United Lutheran Seminary 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: MDiv, MA in Ministerial Leadership, MA, MA in Public Leadership, STM, DMin and PhD. ATS is located at 10 Summit Park Drive, Pittsburgh, PA, USA, Telephone: 412-788-6505, ats.edu
United Lutheran Seminary is also accredited by The Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (MSCHE) for Pennsylvania. 1007 North Orange Street, 4th Floor, MB #166, Wilmington, DE 19801 and msche.org .
The following degree programs are approved: MDiv, MA in Ministerial Leadership, MA, MA in Public Leadership, STM, DMin and PhD.
United Lutheran Seminary is currently under warning from the MSCHE because of insufficient evidence that the institution is currently in compliance with Standard V (Educational Effectiveness Assessment). ULS remains fully accredited while under this warning and we are working diligently to address this warning.
United Lutheran Seminary continues under the charter of the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg (Gettysburg Seminary). In 2011 Gettysburg Seminary (as of July 1, 2017, United Lutheran Seminary) received re-accreditation for the maximum ten-year period.
In their report, independent outside evaluators from the two accrediting agencies commended our school for the “deep commitment to the vision of the institution” on the part of students, faculty, staff, the board of directors, alumni and other constituents.
United Lutheran Seminary (ULS)seeks to educate and train faithful, capable and creative persons for public leadership in Christ’s church to enable the church to fulfill its mission. Our various degree programs combine high academic standards with practical experience to prepare graduates for both lay and ordained ministries. Although the seminary is a Lutheran seminary, it strives to be ecumenical, multicultural, and hospitable in all aspects of campus life. Our faculty is comprised of professors from various faith traditions, and ULS welcomes students from a wide range of denominational backgrounds.
Master of Divinity
This program prepares persons for service in a variety of pastoral settings as ordained pastors or for service in similar leadership positions. The program provides the necessary tools and resources for the spiritual, vocational, professional, and theological requirements of pastoral leadership. The degree normally requires the equivalent of three years of full-time classroom study and the equivalent of a year of full-time field placement.
Of the 214 students admitted to the MDiv program from Fall 2017 through Spring 2022, 76 have since graduated and 94 others continue to be engaged in MDiv studies, a retention rate of 80 percent. From 2018 through 2022 ULS awarded MDivs to 189 students, at least 167 of whom have found pastoral placements. While many of these students engaged studies on a part-time basis, those graduating nonetheless completed the degree in an average of just over 4 years.
Master of Arts in Ministerial Leadership
This degree program prepares persons for leadership service in the church and requires two years of full-time study. Of the 18 students admitted from Fall 2017 through Spring 2022, 4 have earned their degrees, while 8 are still in their programs, a retention rate of over 67%. From 2018 to 2022 the degree was awarded to 11 students, at least 8 of whom are known to have found placements in keeping with their vocational goals. The degree was completed in an average of 4 years.
Master of Arts
This degree program provides students the opportunity to pursue a specialization in an area of theological interest while also providing a broad foundation for further graduate study general educational background, or to pursue personal vocational goals. It requires the equivalent of two years of full-time study. Of the 35 students admitted from Fall 2017 through Spring 2022, 6 have already earned degrees, while 23 are still in their programs, a retention rate of over 90%. The MA was awarded to 13 students between 2018 and 2022. Students completed the program in an average of under 4.5 years.
Master of Arts in Public Leadership
This program enables students to enhance their competencies to serve in faith-based public service agencies through a two-year program of coursework and field work at a faith-based institution. Eight students were admitted to the MAPL program from Fall 2017 through Spring 2022, with 1 completing the degree and 5 others continuing in the program, a retention rate of 80%. From 2018 to 2022 the degree was awarded to 3 students, at least 2 of whom are known to have found positions in keeping with their goals. These students completed their programs in an average of 2.5 years.
Master of Sacred Theology
This degree program offers an opportunity for advanced theological inquiry for those who have completed a first theological degree. The program promotes enhanced understanding in a particular theological discipline, increases knowledge and competency for ministry in all of its variety, and provides a foundation for further advanced study. Normally undertaken part-time, the degree may be completed within one year if pursued full-time. From Fall 2017 through Spring 2022 29 students were admitted to the STM program, with 3 earning the degree and 16 others remaining in the program, a retention rate of 66%. From 2018 through 2022 the degree was awarded to 9 students, many in full-time ministry, who completed the program in an average of less than 5.5 years.
Doctor of Ministry
This degree program is designed to enhance the practice of ministry for those who have been serving in ordained ministry for at least three years. Students establish individualized learning goals and devote intensive study to some task or issue in the practice of ministry. From Fall 2017 through Spring 2022, 74 students were admitted to the DMin program, 10 of whom have earned their degrees, while 59 more remain in the program, a retention rate of 96%. From 2018 through 2022 the degree was awarded to 23 students, most of them full-time pastors, who completed the program in an average of 5.5 years.
Doctor of Philosophy
This degree program equips persons for vocations of teaching and research and for the scholarly enhancement of ministerial practice. Students select major and minor fields of study as the focus of course work and the dissertation. The program is not currently accepting new students. However, from the inception of the program in 2005 through 2017 34 students were admitted into the program. Degrees have been awarded to 25 students, who completed the program in an average of 6.3 years. At least 12 of our graduates have found faculty appointments or regular teaching positions, while most others are actively engaged as adjuncts or doing enhanced parish ministry. Three students remain in the program at the dissertation stage; they have spent an average of 8 years in their studies to date.