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Seminary Accreditations, Affiliations & Authorizations


Grace Theological Seminary is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and the Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada. The following degree programs are approved:

  • M.Div. (Residential & Deploy)
  • M.A. in Intercultural Studies (Residential)
  • M.A. in Local Church Ministry (Residential & Deploy)
  • M.A.M.S. (HLC Only)
  • D.Min. (One-Week Residential Modules)
  • D.Ics. (One-Week Residential Modules)

In February 2017, the ATS Board of Commissioners approved a five-year experiment for the MDiv and MA in Local Church Leadership programs, permitting a non-residential, competency-based model of theological education that is an exception to the degree program standards for residency in professional degrees.

Accreditation Contact Information

The Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools
10 Summit Park Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15275
Telephone: (412) 788-6505
Fax: 412-788-6510

The Higher Learning Commission
230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500
Chicago, IL 60604
Telephone: (800) 621-7440 / (312) 263-0456

Religious Affiliation

Grace College and Seminary is affiliated with Charis Fellowship, a family of evangelical congregations. Grace students represent more than 30 other denominations and non-denominational churches.


Grace College & Theological Seminary has received several state authorizations for Distance (Online) Education. For a full list, see Authorizations.