What is Accreditation?

Accreditation is a voluntary, non-governmental process that gives public recognition to institutions that meet published standards of academic and administrative quality. The purpose of accreditation is to assure the public of the quality of an institution and its dedication to high standards, as well as its commitment to continuous improvement.

The U.S. Department of Education formally recognizes accrediting commissions that meet all federal standards. Further, the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) extends recognition to accrediting bodies and their institutions that meet established quality standards.

Professional Accreditation

Wesley Theological Seminary is accredited by The Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada, and the following degree programs are approved: Master of Divinity, Master of Arts, Master of Theological Studies, and Doctor of Ministry.

The Commission's contact information is:

The Commission on Accrediting of The Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada
10 Summit Park Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15275-1110

Their phone number is (412) 788-6505 and their facimile number is (412) 788-6510.  Website is www.ats.edu

Religious Accreditation

Wesley Theological Seminary is accredited by:

The University Senate of The United Methodist Church's Board of Higher Education and Ministry
P.O. Box 340007
Nashville, TN 37203
(615) 340-7400.

Regional Accreditation

Wesley Theological Seminary is accredited by:

The Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools
3624 Market Street, 2nd Floor Annex
Philadelphia, PA, 19104
(267) 284-5000.

As an accredited institution, Wesley is eligible to participate in federal educational entitlement programs such as Title IV financial aid including Pell Grants, military tuition assistance, government tuition reimbursement programs, the Department of Veterans Affairs GI Bill and Yellow Ribbon program, and many corporate education assistance programs. Credits and degrees earned through WTS are therefore recognized for promotion, assignment, and position qualification standards within the military and federal government.


Wesley Theological Seminary is licensed by:

The Government of the District of Columbia Education Licensure Commission
441 - 4th Street, NW, Suite 350 North
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 727-6436.

Independent Quality Reviews

In order to ensure academic quality, currency, and relevance, institutions of higher education frequently request a review of their curriculum by outside agencies or subject matter experts. Wesley's programs are audited or reviewed on a regular basis by subject matter experts as an integral part of the accrediting process. WTS has also sought the expertise of two independent agencies to validate the quality of its institutional administration, financials, and curriculum.

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