AMBS announces enrollment figures

Graduate students in AMBS’s 2018–19 incoming class gather during their orientation course, Leadership Education in Anabaptist Perspective, in August. (Credit: Peter Ringenberg)

Participants in AMBS's orientation course, Leadership Education in Anabaptist Perspective, gather in August in front of the Chapel of the Sermon on the Mount. (Credit: Peter Ringenberg)

ELKHART, Indiana (Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary) — This semester, AMBS welcomed an incoming class of 23 graduate students — a 28-percent increase over last year’s incoming class of 18 — for a total of 98 students. These figures are from the close of registration on Sept. 17, 2018.

The graduate student body includes 27 students from outside of the United States, among them six Canadians. Registrar Scott Janzen, M.Div., noted that this is the highest number of international students at AMBS since records began to be kept of such data in the early 1990s.

“We’re pleased with the continued growth of our international student population,” reflected Daniel Grimes, M.P.A., director of enrollment and financial aid. “AMBS students have the opportunity to study with people from across the world. We’re also enjoying increased vibrancy on campus as our housing is completely full, with students from every inhabited continent living on campus.”

In addition, the Journey Missional Leadership Development Program — a two-and-a-half-year undergraduate-level nondegree program of AMBS’s Church Leadership Center — has 17 participants enrolled this semester, compared with six at this time last year. The participants — 11 men and 6 women — reside in California, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Wisconsin and Ontario. Their home countries include Belize, Bhutan, Congo, Nepal, Nigeria and South Sudan, as well as Canada and the United States. Fourteen identify as Mennonite; three identify as Lutheran, Missionary and Pentecostal, respectively.

More about our graduate student body

Students by program

Students by gender

  • Women: 54
  • Men: 44

Students by age (percentage)

  • Age 25 and under: 5.2%
  • Ages 26-30: 20.8%
  •  Ages 31-35: 16.7%
  • Ages 36-40: 16.7%
  • Ages 41-45: 7.3%
  • Age 46+: 33.3%
  • Average overall age: 40.7 years

Students by denomination

  • Students identifying as Mennonite or Anabaptist-related, from the U.S. and around the world: 77
  • Students identifying with other backgrounds: 21

Students accessing AMBS resources from a distance

  • Students taking an online course: 40
  • U.S. states represented by online students: 15
  • Countries represented by online students: six countries (Canada, Colombia, Kenya, South Africa, U.S., Zambia)
  • See also “Master of Divinity Connect” under “Students by program” above.

Campus housing

  • Students living on campus: 30
  • Family members of students living on campus: 9
  • Employees/volunteers living on campus: 4

— AMBS release