George Fox Evangelical Seminary is accredited by the Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools (ATS), and the following degree programs are approved:

  • Master of Divinity
  • Master of Arts in Intercultural Studies
  • Master of Arts in Ministry Leadership
  • Master of Arts in Spiritual Formation
  • Master of Arts (Theological Studies)
  • Doctor of Ministry

The commission's contact information is:

The Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools
10 Summit Park Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15275
Phone: 412-788-6505
Fax: 412-788-6510

The Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities also certifies the seminary's programs. This dual accreditation is maintained through George Fox University and assures students of the highest academic and professional standards.


The seminary holds memberships in organizations that enable us to fulfill our mission.

Christians for Biblical Equality
Christians for Biblical Equality (CBE) is a nonprofit organization of Christian men and women who believe that the Bible, properly interpreted, teaches the fundamental equality of men and women of all ethnic groups, all economic classes, and all age groups, based on the teachings of Scriptures such as Galatians 3:28: “There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, neither male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus” (TNIV).

Evangelicals for Social Action
Evangelicals for Social Action (ESA) is an association of Christians seeking to promote Christian engagement, analysis, and understanding of major social, cultural, and public-policy issues. ESA emphasizes both the transformation of human lives through personal faith and also the importance of a commitment to social and economic justice as an outgrowth of Christian faith.

The Association for Clinical Pastoral Education
The Association for Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE) provides training in pastoral care under the auspices of officially accredited clinical-training centers. This association is the standard-setting, certifying, and accrediting agency in the field of pastoral education in the United States, with many accredited centers throughout the states. Several such centers are in Oregon: Legacy Health System, Oregon State Hospital, Providence/Portland Medical Center, and Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Because of their proximity, these centers provide opportunities for accredited clinical training for seminary students.

The American Theological Library Association
The American Theological Library Association (ATLA) is a professional association of individual, institutional, and affiliate members providing programs, products, and services in support of theological and religious studies libraries and librarians.

In addition to these memberships, the seminary maintains affiliation with the following organizations:

Faculty are active in the following professional associations:

The Friends Center

The Friends Center at George Fox Evangelical Seminary is a program supported by the Friends denomination with goals of educating, training, mentoring, and equipping those who have been called to leadership in the Friends Church in the Northwest and beyond.

In addition to supporting the regular degree programs of the seminary with Friends-specific courses, the center provides seminar, workshop, conference, and individual-study courses for Friends students as well as leaders already serving in local congregations. The director is available on the seminary campus to informally mentor and consult with students and to gather Friends students together for worship, reflection on their course work, and the chance to dialogue with one another about ministry in the local church.

The Center for Transformational Leadership

The Center for Transformational Leadership exists to be an engine that empowers outstanding students by connecting them with healthy local churches to generate successful ministry experiences, ultimately molding future leaders to fulfill the great commission in the church, the community and the marketplace.

The Center for Transformational Leadership was recently developed as a leadership-equipping center in partnership with George Fox University and Free Methodist ministries throughout Oregon. We provide scholarships, mentoring, internships, and church planters to grow the ministries of the Church and University. The CTL is available for students regardless of denominational affiliation as a resource for equipping toward ministry. Our director, Trisha Welstad, is available on campus to connect and resource students.

To learn more about the Center for Transformational Leadership or contact the director, visit

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