The Apostle Paul wrote that "We must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be
good or bad"
(II Corinthians 5:10). We understand this to mean that we are accountable for our academic standards.
Therefore, we aim to assure that our admission policies, curriculum, and completion requirements are similar to those of other credible Christian institutions of higher learning; and that our policies and processes are open to public scrutiny, and outside peer review.
While recognized* accreditation is an important metric of institutional credibility, it is not the only measure. Neither can it assure the student that the institution is the right choice. Why is Master's not an accredited institution? Because our mission and purpose is the equipping and improvement of the ministry skills of individuals already serving, or who may desire to prepare to serve in Christian ministry.
However, the academic integrity of our programs is well documented in our history. It is further reflected in our institutional recognitions and affiliations. One of these affiliations includes a recognized* Biblical higher education accrediting agency.
Since 2006, Master's has been an Affiliate Member of the Association for Biblical Higher Education, a United States Department of Education recognized* national accrediting agency. Affiliate Membership is not to be confused with accreditation, but it does make an important statement about institutional credibility.
"Affiliate status is available to credible institutions of biblical higher education that do not hold accreditation by a USDE- or CHEA-recognized accrediting agency. Affiliate members must affirm ABHE’s Tenets of Faith, be licensed (or exempted) by the appropriate state or provincial higher education authority, conform to disclosure restrictions relative to non-recognized accreditation, and be vouched for by an accredited ABHE Commission on Accreditation member institution. Affiliate status is not to be confused with accreditation or understood in any way so as to imply such. This affiliate relationship is only available to institutions within the scope of ABHE’s service, namely Canada, the United States and related territories." Source: ABHE.
It should understood that recognized accreditation is never a guarantee of credit or degree transferability. As is the case with this University, all schools reserve the right to accept or decline credit or degree transfer (whether accredited or unaccredited).
*Only accrediting agencies approved by the United States Department
of Education are considered recognized. The policy of this University is to not be associated with an unrecognized accrediting agency.
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