Graduates of the School of Divinity serve in various religious leadership positions and in other fields:
The Wake Forest University School of Divinity 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
Wake Forest University School of Divinity is hosting a comprehensive evaluation visit for reaffirmation of accreditation by the Association of Theological Schools (ATS) Commission on Accrediting on February 24-27, 2020. The purpose of this visit is to verify that the school meets all applicable Commission Standards of Accreditation. Comments regarding how well the school meets those standards and/or generally demonstrates educational quality may be sent to the ATS Director of Commission Information Services (email@example.com) at least two weeks before the visit. Comments may also or instead be sent in writing to Dean Jonathan L. Walton at firstname.lastname@example.org. All comments will be shared with the onsite evaluation committee.
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 USA
Wake Forest University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate, masters, and doctorate degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Wake Forest University.
The Master of Divinity degree stands at the center of the School of Divinity’s degree offerings. The program prepares students from diverse ministry experiences and theological perspectives for religious leadership, encouraging students to engage the rich histories and traditions of Christian congregations, to increase awareness and understanding of issues facing churches in their local and global contexts, and to integrate their knowledge of varied theological and ministry disciplines with what they encounter in ministry settings and in the world.
The school uses a variety of tools to assess its effectiveness in ensuring that students achieve these learning goals: faculty assessment of individual student performance, evaluative reports from internship supervisors, student subjective assessments of their experience in the degree program as reported via the ATS Graduating Student Questionnaire (GSQ), alumni surveys, and student performance in denominational ordination exams. Beginning with the 2012-2013 academic year, the school implemented an additional assessment tool that utilizes student electronic portfolios to track student progress across the three-year curriculum. In conjunction with the University’s Office of Institutional Effectiveness, the school also tracks graduation and placement rates.
The school’s five joint degree programs are also assessed using this assessment plan with adjustments to account for differing degree requirements.
School of Divinity students are successful in a wide range of ministerial settings following graduation. The results of a survey for a typical graduating class (2016) six months after graduation show that 77 percent of MDiv graduates are currently employed in ministry, education, the non-profit and for-profit sectors; 9 percent are pursuing further education; 8 percent are engaged in other activities; and 6 percent are seeking work. Half of those seeking work have just completed yearlong CPE residencies and are newly entering the job market.