Master’s College and Seminary
has been accredited by the Association of Biblical
Higher Education (ABHE)
Association for Biblical Higher Education
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recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation
(CHEA) as an undergraduate accrediting
agency (CHEA is a private non-profit national organization
that coordinates accreditation activity in the United
States. Visit www.chea.org for additional information
on CHEA.). Master's College and Seminary is also
chartered by the Government of Ontario to offer theological
degrees. Many Canadian universities have granted
our students transfer of credit to their baccalaureate
programs. MCS graduates have also been accepted in
a wide number of graduate and seminary programs in
Canada and the United States.
was launched in 1996 with a partnership agreement
with Tyndale Seminary (Toronto).
This partnership has allowed us to offer graduate
courses that are accredited through Tyndale, which
is accredited with the Association of Theological
Schools (ATS) (www.ats.edu).
On what basis does MCS offer
degree and diploma programs?
MCS is a well recognized ministry training
school with a charter from the Ontario government
that allows the school to grant degrees in the areas
of theology and Biblical Studies. With such a provincial
charter, students qualify for government funding
provided through provincial and federal offices.
What accreditation does Master’s
MCS has accreditation for its undergraduate
programs from the Association for Biblical Higher
Education [ABHE]. The Association of Biblical
Higher Education is a network of over 100 Bible Colleges
from Canada and the United States who have banded
together to support and ensure quality and ongoing
improvement in theological education and pastoral
training among its members.
What accreditation does Master’s
The courses offered by Master’s
Seminary, by virtue of its affiliation with Tyndale
University College & Seminary, are accredited
through Tyndale by the Association of Theological
Schools. This graduate accreditation is totally
separate from the undergraduate situation. Graduate
and undergraduate studies at MCS are accredited independently.
What is accreditation all about and how does it work?
Accreditation is founded upon three
key principles: voluntary participation, self-study,
and peer review. Standards are self-imposed by responsible
and seasoned educators among member institutions
(increasingly, with strong input from public constituents).
Institutions seeking to obtain or renew accreditation
are required to conduct a comprehensive, analytical
self-study involving input from every key internal
and external institutional constituency and resulting
in both an assessment of quality in reference to
common standards and in recommendations for improvement.
An evaluation team composed of professional peer
educators from sister institutions typically reviews
the institution’s self-study report, verifies
the institution’s claims concerning quality
and integrity, offers recommendations concerning
compliance and/or improvement, and renders a decision
concerning whether to recommend accreditation. The
findings of an evaluation team (along with an institution’s
response and follow up record) are typically reviewed
by a commission or panel on accreditation (which
includes representatives of the public) empowered
to render a decision concerning the institution’s
Who is the ABHE?
This association helps ministry training
schools achieve high academic standards as they seek
to fulfill their mandate to students. The ABHE head
office is located in Orlando, Florida and belongs
to the Council for Higher Education Accreditation,
a federal US organization that regulates education
across North America. No such equivalent body exists
in Canada and therefore MCS is not required to belong
to such an organization. Canadian colleges and universities
have no such Canadian standard accrediting body.
Yet, the Board of Governors of MCS, in order to insure
that the education delivered is of the highest standard,
deems it important for the institution to have such
What is the current accreditation
status of MCS?
Master's College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the Association for Biblical Higher Education (ABHE). The college has held accreditation since 1989.
How does accreditation affect
Student loans are not affected by accreditation.
Loans and grants are given by the provincial and
federal government agencies to institutions that
hold charters for their programs and degrees with
their respective provincial governments.