Accreditation Documents

Shepherds Theological Seminary is a member of the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (TRACS) [15935 Forest Road, Forest, VA 24551; Telephone: 434.525.9539; email:] having been awarded Reaffirmation I of its Accredited Status as a Category IV institution by the TRACS Accrediting Commission on April 29, 2014. This status is effective for a period of ten 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).

The Board of Commissioners on Accreditation of the Association of Theological Schools (ATS) granted Candidate for Accredited status to Shepherds Theological Seminary on June 20, 2014. Candidate for Accredited Status is conferred on those members of ATS that, after review on the basis of the Commission’s standards and procedures, have been formally authorized to begin the self-study process that demonstrates operating according to the General Institutional Standards and meeting the Educational and Degree Program Standards.

Member schools of ATS are graduate schools of theology preparing men and women for a variety of ministries and church-related professions as well as for teaching and research in the theological disciplines. Currently ATS has over 270 member graduate schools in the United States and Canada that reflect a broad spectrum of doctrinal, ecclesiastical, and theological perspectives. Complete information for The Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada can be found at their website:

Authorization to Grant Degrees

Degree programs of study offered by Shepherds Theological Seminary have been declared exempt from the requirements for licensure by the General Administration of the University of North Carolina under the provisions of North Carolina General Statutes Section (G.S.) 116-15(d) for exemption from licensure with respect to religious education. Exemption from licensure is not based upon any assessment of program quality under established licensing standards.

  • Traditional and Advanced Placement Master of Divinity (M.Div.)
  • Master of Arts in Christian Ministry (M.A.C.M.) with majors in: Church Ministry, Biblical Counseling and Biblical Literature

Corporate Authorizations

Shepherds Theological Seminary is led by an independent Board of Directors bound by approved by-laws; is authorized by the State of North Carolina to operate as a non-profit corporation exclusively for religious education purposes; and is a non-profit corporation under Internal Revenue Service code of 1986, as amended, section 501(c)(3) and section 170(c)(2).


Veterans Educational Benefits – Shepherds Theological Seminary has been approved by the US Department of Veteran’s Affairs and the North Carolina State Approving Agency to enroll students who are entitled to educational benefits under Titles 38 and 10 of the United States Code.

Title IV Benefits – Shepherds Theological Seminary is seeking approval from the U.S. Department of Education to participate in the Title IV Program, which offers students access to Federal Direct Loans, and loan repayment deferments.

International Students – Shepherds Theological Seminary is seeking authorization by the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services (USCIS) to issue I-20 forms through the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) to enroll nonimmigrant international students.