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:
Commission contact information:
The Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada
10 Summit Park Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15275, USA
Telephone: (412) 788-6505, Fax: (412) 788-6510
Statement of Educational Effectiveness
For over 150 years, Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology has been committed to proclaiming the Gospel of Christ by providing the highest quality theological and pastoral education for those preparing for the Roman Catholic priesthood or for the apostolate as vowed religious, as well as for service by deacons and lay men and women in the Church today. Through ongoing spectrum review of outcome assessments on the part of our faculty, administration, and students, ICSST continues to refine our programs so that our students achieve the outcomes of the degrees in which they are enrolled and can undertake effective ministry and Christian witness in the twenty-first century.
M.Div. - The Master of Divinity degree is generally pursued by seminarians preparing for priestly ordination. Depending on one's prior studies, the degree can take from four to six years of full-time study. The pastoral formation requirements of some dioceses and religious communities separate from ICSST may extend this time frame still further.
- M.Div = 124 credits
- M.Div + Pre-theology program = 169 credits
M.A.P.M. - The Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry is generally pursued by lay and religious who intend on engaging in full-time apostolate within an ecclesial institution. As many students who pursue this degree are already working in service to the Church, they tend to pursue this degree part-time.
- M.A.P.M = 54 credits
M.A. - The Master of Arts in Theology is an academic degree with concentrations in Biblical Studies, Moral Theology, Church History, Judeo-Christian Studies, or Systematic Theology. It is offered in either a "terminal" option (for those who do not foresee additional studies) or a "research" option (for those who may pursue doctoral studies). Most students who pursue this degree do so part-time.
- M.A. = 36 credits for Moral Theology, Church History, Systematic Theology, Biblical Studies* and Judeo-Christian Studies
*Additional language preparation is required for those enrolled in Biblical Studies.
Degree Completion Rates
In accordance with the Annual Report Forms submitted to the Association of Theological Schools:
- M.Div. degree completion rates are based on the number of students who entered this program six years prior to the Fall semester of the given year and have since graduated.
- M.A.P.M. and M.A. degree completion rates are based on the number of students who entered these programs four years prior to the Fall semester of the given year and have since graduated.