The Iliff School of Theology is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, an independent corporation that was founded in 1895 as one of six regional institutional accreditors in the United States.

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.


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.  A number of different data points related to student retention, persistence, and completion of its programs are tracked on a regular basis.  Iliff School of Theology is within the national averages of retention and graduation rates within the Association of Theological Schools.

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.

Retention Rates

Retention rate is the percentage of a school’s first-year students who continue at that school the next year. Retention rates are aggregate with degree programs and include winter to fall and fall to winter rates for an academic year.

2011-2012 – 73%
2012-2013 – 80%
2013-2014 – 72%
2014-2015 – 66%
2015-2016 – 82%

Graduation Rates

Graduation rates are a measure of the number of students who  graduated with an Iliff Master degree within six years of initial matriculation for the MDiv degree (ten years is the upper time-limit for an MDiv degree) and four years completion for MA programs (seven years is the upper time-limit for MA programs). The most recent years are still in process due to normal time ranges for degree completion.


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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