Accreditation

New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate, baccalaureate, master, and doctorate degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.

The New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music.

New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary is accredited by the Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools, 10 Summit Park Drive, Pittsburgh PA 15275-1110, Telephone 414-788-6505, Fax 412-788-6510. The following degree programs are approved by the Commission on Accrediting:

MDiv, MA in Christian Apologetics, MA in Christian Education, MA in Church and Community Ministries, MA in Discipleship, MA in Pastoral Ministry, MA in Counseling, MA in Missiology, MA in Worship Ministries, Master of Music in Church Music, MA (Apologetics), MA (Biblical Archaeology), MA (Biblical Studies), MA (Cross-Cultural Studies), MA (Theology), Master of Theological Studies (MTS), DMin, DEdMin, DMA, EdD, ThM, PhD.

In June 2016 the ATS Board of Commissioners approved a three-year experiment allowing an exception to the Commission's PhD residency requirement that "courses, seminars, and colloquia for research doctoral degrees shall normally be completed on the main campus" (Degree Program Standard J, section J.3.1.1). This experiment is limited to offering those courses (roughly two-thirds of the PhD program's total credits) through synchronous interactive video, not through asynchronous means.

In addition to the main New Orleans campus, the following extension sites are approved by the ATS Board of Commissioners as specified:

Louisiana

  • St. Francisville (Angola Prison), LA
    Approved degrees: MDiv, MA in Pastoral Ministry

Georgia

  • Duluth, GA
    Approved degrees: MDiv, MA in Christian Education (in Korean)
  • Marietta (Atlanta), GA
    Approved degrees: MDiv, MA in Christian Education, MA in Worship Ministries

Florida

  • Orlando, FL
    Approved degrees: MDiv, MA in Christian Education, MTS

The following extension sites are approved by the ATS Board of Commissioners for more than 50 percent of a degree program but not complete degrees:

Alabama:

  • Birmingham, AL
  • Huntsville, AL
  • Montgomery, AL
  • Rainsville, AL
  • Tuscaloosa, AL

Florida:

  • Jacksonville, FL
  • Miami (Hialeah), FL
  • Pensacola, FL
  • Tallahassee, FL

Georgia

  • Jonesboro, GA
  • Warner Robbins, GA
  • Columbus, GA

Louisiana

  • Lafayette, LA
  • Monroe, LA
  • Shreveport, LA

Mississippi

  • Blue Mountain, MS
  • Clinton (Jackson), MS
  • Olive Branch, MS

In addition to the graduate programs accredited by ATSCOA, the following undergraduate locations are approved by SACS Commission on Colleges:

Alabama:

  • Birmingham, AL
  • Huntsville, AL
  • Montgomery, AL
  • Rainsville, AL
  • Tuscaloosa, AL

Florida:

  • Hardee Prison, FL
  • Jacksonville, FL
  • Miami (Hialeah), FL
  • Orlando, FL
  • Pensacola, FL
  • Tallahassee, FL
  • Tampa, FL

Georgia

  • Columbus, GA
  • Duluth, GA (Korean program)
  • Jonesboro, GA
  • Marietta (Atlanta), GA
  • Phillips Prison, GA
  • Warner Robbins, GA
  • Whitworth Women's Prison, GA

Louisiana

  • Angola Prison, St. Francisville, LA
  • Baton Rouge, LA
  • Lafayette, LA
  • Louisiana Correctional Institute for Women, St. Gabriel, LA
  • Monroe, LA
  • Shreveport, LA

Mississippi

  • Blue Mountain, MS
  • Clinton (Jackson), MS
  • Olive Branch, MS
  • Parchman Prison, MS

The Seminary's online students are validated by the NC-SARA reciprocity agreement (National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements) in 49 of the United States (all states except California). The Seminary is exempt from approval by California, so California students may enroll online also. The Seminary has the approval authorization to offer physical classes in the following states:

  • Louisiana (through membership in the Louisiana Association of Independent Colleges and Universities)
  • Mississippi (Mississippi Commission on College Education)
  • Alabama (exempt by the Alabama Commission on Higher Education and the Alabama Community College Association)
  • Georgia (Nonpublic Postsecondary Education Commission) -- exemption from applicable Georgia law as a religious institution
  • Florida (Florida Department of Education) -- under Florida Statute 246.083

New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary is a member of the Louisiana Association of Independent Colleges and Universities.

For evaluation of the NOBTS degree programs, see http://www.nobts.edu/about/institutional-effectiveness.html

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