Saint Vincent Seminary
Accredited by the Commission on Accrediting of the
Association of Theological Schools (ATS) in the United States and Canada
and the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association.
The following degree programs are approved:
Master of Divinity (M.Div.)
Master of Arts Degrees (M.A.): Systematic Theology, Sacred Scripture,
Monastic Studies or, Catholic Philosophical Studies
Master of Arts in Ecclesial Ministry
Saint Vincent Seminary is also accredited by the Vatican Congregation for Education in affiliation
with the Pontifical Athenaeum of Sant’ Anselmo, Rome, Italy to offer the:
Baccalaureate of Sacred Theology (S.T.B.)
The Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada
10 Summit Park Drive
The Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association
3624 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-2680
Educational and Vocational Effectiveness Statement: 2017
Saint Vincent Seminary is a Roman Catholic Seminary which provides education and formation for candidates for the Catholic Priesthood. We have developed a variety of direct and indirect assessment measures to evaluate the extent to which our students are achieving the outcomes described in our Saint Vincent Seminary Bulletin for the various degrees and programs they are pursuing. It is to be noted that the failure to meet academic standards is only rarely a determining factor among those who do not continue beyond the Pre-Theology Program and those who withdraw from Seminary formation. Faculty and Administration regularly review the data in ongoing assessment of the educational effectiveness of the Seminary, as well as to measure the success and timely completion of students in its degree programs.
Critical to an accurate evaluation of any institution’s Educational and Vocational Effectiveness is consideration of its mission. The mission of a Roman Catholic Seminary is always twofold—namely, it is first of all a place of vocational discernment to the Roman Catholic Priesthood, and, secondly, it is an academic institution charged with the appropriate education and formation of those who discern a priestly vocation. Discernment of this vocation continues in both an active and passive manner throughout the student’s years in the seminary. This means that each student is both being formed and informed. Each student is also being evaluated, not only on the basis of his academics, but also on his human, spiritual, intellectual and pastoral formation—the so-called, “four pillars” of formation. For this reason, a student who matriculates into a seminary could potentially have the academic ability to perform well and succeed, but, if it is discerned by him or his formation directors, in conjunction with his diocese or sponsor, that he does not have a true vocation to the priesthood, he would not be encouraged to continue in the program and would subsequently withdraw. Another reason for withdrawal is that seminarians are assigned to Roman Catholic Seminaries by their sponsors (Bishops or Religious Superiors). It does happen that from time to time a bishop is changed, resigns, or dies, or might simply change his mind as to where he wants to send his seminarians, and so he withdraws his men from one seminary and sends them to another. All of these reasons account for the fact that in seminaries there tends to be a relatively high attrition rate when compared to regular Colleges or Universities. Because of this fact, when evaluating the educational and vocational effectiveness of a Seminary, one needs to look not only at the graduation percentages, but also at the vocational retention or perseverance rates after graduation. This rate is often more significant since it attests to the value, not only of the academic achievements of the students, but also, to the formation programs of the seminary, the vocational discernment, and the personal commitment of the graduates while they were in the seminary.
To view a summary of the data for Saint Vincent Seminary from the past seven years, click here.
To view the Seminary Self-Study Report click here.
Policy on Student Complaints Related to ATS Standards of Accreditation
Should a student complaint “in areas related to the Commission Standards of Accreditation” arise it would be directed first to the Faculty Due Process Committee described in the FAH (4.4.4). This Committee would determine whether it could settle the matter to the satisfaction of all involved, or whether it must be referred to the entire Faculty, the Rector’s Council or the Board of Regents for further action.