Notre Dame Seminary was incorporated in 1948 by the State of Louisiana as a non-profit educational institution with the power to confer degrees. It operates under a charter drawn up in 1970, revised in 1975, and again in 1995. The seminary has been approved by the Louisiana Board of Regents and the Louisiana State Department of Education.
Notre Dame Seminary Graduate School of Theology is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award baccalaureate and master’s degrees. Questions about the accreditation of Notre Dame Seminary Graduate School of Theology may be directed in writing to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097, by calling (404) 679-4500, or by using information available on SACSCOC’s website (www.sacscoc.org.)
Notre Dame Seminary Graduate School of Theology (NDS) is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of The Association of Theological Schools (www.ats.edu) and is approved to offer the following degree(s): MA (Philosophy for Theological Studies); MA (Theological Studies); MA in Pastoral Leadership; and, Master of Divinity (MDiv).
The school is approved for comprehensive distance (online) education: Yes
The school is approved for the following additional location(s): None
The school has been accredited since 1979 and was last reaffirmed in February 2017, based on an institutional self-study report and an onsite evaluation visit by a committee of peer and public reviewers. The school’s next comprehensive evaluation visit will be in fall 2026, followed by a COA review for reaffirmation of accreditation in February 2027. The school’s current period of accreditation expires March 31, 2027.
The school’s current status of “Accredited in Good Standing” means the school meets all applicable COA Standards of Accreditation. The school demonstrates educational quality and financial stability and provides evidence that its student learning outcomes are appropriate, rigorous, and being achieved. The school has no public sanctions (notation/warning, probation, or show cause).
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NDS Degree Programs and CIP codes
The following are the degree programs offered at NDS with their associated CIP codes:
Master of Divinity (39.0602)
Master of Arts (Theological Studies) (39.0601)
Master of Arts in Pastoral Leadership (39.0799)
Bachelor of Philosophy (Philosophy for Theological Studies) (38.0101)
Master of Arts (Philosophy for Theological Studies) (38.0101)