WBS is an ATS Accredited Seminary
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Wesley Biblical Seminary is accredited by the Association of Theological Schools (ATS) and licensed by the State of Mississippi to offer graduate Biblical and theological education.
The Association of Theological Schools accredits 270+ theological schools in North America, and is considered to maintain the highest institutional standards of accreditation for graduate schools of theology. ATS is a member of the Council for Higher Education Association (CHEA), the primary national accreditation advocate to the United States Department of Education.
Accreditation involves voluntary participation in a peer-evaluation process with similar institutions in a quest to insure academic quality, rigor, and integrity. In 2015, Wesley Biblical Seminary’s accreditation was reaffirmed by the Association of Theological Schools.
From the ATS homepage:
“The Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada (ATS) is a membership organization of more than 270 graduate schools that conduct postbaccalaureate professional and academic degree programs to educate persons for the practice of ministry and for teaching and research in the theological disciplines. The Commission on Accrediting of ATS accredits the schools and approves the degree programs they offer.
In addition, ATS Programs and Services offers educational events and other resources designed to assist member schools with identification of best practices, development of peer networks, production of research, and exploration of data…
ATS membership is open to schools in the Christian and Jewish faiths. The current membership represents the full range of Christian denominations, including schools in mainline and evangelical Protestant and Roman Catholic and Orthodox traditions, as well as multidenominational and nondenominational schools. Schools representing other faiths and other organizations interested in theological education may become Affiliates of ATS.”
The following WBS degree programs are approved by the ATS:
- Master of Divinity
- Master of Arts
- Doctor of Ministry
- Comprehensive Distance Education Program, and
- A Graduate Certificate in Biblical and Theological Studies
The Commission 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
Additional Accreditation Information
The seminary is also accredited by the State of Mississippi Commission on College Accreditation. The seminary has approval from the State Approving Agency for qualifying veterans to receive educational grants from the Veterans Administration. The Immigration and Naturalization Service of the United States Department of Justice recognizes Wesley Biblical Seminary as an educational center for international students.
The seminary is a member of the National Association of Evangelicals. Faculty belong to various professional organizations, such as the Evangelical Theological Society and the Society of Biblical Literature, which enable them to stay abreast of new developments and understandings in theological education.