• ATS membership approves once-in-a-generation new Standards of Accreditation during online Biennial Meeting

    In an unprecedented moment for ATS, a group of about 200 voters convened online June 24 and 25 to attend the Biennial Meeting and approved the new Standards of Accreditation, new policies...

  • The year of educating and implementing new ATS Standards of Accreditation

    . . . this one reflection summarizes so well what the membership approved so resoundingly on June 25 (by a vote of 198 to 1): “The new Standards are focused not on a fearful future but on...

  • Redevelopment Task Force has done its work—yours is just beginning

    Prior to making the motion to adopt the new Standards and Policies during the 2020 ATS/COA Biennial Meeting, Sarah Drummond—chair of the Redevelopment Task Force—gave the...

  • Leaving campus or sheltering in place? Student housing amid COVID-19

    ATS hosted an online conversation with housing coordinators different theological schools that provided insight into the issues around campus housing during the crisis and initial thoughts on...

  • Tips to develop and implement online new student orientation experience

    As ATS member institutions across the US and Canada prepare for the 2020–2021 academic year, many administrators seek creative solutions to offer a comprehensive and robust new student orientation...

  • Online offerings bring added benefits

    I was a dean at a small Catholic seminary for almost 20 years, and I was there when online learning began to surface in ATS schools several decades ago. The intervening years have...

  • Field education and the impact of COVID-19

    Transitioning a school’s programs to accommodate for learning at a distance was the topic of a June ATS webinar led by Barbara J. Blodgett, Kristina Lizardy-Hajbi, and James Barber.

  • Theological library role changes due to COVID-19

    This spring, as the world began to grapple with the global COVID-19 pandemic, theological institutions and by extension theological librarians and libraries started to make a paradigm shift in...

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The Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada (ATS) is a membership organization of more than 270 graduate schools that conduct postbaccalaureate professional and academic degree programs to educate persons for the practice of ministry and for teaching and research in the theological disciplines. The Commission on Accrediting of ATS accredits the schools and approves the degree programs they offer.

The ATS membership welcomes schools in the Christian and Jewish faiths, and includes the full range of Christian denominations—including schools in mainline and evangelical Protestant and Roman Catholic and Orthodox traditions—as well as multidenominational and nondenominational schools. Schools representing other faiths and other organizations interested in theological education may become Affiliates of ATS.

In addition, ATS offers educational events and other resources designed to assist member schools with identification of  best practices, development of peer networks, production of research, and exploration of data. See upcoming event offerings below or search under Resources in the main menu above.

Upcoming Events

All Events
Aug 20

By registration; This free webinar will present highlights from the 2019-2020 Graduating Student Questionnaire (GSQ) Total School Profile and trends from the last...

Sep 17 to Sep 18

By invitation; Offered by the staff of the ATS Commission on Accrediting, this online workshop is for ATS member schools with comprehensive evaluation visits...

Oct 2 to Oct 4

By nomination of academic dean; As a transition year for ATS programming, this New Faculty event will not take place on-site.