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Multnomah Biblical Seminary Announces ATS Site Visit

Multnomah Biblical Seminary (MBS) is in the midst of a routine 10-year reaccreditation process with the Association of Theological Schools (ATS). The process affirms Multnomah’s commitment to the standards of the accrediting body and the credibility it lends to MBS degrees. The self-study process is required in order for MBS to maintain its ATS accreditation, first received in 1996 and subsequently reaffirmed in 2003.
The self-study process includes a written report that illustrates how MBS meets the standards of ATS.  Additionally, on April 7-10, 2013, MBS will host a comprehensive evaluation visit by a team made up of peer representatives from ATS member institutions.

Third-Party Comments

As part of its responsibilities to the membership and to the public, the ATS Commission on Accrediting invites third-party comments on schools scheduled to receive such visits.  Written comments are welcome concerning MBS’s qualifications for accreditation, particularly those regarding the General Institutional Standards and the Educational and Degree Program Standards.  Please email comments to Susan Beckerdite, accrediting coordinator, at


Multnomah Biblical Seminary (of Multnomah University) is accredited with the Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools (ATS) in the United States and Canada.  In addition to ATS, Multnomah University is accredited by the Northwest Commission of Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) and by the Association for Biblical Higher Education (ABHE).


“Institutional accreditation is a voluntary quality-assurance process that functions as an important ‘seal of approval’ that the school is accomplishing its mission and conducting itself in accordance with approved standards and best practices as judged by qualified peers,” said Dr. Dave Funk, director of Institutional Effectiveness. Additionally, he noted, accreditation is an important process because it qualifies Multnomah students for access to federal student financial aid and facilitates transfer of credit for graduate admissions and other appointments such as military chaplaincy.

More Information

For more information about Multnomah Biblical Seminary, please contact Kristin Kendall at 503-251-6452 or

About Multnomah

Multnomah University is a fully accredited, private, non-denominational, Christian institution of higher education, located in Portland, Oregon with teaching sites in Reno, Nevada and Seattle, Washington. Made up of an undergraduate Bible college, a biblical seminary, a graduate school, an adult degree completion program, and an online distance-learning program, Multnomah issues bachelor's, master's, and doctorate degrees, and professional certifications and endorsements.