Religious Institutions

Notice: Effective Immediately - all Religious Institutions must email the affidavit to

Florida Statute 1005.06 (1)(f) Religious Institutions Exempt from the Commission's Jurisdiction

Religious institutions that meet the requirements found in Section 1005.06(1)(f), Florida Statutes and Rule 6E-5.001, Florida Administrative Code are not under the jurisdiction or purview of the Commission for Independent Education and are not required to obtain licensure.

Section 1005.06(1)(f), F.S. reads:

A religious college may operate without governmental oversight if the college annually verifies by sworn affidavit to the commission that:

  1. The name of the institution includes a religious modifier or the name of a religious patriarch, saint, person, or symbol of the church.
  2. The institution offers only educational programs that prepare students for religious vocations as ministers, professionals, or laypersons in the categories of ministry, counseling, theology, education, administration, music, fine arts, media communications, or social work.
  3. The titles of degrees issued by the institution cannot be confused with secular degree titles. For this purpose, each degree title must include a religious modifier that immediately precedes, or is included within, any of the following degrees: Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Master of Arts, Master of Science, Doctor of Philosophy, and Doctor of Education. The religious modifier must be placed on the title line of the degree, on the transcript, and whenever the title of the degree appears in official school documents or publications.
  4. The duration of all degree programs offered by the institution is consistent with the standards of the commission.
  5. The institution's consumer practices are consistent with those required by s. 1005.04.

The commission may provide such a religious institution a letter stating that the institution has met the requirements of state law and is not subject to governmental oversight.

Rule 6E-5.001 Religious Institution Letter of Exemption

  1. Definitions. As used in this rule, a "letter of exemption" means a letter issued by the Commission to a religious college providing that the institution has met the requirements of state law and is not subject to governmental oversight.
  2. The Commission shall issue a letter of exemption no more than once annually, after receipt of a properly completed application on CIE Form 113. CIE Form 113, Application for Religious Institution Letter of Exemption, is incorporated by reference to become effective upon the effective date of this rule. CIE Form 113 may be obtained without cost, from the Commission's website at or by writing to the Commission for Independent Education, 325 West Gaines Street, Suite 1414, Tallahassee, Florida 32399-0400.
  3. The sworn affidavit portion of CIE Form 113 shall be executed by an Officer, Director or person holding a similar office with the religious institution.
  4. The Commission shall not issue a letter of exemption where it has not received a properly completed CIE Form 113.
  5. Duration. A letter of exemption is valid for one year from the date reflected on the letter.

Download Form 113 - Application for Religious Institution Letter of Exemption (PDF)


The following institutions have filed an annual affidavit and received a letter of exemption from the Commission for Independent Education:
Religious Institution List

Abba Theological Seminary

ABM University Theological Seminary

Abraham University

Adullam Bible College

Advancement Christian University

Agape Christian University

Agape Seminary

Agape University & Seminary

Aidan University

Alexander Institute of Biblical Studies, The

All Ages International Christian Academy

Alpha University

Ambassador Christian University

Ambassadors School of Ministry, Inc

America International Christian Chaplain Association

American Bible College, Inc.

American International Theism University

American Pontifical Catholic University

American University of Theology, The

Amerinter Christian University

Ames Christian University

Amity College

Angel Ferguson's Ministries

Answer Ministries International Institute (AMI Institute)

Apostolic University of the Holy Mysteries A.M.O.R.

Apostolic University of the Holy Mysteries A.M.O.R.


At the Cross Theological University Inc.

Atlantic Coast Bible College and Theological Seminary

Avodah Kingdom University Inc.

B.C. Graham Theological Seminary

Barnham Seminary, Inc.

Baruch Leadership Training Academy

Be Encouraged In The Word Christian Bible College, Inc.

Beth Rapha Christian College and Theological Seminary, Inc.

Bethesda Theological Seminary

Bethesida School of Theology

Bhagawan Siya Ram Hindu International University, Inc.

Blue Lotus School of Mindfulness (Buddhist), The

Boston Christian University

Breyer State Theology University

C.I.C.A. International University & Seminary Corp.

Calvary Bible College

Calvary Chapel Aventura Inc.

