Western Seminary is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.
Accreditation of an institution of higher education by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities indicates that it meets or exceeds criteria for the assessment of institutional quality evaluated through a peer review process. An accredited college or university is one which has available the necessary resources to achieve its stated purposes through appropriate educational programs, is substantially doing so, and gives reasonable evidence that it will continue to do so in the foreseeable future. Institutional integrity is also addressed through accreditation. Accreditation by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities is not partial but applies to the institution as a whole. As such, it is not a guarantee of every course or program offered, or the competence of individual graduates. Rather, it provides reasonable assurance about the quality of opportunities available to students who attend the institution.
Inquiries regarding an institution’s accredited status by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities should be directed to the administrative staff of the institution. Individuals may also contact:
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Seminary is also accredited by the Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological
Schools in the United States and Canada (ATS), the accrediting body for theological schools
and recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and by the Secretary of the
U.S. Department of Education. The following degree programs are approved:
M.Div., M.A. in Counseling, M.A. (Biblical and Theological Studies),
M.A. (Intercultural Studies), M.A. in Ministry and Leadership, D.Min., D.Miss., Th.M.
The following extension sites are
approved as specified:
Approved Degrees: M.Div., M.A. in Marital and Family Therapy, M.A. (Biblical
and Theological Studies), M.A. in Ministry and Leadership
Santa Clara, CA
Approved Degrees: M.Div., M.A. in Marital and Family Therapy, M.A. in
Leadership and Ministry, M.A. (Biblical and Theological Studies)
Approved for a Comprehensive Distance Education Program
The contact information
for ATS is:
Western is approved for the training of veterans and eligible persons under Title 38, U.S. Code. Veterans who desire further information regarding their educational benefits should contact the nearest Veterans Administration Office or the Veterans Clerk at Western Seminary.
The M.A. in Counseling program meets the educational requirements for licensure by the Oregon Board of Licensed Professional Counselors. The M.A. in Marital and Family Therapy program meets the educational requirements for licensure by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.
Western Seminary is recognized as a training site for chaplains desiring to serve in the United States Armed Forces.
Western Seminary is authorized under federal law to enroll nonimmigrant alien students.
Western Seminary is registered with the California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE) and the California Board of Behavioral Sciences to offer continuing education courses.
The Seminary is one of the associated schools of Jerusalem University College in Jerusalem, Israel, and a charter member of the Institute of Theological Studies in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Western is a member of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA), an association of evangelical, non-profit organizations requiring the highest standards of financial accountability and disclosure.
Western is an institutional member of the American Theological Library Association, the Association of Christian Librarians, the American Library Association, and the Association of College and Research Libraries. Additionally, the Seminary is a member of the Oregon Private Academic Library Link (OPALL), a group of eight Christian colleges and graduate schools in the Northwest.
The Seminary holds institutional membership in the following professional organizations that provide standards for informed and ethical practice: