Accreditation & Policies

Accrediting Agencies

The Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools

The Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada approves the following programs: M.Div., M.A. in Religious Leadership, M.A. (Religious Studies), D.Min. S.T.M.,  Ph.D.  CTS is also approved for our Comprehensive Distance Education Program.

10 Summit Park Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15275

Telephone: 412-788-6505  |  Fax: 412-788-6510


The Higher Learning Commission

CTS is also accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and the following degree programs are approved: M.Div., M.A. in Religious Leadership, M.A. (Religious Studies), D.Min., S.T.M.,  Ph.D.

30 North LaSalle Street, Suite 4000, Chicago, IL 60602-2504


Educational Effectiveness and Outcomes

In compliance with accreditation requirements, Chicago Theological Seminary publishes the data as indicators of the school’s educational effectiveness and outcomes.  Data is taken from surveys of graduating students and alumni/ae as well as information provided by the Registrar’s office. To read the full report, click here.


Religious Institute Recognition


Chicago Theological Seminary has been recognized by the Religious Institute as a Sexually Healthy & Responsible Seminary, acknowledging our work of being on the cutting edge of addressing sexuality issues in the formation of religious leaders. Learn more about the Sexually Health & Responsible Seminary recognition.


Authorization for Distance Education


CTS participates in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements NC-SARA, which is a voluntary, regional approach to state oversight of postsecondary distance education.


Campus Safety

In compliance with the Clery Act, the 2017 CTS campus safety newsletter and campus crime statistics, years 2014-16, are now available.

At Chicago Theological Seminary, your safety is one of our top priorities. Here is information on how to make your on campus experience a safe and comfortable one:

  • Emergency Text Alerts: CTS uses a text alert system to notify students of campus closings and other emergencies. Students have the option to opt in for this service. We highly recommend this service to receive alerts quickly. If you do not opt in, you will receive emergency notifications via your CTS email. Click here to receive emergency texts.
  • Request A Safety Escort: The University of Chicago Police Department provides a Safety Escort Program for members of the University of Chicago community. If you are concerned about your safety as you walk within the UCPD’s patrol area, call 773.702.8181 and request a safety escort. The first available patrol or security officer will be sent to escort you to your destination.
  • Safety Alerts: The University of Chicago Police also provide safety alerts including any issues that may have occurred in our surrounding area.  If you wish to receive these alerts you may sign up here.


General Policy Statement and Notice of Non-Discrimination and Non-Harassment

Chicago Theological Seminary is committed to fostering the full humanity of all its members. All forms of discrimination and harassment impugn the full humanity of any human being and for this reason are not tolerated in this Seminary. Chicago Theological Seminary does not discriminate, or tolerate discrimination or harassment, against any member of its community on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex/gender, age, religion, disability, pregnancy, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, or any other status protected by applicable federal, state, or local law in matters of employment or admissions or in any aspect of the educational programs or activities it offers.

In furtherance of Chicago Theological Seminary’s commitment to the principles of equality and equal opportunity for students, staff, and faculty, we have established a policy and associated procedures in order to provide a means to address complaints of discrimination or harassment based on the protected categories (described therein). The policy has been written with the express goal of protecting the rights and concerns of both complainant and respondent. The Seminary will make every effort to assure and protect these rights, and shall undertake no action that threatens or compromises them. The complete policy, detailing prohibited acts (discrimination, harassment, and sexual harassment), defining “consensual relationships,” and setting forth procedures for addressing discrimination and harassment (including reporting, inquiry, potential resolutions and appeals) is published in the Student Handbook and updated annually.

CTS appoints a Title IX Coordinator and Title IX Deputy Coordinator who are responsible for implementing and monitoring Title IX compliance on behalf of the Seminary. In addition, CTS has developed an Anti-Discrimination/Anti-Harassment Task Force comprised of faculty, staff, and students to adjudicate formal charges (by appointment to the Investigation Team) and to develop an educational program for the community around these issues in conjunction with the Title IX Coordinators.

Current members of the Anti-Discrimination/Anti-Harassment Task Force are listed below.  You may contact members of the task force by clicking on their name:


Handicap Accessibility

CTS works hard to be accessible to everyone, including those with disabilities. Our parking lot has several accessible spaces available and our entrances are all at ground level. Every floor in CTS has accessible restrooms and our larger classrooms have hearing assistance devices available for those who need them. All rooms are wheelchair accessible and our emergency stairwells all have designated meeting places and phones to communicate with emergency personnel in the event of an emergency.

Students who would like to request accommodations and academic adjustments should contact the Registrar, who can guide them through the process of requesting academic accommodations.


Veteran Benefits

Chicago Theological Seminary works with veterans, members of the U.S. Armed Forces, and their dependents to assist them in taking full advantage of their educational benefits. However, Chicago Theological Seminary does not participate in the Yellow Ribbon program. For information about accessing your educational benefits as a student at Chicago Theological Seminary, contact the Registrar.

Complaint System

The seminary’s complaint system can be found on our myCTS school intranet.