Global Ministries University maintains its status as a nonprofit religious corporation and has a religious exemption status with the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education in the State of California Department of Consumer Affairs.

Because GMU is “an institution owned, controlled, and operated and maintained by a religious organization lawfully operating as a nonprofit religious corporation,” it has been granted an exemption from the public accreditation process by the State of California’s Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education, pursuant to the California Private Postsecondary Education Act of 2009. GMU is required to retain student records and transcripts and submit them to the California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education. Therefore, while the word “accredited” is not used because of its religious status, Global Ministries University is licensed and permitted to grant degrees and issue diplomas by the State of California, as issued by Wayne Brenner, Licensing Manager for the California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education.”,”displayPreview”:true,”align”:”center”} –>



Global Ministries University was founded in 2001 as the primary operational program of the Federation of Community Ministries of California, a 501c3 non-profit educational corporation based in San Jose, California. In that same year of 2001, GMU applied for a charter from the Bureau of Postsecondary Education in the State of California to operate a theological program on the internet and offer theological degrees, both undergraduate and graduate, for those completing these programs successfully. This charter was granted to GMU and has remained in effect to the present time. GMU is considered an exempt religious institution and does not need the approval of any secular governmental body such as the US Department of Education to operate its programs. GMU is affiliated with the Federation of Christian Ministries, an ecumenical association of communities and ministries throughout the United States.

GMU has established an international standing as a global provider of interfaith education both in the USA and other parts of the world such as Africa and India. GMU is affiliated through an existing MOU with the Tangaza University Institute of Interreligious Studies and Islamic Studies, approved in 2019 by officials of this university.

GMU acted as co-chair of an international conference in 2021 on the papal encyclical, Fratelli Tutti. in collaboration with Tangaza University and several Muslim educational institutions in Africa. and Indonesia and the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue. In 2021 Global Ministries formed an educational consortium with the Institute for Science and Religion at Little Flower Seminary in Kerala, India and the Jesuit sponsored Indian Institute of Science and Religion (IISR). This consortium is now offering both certificate programs and a Master’s Degree program in Science and Religion.

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GMU is a Member of the Silicon Valley Interreligious Council in San Jose CA. since 2011.
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Global Ministries University is not accredited as the word is most commonly understood for a number of reasons. For example, accrediting agencies often do not have a mechanism in place for the evaluation of the educational model of Global Ministries University based on the following unique characteristics of our institution:
  1. Our program offerings, student body, and institutional philosophy and mission are ecumenical and interreligious and do not embrace a doctrinal faith statement that would exclude certain faith communities.
  2. We retain U.S.-based and international contract faculty rather than employing residential faculty.

Global Ministries University asserts that the academic integrity of an institution is best measured by the credentials of its faculty, the affiliations it maintains, and the academic and professional accomplishments of its students and alumni. GMU offers thought-provoking, contemporary courses facilitated by highly-competent instructors who are required to hold a masters degree, with most holding a doctoral degree.

However, we wish to be upfront with prospects and would like to make it clear that GMU credits may or may not be:
·  considered a requisite for entry into higher-level degree programs at other schools;
·  acceptable to a potential employer;
.  transferable into programs of other schools.

If you must have an accredited degree, it is recommended that you refer to the databases of either or both the US Dept. of Education (USDE): and/or the Council for Higher Education (CHEA):

Even though it is important to consider all aspects of accreditation, keep in mind that accreditation is not always necessary.  Global Ministries University has the capacity to provide students with quality programs at an affordable cost, programs that can be custom-designed to meet one’s particular academic and/or ministerial goals, programs that do not require testing.   Instead of memorizing data for a test, our students are given essay-type assignments to measure their ability. With this learning method, students are empowered to express themselves and channel their learning experience in a direction that will nurture growth on their particular spiritual path.