Camden University and Graduate School of Theology

Cane Ridge Ministers Academy and Seminary

Canon Bible College and Seminary, Inc.

Canon University International Ecclesiastical Council of Bishops and Apostles Inc.

Canon University, Inc.

Central Florida Kingdom University


Centro de Estudio Teologico y Ministerial, Inc.

Centro Evangelistico Latino Americano International University

Challenge International Bible College and Seminary

Chaplaincy International Academy, The

Chaplains College School of Graduate Studies

Charismata Christian College

Choices Christian Bible College and Graduate School, Inc.

Christ Exalted Seminary, Inc

Christ for all Nations School of Ministry

Christ Restoration University Inc.

Christ Theological Seminary

Christian Bible Institute & Seminary

Christian Business School

Christian Educational Training Symposium

Christian Leaders College

Christian University of Human Development

Church of God by Faith Theological Institute, (CTI)

Church of Harmony and Sacred Space, Inc.

CITA-EDU, Inc. (Clas Internacional de Teologia Aplicada)

City Bible College

CMI American Christian University

Colegio Teologico & Empresarial de Comunidad de Fe Ministries

College of Missionary Aviation

College of Theological Seminary

Collegium Augustinianum Graduate School of Philosophy and Theology

CORE Kingdom University

Cornerstone Christian University CCU, Inc.

Cornerstone Christian University/Cornerstone University of Florida

Cornerstone Institute for Religious Education and Training, The

Crossing Bible College, The

Crown Career College

CUFS University Advanced Studies in Theology and Ethics

Cushite Hebrew Yeshiva - Open International University

David University

Demonstration Ministry International Bible College

Destiny Christian University, LLC


Divine Revelation Biblical School of Wisdom

Divinity Chaplain University

Dominican Institute, The

Door to Heaven Ministry University of Science

Doxa International University - Bible College and Theological Seminary

Eagle Christian International University

Eagle High Theology University

East Coast Christian University

Eastward Christian Bible College

Edgewater Christian University

Edwards University & Jonathan Edwards Seminary

El Shaddai Theological Seminary

El Tabor Christian University

Elohim Kingdom University LLC

Embassy of United Chaplains Ministry Inc., The


Emet Global School of Ministry

Emil Brunner World University Corp.

Emmanuel Christian University

Emmaus Baptist College

Esther Theological Seminary of Malabar, Inc.

European-American University & Theological Seminary

Evangelical Christian College

Evangelical College and Seminary

Evangelical Theological Seminary

Evangelical University and Seminary

Exodus University

Exousia University

Faith A & B University

Faith Leads University, Inc.

Faith Theological Seminary

Faith Theological Seminary and Christian College

Faith University

Family of Christ Theological Seminary

Fedglomi University-Fedglomi-U

Florida Baptist University

Florida Beacon College & Seminary

Florida Bible College of Tampa

Florida Bible University

Florida College for Philosophical and Religious Studies

Florida Hebrew University

Florida International Bible College & Seminary

Florida Metropolitan University St. Regis

Florida School of Preaching

Florida Theological Chaplaincy Academy

Florida Theological University

Florida Theological University

Florida Trinity College

Floyd H. Gayles Bible University International - School of Theology

FMI Biblical Studies And Seminary

Franciscan University of Steubenville

Fuzion Bible Institute

Gamaliel Global University, Inc.

Gate of Bethel Bible College, The

Genesis Global University

Genesis University

Genesis Wellness Institute

Global Chaplain University

Global Nations University and Seminary

Global Oved Dei Seminary and University

Golden Gates Chaplains International Ministries, Inc.

Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary

Grace and Faith Church/School of Ministry

Grace Christian University

Grace Theological Seminary

Gulf Pointe Bible College and Seminary

Hartwell University

Harvest Baptist University

Harvest Life Christian and Training Centre, Inc.

Heart Bible International University

Heed University School of Theology

Heritage University and Seminary

Hidden Truths College of Metaphysics

Holistic Ministries, Inc. Christian Institute and Seminary

Holistic Research Institute of Florida, The

Holistic Research Institute of Florida, The

Holy Bible College

Holy Spirit University of Atlanta

Holy Trinity College and Seminary, Inc.

