Association of Theological Schools

The Southern California Seminary Graduate School of Bible and Theology is accredited by the Commission on Accrediting of The Association of Theological Schools ( and is approved to offer the following degrees: 

Additionally, the above listed programs are also approved for comprehensive distance (online) education.

The Association of Theological Schools
TRACS Accreditation

Southern California Seminary is a member of the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (TRACS) [15935 Forest Road, Forest, VA 24551; Telephone: 434.525.9539; e-mail:] having been awarded Reaffirmed status as a Category IV institution by the TRACS Accreditation Commission on November 7, 2016; this status is effective for a period of ten years. TRACs is recognized by the United States Department of Education (DOE), the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and the International Network for Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education (INQAAHE).

All programs are approved for comprehensive distance (online) education.

Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools


More information about our approvals is located under the Academic Program description in the current Academic Catalog.

The California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE) is a unit of the California Department of Consumer Affairs.  The BPPE ensures that private institutions of postsecondary education are conducted lawfully.  Southern California Seminary is a private institution that is approved by the Bureau.

Any questions a student may have regarding this catalog that have not been satisfactorily answered by the institution may contact the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education at 2535 Capitol Oaks Drive, Suite 400, Sacramento, CA 95833,, toll-free telephone number (888) 370-7589 or by fax (916) 263-1897.

California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education

The SCS Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology and Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy programs are approved by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.  

California Board of Behavioral Sciences

Shadow Mountain Community Church, with Dr. David Jeremiah as Senior Pastor, is the home church of Southern California Seminary. However, while Shadow Mountain Community Church is affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention, SCS is non-denominational.

Shadow Mountain Community Church

CS is a member of the San Diego MFT consortium, allowing counseling students to apply for county and state stipends used toward internship positions after graduation.

San Diego MFT Consortium

SCS is approved by the U.S. Department of Education for participation in all Title IV Student Assistance Programs.

Title IV Financial Aid

SCS is authorized under federal law to enroll eligible nonimmigrant alien students.

International Students

SCS is approved to train veterans under U.S. Code, Title 38.  Veterans and dependents may be entitled to educational assistance payments from the Veterans Administration.  SCS has been designated a Military-Friendly School by G.I. Jobs and SCS is a Yellow Ribbon School.

SCS is a member of SOC Consortium, which was created in 1972 to provide educational opportunities to servicemembers who, because they frequently moved from place to place, had trouble completing college degrees.  SOC functions in cooperation with 15 higher education associations, the Department of Defense, and Active and Reserve Components of the Military Services to expand and improve voluntary postsecondary education opportunities for servicemembers worldwide.

SCS is qualified to train eligible men and women to meet the academic requirements for service as chaplains in the U.S. Armed Forces.


SCS is a member of the DoD Voluntary Education Partnership which incorporates the President’s Executive Order 13607, “Establishing Principles of Excellence for educational intuitions serving Service Members, Veterans, Spouses, and Other Family Members.”


SCS is a member of the following associations:


Following are just some of the awards and recognitions granted to SCS over the years.

Southern California Seminary | On Campus or Online Bible Seminary


We would like to invite you to join our SCS Connect newsletter to stay up-to-date with the latest happenings on campus:

  • Free Monthly Workshops
  • Faculty Published Works
  • Available Library Resources
  • Community Involvement
  • And so much more…

We use cookies to ensure a quality experience. You can change permissions anytime on your browser. Otherwise, we assume you are content to continue.