The re-accreditation includes all four Master’s degrees:
This decision comes as the culmination of an institutional self-study and an October 2022 evaluation visit by an ATS accreditation committee. Included in this re-accreditation is ongoing permission for Comprehensive Distance Education.
ATS is a membership organization of more than 270 graduate schools that educate persons for the practice of ministry and for teaching and research in the theological disciplines. The Commission on Accrediting of ATS accredits schools and approves the degree programs they offer.
Being accredited means our students and faculty can be assured that our programs not only meet but also often exceed, the highest educational standards of theological education.
This successful re-accreditation follows a process that began with an initial accreditation as an associate member (2010), as a candidate member (2014), and finally as a fully accredited member (2018).
The ATS evaluation committee and the Board of Commissioners recognized a number of distinctive strengths:
We are committed to building on these strengths and working to address those areas identified as needing attention and improvement, with the goal of providing the highest quality theological education and formation for our students.
We would like to acknowledge the faculty, staff, and students who invested significant time and effort in the process. The ATS evaluation committee recognized and praised our clear commitment of faculty, staff, and students to the mission of St. Mark’s College, and we are grateful for their work. Together we are empowering leaders to make a difference in our world.
“Our ATS accreditation allows St. Mark's College to be recognized as the Catholic theological college at UBC where we are committed to the highest level of academic program delivery possible serving our communities, schools, parishes, and beyond.”
- Dr. Gerry Turcotte, Principal, St. Mark’s College
“I am so pleased that the ATS Board of Commissioners has re-accredited our programs, which are a product of the wonderful work of our faculty and staff. ATS’s recognition of Comprehensive Distance Education is important for our virtual program delivery. I look forward to continuing to develop the programs and our student community.”
- Dr. Lynda Robitaille, Dean of Theology, St. Mark’s College