in Fall 2007 through Fall 2011, 94% of students have received a degree or are still progressing towards a degree. The Master of Divinity degree requires four years of full-time work and 98.2% of full-time students who graduated in 2010 and 2011 completed the degree within four years of matriculation; part-time students who graduated in 2010 and 2011 completed the degree within 8 years. Virtually 100% of students who graduate with the Master of Divinity degree are assigned to church judicatories for placement into ministry service. The Master of Arts in Ministerial Studies and Master of Arts in Religion degrees require two years of full-time work and 81.8% of full-time students who graduated in 2010 and 2011 completed the degree within two years of matriculation; part-time students who graduated in 2010 and 2011 completed the degree within 4 years.
 
Governance

The Seminary is governed by a 24 member Board of Directors, elected by the synods and Division for Ministry of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). 

 

Partners of the Seminary