History

Ashland Theological Seminary is a graduate division of Ashland University. For over a century, theological education has been an integral part of the mission of the university. The 1888 charter and constitution of Ashland University (then College) specified that the training of suitable persons “for the ministry of the gospel shall always be sacredly regarded as one of the main objects of this institution.”

To fulfill this mission, J. Allen Miller resigned his position as president of the university in 1906 in order to become the dean of the college’s theological department. Thus began a century of welcoming in and sending out thousands of men and women to live out our mission of transformed leaders serving the church and the world.

Today, Ashland Theological Seminary is a broadly evangelical seminary with nearly 800 students from more than 70 denominational heritages and para-church organizations. Our faculty and administration are committed to the development of affordable and accessible training for anyone who seeks to grow in their calling to ministry.

By the Numbers

4,500+ Alumni Around the World
800+ Active Students
112 Years of History
70+ Denominations Present
30+ Faculty
4 Convenient Locations

Accreditation

The Seminary is an integral part of Ashland University, which holds accreditation with the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Ashland University also holds membership in the American Association of Colleges and Teacher Education, the Ohio College Association, and the Ohio Foundation of Independent Colleges.

Ashland Theological Seminary is accredited by the Association of Theological Schools Accreditation and as a graduate division of Ashland University, the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Faculty members in the Counseling Programs hold membership in the American Counseling Association, Ohio Counseling Association, American Association of Christian Counselors, and the Christian Association for Psychological Studies.

Ashland Theological Seminary has a reciprocal agreement with Tyndale House in Cambridge, England for faculty study and research. Ashland is also a consortium member of the Tel-Gezer Excavation and Publication Project in Israel.

CACREP Accreditation

The Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC) program is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs (CACREP) and is approved by the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, and Marriage & Family Therapist Board to meet academic requirements for the Professional Counselor (PC) and Professional Clinical Counselor (PCC) licenses.

Institutional Effectiveness

Ashland Theological Seminary is committed to four core values: Scripture, Spiritual Formation, Community, and Academic Excellence. We are also committed to a formational process in theological education that shapes the Core Identity, Character, Calling, and Competency of our students. Several institutional surveys and instruments are used for assessment in these areas, as well as juried reviews, portfolios, tests, capstone experiences, and other forms of measurement for educational effectiveness.

Faculty and administration regularly review assessment data related to these 4 C’s, in particular, to help measure the effectiveness of degrees and programs. The GSQ is the Graduate Student Inventory, which allows us to evaluate our recent graduates and their educational journey in academics, student life, and programming.

In the 2012-2013 GSQ, graduates shared the following data:

Master of Divinity Degree (MDiv) Satisfaction
Skills Related to Future Work %
Ability to use and interpret Scripture 92
Ability to teach well 88
Ability to lead others 88
Ability to think theologically 86
Ability to give spiritual direction 86
Ability to relate social issues to faith 86
Ability to preach well 84
Ability to pastor in counseling 82
Knowledge of Christian philosophy and ethics 80
Knowledge of church doctrine and history 80
Knowledge of my own religious tradition 80
For the last four years, Ashland Theological Seminary students continue to rate high in the areas of Scripture, Teaching, Leading, and Thinking Theologically.
Measure of personal growth after ATS program(s) Value Satisfaction
All Degrees %
Self-Knowledge Core Identity 90
Insight into troubles of others Competency 90
Desire to become an authority in my field Competency 88
Strength of spiritual life Core Identity 86
Trust in God Core Identity 86
Clarity of vocational goals Calling 84
Ability to pray Competency 84
Self-Confidence Character 84
Enthusiasm for Learning Competency 84
Self-Discipline and focus Character 84
Ability to live one’s faith in daily life Calling 84
Empathy for the poor and oppressed Character 82
Respect for other religious traditions Character 82
Concern about social justice Character 80
Respect for my own religious tradition Calling 80
LEVEL OF SATISFACTION WITH SCHOOL’S SERVICES AND ACADEMIC RESOURCES Satisfaction
All Degrees %
Class Size 92
Quality of Teaching 90
Helpfulness of Administration and Staff Support 90
Accessibility of Faculty 86
Spiritual Formation 86
Upkeep of Campus 86
Five Most Important Influences on Educational Experience Outcome
All Degrees Order
Faculty 1
Classroom Discussion 2
Spiritual Formation 3
Interaction with Fellow Students 4
Biblical Studies 5

The following Counseling and Doctor of Ministry statistics are results from the 2012-2013 Annual Assessment Report.

Degree Assessment Students
MACMHC & MAC Degrees % Met or Exceeded
Group Dynamics I 94
Counseling Theories 93
Counseling Techniques/Lab 94.6
Group Dynamics II 100
Internship in Counseling I, II, III 94
Dissertation Approved at Defense Outcome
Program % Students
Doctor of Ministry 90