Accreditation Liaison Officer
Tim Koller, PhD
Associate Dean for Program Innovation and Extension Education; Director of the Leadership Program
Association of Theological Schools
10 Summit Park Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15275
Since 1971 Denver Seminary has been an accredited member of the Association of Theological Schools, the only professional accrediting agency for seminaries in the United States and Canada.
The Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools has approved the following degree programs:
- Doctor of Ministry (DMin)
- Master of Theology (ThM)
- Master of Divinity (MDiv)
- Master of Arts in Christian Formation and Soul Care (MA in Christian Formation and Soul Care)
- Master of Arts in Counseling (MA in Counseling)
- Master of Arts in Counseling Ministries (MA in Counseling Ministries)
- Master of Arts in Cultural Engagement (MA in Cultural Engagement)
- Master of Arts in Leadership (MA in Leadership)
- Master of Arts (MA)
- PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision*
ATS has also approved Denver Seminary for a comprehensive distance education program and an additional location in Maryland.
*In June 2020, the ATS Board of Commissioners approved the seminary’s PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision and approved a four-year experiment to offer this degree through a reduced-residency mixture of on-campus courses, online courses, and field-based practicums and internships.
The Higher Learning Commission
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
230 S. LaSalle St., Ste 7-500
Chicago, IL 60604-1413
In 1972, Denver Seminary was approved as an accredited institution granting master’s level degrees under the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Denver Seminary was one of the first independent graduate schools of theology to be granted regional accreditation by this organization. The Doctor of Ministry degree was approved in 1978.
Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Education Programs
5999 Stevenson Ave.
Alexandria, VA 22304
Denver Seminary’s Master of Arts in Counseling program received accreditation in 1997 from the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Education programs (CACREP) as a Community Counseling program. This program has maintained its accreditation, becoming a Clinical Mental Health Counseling program in July of 2012. The Master of Arts in Counseling with a School Counseling concentration first received its accreditation in 2021. Denver Seminary was the first seminary to receive this accreditation.
Association for Clinical Pastoral Education
One West Court Square
Decatur, GA 30033
The Denver Seminary CPE Center is solely accredited to offer CPE training by the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education and has been approved by the same organization as a Clinical Pastoral Training (CPE) training center. The center offers CPE Level I, Level II, and supervisory education CPE units for matriculated Denver Seminary students. It is the first evangelical seminary to receive this designation.
Denver Seminary has been approved by the following government organizations:
- Department of Education
Since 1954, the Education Directory of the Office of Education has carried Denver Seminary’s name as a government-recognized school of theology. This approval is basic to recognition in a number of other areas.
- Department of Immigration and Customs Enforcement
Denver Seminary is authorized under federal law to enroll non-immigrant alien students.
- Veterans Administration
Approved for those eligible for Veteran Education benefits by the Colorado Office of Veterans Education and Training.
- Departments of the Army, Navy, and Air Force
Denver Seminary is approved by the United States Army, Navy, and Air Force for the training of chaplains in their respective branches.
State Authorization and Complaint Process
Learn more about Denver Seminary’s State Authorization and Complaint Process.
View our State Licensure Disclosure.