Religious Institutions


Notice: Effective Immediately - all Religious Institutions must email the affidavit to cieinfo@fldoe.org


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 http://www.fldoe.org/policy/cie 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

ACOJ Theological Seminary and Ministry Training Corp

Admirable Counselor Team University Seminar-Actus- Inc

Adullam Bible College

Advancement Christian University

Agape Christian University

Agape Seminary

Agape University & Seminary

Aidan University

Alexander Institute of Biblical Studies, The

Alliance Bible College and Seminary

Alpha University

Ambassador Christian University

Ambassadors School of Ministry, Inc

American Bible College, Inc.

American International Theism University

American Pontifical Catholic University

American University of Theology, The

Amerinter Christian University

Ames Christian University

Ames Christian University

Amity College

Andre Robert Ministries Inc. dba Faith Global Institute

Angel Ferguson's Ministries

Apostolic University of Fine Arts & Philosophy in Music Education Seminary

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

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

APOSTOLIC UNIVERSITY OF THEOSINOSOPHY, AYURVEDA COLLEGE & MORAL WELLNESS SEMINARY

Ark Baptist College

At the Cross Theological University Inc.

ATFS Bible Institute, 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.

Beacon of Light Christian College

Bearing Fruit Training Institute Inc.

Berean Christian College & Seminary, Inc.

Beth Rapha Christian College and Theological Seminary, Inc.

Bethesda Theological Seminary

Bethesida School of Theology

Blue Lotus School of Mindfulness (Buddhist), The

Boston Christian University

Branches of the Vine International University, LLC

Breyer State Theology University

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

C.U.E.W.A. University of African, Eastern & Western Religious Studies and Holistic Health

Calvary Bible College

Calvary Chapel Aventura Inc.

Camden University and Graduate School of Theology

Cane Ridge Ministers Academy and Seminary

Carey International University of Theology

Carmen L. Stewart Apostolic Institute of Learning

Carolina Theological Institute and Seminary

Cascadia Northwest Theological Seminary Inc

Central Florida Kingdom University

CENTRE DE THEOLOGIE EVANGELIQUE ET PASTORALE

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

Charismata Theological University

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 International School of Theology

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

College of Missionary Aviation

College of Theological Seminary

Collegium Augustinianum Graduate School of Philosophy and Theology

Colorado Theological Seminary

CORE Kingdom University

Cornerstone Christian University CCU, Inc.

Cornerstone Christian University/Cornerstone University of Florida

Covenant Life University

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 BROADCASTING NETWORK UNIVERSITY

Divine Revelation Biblical School of Wisdom

Divinity Chaplain University

Doma Christian Leadership University

Dominican Institute, The

Door to Heaven Ministry University of Science

Dove Counseling School

Doxa International University - Bible College and Theological Seminary

Eagle Christian International University

Eagle High Theology University

East Coast Christian University

Edgewater Christian University

Eitz Chaim Rabbinical University

Ekklesia Bible Institute & Seminary

El Shaddai Theological Seminary

El Tabor Christian University

Elohim Kingdom University LLC

Embassy of United Chaplains Ministry Inc., The

EMET GLOBAL EDUCATION GROUP CORP dba EMET GLOBAL UNIVERSITY

Emet Global School of Ministry

Emil Brunner World University Corp.

Emmanuel Christian University

Emmaus Baptist College

Encouraging Faith Theological University

Enlace International Christian University

Esther Theological Seminary of Malabar, Inc.

Evangel Temple Campus of Evangel University

Evangelical Christian College

Evangelical College and Seminary

Evangelical Theological Seminary

Evangelical University and Seminary

Exousia University

Expansion International Jabes University, Inc

Faith Leads University, Inc.

Faith Theological Seminary

Faith Theological Seminary and Christian College

Faith University

Family of Christ Theological Seminary

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 Leadership And Ministry University

Florida Metropolitan University St. Regis

Florida School of Preaching

Florida Theological Chaplaincy Academy

Florida Theological University

Florida Theological University

Florida Trinity College

Florida World University Logos

Floyd H. Gayles Bible University International - School of Theology

FMI Biblical Studies And Seminary

Franciscan University of Steubenville

Gamaliel Global University, Inc.

Gate of Bethel Bible College, The

Genesis Global University

Genesis University

Genesis University

Genesis Wellness Institute

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

Great Commission International Theological Seminary

Gulf Pointe Bible College and Seminary

Hartwell University

Harvest Baptist University

Harvest Life Christian and Training Centre, Inc.

Heed University School of Theology

Heritage University and Seminary

Hidden Truths College of Metaphysics

Higher Place Christian University

Hindu University of America

Holistic Research Institute of Florida, The

Holistic Research Institute of Florida, The

Holistic University 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 Clinical Pastoral Training, The

Institute for Vaishnava Studies, Inc, The

Institute of Christian Leadership, Inc.

Instituto Biblico Volviendo a Pentecostes IDDUVP

Instituto Catolico Pscicologia y fe

Instituto Teológico y Asociación de Capellanía Transformando Vidas

Integrity Bible College & Seminary

Integrity Theology Institute

Interamerican Chaplains Institute

International Academy of Chaplaincy

International Bible University United

International Christian Chaplains University, Inc.

