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Accreditation and Degree Acceptance

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Accreditation

Bethany Theological Seminary is accredited by the Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools (ATS) in the United States and Canada, and the following degree programs are approved: MDiv, MA.  Bethany has also received approval for Comprehensive Distance Education.  In addition, Bethany is fully accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC).

ATSThe Association of Theological Schools is a membership organization of schools in the United States and Canada 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 is an accreditation organization which uses a body of peer reviewers to grant membership to degree-granting postsecondary schools. Bethany is fully accredited by 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 nondenominational 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

Jody Gunn
(MDiv Connections)

JodyIn the summer of 2006, I made a pact with a high school friend to make our fortieth decade significant. My goal was to complete my Master of Divinity degree before I turned fifty years old. Inside I asked myself and God, "How is this was going to be possible?" Eventually, I was willing to be open to it. My life seemed crazy enough without adding seminary to the mix. I am married to Eric and have two children 15 and 10, so I run a household. I serve a church half time and find many opportunities to volunteer in our community. In spite of the busyness of my life I said "Yes!" to Bethany because I really was at a point in my life where it made sense.