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Accreditation and Degree Acceptance

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Accreditation

Bethany is dually-accredited, being fully accredited by both The Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada, as well as The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools.

ATSThe Association of Theological Schools (ATS) is a membership organization in the United States and Canada of schools educating individuals after their baccalaureate education, preparing individuals for the ministries of preaching and teaching.  Bethany is fully accredited by the Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada, and the MDiv and MA (Theology) degree programs are approved, in addition to specific approval for a Comprehensive Distance Education Program.* 

 

Higher Learning Commission Mark of AffiliationThe Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools (HLC) is an accreditation organization which uses a body of peer reviewers to grant membership to degree-granting post-secondary schools.  Bethany is fully accredited by the HLC for the degree programs it offers, in both local and distance formats.

 

 

 

Degree Acceptance

Bethany Theological Seminary's fully accredited Master of Divinity degree is accepted by many denominations and non-denominational Christian communities as suitable preparation for ordination. Some of these denominations include (but are not limited to):

  • Church of the Brethren
  • American Baptist
  • Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
  • Congregational Christian Churches
  • Mennonite Church (USA)
  • Presbyterian Church (USA)
  • Reformed Church
  • Vineyard Churches
  • Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations
  • United Church of Christ
  • Other communions accepting a fully accredited MDiv degree

 

* For your convenient reference, in additional to the links provided above, contact information for the Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada is as follows:

 

      The Commission on Accrediting of the
      Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada
      10 Summit Park Drive
      Pittsburgh, PA 15275 USA
              Telephone: 412-788-6505  *  Fax: 412-788-6510  *  Website: www.ats.edu

 


For more information about accreditation and degree acceptance, contact:
 

Steven SchweitzerSteven Schweitzer, Academic Dean and Associate Professor
     deansoffice@bethanyseminary.edu   765-983-1815

John Smith
(MDiv Connections)

classMy wife Barbara and I first visited Bethany in June 2009. After spending two days meeting with faculty and staff I returned home even more uncertain. Did I really want to devote the time this program required? Was I willing to learn computer skills that didn't even exist when I finished college in 1972? Was I willing to make the eight-hour drive that would occasionally be necessary? Was this really what God was calling me to do at this time in my life? From the very beginning, I came as I am, but went not as I came. Little did I know how this Bethany tag line would time and time again ring true for my educational experience.