The Association of Theological Schools

The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology is accredited by the Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools (ATS) in the United States and Canada, and the following degree programs are approved: Master of Divinity, Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology, and Master of Arts in Theology & Culture.

The Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools in the United States & Canada
10 Summit Park Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15275

Telephone: (412) 788.6505
Fax: (412) 788.6510
ats.edu

Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities

The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology is an Applicant for Consideration of Eligibility with the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU). Applicant is an affiliate status indicating that an institution appears to meet the Commission’s conditions of eligibility and that its application for consideration has been accepted. Recognition as an applicant neither implies nor ensure an institution will attain candidate for accredited status with the Commission.

Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
8060 165th Avenue NE, Suite 100
Redmond, WA 98052

Telephone: (425) 558-4224
nwccu.org

The Washington Student Achievement Council

The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology is authorized by the Washington Student Achievement Council (WSAC) and meets the requirements and minimum educational standards established for degree-granting institutions under the Degree-Granting Institutions Act. This authorization is subject to periodic review and authorizes The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology to offer the following degree programs: Master of Arts in Theology & Culture, Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology and Master of Divinity. Authorization by the WSAC does not carry with it an endorsement by the board of the institution or its programs. Any person desiring information about the requirements of the act or the applicability of those requirements to the institution may contact the HECB.

The Washington Student Achievement Council
P.O. Box 43430
Olympia, WA 98504-3430.

The Department of Education Title IV Funding

The Department of Education has certified that The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology is eligible for Title IV student financial aid assistance under the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA).

Authorization in Other States

The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology is a member the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA). This is a multi-state consortium that manages oversight of distance education, including preceptorships and practicums in which students may engage outside of Washington. PNWU seeks approval, authorization, or exemption to operate in other states as needed. To see the list of state, visit States Approved for Clinical Rotations.

Statement of Educational Effectiveness

The Seattle School measures its educational effectiveness through multiple methodologies including assessment of individual courses and learning outcomes, program reviews, student questionnaires, and alumni surveys.

  • The average retention rate over the past six years is 77%.
  • The average graduation rate over the past four years is 75%.
  • The Association of Theological Schools’ Graduating Student Questionnaire is used as one measure of students’ satisfaction with their educational experience and the effectiveness of the school in facilitating identified areas of personal growth and skill development. The average ratings over the past five years (on a scale from 1-5) include:
    • 4.8 on developing self-knowledge and insight into other’s troubles
    • 4.0 on concern about social justice
    • 4.2 on the ability to interact effectively with those from cultural and racial/ethnic contexts other than their own and an awareness and appreciation of the globalized context in which ministry is practiced
    • 4.5 on overall satisfaction with the academic experience at The Seattle School
    • 4.1 on the ability to integrate theology and the practice of ministry
  • The Seattle School’s 2015 alumni survey, which included responses from nearly 350 graduates from 1999 to 2015, indicated:
    • 91% indicated the overall value of their education was either very valuable or valuable.
    • 96% of the MACP graduates who took the licensing exam passed it the first time.
    • 75% of our graduates obtained their first paid position in their field within 1 year or less.
    • 82% indicated that if they could go through the program over again, they either definitely would or probably would.

Counseling Licensure

The Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology program at The Seattle School is designed to meet all of the requirements for professional licensure in the state of Washington by its recognition through CHEA and our ATS accreditation. Each state has varying licensure requirements but our program is able to meet many of them.

Students planning to practice counseling outside the state of Washington are encouraged to be aware of their state’s requirements during their admissions process and throughout their studies. This will ensure that their coursework and internship experience align with the requirement of the state in which they will seek licensure.

Church Ordination

The Master of Divinity program at The Seattle School is designed to meet many of the ordination requirements for a variety of denominations. Each denomination has varying ordination requirements but our program is able to meet many of them. Students are encouraged to be aware of their denomination’s requirements during their admissions process and throughout their studies. This will ensure that their coursework and internship experience align with the requirements of the denomination in which they are pursuing ordination. Denomination-specific coursework not offered within The Seattle School curriculum may be completed elsewhere before or during your studies and transferred in as an elective credit.