Grand Rapids Theological Seminary has accreditation from the following organizations:
- Association of Theological Schools (ATS)
- Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (HLC)
- Michigan State Board of Education
The U.S. Army, Navy and Air Force accept Master of Divinity and Master of Arts in Counseling graduates as candidates for chaplaincy.
The U.S. Citizenship and Naturalization Services approves GRTS for the education of international students.
The U.S. Department of Education lists GRTS as an approved graduate theological institution.
Assessment of student learning is a high value at Grand Rapids Theological Seminary. We take seriously our responsibility to deliver on the promise to provide excellence in graduate theological education. At GRTS, we do not view assessment of student outcomes as an externally imposed burden. Rather, we understand assessment of student learning and the disclosure of educational effectiveness as a theological task of stewardship, a process for organizational learning, and as a matter of legitimate accountability.
The effectiveness of our educational programs is assessed in a disciplined and routine manner. Through a variety of instruments and processes, we assess the achievement of the intended student learning outcomes of our curriculum, student and alumni satisfaction, readiness for ministry of our students, and vocational achievement of our graduates.
The following provides a few highlights and demonstrate how GRTS is delivering on its promise to provide excellence in graduate theological education.
GRTS Graduate Employment and Credentials
- 81% of graduates are employed in various forms of vocational ministry
- 78% of Master of Divinity graduates are employed in various forms of vocational ministry
- 76% of graduates majoring in Pastoral Ministries are ordained as a minister
- 87% of students achieved the highest outcome (“making good progress in readiness for ministry”) in the midpoint assessment
- 97% of students achieved the highest outcome (“making good progress in readiness for ministry”) in the exit assessment
- 90% of Master of Arts in Counseling graduates are employed in vocational counseling or Christian ministry
- 96% of Master of Arts in Counseling graduates achieved the Limited-Licensed Professional Counselor (LLPC) or the Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
Note: Data above was taken from the results of a variety of surveys and other evaluative instruments administered in recent years at GRTS.