Association of Theological Schools

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:
Master of Divinity, Master of Arts in Counseling, Master of Arts in Christian Leadership, Master of Arts (Bible and Theology), and Doctor of Ministry.

Approved for a comprehensive distance education program.

10 Summit Park Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15275
Phone: 412-788-6505
Fax: 412-788-6510

The Higher Learning Commission 

Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools

230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500
Chicago, IL 60602
Phone: 800-621-7440


Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability

440 West Jubal Early Drive
Suite 100
Winchester, VA 22601


National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement

Sioux Falls Seminary has been approved by South Dakota to participate in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements. NC-SARA is a voluntary, regional approach to state oversight of postsecondary distance education.



Statement of Educational Effectiveness

Sioux Falls Seminary’s role in the field of theological education is about more than preparing students for roles in the workplace.  The mission of Sioux Falls Seminary is, instead, to equip servant leaders who engage the mission of Jesus Christ.  More specifically, Sioux Falls Seminary strives to develop students for their unique callings.

The holistic development of students for service in the mission of God is a priority for Sioux Falls Seminary.  Dedication to offering quality theological education is coupled with a focus on spiritual formation and an emphasis on learning across a lifetime of ministry. 

Sioux Falls Seminary’s administration, faculty, staff, and Board of Trustees take responsibility for overseeing quality assurance, academic integrity, and relevance of ministry training.  Degree programs are measured by the extent to which students achieve and demonstrate learning outcomes.  Learning outcomes, specific to each program, identify and measure academic and ministerial competencies.

Educational effectiveness is measured by the ability of students to succeed in ministry positions that are specific to their unique callings.  This statement of educational effectiveness accounts for the mission of Sioux Falls Seminary in addition to the needs and desires of students.

Currently, Sioux Falls Seminary has approximately 1100 living alumni who are serving God and his mission in a variety of different contexts including the local church, counseling centers, hospitals, social service organizations, hospices, colleges and universities, schools, denominations, church networks, mission organizations, and more. 

The vibrancy of Sioux Falls Seminary depends upon its ability to offer quality theological education that’s affordable, accessible, and relevant to those God has called to serve in his kingdom.  The need to regularly monitor, evaluate, and enhance program offerings at Sioux Falls Seminary is taken seriously in order to ensure standards of excellence in academics and ministry service. 

Questions and inquiries about the mission of Sioux Falls Seminary and its academic assessment and educational effectiveness efforts can addressed by calling 605.336.6588.

Average Time to Complete a Degree

Master of Divinity: 4.24 years
M.A. in Counseling: 3.34 years
M.A. (Bible and Theology): N/A
M.A. in Christian Leadership: 3.02 years

Master of Divinity: 4.10 years
M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy: 3.25 years
M.A. in Counseling:  3.53 years
M.A. (Bible and Theology): 2.72 years
M.A. in Christian Leadership: 3.33 years

Master of Divinity: 4.18 years
M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy: 2.16 years
M.A. in Counseling:  2.73 years
M.A. (Bible and Theology): 1.66 years
M.A. in Christian Leadership: 3.79 years

Placement in the Last Three Years

Placed: 97%
Number of Graduates: 38

Placed: 92%
Number of Graduates: 45

Placed: 95%
Number of Graduates: 42

Retention, Graduation & Completion Rates

Retention Rate
(for students in programs)




Graduation Rate
(for students in programs)

Master of Divinity: 67%
M.A. in Christian Leadership and M.A. in Counseling: 56%
M.A. (Bible and Theology): 50%

Master of Divinity: 71%
M.A. in Christian Leadership and M.A. in Counseling: 47%
M.A. (Bible and Theology): N/A

Completion Rate
Download: Sioux Falls Seminary IPEDS Report

Licensure After Graduation

Percentage of Master of Arts in Counseling Students Seeking Licensure after Graduation*




*Graduates pursue licensure as a licensed professional counselor (LPC) or a licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT) after receiving their Master of Arts in Counseling degree by completing the necessary clinical contact, supervision hours, and licensing examination requirements.

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