Grace School of Theology is a member of the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (TRACS) [15935 Forest Road, Forest, VA 24551; Telephone: 434.525.9539; e-mail:email@example.com] having been awarded Candidate status as a Category III institution by the TRACS Accreditation Commission on November 8, 2011. This status is effective for a period of five years. TRACS is recognized by the United States Department of Education, the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the International Network for Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education (INQAAHE).
Grace School of Theology is an affiliate institution of the Association for Biblical Higher Education. As such, it participates in and contributes to collegial and professional development activities of the Association. Affiliate status does not, however, constitute, imply, or presume ABHE accredited status at present or in the future.
Grace School of Theology is also accredited as a member of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability.
Potential Factors Concerning Students
- Subsequent Degrees: If you graduate and apply for an advanced degree program (e.g., D.Min. or Ph.D.) in another institution before your graduate institution is accredited, then you may be less competitive or unable to enter the advanced degree program. However, this will vary widely depending on the institution with the advanced degree program. Further, if your graduate institution is accredited after you graduate but before you apply for an advanced degree program, generally you will be recognized as having a degree from an accredited institution. Finally, if your graduate institution is accredited after you matriculate but before you graduate, then you will certainly be recognized as having a degree from an accredited institution. Obviously, if you have no interest or plan to immediately apply for an advanced degree program from another institution after earning your initial seminary degree, then this factor does not apply to you.
- Transferability of Credits: Typically, it is easier to transfer credits from an accredited institution than from an unaccredited institution, especially if you are transferring into an accredited institution.
- Scholarships: Some scholarships and tuition reimbursement programs may only cover classes from an accredited institution. If this is an issue for you, you should request a scholarship from the unaccredited institution to match whatever scholarship you might otherwise have for education from an accredited institution.
- Potential Employers: Some institutional employers may require a seminary degree from an accredited institution.