Concordia Theological Seminary – Fort Wayne, IN


Concordia Theological Seminary – Fort Wayne, IN



Concordia Theological Seminary is accredited by The Association of Theological Schools (ATS), which accredits theological institutions in North America and Canada. The Seminary is also accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). The school has been accredited by HLC since 1981 and by ATS since 1968.

Accreditation is a process that evaluates quality and provides a road map for institutional improvements. It assures students that their academic programs meet nationally recognized standards and is required for the Seminary to receive federal funds for student financial aid. It assures financial supporters that CTSFW is engaged in appropriate educational efforts and that those efforts conform to normative expectations of quality. While it is not an audit, accreditation functions as an external, independent judgment about the strengths and weaknesses of the institution and encourages wise use of its resources and careful attention to its mission.

To that end, an institutional self-study has been prepared by the administration, faculty and staff of Concordia Theological Seminary for submission to both accrediting agencies. Each chapter of the self-study has as its focus one of the ten General Institutional Standards created and issued by ATS. Within these sections, the data has been correlated to address the five Criteria required by HLC.

As part of the process, public comments are also invited on the quality of the institution or its academic programs. See Third Party Comment Notice below.

Concordia Theological Seminary’s community has embraced this self-study and its adjoining visits as opportunities to build on the school’s strengths as well as to discover and implement necessary institutional changes that will further the Seminary’s mission of “exist[ing] to form servants in Jesus Christ who teach the faithful, reach the lost, and care for all.”

ATS Accreditation Information


Accredited by the Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada (ATS).

The following degree programs are approved:

  • M.Div.
  • M.A. in Deaconess Studies
  • M.A. in Pastoral Studies
  • M.A.
  • D.Min.
  • S.T.M.
  • Ph.D. (Missiology)
  • Ph.D. (Theological Studies)

The following extension site is approved as specified:
Gothenburg, Sweden
Approved Degree: S.T.M.

Approved for a Comprehensive Distance Education Program

The Commission contact information is:
The Commission on Accrediting of the
Association of Theological Schools
in the United States and Canada
10 Summit Park Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15275

Telephone: 412.788.6505
Fax: 412.788.6510
Website: www.ats.edu

HLC Accreditation Information

Concordia Theological Seminary is an accredited member of The Higher Learning Commission (HLC).

The Commission contact information is:
The Higher Learning Commission
230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500
Chicago, IL 60604-1413
Telephone: 800.621.7440 / 312.263.0456
Fax: 312.263.7462
Website: www.hlcommission.org