Trinity Graduate School of Theology

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Question: Is Trinity accredited by U.S. Department of Education and the Council on Higher education Accreditation (CHEA)?

Answer: Accreditation is a national phenomenon, with government-recognized private accrediting institutions accrediting schools within the country in which they are situated. Since the U.S. Department of Education and the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) are American agencies, they are related to accreditation of only educational institutions in USA. They have no jurisdiction over educational institutions such as Trinity which are situated outside the USA. Theological schools in India are accredited by Government-approved private Indian accreditors such as ICAATS.

Students often ask us if we are government-recognized and whether we are accredited so that they might be able to get a job in USA or be able to transfer credits to another institution in the USA. Often these questions represent a misunderstanding about Theological Schools and their standing with the government. Kindly notice the following about this:

  • 1. Accreditation is not equivalent to direct "Government Recognition". To the best of our knowledge, the US government does not get into recognizing Theological Schools.
  • 2. According the CHEA website (http://www.chea.org/public_info/index.asp#what∞)
    "In the U.S., the accreditors are private, nongovernmental organizations created for the specific purpose of reviewing higher education institutions and programs for quality."
  • 3. The same is the case with Theological Schools in India, where the secular government does not get involved in accrediting Theological Degrees. Accreditation has to take place through private but government-registered accrediting agencies meant for Theological Education.
  • 4. There are several government-registered accrediting agencies for Theological Schools in India. These are BTESS [Theologically Radical], ATA [Loosely Evangelical], NAPTI [Pentecostal], ICAATS [Theologically Conservative] www.ICAATS.org.in

5. Trinity School is fully accredited by ICAATS [International Council for Accrediting Alternate and Theological Studies] which is a government-recognized private Christian agency.

6. This guarantees that the courses offered by Trinity School meet exceptionally high standards.

7. Accreditation by any agency anywhere only guarantees the quality of education, and nothing more. It does not guarantee admission to all schools, nor does it guarantee job placement in government agencies.

8. If your primary concern is a government job or admission in another school, you should approach them to see if they accept ICAATS accredited degrees.

9. Trinity can guarantee only an international quality education, and nothing that is beyond our preview. There is no accrediting agency that is accepted by educational institutions or employers uniformly throughout the world. Each educational institution and employer sets their own criteria for these things.

10. Non-Indian students can request a notarized document about mandate of ICAATS which they can use in their countries when they seek an admission of a job. This will guarantee that the prospective school or employer knows about our legal standing.



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  1. I registered with the college in 2007, during this time period I quit my job and went into business for myself, I was then left with no time persue my studies, I would like to resume my studies and would like to know if this is possible, I am already in possession of some course material and have submitted my request via e-mail to Dr Johnson Phillip but as yet have not received a response.
    Please let me know whether I can resume my studies and what the requirements would be

    Regards
    Wayne Roper

  2. I desire to enroll so that I can be an effective Pastor. I believe in the scripture which say that we should study to show ourselves approved unto God, a workman needing not to be ashamed, but rightly dividing the word of truth. I want to be an effective Pastor winning the world for Christ one soul at a time.

  3. Hello,
    I have recently submitted an application to Trinity. I have a desire to study here so that I can stregnthen my relationship with the lord and hopefully become a better mother for my son. I would also like to use my education if I am excepted to spread the work to others and be a better servent. The world is becoming such an ugly place now days but in the arms of Jesus at least I know that I am safe. I hope to hear from someone soon.
    Thank you,
    Hannah

  4. studying the word of God is not about getting a job or not, i think. it is all about knowing more about our calling and the caller, God. so i advice my christian brothers, please do not bother exchanging your knowledge of God by money. just study the word of God for the sake of knowing his true love. God bless you,through his son Christ. Amen….

