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Private Institutions that Confer Religious Degrees

Please see an overview of the religious exemption provision below:

23-276.2 (C) of the Code of Virginia exempts from the provisions of certification any postsecondary institution whose primary purpose is to provide religious or theological education.  The titles of degrees, diplomas, or certificates awarded by a school that claims a religious exemption must reflect that the school’s primary purpose is religious training or theological education and is not secular or liberal arts education. An exemption granted after July 1, 2002 must be renewed every 5 years and denoted with an asterisk (*) on this list.  

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Institution Website Accredited by Location
Abundant Life International Church   N/A Newport News, VA
American Bible Baptist College and Seminary*   N/A Centreville, VA
American Interglobal University* www.aminuniversity.com N/A Alexandria, VA
American Open University www.aou.edu N/A Alexandria, VA
Amherst Theological Seminary www.ats.srcministry.org N/A Madison Heights, VA
Angelos Bible College   N/A Portsmouth, VA
Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond www.btsr.edu ATS Richmond, VA
Ben Hicks Institute for Christian Counselors*   N/A Virginia Beach, VA
Berean Light Bible Institute* bereanlightministries.org N/A Emporia, VA
Beth El Yeshiva   N/A Hampton, VA
Bethesda Bible Institute and Seminary - Messenger School of Counseling* www.bethesda-schools.org/College_Seminary.html N/A Newport News, VA
Bethlehem Bible College   N/A Roanoke, VA
Bethlehem Christian University* www.bcf4u.org N/A Culpeper, VA
Blue Ridge Chapel School of the Prophets www.blueridgebiblecollege.org N/A Rocky Mount, VA
Breckbill Bible College - Manahath Educational Center www.breckbillbiblecollege.org N/A Max Meadows, VA
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Cambridge Institute of Theology - Center for Advanced Studies www.antiochbristol.com N/A Bristol, VA
Canaan Theological Seminary and College* www.ctsc-online.org N/A Hampton, VA
Carolina University of Theology* www.cutofnova.weebly.com N/A Manassas, VA
Chesapeake University of Theology* www.chvaedu.com N/A Chesapeake, VA
Christ the Teacher College* www.christtheteachercollege.com N/A Warrenton, VA
Christian College at Jamestown*     Williamsburg, VA
Christian Counseling and Training Center* www.cctcinc.org N/A Richmond, VA
Christian University of Washington* www.cuwts.org N/A Annandale, VA
Church of the Living God School of Biblical Studies* www.clgr.org N/A

Richmond, VA

College of Sacred Scripture* www.theprayerfurnace.org N/A Fredericksburg, VA
Community Bible Institute and Seminary www.goodsamaritanministry.com/Community-Bible-Institute-and-Seminary.aspx N/A Richmond, VA
Cornerstone Bible College* www.cornerstonebiblecollege.com N/A Bassett, VA
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Deeper Life School of Theology - Beacon University Institute of Ministry   N/A Newport News, VA
Eastern Theological Seminary   N/A Lynchburg, VA
Emmanuel Worship Center http://emmanuelworshipcenter.info/ N/A  
Expositors Seminary, Inc* www.expositorsseminary.org N/A Lynchburg, VA
Faith Bible College www.faithbiblecollege.com N/A Norfolk, VA
Faith International Bible College   N/A Richmond, VA
Frederick L. Ray Biblical Institute - Ettrick   N/A Ettrick, VA
Frederick L. Ray Biblical Institute - Woodbridge   N/A Woodbridge, VA
Fredericksburg Bible Institute and Seminary www.fredericksburgbibleinstitute.org N/A Fredericksburg, VA
Freelandia Bible College and Seminary www.freelandiabiblecollege.com N/A Broadway, VA
Friendship Institute of Theology*   N/A Newport News, VA
Full Gospel Bible College and Seminary of Washington   N/A Annandale,VA
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Gateway Christian College* www.gatewaychristiancollege.com N/A Virginia Beach, VA
Georgia Christian University* http://8bok.net/ TRACS & ATS Herndon, VA
Graham Bible College www.grahambiblecollege.com N/A Bristol, VA
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Hartford Seminary* www.hartsem.edu N/A Herndon, VA
Hartland College www.hartland.edu N/A Rapidan, VA
Hebron Bible Institute & Seminary*   N/A Richmond, VA
Heritage School of Leadership   N/A Midlothian, VA
Higher Learning Bible Institute International   N/A Richmond, VA
Holy Light College of Bible* www.holylightchurchofdeliverance.org N/A Portsmouth, VA
Impact Ministerial Institute* www.impactinternationalchurch.com N/A Bristol, VA
Inter-Denominational Bible Institute   N/A Lawrenceville, VA
International Reformed Theological College* www.pro-rege.net N/A Bristol, VA
Ivy Christian College* http://www.icavausa.org/ N/A Fairfax, VA
Kingdom Bible College & Seminary* www.kingdombiblecollege.org N/A Edinburg, VA
Kingdom Bible Institute* www.kbinow.com N/A Newport News, VA
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Life Christian University - The Master's House Campus* www.mastershouse.net N/A Ashland, VA
Loylola University New Orleans* www.lim.loyno.edu/onsite SACS Richmond, VA
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Maranatha College of Christian Ministries http://www.appconf.org/maranatha-college N/A Dublin, VA
McCormick Theological Seminary www.mccormick.edu HLC & ATS Chicago, IL
Messiah Biblical Institute - The Joseph Rabinowitz Graduate School http://www.messianiclife.org/index.html N/A Gaithersburg, VA
Midwest University WDC Site Office* www.midwest.edu ATS Annandale, VA
Mount Olive Bible Institute & Seminary* www.mtobis.org N/A Alexandria, VA
Mountain of Blessings Bible College* www.mobcc.org N/A Richmond, VA
New Geneva Christian Leadership Academy* www.newgeneva.us N/A Appomatox, VA
Norfolk Theological Seminary and College www.norfolkseminary.org N/A Norfolk, VA
Northern Virginia Bible College*   N/A Manassass, VA
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Peace University* www.faithinpeace.org N/A Alexandria, VA
Pneuma Bible Institute* www.pneumabible.org N/A Chesapeake, VA
Providence Bible College and Theological Seminary www.pbcts.edu N/A Norfolk, VA
R. L. Butler University n/a N/A Richmond, VA
Remnant University in Virginia www.rtuniv.org N/A Woodbridge, VA
Richmond Virginia Seminary* www.rvs.edu N/A Richmond, VA
ROC School of Urban Ministry www.rocschool.com N/A Richmond, VA
Rovear Christian University*   N/A Petersburg, VA
Saving Our Souls Newby's Seminary n/a N/A Chesapeake, VA
Seraphim Ministries International Bible Institute www.smilife.org N/A Petersburg, VA
Shiloh Theological Seminary-Shiloh Ministries International*   N/A Stafford, VA
Simmons Bible University

