Accreditations and Approvals


Accreditations and Approvals


Institutional Accreditation

“Shepherd University has been recognized as a Candidate for Accreditation by WASC Senior College and University Commission, 985 Atlantic Avenue, #100, Alameda, CA 94501, 510-748-9001. This status is a preliminary preaccreditation affiliation with the Commission awarded within the five year period allowed to achieve Initial Accreditation. Candidacy is an indication that the institution is progressing toward Initial Accreditation. Candidacy is not Accreditation and does not ensure eventual Accreditation.”

Current Status: Candidate Warning Letter Issued

Programmatic Accreditation

Shepherd University School of Nursing Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) Program is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing.

Shepherd University School of Theology is fully accredited by the Association of Theological Schools (ATS) for its graduate programs.

SEVIS Certification

Shepherd University is certified by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) through the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) to issue Forms I-20 and accept F-1 nonimmigrant foreign students for its degree programs.

California BPPE Approval

Shepherd University is recognized by the State of California as an institution of higher education. Shepherd University has state approval from Bureau of Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE) to confer the Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies, the Master of Divinity, the Doctor of Ministry, the Bachelor of Music, the Master of Music, the Bachelor of Science in Information Technology, the Master of Science in Information Technology, the Licensed Vocational Nurse Certificate, the Associate Degree in Nursing, the Bachelor of Science in Nursing , the Master of Science in Nursing, Associate of Science in Pre-Nursing, Medical Assistant Certificate and English as a Second Language (ESL) program.

Any questions a student may have regarding this catalog that have not been satisfactorily answered by the institution may be directed to the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education.
Mailing Address:
Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education
P.O. Box 980818
West Sacramento, CA 95798-0818

Physical Address:
Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education
2535 Capitol Oaks Drive, Suite 400
Sacramento California, 95833
Phone: (916) 431-6959
Toll Free: (888) 370-7589
Main Fax: (916) 263-1897
Web site:

A student or any member of the public may file a complaint about this institution with the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education by calling toll free (888) 370-7589 or by completing a complaint form, which can be obtained on the bureau’s Internet Website (