Accreditation

The Master’s Seminary first received regional accreditation in 1988. As a result of the next accreditation visit, the regional accrediting association (Western Association of Schools and Colleges) stated in their February 1992 report: “The seminary has been very intentional in its development of an M.Div. program with few analogies in the U.S., distinguished above all by its almost single-minded commitment to the preparation of ordained pastors for leadership in the local church….Given the fundamental focus of the seminary, the structure of the M.Div. program seems well-oriented to its goals. The model itself—combining church-based involvement, personal discipleship, and academic study—is worth applauding, and it is not insignificant that at the level of degree structure, the seminary is on the cutting-edge of reform in seminary education in this regard. In all three areas of the formal aspects of the academic curriculum—Bible, Theology, and Pastoral Ministries–a logical progression is detected, and discussions with the Faculty indicated a high degree of familiarity with how one aspect of the program integrates with other aspects. All of the interviewed alumni expressed high levels of satisfaction with the program, believing that the seminary prepared them well for the ministries in which they are currently involved” (pp. 23-24).

The seminary’s fourth full accreditation cycle occurred in two parts – Capacity in 2007 and Educational Effectiveness in 2009. The Master’s College and Seminary’s accreditation was renewed by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges for ten years.