Hope Connection Ministries Corp.

ICU- International Christian University

Ignite Institute of Prophetic Leadership

Ignited Faith Bible Institute

In Character School of Ministry

In His Image Institute of Counseling and Training

Indiana Wesleyan University

Institute for Clinical Pastoral Training, The

Institute for Vaishnava Studies, Inc, The

Instituto Biblico Abrigo Del Altisimo

Instituto Teológico y Asociación de Capellanía Transformando Vidas

Integrity Bible College & Seminary

Interamerican Chaplains Institute

International Academy of Chaplaincy

International Christian Chaplains University, Inc.

International College of Ministry

International Evangelical School of Universal Studies

International Kingdom University U.S.A.

International Rain of Blessing Theology University of Florida

International Redeemed Christian University

International University of Morality

Isaiah University of the Holy Ghost

Islamic University of North America (Mishkah University)

Islamic University of North America (Mishkah University)

Ivy Enber Christian University

Jacksonville Theological Seminary

JEA Theological University

Jehovah Jireh Bible Institute of Higher Learning

Jehovah Jireh Bible Institute of Higher Learning

Jesus Image, Inc.

Jesus Moment Bible Institute and Seminary

Jewish Christian Seminary of Florida Inc

Jewish University System, Inc

Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi Christian University, Inc.

JRTU - Jehovah Rohi Theological University

Judaic Institute For Graduate Studies, Inc.

Kemuel Christian University

King David University

King Solomon University

Kingdom Builders School of Theology

Kingdom CEO University

Kingdom International University Corp

Kingdom LIFE Academy Pristine

Kingdom Life University

Kingdom of God Available for All International University, Inc.

Kingdom Scholastic Center of Excellence, Inc.

Kingdom Truth University, Inc.

Kingdom University International - School of Theology

Kingdom Vessels Christian Bible Institute and Seminary

Kissimmee International College and El Roi Institute

Knox Theological Seminary


Landmark Baptist College

Last Days Prophetic Training College

Legacy Bible College and Theological Seminary

Legacy College of Ministry

Lenkeson Global Christian University, Inc.

Life Christian University

Life University Leadership, Inc

Lifeline Bible College

Lifeway Baptist University

Ligonier Academy of Biblical And Theological Studies

Logos Divinity University

Logos Institute of Theology, College & Seminary

Logos International Chaplain Ministries

Logos International University

Logos University International Uni Logos


M.A.P.S.D. Holistic Ministry Seminary

M.A.P.S.D. Universities & Seminary Academic Assembly

Macedonia Theological Seminary Inc.

MADA Theological University

Manna University

Miami International Seminary Inc.

MICAR Chaplain International

Micar Christian University

MICED (Ministerio Internacional Cristo Eterno Dios) International University

Ministerio Apostolico y Profetico de Sandid Divina, Inc.

Ministerio Internacional Dios Es Amor. Inc

Ministry of Christ Church College

Ministry of Spirit and Truth Int'l

My Life Theological University

Neal's Temple Holiness Church, Inc.

Netzer David Yeshiva

New Awareness Ministries, Inc.

New Covenant International, Inc.

New Covenant University

New Covenant University

New Day Mercies Bible Institute, Inc.

New England University of Christ

New Life Christian University

New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary

Newness of Life Bible College & Seminary

North Carolina Christian University Inc.

North Carolina Theological Seminary

North Central Theological Seminary

North Florida Baptist College

Northstar University

Northwestern Theological Seminary

NorthWind Theological Seminary

NorthWind Theological Seminary

NYC Full Gospel Theological Seminary, Inc.

Oceans Unite Discipleship Training Centre

Oklahoma International Christian University

Olivet Theological College & Seminary

P.I.D.A International Christian University

Pentecostal Theological University

Petra Christian University

Phrear School of Theology

Post Education Institute College of Biblical Studies, Inc.

Power International Theological Seminary Inc.

