2019-2020 Academic Catalog

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Fuller Theological Seminary is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. The Schools of Theology and Intercultural Studies are also accredited by the Association of Theological Schools.The accreditation of these associations applies to the Pasadena campus, the regional campuses, and the seminary’s online offerings. The PhD and PsyD programs in clinical psychology of the School of Psychology are accredited by the American Psychological Association.

Western Association of Schools and Colleges
Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities
985 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 100
Alameda, CA 94501
510-748-9797 (fax)

The Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada
The Commission on Accrediting
10 Summit Park Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15275-1103
412-788-6510 (fax)

Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
American Psychological Association

750 First Street N.E.
Washington, DC 20002-4242

State Approval Statements

Alaska. Degree programs of study offered by Fuller Theological Seminary have been declared exempt from authorized requirements under AS14.48 because the program is online and does not have a physical presence in Alaska. Fuller does not specifically target or have a specific marketing strategy for Alaska residents, nor maintains a postal address (either physical or PO Box) with an Alaska zip code.

Arkansas. Fuller Theological Seminary has received a Letter of Exemption from Certification issued by the Arkansas Department of Higher Education to offer non-academic or church-related courses and grant non-academic awards or church-related degrees.

Louisiana. Fuller Theological Seminary is currently licensed by the Board of Regents of the State of Louisiana. Licenses are renewed by the State Board of Regents every two year. Licensed institutions have met minimal operational standards set forth by the state, but licensure does not constitute accreditation, guarantee the transferability of credit, nor signify that programs are certifiable by any professional agency or organization.

Minnesota. Fuller Theological Seminary is registered as a private institution with the Minnesota Office of Higher Education pursuant to sections 136A.61 to 136A.71. Registration is not an endorsement of the institution. Credits earned at the institution may not transfer to all other institutions.

North Carolina. Degree programs of study offered by Fuller Theological Seminary have been declared exempt from the requirements for licensure, under provisions of North Carolina General Statutes Section (G.S.) 116-15 (d) for exemption from licensure with respect to religious education. Exemption from licensure is not based upon assessment of program quality under established licensing standards.

Washington. Fuller Theological Seminary is authorized by the Washington Student Achievement Council 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 Fuller Theological Seminary to offer field placement components for specific degree programs. The Council may be contacted for a list of currently authorized programs. Authorization by the Council does not carry with it an endorsement by the Council 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 Council at P.O. Box 43430, Olympia, WA 98504-3430 or by email at degreeauthorization@wsac.wa.gov.

The transferability of credits earned at Fuller Theological Seminary is at the discretion of the receiving college, university, or other educational institution. Students considering transferring to any institution should not assume that credits earned in any program of study at Fuller Theological Seminary will be accepted by the receiving institution. Similarly, the ability of a degree, certificate, diploma, or other academic credential earned at Fuller Theological Seminary to satisfy an admission requirement of another institution is at the discretion of the receiving institution. Accreditation does not guarantee credentials or credits earned at Fuller Theological Seminary will be accepted by or transferred to another institution. To minimize the risk of having to repeat coursework, students should contact the receiving institution in advance for evaluation and determination of transferability of credits and/or acceptability of degrees, diplomas, or certificates earned.

For Washington State residents seeking information and resources about student loan repayment or seeking to submit a complaint relating to your student loans or student loan servicer, please visit http://www.wsac.wa.gov/loan-advocacy or contact the Student Loan Advocate at loanadvocate@wsac.wa.gov.

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 http://www.wsac.wa.gov/student-complaints for information regarding the WSAC complaint process.

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