Institutional Accreditation

The Western Association of Schools and Colleges—Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), is the regional accreditation agency for St. Patrick’s Seminary & University. WSCUC also serves a diverse membership of public and private higher education institutions throughout California, Hawaii, and the Pacific, as well as a limited number of institutions outside the U.S. Through its work of peer review, based on standards agreed to by the membership, the Commission encourages continuous institutional improvement and assures the membership and its constituencies, including the public, that accredited institutions are fulfilling their missions in service to their students and the public good.

St. Patrick’s Seminary & University is approved by WSCUC to offer the following degrees: Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy; Master of Divinity; and Master of Arts in Theology.

St. Patrick’s Seminary & University was last accredited by WSCUC in July 2021 for 8 years. The Accreditation Team Visit Report can be found here. A Statement of Accreditation Status is posted on the WSCUC website. The next reaffirmation is scheduled for 2029.

                             WSCUC Contact Information

                             Western Association of Schools and Colleges
                             Senior College and University Commission
                             985 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 100
                             Alameda, CA 94501
                             (510) 748-9001


St. Patrick’s Seminary & University has been accredited by the Association of Theological Schools (ATS) since 1971. The Seminary’s accreditation was last reaffirmed in February 2015, based on an institutional self-study report and an onsite evaluation by a committee of peer and public reviewers. The Seminary’s next comprehensive graduate evaluation visit will be in spring 2025, followed by a Commission on Accreditation review for reaffirmation of accreditation in summer 2025.

St. Patrick’s Seminary & University is approved by ATS to offer the Master of Divinity and Master of Arts in Theology graduate degrees.

                             ATS Contact Information

                             10 Summit Park Drive
                             Pittsburgh, PA 15275-1110
                             (412) 788-6505


St. Patrick’s Seminary & University is affiliated with the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, D.C. to offer the Bachelor of Sacred Theology (S.T.B.) ecclesiastical degree. This degree is conferred by the Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception at the Dominican House of Studies.

St. Patrick's Seminary & University also has a unique affiliation agreement with Bishop White Seminary in Spokane, Washington whereby men in their undergraduate formation program can take select STPSU courses for academic credit.