Accreditations and Approvals

Central Seminary is accredited through the Higher Learning Commission and the Association of Theological Schools.

Statement on Educational Effectiveness

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Higher Learning Commission

30 N. LaSalle Street, Suite 2400
Chicago, IL 60602


Click here to view the CBTS listing on the Higher Learning Commission website.

The Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada

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
Telephone: 412-788-6505
Fax: 412-788-6510

Click here to view the CBTS listing on the ATS website.

National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA)

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.


Click here to see the listing for CBTS on the NC-SARA website.

NC-SARA Seal of Participation

Unresolved student concerns regarding SARA-authorized programs should be directed to the KS Board of Regents. Click here to access the state complaint form.

State Approvals or Exemptions


1815 E. Center Street, Anaheim, CA 92805

Notice of Approval to Operate an Accredited Institution (pdf)

Annual Reports
2020 Annual Report Summary (pdf)
2021 Annual Report Summary (pdf)

Performance Fact Sheets
2020 School Performance Fact Sheets (pdf)
2021 School Performance Fact Sheet (pdf)

MDiv Enrollment Agreement (pdf)
Diploma Enrollment Agreement (pdf)

Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education


1000 University Center Lane, Lawrenceville, GA 30043

GNPEC Exemption Certificate 2023-2024 (pdf)


1266 N Northwest Hwy, Park Ridge, IL 60068

Notice of Degree Granting Authority (pdf)
Notice of Operating Approval (pdf)


6601 Monticello Road, Shawnee, KS 66226

Confirmation of Lawful Status (pdf)


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

Washington Annual Report Approval 202-2026 (pdf)

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


Veterans Benefits

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.

GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).