Educational Effectiveness

In line with its mission statement, St Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary is committed to educating its students for ministry and service in the Church and for the world. This commitment entails continuous enhancement of our curriculum, our policies, and quality of life for our students and their families, seminary faculty, and staff. Our self-assessment is informed by a variety of direct and indirect measures of student experience and student learning, such as student surveys and interviews, course evaluations, and the direct assessment of student learning measured against clearly stated learning outcomes at the institutional, program, and course level. 

Graduation rates

St Vladimir’s Seminary works to recruit and cultivate a capable and cohesive student body. It seeks further to maximize the academic and spiritual formation of its students, bringing students to the completion of their degree program and equip them for a fulfilling ministry. 

From the years 2005-2011 the seminary admitted 172 students into its M.A., M.Div., and Th.M. programs. Of these, 84% either graduated with a seminary degree or are currently enrolled as our students. Sixteen percent have either transferred to other schools or withdrawn from their studies.

  • Students enrolled:  172
  • Graduated or pending:  144 (84%)
  • Withdrawn or transferred:  28 (16%)
Employment and further study upon graduation

The seminary’s range of degree programs are 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, to pursue any career path in that light.

Of the 113 men and women who have received an SVS degree between 2007 and 2012, at least 21% are pursuing further studies in theology, pastoral ministry, history, or law; at least 72% are currently employed. Of these, 84% are employed by the Church and 16% by other organizations.

  • Degrees granted:  113
  • In further studies:  24 (21%)
  • Employed:  81 (72%)
         In the Church:  67
         Elsewhere:  14
  • Between positions, or did not respond:  8 (7%)