ATS Grants FHU Bible Grad Program Candidacy Status

MARCH 12, 2014

The Association of Theological Schools (ATS) has accepted Freed-Hardeman University Graduate School of Theology’s petition for candidacy for accredited status. The ATS Board of Commissioners voted to grant candidacy during the February meeting in Pittsburgh, Pa.


The FHU Graduate School of Theology will have candidacy status for a period of two years, during which a self-study will be conducted. According to Dr. Mark Blackwelder, director of the program, “We will begin immediately to complete our initial self-study in anticipation of a successful request for accreditation within the next two years.”

ATS in the United States and Canada is “a membership organization of more than 260 graduate schools that conduct post-baccalaureate professional and degree programs and academic degree programs to educate persons for the practice of ministry and for teaching and research in the theological disciplines,” according to the group’s web site. It accredits the schools and approves their degree programs.

FHU offers three master’s degrees in Bible: Master of Ministry, Master of Arts in New Testament and Master of Divinity. All three programs are available completely online. For additional information on the FHU Graduate School of Theology, contact Blackwelder at mblackwelder@fhu.edu or 731-989-6624.