The seminary's range of degree programs is configured with respect to the variety of vocations pursued by our students. We recognize that some will come to explore a call to the priesthood, others to different pastoral ministries in hospitals or prisons, others to further academic research. Still others will come simply to learn more about the Orthodox Church and immerse themselves deeper into its life, in order to pursue any career path in that light.
All of the men and women who received a degree from St Vladimir's between 2013 and 2019 were surveyed within 2 years of graduation about their job placement. Of the 156 students who graduated from St Vladimir's in this span, 86 (55.1%) reported a vocational placement, such as parish ministry or chaplaincy. 27 (17.3%) were pursuing further study, 22 (14.1%) reported a non-vocational placement not directly related to their theological studies, and 5 described their placement as "other." At the time this survey was issued, 4 were actively seeking employment. 12 graduates did not respond.
Another survey of 41 alumni who graduated between 2015 and 2019 provided more detailed information:
85.4% of these alumni reported that they are actively engaged in ministry in the Orthodox Church. Of these, 69.2% were employed full time in ministry, 10.3% part time, and 15.4% as volunteers. 19.5% of the alumni respondents were currently enrolled in a graduate or professional degree program.
When asked how well St Vladimir's prepared them for their current ministry, 36 of the 41 alumni said that they were very well (39.0%), more than adequately (29.3%) or adequately (19.5%) prepared by the seminary. 73.2% were satisfied or very satisfied with the spiritual formation that they received at the seminary, while 26.8% were ambivalent or dissatisfied. More broadly, 92.7% reported being very satisfied or satisfied with their education from St. Vladimir's.