Accreditation

A Different Kind of Theological Seminary Pioneering a New Educational Frontier

The pioneering spirit of Yellowstone Theological Institute has brought us into new territory. Our faculty and students continue to forge a fresh path for those who will follow. As a brand-new institute for theological study, YTI is actively pursuing all requirements for full accreditation. This process involves a six-year review by the private non-profit organization, the Council for Higher Education Accreditation, via their affiliate, the prestigious Association of Theological Schools.

All the “grand masters” of divinity schools and seminaries, such as Harvard, Yale, Duke, George W. Truett Theological Seminary, Regent College, and Fuller Seminary have undergone their own accreditation processes with ATS. YTI is working to achieve associate member status with the ATS in 2020, which it is on track to achieve through consistent adherence to the ATS standards laid in place for our graduate theological school. Faculty, finances, library facilities, and student achievement metrics all play a role in this demanding process.

YTI is on track toward full membership 2026. Accreditation is a 5-6 year process beginning once our first class has graduated in 2021. Through consistent adherence to ATS standards of excellence from the outset, YTI will be thoroughly prepared for this process. Once YTI’s accreditation has been confirmed by ATS, all student degrees will be retroactively recognized with full status.

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