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Catholic Theological Union Accreditation Reaffirmed by Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools

March 27, 2012


CHICAGO, IL—Catholic Theological Union in Chicago (CTU) is pleased to announce that the Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools has reaffirmed the accreditation of the school and all its graduate degree programs, effective February 2012.

The Association of Theological Schools (ATS) is a national organization licensed by the United States Department of Education to provide accreditation for some three hundred theology schools in North America.   The accreditation process takes place every ten years and involves a two-year self-study on the part of the school, a visitation by an accrediting team, and deliberation by ATS’s Commission on Accrediting. 

The purpose of the accreditation process is to ensure the academic quality of a school, including  the teaching and scholarship capacity of its faculty, the strength of its library and other educational resources, the competence of its administration and staff, the proper maintenance of its facilities, and its overall financial health.

In reaffirming the school’s accreditation, the Commission also cited the excellence of its faculty, the global and multicultural character of the CTU community, and the role of its library in the academic life of the school.

CTU, as the largest Roman Catholic graduate school of theology and ministry in the United States, is very gratified to receive this affirmation of its academic excellence from ATS. 

CTU educates five hundred clergy, religious, and lay persons pursuing master and doctoral level degrees in various areas of theology and ministry. Nearly one third of its student body is international from more than forty countries worldwide. In addition to its courses on Catholic theology, the school also has highly respected programs in reconciliation and interreligious dialogue, intended to promote dialogue and mutual respect among people of all faiths. Through its degree programs and other educational and formational opportunities, CTU strives to educate effective leaders for the Church whose mission is to witness Christ’s good news of justice, love, and peace to people of all nations.