Student Success


I. Placement:

Students completing the exit survey for the 2018-18 academic year, indicated they plan on:

  • Leaving for field assignment – 57%
  • Continuing preparation for field assignment – 21%
  • Working or teaching in North America – 7%
  • Other – 14%

II. Completion Rate:

As of the end of 2017-18 academic year, 503 graduate students have declared their intention to complete an MA degree since the beginning of classes in 1999. 71% (355 students) have successfully accomplished their stated intentions by completing an MA degree at GIAL within ten years. 53% of all declared GIAL MA students have completed the MA degree within five years. Unlike many schools where students complete their educational program without a significant break, our students often begin studies at GIAL and then serve oversees for three to five years before returning to continue study. Others complete their course work and then serve overseas while gathering primary data to be used in a graduate thesis. As a result, our students often take longer than the minimum of two years to complete our MA degree.

III. Acceptance into Doctoral programs:

In the past seven years (2011-2018) we are aware of 13 MA graduates who have applied and been accepted into doctoral programs. We are aware of only one of our graduates who has applied to a doctoral program in this seven-year span who has not been accepted into some doctoral program. 93% of those who have applied to a doctoral program within the past seven years have been accepted.  Schools accepting our graduates into doctoral programs include:  Assembly of God Theological Seminary, Fuller Seminary, Gordon-Conwell Seminary, Hebrew University (Israel), Jackson State University (Tennessee), James Cook University (Australia), Latrobe University (Australia), Ohio State University, Oxford University (England), Stellenbosch University (South Africa), SUNY Buffalo (New York), University of Colorado, and University of Texas at Arlington.