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Accreditation

New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award associate, baccalaureate, masters, and doctorate degrees. Questions about the accreditation of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary may be directed in writing to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097, by calling (404) 679-4500, or by using information available on SACSCOC’s website (www.sacscoc.org).

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 (Apologetics), MA (Biblical Archeology), MA (Biblical Studies), MA (Cross-Cultural Studies), MA (Philosophy), MA (Theology), MA in Christian Apologetics, MA in Christian Education, MA in Church Planting, MA in Church and Community Ministries, MA in Counseling, MA in Discipleship, MA in Ministry Leadership, MA in Ministry to Women, MA in Missiology, MA in Pastoral Ministry, MA in Worship Ministries, Master of Music in Church Music, MTS, ThM, DEdMin, DMA, DMin, EdD, and PhD. NOBTS is also approved for comprehensive distance education.

Beginning June 2016, the Board approved the school to offer roughly two-thirds of required coursework for its PhD program through synchronous video; initially approved as a three-year experiment, the Board has since granted ongoing approval (as of June 2019) for coursework in all PhD program specializations to be offered through synchronous online delivery.

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, 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*
  • Tuscaloosa, AL*

Florida

  • Miami (Hialeah), FL
  • Tallahassee, FL

Georgia

  • Jonesboro, GA

Louisiana

  • Monroe, LA
  • Shreveport, LA*

Mississippi

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

*ATS acknowledged receipt of site closure notification effective Dec. 31, 2021.

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 is authorized 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

 

Updated: Ocober 6, 2021

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