Accreditation

Hartford International is dually accredited by the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada, and the New England Commission of Higher Education as well as being approved by the Office for Financial and Academic Affairs for Higher Education of the State of Connecticut.

The Hartford International is accredited by the Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada, and the following degree programs are approved: the MA in Religious Studies, the MA in Transformative Leadership and Spirituality, the MA in Interreligous Studies, the MA in Chaplaincy, the MA in International Peacebuilding, the Doctor of Ministry, and the Ph.D. in Islamic Studies and Christian-Muslim Relations.

The contact information for the Commission is:

The Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools
in the United States and Canada
10 Summit Park Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15275, USA.
Telephone: 412-788-6505. Fax: 412-788-6510. Website: www.ats.edu.

The Hartford International is also accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education, and the following programs are approved: the MA in Religious Studies, the MA in Transformative Leadership and Spirituality, the MA in Interreligous Studies, the MA in Chaplaincy, the MA in International Peacebuilding, the Doctor of Ministry, the Ph.D. in Islamic Studies and Christian-Muslim Relations, and all of the Graduate Certificate programs.

The contact information for the Commission is:

Commission on Institutions of Higher Education
New England Commission of Higher Education
209 Burlington Road, Suite 201
Bedford, Massachusetts 01730, USA
Telephone: 781-541-5414. Website: http://cihe.neasc.org.

Statement of Educational Effectiveness

Hartford International has a long history of innovative scholarship and teaching and a strong commitment to preparing reflective religious practitioners in today’s multi-faith and pluralistic world whose influence reaches far beyond the walls of churches, mosques and synagogues. Our degree and educational programs are designed to develop the leadership capacities of religious leaders who come to Hartford International to take advantage of its curricular strengths in leadership development and practice of ministry interfaith dialogue, and Islamic studies and Christian- Muslim relations and also to nurture and mature individual spiritual growth.

  • In the Master of Arts program, Hartford International welcomes students that seek academic praxis, spiritual enrichment, and job placement.  The current graduation rate exceeds 50% with some students continuing their graduate education in Master of Divinity. While others, through our Islamic Chaplaincy program (the MARS and Graduate Certificate in Islamic Chaplaincy) have been placed as chaplains in universities, hospitals, prisons, and the military.  In the last few years, our Islamic chaplaincy graduates have been placed in some of the most prestigious universities like Princeton, Yale, Duke, Wesleyan, and Trinity.
  • Hartford International has a cooperative Master of Divinity program with Yale Divinity School, Boston University School of Theology, Drew Theological School, and the Chicago Theological Seminary in which students are allowed to begin their graduate theological studies at Hartford International and then finish their M.Div. program at any of these institutions, if accepted.  In the last decade, 34 Cooperative M.Div. students have transferred to our partner schools to receive their MDiv. Through our Cooperative MDiv, students receive a strong theological education, especially in interfaith and leadership training, before moving on to other schools.

State Authorization

Hartford International is a member of the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA) and is thus authorized to operate in all states that participate in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA).

Student Complaints

Pursuant to federal regulations and the terms of SARA, the Office of Higher Education is responsible for the investigation and resolution of out-of-state students’ complaints against institutions of higher education based in Connecticut and offering distance education via SARA. Note that issues regarding student life, such as discipline, grading, etc., fall solely within the purview of the institution and are not generally investigated. Additionally, the Office of Higher Education does not investigate anonymous complaints or provide legal advice.

Within two years of the incident complained of, out-of-state students enrolled in a Connecticut institution via SARA may file a complaint in accordance with the following steps:

  • The student must attempt to resolve the complaint by exhausting the institution’s established internal grievance procedures. These are usually published in the institution’s catalog, student handbook and/or posted on the institution’s website. Absent extenuating circumstances, the Office of Higher Education will not investigate complaints filed by students who have not first sought a resolution with the institution.
  • If all remedies at the institutional level have been exhausted and the complaint is not resolved, the student may file a complaint with the Office of Higher Education. To file a complaint, please follow these procedures. All documentation for review related to the complaint must be provided by the student as part of the filing.
  • The Office of Higher Education will process the complaint and provide copies of all documents filed with the complaint to the institution. The institution has 20 days to respond. After receiving a response and conducting an investigation, the Office of Higher Education will issue a findings report to all parties. The findings report is final.

If a Connecticut student is enrolled in a distance education program offered by a SARA institution based in another state, the student should contact the portal agency in that state to pursue the complaint process. Connecticut students enrolled in Connecticut institutions must first exhaust an institution’s established internal grievance procedures, and then should contact the Office of Higher Education prior to filing a complaint at edinfo@ctohe.org.