SHSST is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association. It is also accredited by the Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada.
Association of Theological Schools
Sacred Heart Seminary and School of Theology (SHSST) is accredited by the Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools. The following degree programs are approved by the Commission on Accrediting: Master of Divinity degree and Master of Arts degree. SHSST has been approved for comprehensive distance education. See the institutional profile on the ATS web page for details here.
10 Summit Park Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15275
Higher Learning Commission
SHSST is also accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). The school’s degree programs (Master of Divinity and Master of Arts) and the English and Culture Studies Program are approved. As an accredited institution, SHSST meets the U.S. federal government requirements necessary for international students seeking a study visa.
Higher Learning Commission
230 South LaSalle Street
Chicago, IL 60604
National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA)
Sacred Heart Seminary and School of Theology has been approved to participate in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements. SARA is an agreement among member states, districts and territories that establishes comparable national standards for interstate offering of postsecondary distance education.
Student complaints related to distance education are processed through the Wisconsin Distance Learning Authorization Board. Students may access the student complaint portal by clicking on this link.
Statement of Educational Effectiveness
Sacred Heart Seminary and School of Theology (SHSST) is a Roman Catholic seminary that offers two masters degrees – a Master of Divinity (MDiv) and Master of Arts in theology (MA).
The educational effectiveness of these two degrees is verified by the data about our graduates:
After graduates of the MDiv program have been in a parish for a year, a survey is sent out that is filled out by 10 parishioners who are active in the life of the parish. The survey has 57 questions that cover the four dimensions of priestly formation—human, spiritual, intellectual and pastoral ranked on a 1 to 5 Likert scale from “Very Weak” to “Very Strong.” The chart below indicates the number of questions in the survey which scored 4.0 or above for the past two years.
% 4.0 or above
As broken down by the four dimensions of formation, the averages were:
All four dimensions score between “Strong” and “Very strong”.
ATS Graduating Student Survey
The evidence that these graduates were well trained for successful ministerial careers is evident in data collected by the Association of Theological Schools of the United States and Canada (ATS). ATS surveys graduates from accredited institutions about the quality of their educational experience. The 20 questions about the effectiveness of their formation are scored on a 1 to 5 Likert Scale from “Not at all effective” to “Very effective.” Based on these results, ATS provides comparative data from all Roman Catholic seminaries. The results indicate that SHSST graduates for 2018 through 2020 rank the quality of their formation higher than the norm among Roman Catholic seminary graduates.
100 percent of MDiv graduates in the two most recent cohorts have been ordained and employed as priests.
100 percent of students who graduated with a MA degree in the past two years have been employed in a field related to their degree, use the formation gained in their current line of work,* or entered the next stage of their educational or professional development (e.g., doctoral studies, ministerial formation).
Below are the retention rates for SHSST degree programs: