Accreditation information:

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
Telephone: 412-788-6505


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
Suite 7-500
Chicago, IL 60604
Telephone: 800-621-7440

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:


Parishioner Surveys

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.”

Each question reflects one of Qualities in the school’s MDiv Profile of graduates. The following chart shows the average score over three years on Qualities from the MDiv Profile.


# surveys

% 4.0 or above

2018 Graduates



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).

Retention Rate:

Below are the retention rates for SHSST degree programs:
MDiv: 92%
MA: 100%


Graduation Rate:

Below are the graduation rates for students who completed their degree program within 6 years**:

MDiv: 75%

MA: 100%***

*The Cor Unum Pathway of the MA Program is oriented towards applying the principles of sound theology to the healing of a fractured world. Graduates do not necessarily seek a paid Church-related or ministerial position.

**This refers to those who started in theology six years ago. It does not include those who began pre-theology six years ago.

***This percentage refers to those MA student who entered the program four years ago.

Americans with Disabilities Act

Sacred Heart Seminary and School of Theology makes reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities to the extent required by law. Those requesting accommodations are responsible for providing current documentation from a qualified professional verifying the disability. Services are coordinated to fit the individual needs of the person. Employees who need accommodations start by contacting Human Resources. Students who need accommodations start by contacting the Registrar.

Safe Environment 

As an institution that reverences each person made in the image and likeness of God, Sacred Heart Seminary and School of Theology (SHSST) is committed to providing an environment in which all members of the seminary community are treated with courtesy, respect, and dignity. We require directors, officers, employees, and students to observe high standards of business and personal ethics in the conduct of their duties and responsibilities. Consistent with this policy, conduct, whether intentional or unintentional, that results in the harassment, sexual or otherwise, of other members of the community will not be tolerated.

All employees and seminarians are also required to do training and maintain active certification in accord with the policies of the Safe Environment Program of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee. Safe Environment policies and procedures are also regularly discussed in our seminarian formation program. Click HERE for more information regarding Safe Environment Training.

Seminarians should contact Formation Programs Specialist, Kathy Darlington, at for training information, renewals, and completion status.

All employees should contact, Vice President of Finance and Administration, Mr. Tyler Galstad, at for information on trainings, renewals, and completion status.