International Christian Vision Ministerial University & Clergy Council

International College of Ministry

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 is Lord International University

Jesus Moment Bible Institute and Seminary

Jewish Christian Seminary of Florida Inc

Jewish University System, Inc

Jodapris Christian University

Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi Christian University, Inc.

JRTU - Jehovah Rohi Theological University

Jubal Christian University of Music & Art

Judaic Institute For Graduate Studies, Inc.

Kemuel Christian University

King David University

King Solomon University

Kingdom Builders School of Theology

Kingdom CEO University

Kingdom Citizens Bible School

Kingdom Heirs University

Kingdom Life University

Kingdom of God Available for All / KGAA International University

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

KOFE UNIVERSITY REV. DR. GRACE A. KIRKWOOD SEMINARY COLLEGE

Landmark Baptist College

Last Days Prophetic Training College

Leadership Jesus Name University & MGDC Inc.

Legacy College of Ministry

Lenkeson Global Christian University, Inc.

Life Christian University

LifeSource Advanced Bible Institute

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

Love in the Word Church Inc. ( APOSTOLIC BIBLE COLLEGE & SEMINARY, LLC)

Lucent University

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

Maranatha Christian College

Maranatha Intercontinental University, Inc.

Mercy University

Messiah Emmanuel University Inc

Miami International Seminary Inc.

MICAR Chaplain International

Micar Christian University

Mind of Christ Institute, Inc.

Ministerio Apostolico y Profetico de Sandid Divina, Inc.

Ministerio de Familia a Prueba de Presion Inc.

Ministerio Internacional Dios Es Amor. Inc

Ministry of Christ Church College

Ministry of Spirit and Truth Int'l

Miracle Time University

Mount Olive Bible Institute & Seminary, Inc.

Mount Zion University

Mountain of Faith School of World Evangelism

My Life Theological University

Neal's Temple Holiness Church, Inc.

New Alliance Theological Seminary, Inc.

New Awareness Ministries, Inc.

New Covenant International University & Theological Seminary

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

New School of Biblical Theology, Inc., The

Newness of Life Bible College & Seminary

Next Dimension School of Theology

Nikola Tesla Autonomous International University Inc.

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

NU Grace Bible University & Seminary

NYC Full Gospel Theological Seminary, Inc.

Oceans Unite Discipleship Training Centre

Olivet Theological College & Seminary

P.I.D.A International Christian University

Palm Beach Baptist Theological Seminary

Pentecostal Theological University

Phrear School of Theology

Post Education Institute College of Biblical Studies, Inc.

Power International Theological Seminary Inc.

Prayer Pact International School of Ministry

Preachers International, 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 Bible College

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

RENAISSANCE CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY, INC.

Restoration International University

Revelation Message Bible College

Revelation Message Christian Institute

Revelation University

Rhema Apostolic University

Rhema Apostolic University Midet

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

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

SAGRADA ORDEN DE “EL IMPERIO DE LA LUZ” (S.O.I.L.)

Sai Ayurvedic Institute

Saint Irenaeus House of Orthodox Studies

Saint James International Christian University

Saint Patrick University

Saint Peter World Scientific University Foundation

Saint Sebastian’s Elite College

Saint Thomas Aquinas University

Saint Thomas Old Catholic Theological Seminary

San Gregorio College and University

School of Revivalists Inc.

School of Theology and the Prophets, LLC

Sean Claire Lily University & Seminary

Seminario Reformado Latinoamericano

Seminary for the Third Millennium

SER Christian University

Seven Pillars Bible Institute

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

Southeastern Theological Seminary

Southern Christian University

Southern National Theological Seminary

SouthField Morality University, INC.

Southwestern International Bible College

Spiritual Food Ministries Inc. and Christian University

St. John's Lutheran University

St. Johns American University of Florida

St. Johns Christian University

St. Marcos Theology University

St. Paul International School

St. Paul University

St. Vincent De Paul Regional Seminary

Tabernaculo Internacional / Tabernacle International

Tallahassee Christian College & Training Center

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

UNIFF LLC (University of Informatics and Faith in Florida)

United States Institute of Language and Clerical Studies

United Theological University

Universal Holy Faith

Universal Trinity College

Universidad Cristiana de Desarrollo Integral C.L.

Universidad Cristiana Enlace Mundial

Universidad Cristiana Logos Colombia

Universidad De Teologia Latino Americana Inc.

Universidad Iberoamericana de Liderazgo

Universidad Internacional Cristo Libera

Universidad Internacional de Filosofia Holistica

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 Universal de Musica y Arte Jubal

University of Holistic Theology

University of I AM / Spiritual Awakening and Manifestation University

University of Leadership and Ministry

University of the Supernatural Ministry

University of Theology, Philosophy and Science Inc.

Urban Ministry and Chaplaincy Institute

Vedic Wellness University Inc.

Victory Through Holiness Theological Seminary

Vineyard: Seventh Day Church of God Theological College, The

Visionist Theological Bible Institute Inc.

Vox Dei American University

Walk by Faith by the Holy Spirit Christian School

West Florida Baptist Institute

West Florida Theological Seminary

Western Orthodox University Faculties of Theology and Church Music, The

Whitefield College and Theological Seminary

Wisdom of Christ University

Woodfield Christian Seminary

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 Christian University

Zion Gate University Inc.

Zion International University

Zoe Global University LLC

Zoe International University