New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate, baccalaureate, master, and doctorate degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.
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 in Christian Apologetics, MA in Christian Education, MA in Church and Community Ministries, MA in Discipleship, MA in Pastoral Ministry, MA in Counseling, MA in Missiology, MA in Worship Ministries, Master of Music in Church Music, MA (Apologetics), MA (Biblical Archaeology), MA (Biblical Studies), MA (Cross-Cultural Studies), MA (Theology), Master of Theological Studies (MTS), DMin, DEdMin, DMA, EdD, ThM, PhD.
In June 2016 the ATS Board of Commissioners approved a three-year experiment allowing an exception to the Commission's PhD residency requirement that "courses, seminars, and colloquia for research doctoral degrees shall normally be completed on the main campus" (Degree Program Standard J, section J.3.1.1). This experiment is limited to offering those courses (roughly two-thirds of the PhD program's total credits) through synchronous interactive video, not through asynchronous means.
In addition to the main New Orleans campus, the following extension sites are approved by the ATS Board of Commissioners as specified:
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:
In addition to the graduate programs accredited by ATSCOA, the following undergraduate locations are approved by SACS Commission on Colleges:
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 has the approval authorization to offer physical classes in the following states:
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