Meadville Lombard Theological School is accredited and widely recognized as a leader among theological schools nationwide.
Meadville Lombard is accredited by the Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools (ATS) in the United States and Canada. The following Meadville Lombard degree programs are approved:
In 2013, ATS reaffirmed accreditation of Meadville Lombard for a period of 10 years, the longest term possible. The ATS accreditation report also highlighted the school’s “distinctive strengths”:
Meadville Lombard is one of two Unitarian Universalist theological schools in North America with strong affiliations with the Unitarian Universalist Association, its Department of Ministry, and the UUA’s Ministerial Fellowship Committee, which meets annually with students at the school.
Meadville Lombard, along with 11 other theological schools in Chicago, is a member of the Association of Chicago Theological Schools. ACTS membership allows Meadville Lombard students access to more than 300 faculty members, 1,000 courses, and excellent libraries in the Chicago area and suburbs.
Meadville Lombard is an institutional member of the International Association for Religious Freedom. Historically, many students, alumni/ae, and faculty have served on the IARF/U.S. chapter board.
Meadville Lombard is a member of the Council of Religious Leaders of Metropolitan Chicago, an inter-religious community of leaders from diverse faith traditions. Its members build bridges across their many faiths; engage in discussions about
Meadville Lombard shares space in the innovative, environmentally sustainable Spertus Institute building on S. Michigan Avenue in downtown Chicago. Meadville Lombard shares library space with Spertus, which specializes in accredited graduate degree and certificate programs in areas critical to the Jewish community and to broader communities in Chicago and beyond.