Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology

Educational Effectiveness

Monitoring success of current students in achieving program and institutional goals.

Students in all DSPT programs are monitored in an ongoing manner for satisfactory completion of program goals and outcomes through a student portfolio system (described in the Student Handbook). In addition to grade reporting, student success is measured in each course through key performance indicators related to both institutional and program goals, and reported as a weighted average. Using a scale of Excellent = 4.0; Good = 3.0; Satisfactory = 2.0; Barely Passing = 1.0; and Failure = 0.0, Faculty recently ranked current students as follows:

In the MA (Philosophy) program, faculty rankings of students range from 3.28 (demonstrating a graduate-level capcity for research and writing) to 3.74 (exhibit an appropriate level of intellectual curiousity about new or potentially threatening concepts).

In the MA (Theology) program, faculty rankings of students range from 3.22 (demonstrating a graduate-level capcity for research and writing) to 3.58 (exhibit an appropriate level of intellectual curiousity about new or potentially threatening concepts).

Rankings for students in the MDiv program are not yet available due updates recommended by the most recent program review completed in Fall 2018.

Students are able to offer self-reporting through the ATS Graduating Student Questionnaire (GSQ). In the most recent GSQ (S2019) survey, the majority of graduates (56%) felt that their program helped them gain skills for making concrete applications of theoretical principles in philosophy and/or theology to contemporary issues and concerns. Graduates - felt that their program was somewhat helpful (44%) and very helpful in helping (33%) in developing skills for meaningful and productive dialog with contemporary culture. Of those graduates in a thesis-option program, the majority (60%) felt that they received hepful guidance in completing their thesis work.

Completion Rates

Completion Data for the all MA degree programs. The MA (Philosophy) and MA (Theology) programs are designed as 2-year (48 semester units) programs. Most students (average of 70%) enroll on a full-time basis (12 units per semester). Some MA students are members of a religious order and follow an extended (6+ years) program of study that results in combined MDiv/MA degrees. Others engage in a concurrent MA study option, a 3-year combined program for completing these two degrees. This phenomenon lengthens the average time to completion for the MA program as it is difficult to determine precise start times for these students. The data listed below are from data tables submitted each fall to ATS as part of the Peer Institutional Profile Report, and include rates for students in all DSPT MA programs. The year indicates the semester in which data was submitted.

Percent Graduating within Program Limit
Reporting Year Total No. in MA Group % Graduated < 4 years
F2015 18 57
F 2016 12 58
F2017 16 44
F2018 11 45


What DSPT Alumni are Doing

The following table from the ATS Peer Institutional Profile Report lists the known placement categories for graduates from a DSPT MA program.


S 2014


S 2015


S 2016




Placements for All MA Graduates 
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Of those who graduated with a Master of Divinity degree, 87.5% are currently employed, and the remaining 12.5% are in doctoral programs. Employment areas include parish ministry, campus ministry, and diocesan ministry.

Of those who graduated since Spring 2005, 17 (15% of all graduates) are enrolled in doctoral programs, with a 94% acceptance rate for those who applied to a doctoral program.

Of those non-MDiv students who graduated since Spring 2009, an average of 59% were offered employment by the time of graduation (as reported in the ATS GSQ).

Areas of work for DSPT alumni include the following (percentages are approximates based on a recent survey of alumni): secondary (10%) and higher education (8%); education administration (8%); parochial or diocesan ministry (33%); allied health professions (3%); and executive administration (8%).

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