INTER-AMERICAN THEOLOGICAL ADVENTIST SEMINARY’S PUBLIC STATEMENT OF EDUCATIONAL EFFECTIVENESS

 
CAMPUSES

The main office of the IATS is located in Mayagüez, Puerto Rico, within the Campus of the Antillean Adventist University. Even though the administrative offices are located in Puerto Rico, there are ten affiliated institutions within the Inter-American Division. The institutions are located in the countries of Costa Rica, Colombia, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Jamaica, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Trinidad, and Venezuela. The offerings may vary depending on the campus.

IATS STATEMENT OF EDUCATIONAL EFFECTIVENESS

The IATS is a multi-campus institution that operates in ten countries in the Americas yet serves students from more than forty nations. According to its mission, the Seminary is engaged in equipping them to become lifelong-learning ministers who are spiritual, evidence dynamic and theological thinking in the framework of the Seventh-day Adventist faith in Pastoral Theology, and the Doctor of Ministry. Currently, the ten institutions affiliated to IATS offer one or more of the MATP or DMin professional programs and / or the academic programs of MAEBT and PhD (Biblical Theological Studies).

The Seminary is developing an assessment culture with a variety of tools to assess the extent to which students are achieving the outcomes of the degree they are pursuing. Faculty and staff can review the assessment data to measure the effectiveness of the program. The Seminary provides ample support to ensure student success. The data from the registrar’s office offers evidence of the integrity of the Seminary’s degree programs and the ability of students to complete them promptly.

 

MASTER OF ARTS IN PASTORAL THEOLOGY (MAPTh)


The MATP is offered in the ten institutions affiliated to IATS. Teachers are selected in consultation with the institutions that are impacted.

 

In 2019, 100% of the graduates found employment within six months of graduation.  The following statistics provide information regarding our students' time to completion during the 2019 academic year:


Of the 55 MAPTh. graduates in 2019:
41 finished the degree in 4 years
1   finished the degree in 5 years
3   finished the degree in 6 years
3   finished the degree in 7 years

5   finished the degree in 8 years

2   finished the degree in 10 years

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Student Learning Outcomes of the MAPTh Graduate

  1. The graduate will reflect a strong theological, ministerial, and spiritual formation, that is sensitive to the needs of the local SDA church. 

  2. The graduate will exhibit a comprehensive understanding of the various theological disciplines that serve as the foundations of the churches.

  3. The graduate will manifest the capacity for critical reflection and applied theology concerning the content and processes of their specialization.

  4. The graduate will demonstrate a capacity to communicate and minister clearly the foundation of his ministry to those to whom he serves.

  5. The graduate will live out a deep spiritual maturity, especially as a leader in ministry.

  6. The graduate will bear witness to a comprehensive appreciation of the various traditions and beliefs and experiences of other persons of faith.


 

DOCTORATE OF MINISTRY (DMin)

The DMin is offered at the following three institutions: Costa Rica, Jamaica, and Mexico. This program provides a professional degree to those students who search for more advanced competencies in ministry. The program prepares ministers for development within the framework of a biblical model of leadership. It promotes an Adventist perspective regarding evangelism, ministry, and mission. It is generally offered to those who are active professionals in ministry.

 

In 2019, 100% of the graduates found employment within six months of graduation.  The following statistics provide information regarding our students' time to completion during the 2019 academic year:
 

Of the 4 DMin. graduates in 2019:
0  finished the degree in 5 years
0  finished the degree in 6 years
1  finished the degree in 7 years
3  finished the degree in 8 years

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Student Learning Outcomes of the DMin Graduate

  1. The graduate is able to demonstrate deep knowledge of pastoral theology and the practice of ministry.

  2. The graduate can exhibit strong literary skills and critical thinking.

  3. The graduate is able to demonstrate highly effective preaching, ministering and administering churches.

  4. The graduate is able to complete a DMin Project and successfully defend it.

  5. The graduate is able demonstrate growth and advanced proficiency in their ministry specialization competence and contextual awareness.

  6. The graduate will demonstrate an ability to integrate biblical historical and theological reflection in their ministry context.

 
MASTER OF ARTS IN BIBLICAL THEOLOGICAL STUDIES (MABTS)

Master of Arts in Biblical-Theological Studies is offered at the following institutions:  Puerto Rico (Antillean Adventist University), Mexico (Montemorelos University), and Jamaica (Northern Caribbean University). This degree is an academic program that focuses on the study of the Bible, with emphasis on its origin, theology, and application to the contemporary world.

 

In 2018, 100% of graduates found employment within six months of graduation.  The following statistics provide information regarding our students' time to completion during the 2019 academic year:


There were no students graduating for 2019

 

Student Learning Outcomes of the MABTS graduate

  1. The graduate will demonstrate in-depth knowledge of the texts and literature in areas of biblical studies from an informed critical and biblical perspective.

  2. The graduate will be able to contribute to informed theological academic debate and knowledge.

  3. The graduate will develop intellectual humility and empathy as he learns from a variety of religious perspectives.

  4. The graduate will demonstrate working knowledge of biblical languages.

  5. The graduate will display a capacity to communicate clearly the results of his or her research.

 
THE IATS INSTITUTIONAL GOALS
  1. The Seminary will improve its graduate education

  2. The Seminary will maintain efficient and effective administrative and support services

  3. The Seminary will concentrate its efforts in areas of ministry for church leadership

  4. The Seminary will continue to develop church leadership and still in its student’s spiritual maturity, tolerance for the views of others and the hope of the coming eschaton.

 
NONDISCRIMINATORY POLICY

The Inter-American Adventist Theological Seminary has been established to provide an academic offer to pastors and ministers. The concept under which the IATS was established as a non-profit organization was primarily to help pastors, chaplains, teachers, and professors obtain graduate theological studies in Adventist philosophy. However, the IATS does not discriminate due to religious beliefs, race, color, national origin, ethnicity, gender, physical or mental impairment. People interested in studying in the Seminary’s program and who have the required preparation are welcome and highly appreciated. A statement or declaration of a confessional alliance is not required for admission. However, since the Seminary is an institution supported by the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Inter-America, high biblical, ethical and moral standards are expected of the IATS students.

LOAN DEFAULT AND DEBTS MANAGEMENT

 

The IATS default rate in the Federal Loan program is nonexistent since most students are sponsored by their employers or receive other scholarships.

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