Accreditation & Profile
CCU’s Accreditation and Recognition
CCU holds the same regional accreditation (HLC) as the University of Cincinnati, the Ohio State University and Xavier University. Its education licensure program is accredited by one of two associations (NCATE or TEAC) recognized by the US Department of Education for teacher licensure. The following accrediting statements provide required details of CCU’s accrediting affiliations.
Since 1989, Cincinnati Christian University has been accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (HLC, 30 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2400, Chicago, IL 60602-2504, 312-263-0456), a regional accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and the U.S. Department of Education. HLC accredits CCU’s Associates, Bachelors, and Masters degrees. Programs offered at the Indianapolis degree site are limited to the Bachelors degree program in the College of Adult Learning (CAL) and the Master of Arts in Religion (MAR) in the Seminary.
Cincinnati Christian University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the Association for Biblical Higher Education (ABHE, 5575 S. Semoran Blvd., Orlando, FL 32822-1781, 407-207-0808), an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and the U.S. Department of Education. CCU has been accredited with ABHE since 1966.
Since 2004, Cincinnati Bible Seminary (CBS) has been accredited by the Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools (ATS, 10 Summit Park Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15275-1103, 412-788-6505), an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and the U.S. Department of Education to accredit seminaries in the US. and Canada. ATS only accredits the Master of Divinity and Master of Arts (Religion) offered by CBS.
CCU’s education programs which lead to teacher licensure are approved by the Ohio Department of Education and are accredited by the Accreditation Committee of the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC, One Dupont Circle NW, Suite 320, Washington DC 20036, 202-466-7236), a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), the US Department of Education, and the Ohio Department of Education.
The CCU Music Department is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM, 11250 Roger Bacon Drive, Suite 21, Reston, VA, 20190-5248, 703-437-0700), a specialized accrediting body recognized by the US Department of Education. The following degrees are offered: Associate of Arts in Music & Worship, Bachelor of Music in Music & Worship, Bachelor of Music Education, Bachelor of Science in Music & Worship.
All of CCU’s accreditation associations are themselves accredited by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA, One Dupont Circle NW, Suite 510, Washington DC, 20036-1135, 202-955-6126). Recognition is the scrutiny and affirmation of the quality of regional, faith-related, career-related and programmatic accrediting organizations. CHEA is the only non-governmental higher education organization in the United States that undertakes this scrutiny.
CCU also holds membership in the Greater Cincinnati Consortium of Colleges and Universities (GCCCU). This organization provides opportunities for participation in joint educational ventures and enhances relationships with academic peers. Students may cross-register at other GCCCU schools in courses that are not offered at CCU, thus expanding their educational opportunities. The other fourteen members of the GCCCU are the Art Academy of Cincinnati, Athenaeum of Ohio, Chatfield College, Cincinnati State Technical and Community College, College of Mount St. Joseph, God’s Bible School & College, Good Samaritan College of Nursing and Health Sciences, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, Miami University, Northern Kentucky University, Thomas More College, Union Institute & University, University of Cincinnati, Wilmington College, and Xavier University.
Cincinnati Christian University is also a member of the Ohio College Association and the Ohio Association of Private Colleges for Teacher Education (OAPCTE).
CCU holds a Certificate of Authorization from the Ohio Board of Regents permitting the awarding of the following degrees:
Traditional College Format
BA in Biblical Studies
BM in Music & Worship, Vocal Track
BA/BS in Christian Ministries: General Ministry Major
College of Adult Learning Format
CCU also holds membership in the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability.
The academic programs at CCU have been approved by the State approving agency for persons eligible under the laws administered by the Veterans Administration. The college is recognized by the Social Security Administration. CCU is also authorized under federal law to enroll non-immigrant alien students.
A graduate of Cincinnati Bible College will experience general acceptance by seminaries and graduate schools on the basis of the degree and personal qualifications. For some areas of graduate study, certain prerequisite courses may need to be taken.
Through the years, CCU students have enjoyed wide acceptance of their general education credits in other colleges and universities. Transfer Credit Practices of Designated Educational Institutions, published by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO), indicates a general acceptance of CCU credits.