Methodist Theological School in Ohio 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:
Master of Divinity, Master of Arts in Practical Theology, Master of Arts in Counseling Ministries, Master of Theological Studies, Doctor of Ministry.
The Commission contact information is:
The Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada
10 Summit Park Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15275
MTSO also is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (www.ncahlc.org, 800-621-7440 or 312-263-0456).
In addition, our degree programs are authorized by the Ohio Board of Regents and approved by the University Senate of the United Methodist Church.
Statement on Educational Effectiveness
MTSO fosters an ethos of continuous enhancement of educational effectiveness. Central to this ethos is an assessment plan that states degree outcomes reflecting institutional mission, identifies and gathers evidence of student learning, and analyzes this information to make program improvements. Evidence of student learning takes many forms: Association of Theological Schools’ entering and graduating student questionnaires, rubric-based end-of-course evaluation of student performance, rubric-based evaluation of assignments with specific links to degree outcomes, mid-program reviews, field education supervisor evaluations, and alum surveys.
The goal set for outcomes in a master’s degree is typically that 90 percent of the student work assessed receives the top two descriptors in an evaluative rubric.
In the Master of Divinity degree, 14 outcomes span the theological curriculum and the practices of ministry. Assessment data indicate that the 90 percent or higher goal is met in seven outcomes and attainment varies from 85 to 87 in six outcomes. One outcome with an 85 percent goal was assessed at 78 percent attainment.
The Master of Arts in Counseling Ministries program has five degree outcomes addressing knowledge of therapeutic and developmental models, application of such models, and integration of theology with counseling. Assessment data indicate that all outcomes are being met at or above the 90 percent goal. Cohorts of MACM Track III graduates consistently have a 100 percent pass rate on the National Counselor Examination.
The Master of Arts in Practical Theology is a revision of the Master of Arts in Christian Education program. Assessment evidence for the MAPT’s 12 outcomes continues to be gathered during this transitional time in the program.
In the Master of Theological Studies program, the degree’s six outcomes focus on biblical studies, engagement of theological doctrines and church traditions, ethical analysis of contemporary social issues, and conducting theological research. Student learning in two of the four outcomes assessed by evaluative rubrics meet the 90 percent or higher goal. For the other two outcomes, 85 percent of student work satisfies the outcome.
Persistence, Graduation and Completion Rates
Ten years of MTSO data reveal that of all the master’s degree students who have matriculated at MTSO, 73 percent persist through graduation. Retention is an important priority, and figures from the past five years indicate that 89 percent of all master’s degree students persist from one year to the next.
Of all MTSO master’s degree graduates within the last five years, 71 percent of Master of Divinity students completed their degree within four years. Master of Arts in Counseling Ministries and Master of Arts in Practical Theology graduates also completed at a rate of 71 percent within four years. For Master of Theological Studies graduates, the three-year completion rate was 68 percent.