Hark Seminary’s distinctive global format, online- correspondence program, and mobile classrooms augment brick-and-mortar seminaries. Accreditation is optional in accomplishing the mission of Hark. HTS will provide the credible degree needed through the cumulative accomplishments and ministry effectiveness of its faculty and global student body.
Hark Theological Seminary (HTS) seeks to maintain doctrinal autonomy and ensure theological and philosophical consistency with the doctrinal statement and mission of Hark Seminary.
It should be noted that accreditation is used to assure quality in educational institutions and programs. Accreditation is voluntary. Accreditation requires certain defined standards set forth by the accrediting body. These standards vary and change with time. Our country’s heritage and Constitution allow “freedom of choice,” and no two institutions have the same structure, philosophies, or evaluation criteria. This permits a certain degree of freedom. Our programs are not designed to meet any specific local, state, territorial, regional, or national licensing or credentialing laws. Further, being non-traditional in nature, our programs are not designed to meet a particular requirement established by any private association or “traditional” licensing or other accrediting organization.
Without doubt, many of our students/graduates will be among the highest caliber, most intelligent, talented, best-educated and most effective individuals you will find anywhere.
Will my degree be accepted?
A degree is never worth more than the person who has the degree. Many students have graduated from schools and paid thousands of dollars to obtain an education. Our program suits those who desire to be knowledgeable in God’s Word and who want to grow in their ministry skills. Skill and ability come only from credible teaching and training.
HTS will shy away from accreditation that might weaken our ability to train men and women to be effective servants of Christ in their church and place of ministry service. Churches want ministers who demonstrate that they truly have a real degree and education by what they are and how they perform their tasks. A degree from HTS will provide the credible degree needed. Most importantly, you will engage in studies that will sharpen your God-given talents thereby allowing you to do great things for God. Your church and peers will accept your degree if they accept you. The degree does not make the person. The person makes the degree. Likewise, accreditation does not “make” the school. The entire faculty, student body, and their cumulative accomplishments and effectiveness of their ministry in the world make the school.
Will a degree from HTS be accepted by another school?
This all depends on the school. No school has to accept credit from any other school. In many cases the credits received from HTS are accepted by other schools. HTS utilizes only the finest materials available. However, we cannot say what another school will accept.
The main question to be asked when considering a school is “Is this the school that will please God?” If it pleases God then it doesn’t matter who is displeased. We ask all of our students to pray about all they do in life. Our school is about honoring Christ and being His servants. We feel the accreditation of God is on our school because we strive to please Him in academics and ministry training.
If the school is right for God then it’s right for you. We encourage you to prayerfully fill out the free academic evaluation form and send it back to us as soon as possible so that you may begin today to prepare for the greater ministry that God has for you!
Finally, we believe the quality is evident, and Hark graduates will be distinguished by their maturity, understanding, and skill in exegetical and expositional disciplines. We believe our programs are of the highest quality, and we are committed to continuous improvement in the academic realm, and therefore we believe that prospective students or any students transferring from other institutions will be impressed by the academic standards of Hark Theological Seminary.