Statement of Accreditation Status

    The Statement of Accreditation Status (SAS) is the official statement of the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) about each institution’s current accreditation status and scope of accreditation. The SAS also provides a brief history of the actions taken by the Commission.

  • Institution:
    Wesley Theological Seminary
    Washington, DC
  • Chief Executive Officer:
    Rev. Dr. David McAllister-Wilson, President
  • Carnegie Classification:
    Special Focus Four-Year: Faith-Related Institutions » Exclusively graduate/professional
  • Control:
    Private (Non-Profit)
  • Address:
    4500 Massachusetts Ave., N. W.
    Washington, DC 20016
  • Phone:
    (202) 885-8600
  • URL:
  • Accreditation Liaison Officer (ALO):
    Dr. Philip Wingeier-Rayo
  • Commission Staff Liaison:
    Dr. Idna Corbett, Vice President

Accreditation Summary

For more information, see the Commission’s Accreditation Actions Policy and Procedures.

  • Phase: Accredited
  • Status: Accreditation Reaffirmed
  • Accreditation Granted: 1975
  • Last Reaffirmation: 2017
  • Next Self-Study Evaluation: 2021-2022
  • Next Mid-Point Peer Review: 2026

Alternative Delivery Methods

The following represents approved alternative delivery methods included in the scope of the institution’s accreditation:

Distance Education
Approved to offer programs by this delivery method

Correspondence Education
Not approved for this delivery method

Credential Levels

Approved Credential Levels

The following represents credential levels included in the scope of the institution’s accreditation:

  • Master's Degree or Equivalent
  • Post-Master's Certificate
  • Doctor's Degree - Professional Practice

Locations

The following represents branch campuses, additional locations, and other instructional sites that are included within the scope of the institution’s accreditation:

Location Type
Bolger Center
9600 Newbridge Drive
Potomac, MD 20854
Other Instructional Site
Church of the Resurrection
13720 Roe Avenue
Leawood, KS 66224
Other Instructional Site
Comfort Inn
4965 Montevallo Road
Birmingham, AL 35210
Other Instructional Site
Eisenhower Hotel and Conference Center
2534 Emmitsburg Road
Gettysburg, PA 17325
Other Instructional Site
Kwanglim Seminar House
Jikdong-Ri Sohul-Up Pochun-Si Kyunggi-Do
Korea, Republic of
Other Instructional Site
Kwanglim Seminar House
Jikdong-Ri Sohul-Up Pochun-Si Kyunggi-Do
Korea, Republic of
Other Instructional Site
Martin Methodist College
433 West Madison Street
Pulaski, TN 38478
Other Instructional Site
Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare Center
1211 Union Avenue
Memphis, TN 38104
Other Instructional Site
Pfeiffer University
1515 Mockingbird Lane
Charlotte, NC 28208
Other Instructional Site
Pittsburgh Theological Seminary
616 N Highland Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15206
Other Instructional Site
Princeton Theological Seminary
64 Mercer St.
Princeton, NJ 08542
Other Instructional Site
Scarritt Bennett Retreat Center
1008 19th Avenue
Nashville, TN 37212
Other Instructional Site
The National Conference Center
18980 Upper Belmont Pl.
Leesburg, VA 20176
Other Instructional Site
United Methodist Building
100 Maryland Ave NE
Washington, DC 20002
Other Instructional Site
Wesley Downtown
900 Massachusetts Ave NW Suite B110
Washington, DC 20001
Other Instructional Site
Wesley House
Jesus Lane Cambridge
United Kingdom
Other Instructional Site
Wesley United Methodist Church
446 Meeting Street
Charleston, SC 29403
Other Instructional Site

Definitions: For definitions of branch campus, additional locations, or other instructional sites, see the Commission’s Substantive Change Policy and Procedures.

Accreditation Actions

The following represents the MSCHE accreditation actions taken in the last ten (10) years. For more information, see the Commission’s Accreditation Actions Policy and Procedures and the Substantive Change Policy and Procedures.

