St. Patrick’s Seminary & University is dedicated to the quality, integrity, and effectiveness of its academic programs. The Seminary is committed to a solid formation program for the preparation of men to serve as Catholic priests. All graduates of St. Patrick's Seminary & University satisfactorily complete programmatic requirements and fulfill the stated learning outcomes. Upon successful completion of the program, all those who are ordained receive a pastoral assignment.
Master of Divinity/Bachelor of Sacred Theology (MDiv/STB)
Benchmark: 90% of graduates will be ordained by the Roman Catholic Church within one year of graduating.
2020: 6 ordained (86%)
2019: 11 ordained (100%)*
2018: 7 ordained (88%)
2017: 12 ordained (100%)
2016: 13 ordained (87%)
2015: 12 ordained (100%)
2014: 11 ordained (100%)
2013: 18 ordained (100%)
2012: 9 ordained (75%)
2011: 16 ordained (93%)
2010: 15 ordained (87.5%)
2009: 22 ordained (96%)
2008: 11 ordained (92%)
* One ordination delayed by several months due to COVID.
Benchmark: 100% perseverance of graduates who were ordained to the priesthood will be active in priestly ministry five years post-graduation.
2021: 85% of 2016 graduates who were ordained to the priesthood are still active five years post-graduation based on directory information.
2020: 92% of 2015 graduates who were ordained to the priesthood are still active five years post-graduation based on directory information.
2019: 100% of 2014 graduates who were ordained to the priesthood are still active five years post-graduation based on directory information.
Comprehensive Exam Scores: Graduates must past a comprehensive exam process that serves as a core assessment tool designed to measure achievement and proficiency. Average scores are listed below using a 4-point grading scale. Students must earn > 2.5 for an MDiv and > 3.0 for an STB.
* Only includes 2020 graduates who took the STB comprehensive exams in February 2021 (4 of 7). MDiv comprehensive exam was waived due to the pandemic.
Retention and Graduation Rates: The MDiv Program is a five-year program that includes a one-year Pastoral internship (Table 1). Graduation rate is calculated from the entering Theology I cohort. This accounts for those who graduated, discerned out, or transferred to other institutions.
Benchmark: According to CARA’s Catholic Ministry Formation Enrollment: Statistical Overview (June 2019), the average retention rate of seminarian’s over the last ten years was 76%.
· For those who began the program in the 2015-2016 academic year, two our of four (50%) seminarians completed the program in an average of 5.0 years (+/- 0 SD).
· For those who began the program in the 2014-2015 academic year, seven out of fourteen (50%) seminarians completed the program in an average of 5.0 years (+/- 0 SD).
· For those who began the program in the 2013-2014 academic year, twelve out of nineteen (63%) seminarians completed the program in an average of 5.1 years (+/- 0.61 SD).
· For those who began the program in 2012-2013 academic year, twelve out of twenty-five (48%) seminarians completed the program in an average of 4.8 years (+/- 0.39 SD).
Table 1: Retention rates for seminarians entering the Theologate as a Theology I student.
Master of Arts in Theology
Since 2017, 45 seminarians have earned the Master of Divinity degree and of those, 13 (29%) also received the Master of Arts in Theology degree. Ninety-two percent of the seminarians that earned the MA in Theology degree were ordained in the Roman Catholic Priesthood. Eighty-five percent of students that completed the degree since 2017 chose the coursework option instead of the thesis option. The coursework option is no longer available, only the thesis option (effective 2020). Graduates must have a GPA greater than 3.0 and successfully defend their thesis.
Table 2: MA in Theology graduate statistics last five years.
Note: No students completed their MA in Theology degree in spring 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
BA in Theology Completion Degree Program
· Since 2015, one hundred percent of those that successfully completed the program advanced to Major Seminary.
· Since 2015, eighty-nine percent of BA graduates have been ordained or are continuing their studies towards ordination in the Roman Catholic Priesthood.
· The average time to completion was 3.3 years. Although this is a two-year program for students who have not completed a bachelor’s degree, many students who already have a bachelor’s degree decide to earn this degree concurrently with the MDiv.