Associate Member


Corresponding Institution

24 Conditions of Eligibility

8 Conditions of Eligibility

(13 counting sub-points)

17 Conditions of Eligibility

(38 counting sub-points)

7 Eligibility Criteria (brief version) with a complete list of requirements in Part 2, Section I, Eligibility Requirements, DEAC Accreditation Handbook, pp. 10–11.
*Tenets of Faith

*Nonprofit Status


*Institutional Mission


*Chief Executive Officer


*Assessment and Public Accountability

*Learning Resources

*Faculty Qualifications

*Academic Programs

*Biblical/Theological Studies

*General Studies

*Ministry Formation Program

*Student Body

*Program Completion

*Admissions Policy

*Institutional Stability and Capacity

*Financial Base

*Income Allocation

*Annual Audit

*Agency Disclosure


*Public Disclosure

*Graduate, professional, theological degrees for leadership in Christian or Jewish communities

*Has graduated a group of M.Div. or similar students

*Six qualified, full-time professors (including teaching administrators)

*Student body of sufficient size for a community of peer learning

*Graduate-level studies in theological disciplines designed for preparation for ministry

*Involvement in the theological education community (e.g., faculty in professional societies, relationships w ATS schools, …)

*Quality, stability and permanence (e.g., facilities, library, finances…)

*Governance and administrative structures

*Faith Statement

*Mission & Name

*Institutional Objectives

*Institutional Integrity

*Operational Authority

*Organizational Structure (board, CEO, CAO)

*Publications and Policies

*Educational Programs


*Student Services

*Financial Operations

*Institutional Assessment

*Strategic Planning

*Library & Learning


*Facilities & Equipment

*Health & Security

*Federal Requirements


*Each program offered by the institution is predominantly distance education or correspondence education (51% or more).

*The institution must be properly licensed, authorized, exempted or approved by the applicable state educational institutional authority (or its equivalent for non-U.S. institutions).

*At the time of initial application, the institution must have been enrolling students in current programs for two consecutive years under the present ownership.

*There is evidence via audited or reviewed financial statements that the institution is financially sound.

*The name being used by the institution is free from any association with any activity that could damage the reputation of the Accrediting Commission.

*The institution, its owners, governing board members, officials and administrators possess sound reputations and demonstrate a record of integrity and ethical conduct.

*The institution agrees that as part of the application process, the owners, officers and managers may be subject to a background check by DEAC.


  • David Agron, Ph.D.

    Dr. Agron is the managing editor of Christian Academia Magazine. He also serves as an accreditation consultant. Since 1999, Agron & Associates, Inc. has specialized in helping Christian colleges achieve accreditation. In both roles, his mission is to help raise up Christian colleges in quality, quantity, reputation and impact for the Kingdom of God. If you would like to discuss how his firm can help your school achieve accreditation, contact him at [email protected].

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