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The Association of Theological Schools

Comprehensive Evaluation Visit

Vancouver School of Theology is hosting a comprehensive evaluation visit for reaffirmation of accreditation by the ATS Commission on Accrediting from 03/27/2023 to 03/30/2023. The purpose of this visit is to verify that the school meets all applicable Commission Standards of Accreditation.

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Comments regarding how well the school meets those standards and/or generally demonstrates educational quality may be sent to the ATS Director of Commission Information Services (, 412-788-6505) at least two weeks before the visit.

Comments may also or instead be sent in writing to the President of VST, The Rev. Dr. Richard Topping, All comments will be shared with the onsite evaluation committee.


Vancouver School of Theology is accredited by the Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools.

The Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada
The Commission on Accrediting
10 Summit Park Drive
Pittsburgh PA 15275-1110

Telephone: 412-788-6505

The following degree programs at VST are approved by the Commission on Accrediting:

  • Master of Divinity (MDiv)
  • Master of Arts Theological Studies (MATS)
  • Master of Arts Public and Pastoral Leadership (MAPPL)
  • Master of Arts in Indigenous and Interreligious Studies (MAIIS)
  • Master of Theology (Th.M.)

About the ATS

The mission of the Association of Theological Schools is to promote the improvement and enhancement of theological schools to the benefit of communities of faith and the broader public.

“More than 270 graduate schools of theology in the United States and Canada form The Association of Theological Schools. Member schools conduct post-baccalaureate professional and academic degree programs to educate persons for the practice of ministry and for teaching and research in the theological disciplines. These schools differ from one another in deep and significant ways, but through their membership in ATS, they demonstrate a commitment to shared values about what constitutes good theological education.

Membership is open to schools located in the United States and Canada that offer graduate theological degrees, are demonstrably engaged in educating professional leadership for communities of the Christian and Jewish faiths, and meet the standards and criteria for membership established by the Association. The current member schools, numbering more than 270, include Protestant, Roman Catholic, and Orthodox graduate schools of theology that reflect a broad spectrum of doctrinal, ecclesiastical, and theological perspectives.”

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