  5. First of all,we must understand that God’s calling is not about money and popularity.He called for a “high calling” which is to preache the Word (2Tim.4). If we are worrying about the financial thing,God has said in His word that He will provide (Phil.4).Don’t look for a comfortable job,but learn to serve God even in a humble means.God uses little things to provide big ones.Study the Bible for the production of your own soul. God bless dear beloved…

  6. Hun, seek ye first the Kingdom of God and its righteousness and all other things shall be added unto you. From my practical experience as a student pastor, if you are sincerely doing the work of God and offer solutions to people’s problem through the Word of God, you can never lack. Never trade your faith for the love of money, this is end time. Trust and Obey

  7. My question is about ministering in the US…Once I have completed the course work will I be able to minister in the US legally? I guess I’m not sure what the legal requirements are. Thanks for any info.

  8. Trinity has explained the accreditation of the school very well. Accreditation of a school or courses does not automatically assure one that work done will be accepted at another school or for a job in the market place. What it does is assure the one studying that the quality of education received will be at a high level of competency. Even studying with a school in the same country does not guarantee one that another school of that country will accept across the board credits. I think my question would be, “What is the primary reason for my stdying a particular course or series of courses?” If that is answered truthfully, then I think our studies will take on a different perspective and we will enjoy the studies so much the more. Keep up the good work, Dr. Johnson and Trinity.

  9. To answer the question about legality to preach in the USA. Having a Bible and or Theology Degree does by no means help you with that. To be licensed to preach is a right of the denomination or group you are working under. If you are with the “Assemblies of God” as an example, you have to do certain course work and an exam on doctrine and ethics to qualify. A degree will be helpful but it would not be considered a license to preach.

    If you are not a USA citizen and want to be a preacher in the USA you will have to apply for a work VISA or a religeous VISA, but in my opinion, you should then seek credentials with your local church group and share your vision with them to see if they can help you reach this goal.

    There could be a lot of requirements and it might take a long time to get though such a process.
    Make sure that this is what the Lord wants you to do, and ask for His guidance. Ministy in the USA is just as hard if not harder than being in the mission field in some other country…
    God Bless

  10. Just thought I would write something about my recent application for BMin. I am chasing after God and I believe whether you are a preacher or a secretary in a church you need knowledge. Knowledge about the past, present and the future. Times are changing and the church has to able to meet the growing needs of the people seeking out Christ. They need to be able to pour into people that need it and pull out purpose that is locked up on the inside. Thanks in advance for this opportunity.

  11. Please, I m having a season in my life where nothing matters to me anymore but to study theology at degree level, but financial insufficiency and family responsibilities have stood tall on my way but I m confident that He who called me in his season will make a way where there seem to be no way I m available to start studies anytime please can any your institution avail me this opportunity I sincerely seek.

  12. If we are ready for the blessing that this school has to offer then we will be ready with God on our side to bring the good news of Jesus to this world.

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  14. Regarding accreditation, there are many educational institutions operating for several decades, who have chosen not to be accredited by US Department of Education or by other NGO agencies for more noble reasons, such as, it might be an infringement of their religious, academic, or political freedom, or religious institutions are exempt from accreditation, or any other reasons. For example: Peninsula Christian College (http://www.pcci.edu/); Bethany Divinity College and Seminary (http://www.bethanybc.edu/information/accreditation.html); Regent University (http://www.regent.edu/acad/schdiv/about/accreditation.shtml); Saint Timothy Theological Institute and Seminary, Inc.(http://sainttimothyseminary.r8.org/)but they don’t mean “diploma mills”. Accreditation does not guarantee employment. You may take a sample of seminaries or universities in your country which are not accredited but a lot of graduates got good job.

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  16. Chaplain Candido Vendrell

    The following information should help to end the accreditation status of Trinity. The institution is accredited and recognize in India as an accredited institution. The Lord Bless You All.

    Accreditation In India

    Accreditation of educational institutions in India takes an eclectic approach. A framework for this approach was provided in the Constitution of India that was adopted on 26th January 1950, a decade before the American accreditation system arose.

