History & Accreditation

ACU has offered graduate degrees in theology and ministry since 1953. Since that beginning, we have prepared hundreds of ministers and missionaries and sent students to the finest universities in the world for research in biblical studies, church history, systematic theology, and religious ethics. 

The Graduate School of Theology was established in 1999 as a professional school of the university. It builds on ACU's tradition of academic excellence in the context of the higher study of theology and ministry to the church and world.

Throughout the history of the school, graduate studies in theology and ministry at ACU have been dedicated to contribute to the life of the church and the academic study of religion. For the church, faculty are involved in ministry among churches all over the world. Many work as consultants for churches and ministries, preach and teach, and serve as elders or other congregational leaders. They are in demand for workshops, seminars and lectureships. They write for the church in popular journals and books.

Faculty members in the Graduate School of Theology are also leaders in professional organizations such as the Society of Biblical Literature, the American Academy of Religion, the Academy of Homiletics, the Society of Church History, and the Association of Theological Field Educators, among others. They hold regional and national offices in those organizations, present scholarly papers at national and international meetings, and publish widely in professional journals. 


ACU is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate, baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Ga. 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of ACU.  

The Graduate School of Theology is accredited by The Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada, an organization of more than 250 graduate schools that conduct post-baccalaureate professional and academic degree programs to educate persons for the practice of ministry and for teaching and research in the theological disciplines. The following degree programs are approved: M.Div., M.A. in Christian Ministry, M.A., D.Min., M.A. in Global Service. 

The commission 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 USA

Telephone: 412-788-6505

Fax: 412-788-6510

Website: www.ats.edu

Complaint Process

What should I do if I have a complaint against a member institution?

The Commission has a policy regarding complaints against member schools (see section XI of the Commission Policies and Procedures). Please note that complaints must be filed in writing and must provide evidence that the member school is in violation of a stated policy or accrediting standard or a membership criterion.

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