Accreditation + Educational Effectiveness

Accreditation of Degrees

United Lutheran Seminary is 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, MA in Ministerial Leadership, MA (Religion), and STM.

The following degrees are pending final approval: MAPL (Master of Arts in Public Leadership) D.Min, and Ph.D.

ATS is located at 10 Summit Park Drive, Pittsburgh, PA, USA, Telephone: 412-788-6505, Fax: 412-788-6510,

United Lutheran Seminary is also accredited by: The Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, Philadelphia, PA.

All seven degrees (listed above) are fully accredited by Middle States.

Detail of Accredited Status

United Lutheran Seminary continues under the charter of the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg (Gettysburg Seminary). In 2011 Gettysburg Seminary (as of July 1, 2017, United Lutheran Seminary) received unqualified reaccreditation for the maximum ten-year period.

In their report, independent outside evaluators from the two accrediting agencies commended our school for the “deep commitment to the vision of the institution” on the part of students, faculty, staff, the board of directors, alumni and other constituents. Specifically noted was “ample evidence that the institution uses its curricular offerings in ways that order learning, teaching and research to both educational goals and professional qualifications for ministry.”

Statement of Educational Effectiveness

United Lutheran Seminary maintains a robust learning community across both campuses, and we anticipate maintaining the high retention rate of both previous institutions. Typically, the Master of Divinity degree requires four years of full-time work; part-time students typically complete the degree within eight years. Virtually 100% of students who graduate with the Master of Divinity degree are assigned to church judicatories for placement into ministry service.

The Master of Arts in Ministerial Studies and Master of Arts in Religion degrees typically require two years of full-time work; part-time students typically complete the degree within four years.