Accreditation

IGSM has been recognized and authorized by the State of Washington Student Achievement Council to offer the following degrees: Bachelor of Ministry (B.Min), Master of Ministry (M.Min.), and Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.). The WSAC has determined that IGSM qualifies for religious exempt status from the Degree-Granting Institutions Act. Any person desiring information about the requirements of the act or the applicability of those requirements to the institution may contact the Council at P.O. Box 43430, Olympia, WA 98504-3430.

Whether IGSM proceeds towards formal accreditation depends on the accreditation agencies and their recognition of standards that better fit the educational delivery systems offered today by those in the forefront of educational reform. Unfortunately, many accrediting agencies are locked into outdated models of education, where issues such as amount of property, size of library and number of full-time faculty are the primary criteria. Few accrediting agencies have kept up with the newer models of training and equipping including distance education. We are not opposed to accreditation, but must stay with our key values. It is interesting to note that many of the finest graduate business programs have never felt the need to be accredited and yet are fully recognized as vital training institutions.