Accreditation and Educational Effectiveness

Yale Divinity School is hosting a comprehensive evaluation visit for reaffirmation of accreditation by the ATS Commission on Accrediting on March 3, 2023. The purpose of this visit is to verify that the school meets all applicable Commission Standards of Accreditation. Comments regarding how well the school meets those standards and/or generally demonstrates educational quality may be sent to accrediting@ats.edu at least two weeks before the visit. Comments may also or instead be sent in writing to John Stachniewicz at YDS at john.stachniewicz@yale.edu. All comments will be shared with the onsite evaluation committee.


Yale Divinity School is accredited by the Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools in United States and Canada.

The ten year average placement of graduates (last input Class of 2016) show 27% of graduates enrolled in another degree program (often but not always the PhD), 28% serving in some form of lay or ordained ministry, 12% in educational careers (both K-12 and higher education), and 23% in other professional work, including non-profit, publications, for-profit, the arts, medical and legal careers, etc. Less than 2% are unemployed and seeking employment, more than 4% are unemployed by choice (raising children, retirement, etc.); and 4% did not respond to the survey.

Most students completed the MDiv in between 3 and 4 years; the MAR in between 2 and 3 years, and the STM in between 2 and 3 years.  In 2016, the percentage of matriculated students who graduated with the MDiv degree program was 94%; in the MAR degree program was 89%; and, in the STM degree program was 92%.

-Last updated Fall Semester, 2017