2.7 Accreditation

2.7 Accreditation

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Westminster is a school of theology at the graduate level. Under a charter from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania granted in 1930 and as subsequently amended, the Seminary has the power to grant the degrees of Master of Arts in Biblical Counseling, Master of Arts in Urban Mission, Master of Arts (Religion), Master of Divinity, Master of Theology, Doctor of Ministry, and Doctor of Philosophy. Degrees are granted upon recommendation of the Faculty and by the authority of the Board of Trustees.

The Seminary is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, and has held this accreditation since 1954, the year in which the Middle States Association first began accrediting theological seminaries. The Seminary is accredited by the Association of Theological Schools, which is the national accrediting agency for theological schools in the United States and Canada. The following degree programs of the Seminary have been officially approved by the Association of Theological Schools: M.A.B.C., M.A.U.M., M.A.R., M.Div., Th.M., D.Min., Ph.D. The Middle States Commission on Higher Education can be contacted at 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104, telephone: (267) 284-5000. The Association of Theological Schools can be contacted at 10 Summit Park Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15275-1103, telephone: (412) 788-6505.

Westminster admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally made available to students at the Seminary. The Seminary does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, or scholarship and loan programs. The Seminary believes that the Scriptures restrict the ordained ruling and teaching offices of the church to men. Therefore, the M.Div. Pastoral Ministry and D.Min. Pastoral Ministry concentration degree programs are structured specifically to prepare men called to the ordained ministry. We also believe that the Lord has given a variety of gifts to women and men not called to the ordained offices of the church and we are committed to training those students for positions of service in the church which do not require ordination. Those men and women students in the non-pastoral track degree programs are considered eligible for financial aid and for other services provided by the Seminary for its students.

Approximately 80 ecclesiastical denominations and 35 countries are represented in the student body.