www.simbu.org N/A Springfield, VA
Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary* www.sebts.edu SACs & ATS Glen Allen, VA
St. Elias Seminary and Graduate School* www.steliasseminary.org N/A Purcellville, VA
St. Mark Seminary & College http://rbc.rbsocc.org N/A Fairfax, VA
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Tabernacle Baptist Bible College & Theological Seminary www.tbbcts.org N/A Virginia Beach, VA
Tabernacle Bible College www.tabernaclebiblecollege.org N/A Norfolk, VA
Tabernacle Divinity School* www.TabernacleDivinitySchool.org N/A Chesterfield, VA
Tabernacle of Light Bible Institute   N/A Hampton, VA
The Christian College at Jamestown* n/a N/A Williamsburg, VA
The Destiny Campus of Life Christian University* www.destinyfamilycenter.com N/A Stuarts Draft, VA
The Spirit of Truth Institute www.fgcfi.com N/A Richmond, VA
Tidewater Bible College www.tidewaterbiblecollege.org N/A Virginia Beach, VA
Triangle Bible Institute* www.starbethlehem.org N/A Triangle, VA
United Metaphysical Churches* www.unitedmeta.com N/A Roanoke, VA
Valley Word School of Ministry - Life Christian University* www.newgeneva.us N/A Salem, VA
Virginia Baptist College www.vbc.edu TRACS Fredericksburg, VA
Virginia Beach Theological Seminary www.vbts.edu N/A Virginia Beach, VA
Virginia Bible College* www.vabiblecollege.org N/A Dumfries, VA
Virginia Bible University*   N/A Fairfax, VA
Virginia Christian University* www.vcuni.org N/A Chantilly, VA
Vision of Faith Bible College*   N/A Roanoke, VA
Washington General Assembly Theological College & Seminary   N/A Dunn Loring, VA
Washington Theological Seminary   N/A Springfield, VA
Wave Leadership College* www.wavecollege.com N/A Virginia Beach, VA
Whole Word Life Christian University* www.wholeword.net N/A Portland, OR
William Samson University* www.thewsu.org N/A Alexandria, VA
W. L. Bonner College-Extension   N/A Martinsville, VA
World Missions College of the Greater Washington*   N/A Fairfax, VA
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Please see an overview of the religious exemption provision below:

23-276.2 (C) of the Code of Virginia exempts from the provisions of certification any postsecondary institution whose primary purpose is to provide religious or theological education.  The titles of degrees, diplomas, or certificates awarded by a school that claims a religious exemption must reflect that the school’s primary purpose is religious training or theological education and is not secular or liberal arts education. An exemption granted after July 1, 2002 must be renewed every 5 years and denoted with an asterisk (*) on this list.