Affiliation and Governance

STS is not affiliated with any denomination. While the seminary began under the guidance of Colonial Baptist Church, STS is governed by an independent Board of Directors that provides oversight, ensuring the seminary meets its intended mission and operates within the Articles of Incorporation. A list of the Board of Directors is available in the “Faculty, Board of Directors, Administration and Staff” section of this catalog.


STS is incorporated in North Carolina as a non-profit corporation exclusively for religious purposes within the meaning of Internal Revenue Service Code of 1986, as amended, Section 501(c)(3).

Authorization to Grant Degrees

Degree programs of study offered by Shepherds Theological Seminary have been declared exempt from the requirements for licensure under the provisions of North Carolina General Statutes Section (G.S.) 116–15(d) with respect to religious education, as amended by the University of North Carolina Board of Governors’ policies. Exemption from licensure is not based upon any assessment of program quality under established licensing standards. After examination of our documents of application, the President of the University of North Carolina granted permission on November 23, 2003 to award degrees in religious education. In accordance with these statutory provisions, Shepherds Theological Seminary is authorized to grant the following degrees:

  • Master of Divinity (M.Div.)
  • Master of Arts in Church Ministry (M.A.C.M.)
  • Master of Arts in Biblical Literature and Languages (M.A.B.L.L.)
  • Master of Theological Studies (M.T.S.)
  • Doctor of Divinity Honoris Causis (D.D.)

Shepherds Diploma Program

In addition, Shepherds offers the following nontraditional diploma programs for students with ministry experience, but without a baccalaureate degree:

  • Diploma of Church Ministry
  • Diploma of Biblical Counseling

Authorization to Conduct Distance Education

Shepherds Theological Seminary is authorized to conduct distance education as a non-public post-secondary religious exempt institution in the following states:

  • University of North Carolina and is in compliance with North Carolina General Statutes Section (G.S.) 116–15(d)
  • Wyoming Department of Education and is in compliance with Wyoming Statues §21-2-401 et. seq.
  • Texas Department of Education and is in compliance with Texas Tax Code Sections §151.310, §156.102 and §171.058.


Student Complaint/Grievance Policy

Students are encouraged to take any complaint or grievance to their institution first and foremost. For Students wishing to file a complaint or grievance against any institution in North Carolina may do so by following the appropriate steps as laid out in here