Find out what it means to hold a degree from The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology
The Seattle School is nationally accredited. Our programs are designed to meet ordination requirements of a variety of denominations and all of the requirements for professional licensure in the state of Washington.
Association of Theological Schools
The Seattle School is accredited by the Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools (ATS) in the United States and Canada.The following degree programs are approved by the Commission on Accrediting: Master of Divinity, Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology, and Master of Arts in Theology & Culture.
Association of Theological Schools
10 Summit Park Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15275
Telephone: (412) 788-6505
Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology has been granted Candidate for Accreditation status by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. Candidacy for Accreditation is a status of affiliation with the Commission which indicates that the institution has achieved initial recognition and is progressing toward accreditation. Candidacy is not accreditation nor does it assure eventual accreditation.
Inquiries regarding the status of an institution affiliated with the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities should be directed to the administrative staff of the institution. Individuals may also contact:
8060 165th Avenue NE, Suite 100
Redmond, WA 98052
Telephone: (425) 558-4224
Washington Student Achievement Council
The Seattle School 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. Authorization by the WSAC does not carry with it an endorsement by the board of the institution or its programs. Authorized degree programs: Master of Divinity, Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology, and Master of Arts in Theology & Culture.
The Washington Student Achievement Council (WSAC) has authority to investigate student complaints against specific schools. WSAC may not be able to investigate every student complaint. Visit the WSAC website for information regarding the WSAC complaint process.
P.O. Box 43430
Olympia, WA 98504
Department of Education Title IV Funding
The Department of Education has certified that The Seattle School is eligible for Title IV student financial aid assistance under the Higher Education Act (HEA) of 1965.
Authorization in Other States
The Seattle School is a member of the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA). This is a multi-state consortium that oversees distance education, including preceptorships and practicums in which students may engage outside of Washington. The Seattle School seeks approval, authorization, or exemption to operate in other states as needed.
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 the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and our ATS accreditation. Each state has varying licensure requirements but our program is able to meet many of them. We strongly encourage students to research requirements during their admissions process to ensure their coursework and internship experience align with the requirements of the state in which they plan to seek licensure.
The Master of Divinity program at The Seattle School is designed to meet many of the ordination requirements for a variety of denominations. Denomination-specific coursework not offered in The Seattle School curriculum may be completed elsewhere before or during your studies and transferred in as an elective credit. Students are encouraged to research their denomination’s requirements during their admissions process to ensure their coursework and field experience align with those requirements.
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.
Outcomes according to the Association of Theological Schools’ 2016-17 Graduating Student Questionnaire:
- Average retention rate from the past six years is 77%
- Average graduation rate over the past four years is 76%
- Measures of student satisfaction with educational experience and the effectiveness in facilitating personal growth and skill development, on a scale from 1–5:
- 4.7 — developing self-knowledge and insight into others’ troubles
- 4.4 — overall satisfaction with the academic experience at The Seattle School
- 4.4 — concern about social justice
- 4.2 — 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
- 3.9 — the ability to integrate theology and the practice of ministry
Outcomes according to The Seattle School’s 2015 Alumni Survey, which included responses from nearly 350 graduates from 1999 to 2015:
- 91% said the overall value of their education was either very valuable or valuable
- 96% of MACP graduates who took the licensing exam passed it the first time
- 75% of 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