The Iliff School of Theology is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA), one of six regional accreditors in the United States; 30 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2400, Chicago, IL 60602-2504.

The Iliff School of Theology is also accredited by the Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada, and the following degree programs are approved: MDiv, MTS, MA in Pastoral and Spiritual Care, MA in Social Justice and Ethics, and PhD. Iliff is also approved for a Comprehensive Distance Education Program. The Commission contact information is:

The Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada
10 Summit Park Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15275
Telephone: 412-788-6505
Fax: 412-788-6510

Listed by the University Senate of the United Methodist Church, Iliff is an official seminary of the denomination ( 1001 19th Avenue South, Nashville, TN 37212).

Degree programs at Iliff have been approved by the Colorado State Approving Agency for Veteran’s Education & Training under Title 38, Chapter 36, United States Code (38 U.S.C. 3671[a] and 3672[a]).

Accreditation and approval are subject to review and revision on a periodic basis.


Graduation and Retention Rates

Statement of Educational Effectiveness

Iliff measures its educational effectiveness in a variety of ways. Individual courses are assessed in relation to student learning outcomes, and a comprehensive outcomes assessment program measures achievement degree learning goals for each program. Retention and graduation rates (including length of time to graduate) are tracked. Iliff uses the Association of Theological Schools’ Graduating Student Questionnaire (GSQ) as a measure of student satisfaction with their educational experience and to gain information about their plans for work after graduation. We also seek input through occasional surveys and focus groups with alumni/ae, and consult with our denominational partners for feedback on issues such as placement and professional preparedness.


2016-2017 ATS Graduating Student Questionnaire

41 Graduating Students Surveyed: MDiv, MAPSC, MASJE, MTS

1 – Not at all effective    2 – Not very effective    3 – Somewhat effective    4 – Effective    5 – Very effective


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