Evangelical Seminary is accredited by the Commission on Accrediting of The Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada (ATS). The following degree programs are approved: Master of Divinity, Master of Arts (Religion), Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy, Master of Arts in Leadership Development, Master of Arts in Spiritual Formation & Direction, and Master of Arts in Ministry.

In February 2018, the Board of Commissioners approved a four-year experiment, thereby allowing the school to offer its ThD degree through a combination of intensive courses on campus and faculty-directed individual instruction.

In January 2020, the Board of Commissioners voted to approve the school’s request for a change in ownership and governing control, resulting in withdrawal from accredited membership in the ATS Commission on Accrediting, effective June 30, 2022. After that date, Evangelical students will become students of Sioux Falls Seminary, with which the school is in the process of merging and which offers equivalent degree programs accredited by the ATS Commission on Accrediting.

Contact the Commission at 10 Summit Park Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15275, Phone 412.788.6505, Fax: 412.788.6510

View Evangelical Seminary’s profile on the ATS website

Evangelical has joined the Kairos network of institutions; that partnership includes a management agreement with Sioux Falls Seminary, which shares our ATS accreditation and is further accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Evangelical Seminary is approved by the University Senate of the United Methodist Church for the training of approved ministerial candidates.

Evangelical Seminary is approved by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and Immigration and Customs Enforcement for the enrollment of non-immigrant, international students.

Evangelical Seminary is approved by a variety of other churches and denominational bodies for training their candidates for ordained ministry. At any one time, over two dozen denominations are represented in the student body of Evangelical.

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The Marriage and Family Therapy Program at Evangelical Theological Seminary is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, 112 South Alfred Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314, Tel. No. (703) 838-9808.

The American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE) is the national accrediting agency for marriage and family therapy education and training. COAMFT is also officially recognized by the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), which is a non-governmental organization that recognizes accrediting bodies and works to foster and facilitate the role of accrediting bodies in promoting and insuring the quality and diversity of American postsecondary education.

The Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) requires that, as an accredited COAMFTE program, we publish the Student Achievement Criteria (SAC) on our website. To view the SAC, please visit the COAMFTE Student Achievement Criteria page.

Currently in the state of Pennsylvania there are only five academic institutions that have COAMFTE accredited MFT programs: three in Philadelphia, one in Pittsburgh, and Evangelical, along with two places that grant post-degree programs, all in Philadelphia.  Evangelical was the first faith-based COAMFTE accredited Marriage and Family Therapy Program on the whole Eastern coast! Now there are two such programs.

Evangelical Theological Seminary is also an accredited marriage and family therapy training program approved by the International Accreditation Commission for Systemic Therapy Education.

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