D.Min. enrollment hit an all-time high in 2012
Taking a position at Bethel Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota

The rise of the non-M.Div. theological masters degree ATS Enrollment 1999-2012

  TABLE 2.10 and 2.11 HEAD COUNT and FULL-TIME EQUIVALENT ENROLLMENT BY DEGREE CATEGORY AND PROGRAM
  ALL MEMBER SCHOOLS                      
                             
  1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
Basic Ministerial Leadership MDiv                      
HC 29842 30438 31143 32005 33287 34,234 34,505 34,935 34,120 33,319 32,773 32,850 32,369 32,235
FTE 22782 23784 24175 24065 25012 26,250 26,595 25,938 25,674 24,231 24,400 24,386 24,411 23,996
                             
Basic Ministerial Leadership Non-MDiv                    
HC 7632 8443 7882 8690 9338 10,529 11,018 11,030 11,031 11,063 11,104 11,225 10,932 11,438
FTE 5421 6032 5516 5968 6519 6,575 6,772 6,342 6,407 6,272 6,373 6,364 6,400 6,614
                             
General Theological Studies                        
HC 7015 7509 7666 7560 7728 9,382 9,831 9,844 9,598 9,226 9,049 9,266 8,843 8,788
FTE 4685 5099 5045 5138 5229 5,589 5,610 5,649 5,594 5,434 5,383 5,482 5,332 5,265

 

 

Annual Data Tables/FactBooks 
http://www.ats.edu/resources/pages/annualdatatablesfactbooks.aspx
The Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada
Collated by Andrew D. Rowell, March 2013

 

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Comments: Note that MDiv and General Theological Studies enrollment maxed out in 2005 and 2006, while non-MDiv masters degree Head Count hit an all time high in 2012. I started my blog in January 2006--I think there was indeed less "felt need" for a theological education once the internet boomed with blogs and podcasts from seminary professors and church leaders.

Note: I did this research for a separate project but thought I would share it here for others' benefit.

See also my post: 

D.Min. enrollment hit an all-time high in 2012

 

 

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