Accreditation Status

Association for Biblical Higher Education

5850 T.G. Lee Blvd, Suite #130
Orlando, FL 32822

B. H. Carroll Theological Institute is accredited by the Association for Biblical Higher Education Commission on Accreditation to grant degrees at the master’s and doctoral levels.

The Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada

10 Summit Park Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15275-1110

B. H. Carroll Theological Institute is accredited by the Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools.

The following degree programs are approved by the Commission on Accrediting:

  • Master of Divinity
  • Master of Arts in Christian Education
  • Master of Arts in Counseling
  • Master of Arts in Worship
  • Master of Arts (Religion)
  • Master of Arts (Theology)
  • Doctor of Ministry
  • Doctor of Philosophy

What does accreditation mean
and what is the advantage for a student?

Accreditation makes the transition easier as students move from one accredited school to another. The regional nature of accreditation allows a receiving school in the same or another state to assess the quality of a sending school and accept the incoming student’s credits and academic record. This ease of transfer applies across the nation through reciprocal agreements between the regional accrediting agencies.

An individual school may also evaluate unaccredited course work and transfer such credits into a degree plan. Carroll Institute evaluates all transcripts submitted to determine if a student’s previous course work from another institution will be acceptable for transfer.

State Authorization

NC-SARA Approved Institution

B. H. Carroll Theological Institute is a member of the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA). This consortium provides reciprocity to member states, allowing individuals residing in those states to take distance education courses provided by member institutions.

Since the regulatory landscape related to state authorizations changes often, students are encouraged to contact Carroll Institute personnel for clarification or further information. If you are a prospective student living in a state that is not a member of NC-SARA, or a current student considering relocation to a state that is not a member of NC-SARA, please contact the Registrar’s Office to request additional information about how state authorization may impact your ability to complete coursework with Carroll Institute.

The dark blue shading on the map below indicates states participating in NC-SARA as of October 2017. For more information, please visit:


Accreditation Process History

Certification by the state of Texas is one of the prerequisites to apply for accreditation with the regional and national associations. Having met the standards of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, the Institute was granted a Certificate of Authority, effective January 2007, to offer master’s and doctoral degrees. In the fall of 2008, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board ceased regulating the activities of degree-granting religious institutions, and Carroll Institute was granted exemption from the THECB on December 3, 2008. Subsequently, the Master of Arts in Counseling was added to Carroll Institute’s degree program offerings. Since students who complete the licensure track of the MA in Counseling program and then go on to complete other requirements set forth by the state may apply for professional licensure, Carroll Institute applied for and was granted authorization from the THECB to offer the MA in Counseling degree.

On March 1, 2010, the Carroll Institute was granted “Applicant Status” with the Association for Biblical Higher Education (ABHE). The Association for Biblical Higher Education is a national accrediting association officially recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). ABHE comprises approximately 200 postsecondary institutions throughout North America specializing in biblical ministry formation and professional leadership education. The accrediting process with ABHE is in three stages: Applicant, Candidacy, and Accreditation Status. The Carroll Institute hosted a two-day site visit in the spring of 2010 with a representative of the ABHE Commission on Accreditation who outlined the process for Carroll to attain Candidacy and then full Accreditation Status. Carroll Institute received full Accreditation Status” from ABHE on February 23, 2012. Carroll Institute completed the reaffirmation process with ABHE in 2016 and was granted reaffirmation of accreditation for a period of ten years on February 8, 2017.

In 2012, Carroll Institute began the formal process of seeking accreditation with the Association of Theological Schools (ATS). The first step of that process was to achieve Associate Membership status. To this end, application materials were submitted on July 30, 2013, and a staff visit was conducted December 2-3 of the same year. In February and March of 2014, six institutions provided to ATS letters of support on behalf of Carroll Institute: Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, Baptist Missionary Association Theological Seminary, Canadian Southern Baptist Seminary and College, Dallas Theological Seminary, Lincoln Christian University, and Logsdon Seminary. The Carroll Institute is profoundly grateful for the support of these sister institutions. On June 25, 2014, ATS member schools voted to approve the ATS Board’s recommendation to grant Carroll Institute Associate Membership status. Next, the institution began the work necessary for candidacy. This included the submission of a readiness report (January 2015) and the completion of a staff visit which occurred April 12-14, 2015. The ATS Board, at its meeting in June 2015, voted to grant Carroll Institute Candidate for Accredited Membership status. After receiving candidacy, Carroll Institute faculty and staff began the self-study process for initial accreditation. The self-study was submitted to ATS in the fall 0f 2016 and an evaluative visit was conducted in the spring of 2017. At its June 2017 meeting, the ATS Board of Commissioners voted to grant initial accreditation to Carroll Institute for the maximum allowable time, a period of seven years.

The leaders of the Carroll Theological Institute have over 300 years of combined experience in graduate theological education. That experience includes multiple self-studies and accrediting processes along with proficiency in graduate-level teaching, curriculum design, and competency-based education. From the beginning the Institute has demanded high standards of academic work that will meet or exceed all criteria necessary for accreditation. Because peer evaluation and accreditation are essential and valuable to the effective training of ministers, the quality of the faculty, the effectiveness of the curriculum, and the competencies of the graduates must be validated through accreditation by ABHE and ATS. Therefore, academic excellence, effectiveness in ministry, and building the kingdom of God will be ultimate goals for every student.