Accreditation and Educational Effectiveness

Accredited by the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada

Eden is a member of and is accredited by the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada, and the following degree programs are approved:

The Commission contact information is:

The Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools
in the United States and Canada
10 Summit Park Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15275, USA.
Telephone: 412-788-6505
Fax: 412-788-6510

*In February 2018, the ATS Board of Commissioners approved a 5-year experimental Master of Community Leadership degree program as an exception to duration (Degree Program Standard B, section

Eden Theological Seminary has been approved to participate in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements.

Eden Theological Seminary is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (, phone 312-263-0456), a regional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Eden is approved by the University Senate of the United Methodist Church.

Eden is an open and affirming seminary.

Non-Discrimination Policy

No student will be barred from admission on the basis of race, gender, disability or sexual orientation, and all opportunities at Eden will be open to all who are qualified according to the purposes of the Seminary.

Statement of Educational Effectiveness

The ATS and HLC call for all accredited schools to post public statements of educational effectiveness. To do so Eden has assembled data from student demographics, graduation and placement rates, default rates from our graduates who participate in the Federal Student Loan Program, and various student surveys regarding satisfaction with Eden’s programs and the post-graduation experience.

Student Demographics and Diversity

A key component of the Eden educational experience is the diversity of our community of faith and learning (denominationally, racial-ethnically, and internationally). The Eden faculty is made of 10 teachers and scholars, 5 women and 5 men. One third of Eden’s faculty is racial-ethnic minorities. Eden’s student body is ecumenically diverse, (28 % UCC, 15 % UMC, and the remaining 57% an array of other denominations and traditions, e.g., DOC, AME, CME, MCC, Episc, PCUSA, Baptist, ELCA; Unitarian, and non-denominational) and racial-ethnically diverse (32% African-American).

Eden is an Open and Affirming Seminary of the United Church of Christ.

Eden engages in a vigorous program of international educational partnerships that currently hosts 8 students from 6 countries in our various degree programs. These students use their Eden education as a means to empower their teaching and leadership of the Church in their countries. In addition to the church in North America, dozens of Eden graduates since 2000 lead the Church in China, India, New Zealand, South Africa, Lesotho, Malawi, Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia, Fiji, Solomon Islands, Philippines, South Korea,  and the Isle of Mann.

Graduation/Retention Rate

As a graduate professional school, Eden challenges students with a rigorous course of study that is accountable to the expectations of various denominational bodies for formation for ministry.  As such, while Eden works hard to support students in their progress toward degree, admission is not insurance of graduation. Students must maintain a minimum GPA, pass a comprehensive examination of the goals of the curriculum at each level, and complete 6 semesters of Contextual Education (evaluated by supervising ministers) in various settings of ministry. Nonetheless, Eden’s graduation rates* are strong.

*Graduation rates are reported based on time periods defined by the Association of Theological Schools (ATS) annual reporting requirements.

Placement Rate

Placement rates are calculated based on graduates for whom data exists. Grads are sent an online survey to collect this data, 2 years post-graduation.

The placement rate for Eden’s Class of 2017 is 83%.

Loan Default and Debt Management

Eden’s default rate in the Federal Loan program is low, and Eden’s program of financial literacy and counseling has been noted by the Missouri Department of Education as a model program. The low rate can be seen as one indicator that Eden’s graduates attain gainful employment post graduation.

Eden has participated in the Lily Endowment Debt Study and received a grant to fund a new debt-reduction program for seminarians. Eden recently hired a financial aid coordinator who provides student support in finding and applying for scholarships.

Student Satisfaction

Annually, Eden participates in a survey of graduating students administered by the ATS.  Here are the results of the 2017-18 survey.