Central Seminary is accredited through the Higher Learning Commission and the Association of Theological Schools.
30 N. LaSalle Street, Suite 2400
Chicago, IL 60602
Click here to view the CBTS listing on the Higher Learning Commission website.
10 Summit Park Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15275‐1022
Central Baptist Theological Seminary
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:
DMin, MA (Theological Studies), MA in Counseling, MA in Missional Church Studies, MDiv, Master of Christian Care and Counseling
Approved Additional Locations: Anaheim, CA, Ann Arbor, MI, Austin, TX, Carrollton, TX, Des Moines, WA, Elm Grove, WI, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea, Houston, TX, Lawrenceville, GA, Nashville, TN, Park Ridge, IL, Yangon, Myanmar
Approved for Comprehensive Distance Education: yes
Year of Initial Accreditation: 1962
Year-term of Last Comprehensive Evaluation Visit: 2020-fall
Year-term of Next Comprehensive Evaluation Visit: 2030-fall
Accreditation Notes: In February 2016, the Board of Commissioners approved a residency exception, thereby allowing the MDiv to be offered completely online.
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
Click here to view the CBTS listing on the ATS website.
Central Baptist Theological Seminary has received approval from the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA). Participation in SARA allows Central Baptist Theological to offer distance learning to students in all states that participate in the agreement.
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Unresolved student concerns regarding SARA-authorized programs should be directed to the KS Board of Regents. Click here to access the state complaint form.
1815 E. Center Street, Anaheim, CA 92805
1000 University Center Lane, Lawrenceville, GA 30043
1266 N Northwest Hwy, Park Ridge, IL 60068
6601 Monticello Road, Shawnee, KS 66226
Dallas: 1017 Erie Street, Carrollton, TX 75006
Austin: 12311 Natures Bend, Austin, TX 78753
Houston: 14311 Park Row, Houston, TX 77084
Notice of Exemption (pdf)
2400 S. 240 Street, Des Moines, WA 98198
The Washington Student Achievement Council has determined that Central Baptist Theological Seminary qualifies for religious exempt status from the Degree-Granting Institutions Act for the following program: Master of Divinity (M.Div.). The Council makes no evaluation of the administration, faculty, business practices, financial condition or quality of the offerings by this institution. Any person desiring information about the requirements of the act or the applicability of those requirements to the institution may contact the Council at P.O. Box 43430, Olympia, WA 98504-3430 or by email at email@example.com.
NEW REQUIREMENT: Post-9/11 GI Bill® students who attend courses through the Shawnee, KS campus are required to verify their enrollment. Click here to learn more.
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[What we learn] at Central is very relevant to ministry work I do today. I didn’t have to wait to graduate until I implement what I was learning.
Current Student, MDiv
Students are encouraged to have our own opinion. We are allowed to have our own understanding. And we are trained to find sources to support that opinion.
2015, MDiv - Korean program
From day one I meshed with people in my class. We developed a relationship and trust. And with my instructors…were authentic and vulnerable, and they were so welcoming.
Current Student, MDiv
While it’s important for me to understand [theology] academically, Central did a great job of helping me to then translate my academic understanding to pastoral communication for the congregation.
I believe that the work Central does to keep down costs is a huge part of their faithful service to the Church. Most of us will not get rich as pastors. When we graduate from seminary without huge debt, we can more easily focus on the ministries to which we are called.