Non-denominational seminaries, in contrast to confessional institutions, don’t align with a specific denomination. Some remain within a broad tradition and require faculty to subscribe to the views of the school’s tradition. Others are more broadly Christian and have no formal statement of faith. Many accredited non-denominational seminary schools are evangelical, although there may be some that aren’t.
Non-denominational theology schools attract students from many different Christian backgrounds, providing a diverse setting for theological dialog. Students frequently come to non-denominational schools for two primary reasons. They either hope to one day lead a non-denominational church or independent Christian organization, or they aren’t yet sure what tradition they’d like to be ordained in.
The graduate theology schools listed below either formally identify themselves as non-denominational seminaries or make working with many denominations. Some have informal ties with denominations, while others are more removed from any denominational relationship.
Non-Denominational Seminaries, Theology Schools and Divinity Schools
These non-denominational seminary schools have no formal ties to denominations, and many explicitly identify themselves as non-denominational, multi-denominational or interdenominational.
- Beeson Divinity School of Samford University, a non-denominational divinity school
- Bethel Seminary of Bethel University, a broadly Christian seminary
- Biblical Theological Seminary, a non-denominational seminary
- Denver Seminary, an evangelical seminary
- Carolina Graduate School of Divinity, a non-denominational divinity school
- Christian Witness Theological Seminary, a non-denominational Chinese seminary
- Ecumenical Theological Seminary, an ecumenical theology school
- Fuller Theological Seminary, a non-denominational seminary
- George Fox Evangelical Seminary, an evangelical seminary school
- Grace School of Theology, a non-denominational theology school
- Grand Rapids Theological Seminary of Cornerstone University, a non-denominational graduate theology school
- Harvard University Divinity School, a non-denominational divinity school
- Midwest University Graduate School of Theology, a non-denominational theology school
- Multnomah Biblical Seminary of Multnomah University, a non-denominational seminary
- New York Theological Seminary, a non-denominational seminary
- Phoenix Seminary, an evangelical seminary
- Regent University School of Divinity, a non-denominational divinity school
- Seattle University School of Theology and Ministry, a non-denominational ministry school
- Shepherd University School of Theology, a missional seminary
- Talbot School of Theology of Biola University, an evangelical theology school
- The Seattle School of Theology and Psychology, a non-denominational graduate theology school
- Union Theological Seminary, a multi-denominational seminary
- University of Chicago Divinity School, a non-denominational divinity school
- Western Seminary, an evangelical seminary
- World Mission University, a non-denominational Korean seminary
- Yale University Divinity School, an interdenominational divinity school
Non-Denominational Seminary Schools within Traditions
These seminary schools are non-denominational, but they are grounded within a particular Christian tradition. Many have informal ties with one or more denominations in their respective tradition.
- Asbury Theological Seminary, a wesleyan seminary that’s mult-denominational
- Azusa Pacific Seminary, a wesleyan seminary school that’s interdenominational
- Dallas Theological Seminary, a dispensational seminary that’s non-denominational
- Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, a reformed seminary that’s multi-denominational
- International Theological Seminary, a reformed seminary that’s interdenominational
- Northeastern Seminary at Roberts Wesleyan College, a wesleyan seminary that’s non-denominational
- Oral Roberts University College of Theology and Ministry, a historically pentecostal theology school that’s multi-denominational
- Vanderbilt University Divinity School, an mainline protestant divinity school that’s interdenominational
- Wesley Biblical Seminary, an armenian seminary that’s non-denominational
- Wake Forest University School of Divinity, a baptist divinity school that’s eccumenical
Denominationally Affiliated Graduate Theology Schools That Are Ecumenical
These few graduate theology schools are affiliated with specific denominations, but they don’t only serve their denomination. They’ve made a special effort to work with Christians from many traditions outside of their particular denomination.
- Anderson University School of Theology, a Church of God theology school that works with many other denominations
- Central Baptist Theological Seminary, an interdenominational seminary with many affiliations
- Palmer Theological Seminary, an American Baptist Churches USA seminary that’s multi-denominational
Looking for more theology and divinity schools? You may be interested in:
- historically black theology schools
- ecumenical theology schools
- evangelical theology schools
- mainline protestant theology schools
- protestant theology schools (all)
Alternatively, check our lists of denominationally affiliated seminaries.