Career Snapshot

MDiv and MTS Careers Ten Years Out

HDS has been surveying graduates 10 years after their date of graduation since 2012 to learn about their vocational direction. The data—represented in the narrative below—lends insight into the differing paths of graduates from the two programs and represents outcomes captured for students graduating from 2002-09.


Further education figured prominently for many members of the classes studied.

  • Approximately 28 percent of MDiv graduates completed additional graduate degrees, primarily doctorates in religion but also seminary-based masters, education, social work, public health and law degrees.
  • Close to 62 percent of MTS graduates reported advanced degrees. 27 percent of MTS graduates have earned doctorates (primarily in Religious or Theological Studies), with others earning seminary-based masters, medical, law, social work, business, and public health degrees.


MDiv Graduates: Employment by Sector

  • 53 percent of the responding graduates with MDiv degrees reported entering ministerial vocations, including ordained orders, lay ministry, and chaplaincy.
  • Close to 23 percent of MDiv graduates entered the education sector as represented by secondary school teaching, university teaching and university administration.
  • A smaller, but measurable, percentages of alumni reported careers focusing on public policy, nonprofit management, counseling and psychology, and writing /communications.

MTS Graduates: Employment by Sector

  • Approximately half of MTS graduates (47 percent) work in the education sector, primarily university teaching and administration, but also secondary school teaching and administration.
  • Another 34 percent of MTS graduates are medical, legal, and management professionals employed in nonprofits, the public sector, healthcare and human services, and writing/communications.

Other activities

Both MDiv and MTS alumni reported a high percentage of secondary activities aligned with their missional interests. These commitments included serving on nonprofit boards, artistic endeavors, research, public service and volunteering, adjunct teaching, and writing.