About Accreditation


School Credentials

Association of Christian Schools International

Through due diligence review, North Central Theological Seminary is a member of the Association of Christian Schools International.  ACSI is the largest Protestant educational organization in the world, and has partnerships with all of the U.S. regional accreditation agencies recognized by the United States Department of Education.  Membership with ACSI does not guarantee acceptance of course work or degrees from non-accredited colleges.
Association of Christian Schools International
731 Chapel Hills Drive Colorado Springs, CO 80920


Association of Independent Christian Colleges and Seminaries

3426 Bridgeland Drive

Bridgeton, Missouri 63044

Christian Adult Higher Education Association

Dallas, Texas


Association of Christian Distance Education (ACCESS)

Access is the leading network of Christian organizations committed to quality in Christian education. http://www.accessed.org

Government Status Recognition

North Central Theological Seminary is recognized as a licensure exempt religious degree granting educational Institution by the State of Minnesota Department of Higher Education, under Minnesota Statute MN § 136A.657. State of Minnesota Department of Higher Education is located at 1450 Energy Drive, Suite 350, St. Paul, Minnesota 55108.

Government Status Recognition

Government Status Recognition:

North Central Theological Seminary maintains an “ACTIVE” status with the Minnesota Attorney General’s Office, “To preach the gospel of Jesus Christ, and to provide Christian education…” The office of Minnesota Attorney General is located at: 1400 Bremer Tower, 445 Minnesota Street,Saint Paul, Minnesota 55101

Regional Accreditation

In the United States of America, accreditation is the recognition by an independent, non-governmental review board (The Commission) that an educational institution meets their clearly stated requirements and criteria, and that there are reasonable grounds for believing that it will do so in the future. Accreditation provides certification of acceptable institutional quality, and an opportunity and incentive for self-improvement in the accredited organization. There are six regional accreditation commissions recognized by the United States Department of Education.

  • North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
  • Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC)
  • Higher Learning Commission (HLC)
  • Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE)
  • New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC-CIHE)
  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS)

In the educational world today, an institution’s regional accreditation is not always a requirement, especially for educating men and women to effectively serve in ministry-related vocations or professions. A great many Christian pastors, teachers, professors, and counselors have been educated at Bible colleges and seminaries which do not have regional accreditation. Among the reasons for this decision are the major financial savings for tuition, and a concern about the separation of church and state.

At North Central Theological Seminary, we have numerous students and graduates who have come to us for their post-graduate studies from major, fully accredited seminaries, colleges, and universities, including Liberty University, Regent University and Fuller. Why? Because they were confident that they would be receiving a high quality, Bible-based, theological education from us. They were not disappointed.

As we look ahead to the future, North Central Theological Seminary is in the process of preparing to apply for regional accreditation from an agency that is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education—a process that can take 5 years or more. Why are we seeking this status? To meet the United States Department of Homeland Security’s criteria for bringing students from around the world to the United States for on-site pastoral and biblical training. We are dedicated to training men and women from around the world who are committed to carrying out Gospel ministry in places of severe opposition and persecution.

Currently, North Central Theological Seminary is accredited by a religious organization not affiliated with the US Department of Education.

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