  • April 16, 2020
    To acknowledge receipt of formal written notice from the institution in response to the Commission’s request of March 9, 2020. To temporarily waive Substantive Change Policy and Procedures and allow the use of distance education to accommodate students impacted by coronavirus (COVID-19) interruptions, in accordance with United States Department of Education (USDE) guidelines published March 5, 2020. Continued use of distance education beyond the limitations of USDE guidelines will require substantive change approval in accordance with Substantive Change Policy and Procedures. This flexibility is not available for clock-hour courses that lead to licensure if the licensing body will not accept distance learning courses or hours or give credit for them toward the number of hours a student must complete. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2020-2021.
  • June 27, 2019
    To acknowledge receipt of the focused report. To request that the next self-study, in preparation for a visit in 2020-2021, provide further evidence of (1) the use of assessment results for the improvement of teaching and learning (Standard V), and (2) periodic assessment of the effectiveness of governance, leadership, and administration (Standard VII).
  • January 10, 2018
    To note that the institution’s request to conduct the self-study evaluation visit one year early has been granted. The next evaluation visit is now scheduled for 2020-2021. To remind the institution that upon reaffirmation of accreditation, the institution will return to its regular eight-year accreditation cycle with an evaluation visit in 2029-2030.
  • November 16, 2017
    To accept the Periodic Review Report and to reaffirm accreditation. To commend the institution for the quality of the Periodic Review Report process. To request a focused report due March 1, 2019, further documenting (1) evidence of the use of assessment results for the improvement of teaching and learning (Standard V), and (2) evidence of periodic assessment of the Board of Governors’ performance and effectiveness of its procedures (Standard VII). A small team visit may follow. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2021-2022.
  • June 23, 2016
    To accept the monitoring report. The Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2017.
  • November 2, 2015
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request and to include the online Doctor of Ministry (DMin) within the scope of the institution's accreditation. To remind the institution of the request for a monitoring report, due April 1, 2016, documenting the further development and implementation of a comprehensive process for the assessment of student learning outcomes embedded in the revised curriculum, including evidence that assessment results are used to improve teaching and learning (Standard 14). The Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2017.
  • June 25, 2015
    To document receipt of the progress report, noting that the report provided limited institutional responses to requested information. To request a monitoring report, due April 1, 2016, documenting the further development and implementation of a comprehensive process for the assessment of student learning outcomes embedded in the revised curriculum, including evidence that assessment results are used to improve teaching and learning (Standard 14). The Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2017.
  • June 27, 2013
    To accept the monitoring report. To request a progress report, due April 1, 2015, documenting the development and implementation of a comprehensive process for the assessment of the student learning outcomes embedded in the revised curriculum (Standard 14). The Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2017.
  • June 28, 2012
    To accept the monitoring report and to note the visit by the Commission's representatives. To remove the warning because the institution is now in compliance with Standard 14 (Assessment of Student Learning) and to reaffirm accreditation. To request a monitoring report, due April 1, 2013, documenting (1) evidence of the implementation and evaluation of the Library’s Assessment Program to determine if the Library’s budget is adequate (Standard 3); (2) evidence of a comprehensive written plan for distance education that includes but is not limited to (a) the rationale for course offerings and scheduling and (b) estimates of the costs of the development, implementation, and support of the distance education program (Standard 13); (3) evidence that all objectives at course, program, and institutional levels are written as measurable learning outcomes from the student’s perspective (Standard 14); and (4) evidence of the implementation of a process for comprehensive documenting of current assessment activities, including an overview of student learning outcomes assessments and better documentation of information received from supporting denominations and research involving the Practice of Ministry and Mission project and the Lewis Pastoral Leadership Inventory (Standard 14). The Periodic Review Report is now due June 1, 2017.
  • June 23, 2011
    To note the visit by the Commission’s representative. To remind the institution that the Commission has previously warned it that its accreditation may be in jeopardy because of a lack of evidence that the institution is currently in compliance with Standard 14 (Assessment of Student Learning). To note that the institution remains accredited while on warning. To request a monitoring report due by March 1, 2012, documenting evidence that the institution has achieved and can sustain ongoing compliance with Standard 14, including: (1) an organized and sustained assessment process to evaluate student learning, and evidence that results are used to improve teaching and learning (Standard 14). To further request that the monitoring report document: (2) development of a comprehensive plan for regular and ongoing assessment of library collections, services, and the adequacy of the library budget (Standard 3); (3) development and implementation of a process to evaluate the overall performance of the Board of Governors and effectiveness of the Board's procedures (Standard 4); (4) steps taken to ensure timely publication of annual catalogs that include student grievance protocols (Standard 6); and, (5) development of a comprehensive plan for the use and evaluation of distance education including credit and non-credit offerings (Standard 13). A small team visit will follow submission of the monitoring report. The due date for the Periodic Review Report will be set when accreditation is reaffirmed.
  • March 3, 2011
    To warn the institution that its accreditation may be in jeopardy because of a lack of evidence that the institution is currently in compliance with Standard 14 (Assessment of Student Learning). To note that the institution remains accredited while on warning. To request a monitoring report due by March 1, 2012, documenting evidence that the institution has achieved and can sustain ongoing compliance with Standard 14, including: (1) an organized and sustained assessment process to evaluate student learning, and evidence that results are used to improve teaching and learning (Standard 14). To further request that the monitoring report document: (2) development of a comprehensive plan for regular and ongoing assessment of library collections, services, and the adequacy of the library budget (Standard 3); (3) development and implementation of a process to evaluate the overall performance of the Board of Governors and effectiveness of the Board's procedures (Standard 4); (4) steps taken to ensure timely publication of annual catalogs that include student grievance protocols (Standard 6); and, (5) development of a comprehensive plan for the use and evaluation of distance education including credit and non-credit offerings (Standard 13). A small team visit will follow submission of the monitoring report. To direct an immediate Commission liaison guidance visit to discuss the Commission's expectations. The due date for the Periodic Review Report will be set when accreditation is reaffirmed.

Information about the Middle States Commission on Higher Education

The Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) is one of seven institutional accrediting organizations in the United States and is recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). MSCHE accreditation applies to an institution as a whole rather than the specific programs within an institution. MSCHE does not approve or accredit individual programs. The MSCHE accreditation review cycle is continuous and accreditation does not expire. Each institution is reevaluated and monitored on a regular and consistent basis in accordance with the institution’s assigned accreditation review cycle and Commission policy and procedures. An institution maintains its accreditation unless it is voluntarily surrendered or withdrawn by the Commission for cause, after the institution has been afforded due process. The institution’s current accreditation phase and accreditation status are displayed on the institution’s listing in the Institution Directory and in the Statement of Accreditation Status (SAS).