Central Baptist Theological Seminary of Minneapolis, Minnesota is accredited by the Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools (ATS) [10 Summit Park Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15275-1110; telephone: 412.788.6505; email:]. The following degree programs are approved by the Commission on Accrediting:

Master of Arts (Theology) (Academic MA
Master of Divinity
Master of Theology
Doctor of Ministry

 ATS is recognized by the United States Department of Education (USDE) and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

American Association of Christian Colleges & Seminaries (AACCS).

National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement.

(1) U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services (USCIS) for Enrollment of Foreign Students, and (2) State and Federal Approving Agency for Veterans Benefits.

By the State of Minnesota in 1956.

Statement of Institutional Effectiveness

With the goal of trying to provide the best student learning outcome and to measure the effectiveness of Central Seminary’s education, Central tracks graduation rates and ministry placement to quantify the work of the seminary.

These numbers are affected by many circumstances unique to individual students including personal life situations, such as family needs or financial constraints, that may prompt a student to slow or stop their degree pursuit. 

Graduation Rate

The graduation rate measures the percentage of students who enroll in a particular year and finish their degree in the normally allotted time. This differs for each degree program. Of those students who started the MDiv program in the fall of 2011, 50% graduated by the spring of 2017. For the class of 2016, our graduation rate was 100% as all of students who began in 2010 graduated by 2016.

Placement Rate

The placement rate measures the student’s success in job placement following graduation. Like the graduation rate, there are a number of student specific issues that affect this rate. Of the students who graduated in the spring of 2017 with their MDiv, 100% found placement in pastoral ministry. Concerning our 2016 graduating class, 80% found placement in pastoral ministry with 20% pursuing further education.