Notre Dame Seminary was incorporated in 1948 by the State of Louisiana as a non-profit educational institution with the power to confer degrees. It operates under a charter drawn up in 1970, revised in 1975, and again in 1995. The seminary has been approved by the Louisiana Board of Regents and the Louisiana State Department of Education.
Notre Dame Seminary is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award undergraduate and master’s degrees. Contact the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Notre Dame Seminary. You may also see the SACSCOC website at www.sacscoc.org.
Notre Dame Seminary is accredited by the Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools, located at 10 Summit Park Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15275-1103 or call 412-788-6505. You may also see the ATS website at www.ats.edu.
The following degree programs are approved by the Commission on Accrediting: Master of Divinity, Master of Arts in Theological Studies, and Master of Arts in Pastoral Leadership.
Statement of Educational Effectiveness
Notre Dame Seminary Graduate School of Theology (NDS) measures its effectiveness through the use of sustainable, institution-wide assessment processes which measure the extent to which each department and program is achieving its stated outcomes. In accordance with its mission, NDS has offered two graduate degree programs: the Master of Divinity and the Master of Arts in Theological Studies. In 2014, NDS was approved by SACSCOC to offer three new programs: a post-baccalaureate Bachelor of Philosophy, a Master of Arts in Philosophy, and a Master of Arts in Pastoral Leadership (also ATS approved). The data from these programs will be recorded after the completion of the first year of enrollment. Each of these programs must complete Institutional Effectiveness Plans annually which show how the student learning outcomes are being met using both direct and indirect data. This annual review of data allows the faculty to examine the effectiveness of the individual programs and development program improvements based on the data. However, to document the institution’s success with respect to student achievement, the goals of each of these programs must be taken into consideration.
Master of Divinity Degree
As the primary mission of Notre Dame Seminary is the preparation of men for ministerial priesthood in the Roman Catholic Church, the seminary offers those preparing for the priesthood the Master of Divinity degree program of study. Two measures used to document the program’s success with respect to student achievement are enrollment numbers and percent of graduates who are recommended for ordination. Enrollment in the Master of Divinity program grew from 64 in the 2010 – 2011 academic year to 83 in the 2013 – 2014 academic year. In addition, in the past four years (2010 – 2014), 100% of the 53 graduates were recommended for ordination to the priesthood.
Master of Arts in Theological Studies
The Master of Arts in Theological Studies is offered to non-seminarian applicants preparing for leadership and catechetical roles in the Church and to anyone seeking to deepen his or her understanding of Catholic theology. Two measures used to measure the student achievement in this program are enrollment numbers and percentage of students who gain employment in fields related to the degree. The Master of Arts in Theological Studies program grew from 59 students enrolled in the 2010 – 2011 academic year to 64 students enrolled in the 2013 – 2014 academic year. Over the last four years (2010 – 2014), the program has produced 27 graduates, and of these, 95% have succeeded in realizing their career intentions in fields related to the Master of Arts in Theological Studies Degree.