Accreditation and Affiliations

Phillips Theological Seminary is accredited by the Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools (ATS) in the United States and Canada. The ATS is Phillips' gatekeeper with the U.S. Department of Education.

Phillips Theological Seminary is accredited to offer these degree programs:

Phillips Theological Seminary is accredited to offer a Comprehensive Distance Education Program. This means you may take:

  • 58 of the 82 hours of the MDiv program online;
  • 32 of the 48 hours of the  MAMC and MTS programs online;
  • 25 of the 38 hours of the MASJ program online.

Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)

Phillips Theological Seminary is one of the four graduate seminaries affiliated with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).

Within the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Phillips has a covenantal relationship regarding funding with the following regions:

United Methodist Church

Phillips Theological Seminary is approved by the University Senate of The United Methodist Church to educate candidates for ministry in The United Methodist Church.  You can read the University Senate’s last approval letter, issued in July 2013, here.

Contact information for the ATS:

The Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools in the United States & Canada
10 Summit Park Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15275-1103 USA
Telephone: 412.788.6505
Fax: 412.788.6510
Website: www.ats.edu

Contact information for the University Senate, United Methodist Church:

P.O. Box 871
Nashville, TN  37202-0871
Website: University Senate of The UMC