Presbyterian General Assembly Theological Seminary and Graduate School, Inc. (aka "Berit")

Professional Christian University

Professional Christian University

Propel Christian University

Providence International Christian University s.m. Inc

Rainbow School of Ministry

Rapha College of The Healing Arts


Redeemer College

Redime Christian University

Reformation Bible College

Remnant Nation University - ( A Division of Remnant Nation, LLC )

RemZion University of Jerusalem


Restoration International University

Revelation Bible Institute Christian Center

Revelation Message Bible College

Revelation Message Christian Institute

Rhema Apostolic University

Rhema Life Bible Institute, Inc

Rich Sis Academy of Faith

Rise and Shine Christian Academy Inc.

River Ministries

River School of Ministry

River University-River Bible Institute

River University-River School of Worship

Ro'eh College and Seminary

Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies, The

Ross F. Herrington University and Theological Seminary

RWOMI Christian University

RWOMI Training Institute & School of the Prophets

Sacra Ordo Est Mysterium Regni Dei

Sacred Journey Interfaith Seminary


Sai Ayurvedic Institute

Saint Irenaeus House of Orthodox Studies

Saint James International Christian University

Saint Michael the Archangel International University

Saint Omer Institute

Saint Patrick University

Saint Peter World Scientific University Foundation

Saint Thomas Aquinas University

Saint Thomas International University

San Gregorio College and University

School of Revivalists Inc.

School of Theology and the Prophets, LLC

Sean Claire Lily University & Seminary

Seminario Reformado Latinoamericano

SER Christian University

Seven Pillars Bible Institute

Shalom Christian International University and Ministries

Shalom Theological University

Shema Israel International Yeshiva, Inc.

Shema Theological Seminary and Bible College, Inc.

Shepherds Theological Seminary

Shuvu College of Messianic Judaism

Siloam Evangelical University

Simple Ayurveda School

Smith Christian University

Sonshine Bible Institute

Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary

Southern Christian University

Southern National Theological Seminary

SouthField Morality University, INC.

Spiritual Food Ministries Inc. and Christian University

Srividya International University for Vedic Science

St. John's Lutheran University

St. Johns American University of Florida

St. Johns Christian University

St. Marcos Theology University

St. Paul International School

St. Thomas Aquinas Seminary

St. Vincent De Paul Regional Seminary

Tabernacle Bible College & Seminary - Christian University

Talmudic College of Florida Inc.

Tau Divinity University

Temple Christian University, Inc.

Theological Research Institute

Theological University The Great Commission

Trinity Graduate School and Seminary, Inc.

Trinity International University of Ambassadors Corp.

Truth Bible University

TVM Christian University

Uniclau Laude International Christian University

United States Institute of Language and Clerical Studies

Universal Trinity College

Universidad Cristiana Logos Colombia

Universidad De Teologia Latino Americana Inc.

Universidad Iberoamericana de Liderazgo

Universidad Nissi Inc

Universidad Reformada De Miami

Universidad Teologica Cristiana Internacional Inc.

Universidad Teologica de Florida, Inc.

Universidad Teologica El Camino, Inc.

Universidad Teologica La Palabra Inc.

Universidad Transcontinental de Ciencias Teologicas

University of Holistic Theology

University of I AM / Spiritual Awakening and Manifestation University

University of Leadership and Ministry

University of Music and Arts Jubal

University of Theology, Philosophy and Science Inc.

Urban Ministry and Chaplaincy Institute

Vedic Wellness University Inc.

Veni Creator Christian University

Victory Hispana Christian University

Victory Through Holiness Theological Seminary

Vineyard: Seventh Day Church of God Theological College, The

Vox Dei American University

West Florida Theological Seminary

Western Orthodox University Faculties of Theology and Church Music, The

Whitefield College and Theological Seminary

World Christian University

World University Ecumenical Inc.

World University of Lutheran Philosophy Inc.

Worldwide Theological Scientific University

WPBCOG Bible Institute

Yeshivah Gedolah Rabbinical College

Yoga University of the Americas - A Siddha Vedha Institute

Yoga Veda Institute, LLC

Yoga-Samskrutham University

Zion Christian College & Seminary

Zion Gate University Inc.

Zion International University

Zoe Global University LLC

Zoe International University