Accreditation & Profile

Cincinnati Christian University is legally incorporated in the state of Ohio and is authorized by the Ohio Board of Regents to offer Associate, Bachelor, and Master degrees.

Since 1989, Cincinnati Christian University has been accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500, Chicago, Illinois 60604-1413, 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 Center of Adult Learning and Leadership (CALL) 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, 5850 T.G. Lee Blvd., Suite 130, Orlando, FL 32822), 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 accredits the Master of Divinity, Master of Arts (Religion), and the BA to Master of Christian Ministry (MCM) degrees offered by CBS. In addition ATS has granted CBS approval for full online program (more than 6 courses offered online).

The CCU Master of Arts in Counseling (MAC) program is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs (CACREP) (CACREP, 1001 North Fairfax Street, Suite 510 Alexandria, VA 22314) in clinical mental health counseling. CACREP is the national accrediting body for graduate-level programs in the counseling field, such as counseling programs in addiction counseling, school counseling, marriage & family counseling, and clinical mental health counseling.

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, Mount St. Joseph University, 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 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 Christian University 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.

Non-Discrimination Policy
It is the policy of Cincinnati Christian University within the confines of its theological position and mission not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national/ethnic origin, handicap, or sex in administration of its admission policies, education programs, scholarship and loan programs, employment practices, and other school-administered programs. Inquiries regarding Title IX of the 1972 Educational Amendments and section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 may be directed to the title IX Coordinator, 2700 Glenway Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45204 (513-244-8100), or to the Office for Civil Rights, Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, DC.

Campus Community
Cincinnati Christian University is a community of Christians who are united in the pursuit of academic progress, personal development, and spiritual growth. Life in this community is based on personal commitment to the Lordship of Jesus Christ. Together the campus family seeks to honor Him by integrating faith and learning while our hearts and lives reflect the process of maturing in Christ. The CCU Campus Code of Conduct expresses the standards by which every member of our campus community is expected to live. These standards are listed in the Student Handbook, available online.