    The establishment and accreditation of educational institutions in India go along two tracks: institutions in the general category, and institutions in the minority-community category. Of these, the accreditation of institutions in the general category is regulated by the Education Department and other related Government departments. On the other hand, the accreditation of minority-community institutions is regulated by special accrediting agencies. Special agencies can seek Government approval, and are granted such approval directly by the State and Central Government after the mandatory legal and official examination. This is done under the Cultural and Educational rights provided for in the Constitution of India. The relevant clauses in the Constitution are:

    The Constitution Of India
    Cultural and Educational Rights

    29. Protection of interests of minorities.—(1) Any section of the citizens residing in the territory of India or any part thereof having a distinct language, script or culture of its own shall have the right to conserve the same.

    (2) No citizen shall be denied admission into any educational institution maintained by the State or receiving aid out of State funds on grounds only of religion, race, caste, language or any of them.

    30. Right of minorities to establish and administer educational institutions. — (1) All minorities, whether based on religion or language, shall have the right to establish and administer educational institutions of their choice.

    (1A) In making any law providing for the compulsory acquisition of any property of an educational institution established and administered by a minority, referred to in clause (1), the State shall ensure that the amount fixed by or determined under such law for the acquisition of such property is such as would not restrict or abrogate the right guaranteed under that clause.

    (2) The State shall not, in granting aid to educational institutions, discriminate against any educational institution on the ground that it is under the management of a minority, whether based on religion or language.

    The provisions made in the Constitution of India for the minorities-led-institutions was reinforces on 21 December 2005 when a special Bill related to the educational institutions of minority-communities (including Christians) was passed. In effect this Bill once again affirms that inter alia Bible schools, Theological Seminaries, etc in India shall not be regulated or accredited by the Department of Education, but rather by the State and Central Government. It also implies that accreditation councils for such institutions will be approved by the State and Central Government, and not by the Department of Education.

    ICAATE is a private religious Accrediting Agency established under this clause with the approval of the State and Central Government.Accreditation In India

    Accreditation of educational institutions in India takes an eclectic approach. A framework for this approach was provided in the Constitution of India that was adopted on 26th January 1950, a decade before the American accreditation system arose.

    The establishment and accreditation of educational institutions in India go along two tracks: institutions in the general category, and institutions in the minority-community category. Of these, the accreditation of institutions in the general category is regulated by the Education Department and other related Government departments. On the other hand, the accreditation of minority-community institutions is regulated by special accrediting agencies. Special agencies can seek Government approval, and are granted such approval directly by the State and Central Government after the mandatory legal and official examination. This is done under the Cultural and Educational rights provided for in the Constitution of India. The relevant clauses in the Constitution are:

    The Constitution Of India
    Cultural and Educational Rights

    29. Protection of interests of minorities.—(1) Any section of the citizens residing in the territory of India or any part thereof having a distinct language, script or culture of its own shall have the right to conserve the same.

    (2) No citizen shall be denied admission into any educational institution maintained by the State or receiving aid out of State funds on grounds only of religion, race, caste, language or any of them.

    30. Right of minorities to establish and administer educational institutions. — (1) All minorities, whether based on religion or language, shall have the right to establish and administer educational institutions of their choice.

    (1A) In making any law providing for the compulsory acquisition of any property of an educational institution established and administered by a minority, referred to in clause (1), the State shall ensure that the amount fixed by or determined under such law for the acquisition of such property is such as would not restrict or abrogate the right guaranteed under that clause.

    (2) The State shall not, in granting aid to educational institutions, discriminate against any educational institution on the ground that it is under the management of a minority, whether based on religion or language.

    The provisions made in the Constitution of India for the minorities-led-institutions was reinforces on 21 December 2005 when a special Bill related to the educational institutions of minority-communities (including Christians) was passed. In effect this Bill once again affirms that inter alia Bible schools, Theological Seminaries, etc in India shall not be regulated or accredited by the Department of Education, but rather by the State and Central Government. It also implies that accreditation councils for such institutions will be approved by the State and Central Government, and not by the Department of Education.

    ICAATE is a private religious Accrediting Agency established under this clause with the approval of the State and Central Government.

  17. I like Trinity Graduate School Of Apologetics And Theology a lot and to me, they are doing a great job!!!

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