Accreditation and Authorizations

Palmer Theological Seminary is fully accredited by the following organizations:

  • As part of Eastern University, the Seminary is accredited by The Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (3624 Market Street, 2nd Floor West, Philadelphia, PA 19104; 267-284-5000).
  • As a professional school, the Seminary is accredited by the Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools (10 Summit Park Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15275-1103; 412-788-6505). The following degree programs are approved by the Commission on Accrediting: the Master of Theological Studies, the Master of Divinity and the Doctor of Ministry.

The Seminary is also approved by the United Methodist Church for the training of United Methodist ministerial candidates and is a member of the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education. Palmer Theological Seminary is approved for Veterans Education under the provisions set forth by the Department of Veterans Affairs. The Seminary is also approved for attendance of non-immigrant students under the Immigration and Nationality Act. Palmer Theological Seminary is committed to the policy of providing equal educational opportunities to all qualified students regardless of their economic or social status, and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, national or ethnic origin. The Seminary also adheres to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (Revised Edition 1995).