The history of the growth of Seattle Pacific University is linked to the educational community of which it is a part. In successive steps from 1921 to 1937, the University was accredited by the Washington State Board of Education. Since 1936, the University has been accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU).
Seattle Pacific is included on the approved list of the American Council on Education and Board of Regents of the State of New York. The University is also a charter member of the Christian College Consortium and a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities, and its credits are recognized by members of the various regional associations and by leading graduate schools throughout the country.
The University is approved by the U.S. government for education of veterans and their dependents under the applicable public laws.
ARTS AND SCIENCES
The Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing is approved by the Association of Writers and Writing Programs.
BUSINESS AND ECONOMICS
The business programs (both graduate and undergraduate) in the School of Business and Economics are accredited by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International.
PSYCHOLOGY, FAMILY, AND COMMUNITY
One of only three marriage and family therapy programs accredited in Washington state, Seattle Pacific's Marriage and Family Therapy program is nationally recognized and accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE) of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. The Doctorate of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Clinical Psychology is accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA).
Seattle Pacific's School of Theology meets the requirements of the Commission on Christian Education of the Free Methodist Church for preparation of ministers and missionaries and is also approved by the Department of Christian Education of the Free Methodist Church and other denominations for the collegiate preparation of ministers. Seattle Pacific is part of the John Wesley Seminary Foundation of the Board of Administration of the Free Methodist Church. The NWCCU acknowledges Seattle Pacific’s graduate program as Seattle Pacific Seminary.