There are several agencies in the United States that are involved in the accrediting of theological schools. The oldest of these agencies is the Association of Theological Schools (ATS), an agency that accredits such institutions as Harvard Divinity School, Yale Divinity School, Fuller Seminary and Baylor University’s George W. Truett Theological Seminary. The ATS has a rigorous six year accreditation process that begins after a seminary, college or divinity school has graduated its first class. It involves an investigation of finances, library facilities, faculty, endowments, and student achievement metrics.
There are several other agencies approved by the U.S. Department of Education, such as the Association for Biblical Higher Education and the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools, which have slightly different processes and requirements.
As a new theological school, Yellowstone Theological Institute (YTI) has begun preparing for the ATS accreditation process, but is also seeking accreditation from one of the alternate agencies in the interim. All YTI degrees will be fully accredited retroactively upon completion of the accreditation process.