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

A Seminary for the Third Millennium

A.B.I.C.U.S. FL Christian School

Abba Bible College

Abba Theological Seminary

ABM University Theological Seminary

Abundant Blessings Bible College & Seminary

ACOJ Theological Seminary and Ministry Training Corp

ACU-Absoulute Christian University

Adullam Bible College

Advancing Kingdom Word University Inc.

Agape Christian University

Agape Seminary

Agape University & Seminary

Aidan University

Alexander Institute of Biblical Studies, The

Alliance Gospel University

Alpha University

Amazing Grace World University

Ambassadors Theological Institute and Seminary

American Bible College, Inc.

American David Livingstone University Florida

American International Chaplain University Inc.

American International Christian University

American international Theism University

American Pontifical Catholic University

Amity College

Anchor Christian University

Angel Ministries College

Apostolica & Monastica Orden Rahmahnica (A.M.O.R.)

Asociacion de Capellania Restauradores en Accion, Inc.

ATFS Bible Institute, Inc.

Atlantic Coast Theological Seminary

Ayurspirit Ayurveda Institute

Barnham Seminary, Inc.

Beacon Bible Institute

Bearing Fruit Training Institute Inc.

Berean Christian College & Seminary, Inc.

Bethesda Bible Institute & Seminary and Messenger School of Counseling

Bhakti Yoga College

Blue Lotus School of Mindfulness (Buddhist), The

Bodhisastra University

Branches of the Vine International University, LLC

Breyer State Theology University

Bullock Theological Institute

Burnett International Unversity of Theology

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

Calvary Chapel Aventura Inc.

Calvary Chapel University

Catholic University of New Spain

Central Florida Kingdom University

Centro Cristiano El Kairos De Dios

Centro Educativoy Seminario Gracia Abundante inc.

Centro Evangelistico Latino Americano International university

Chesapeake Bible College & Seminary

Choices Christian Bible College and Graduate School, Inc.

Christ Exalted Seminary, Inc

Christ Jesus College and Seminary

Christ Restoration Bible Institute and Seminary

Christ Theological Seminary

Christ's College

Christian Bible Institute & Seminary

Christian Business School

Christian Coaching University

Christian Crusaders University

Christian Institute

Christian Institute of Human Development

Christian Leaders, NFP, Inc.

Christian Leadership University

Christian of America University

Christian School of Faith

Christian University of Human Development

Church of God by Faith Theological Institute, (CTI)

Church of Harmony and Sacred Space, The

Church of Miel, Inc.

Clarity International Christian University

CMI American Christian University

College of Missionary Aviation

Collegium Augustinianum Graduate School of Philosophy and Theology

Communidad de fe Ministries, Inc.

Conceptual Alexandrian Practical Metaphyscial Seminary And college Enterprise University Of Inter-Faith Hoilstic Health And Social Responsibility

Continents State University School of International Business and Theological Education, The

Coral Ridge Seminary

Cornerstone Christian University/Cornerstone University of Florida

CUFS University Advanced Studies in Theology and Ethics

Cushite Hebrew Yeshiva - Open International University

David University

Destiny Christian University, LLC

Destiny Worship Center

Disciples of Christ Bible College and Seminary

Door to Heaven Ministry University of Science

Dunamis Bible College

Eagle Christian International University

East Coast Christian University

Ecotheos International University, Bible College and Seminary, Inc.

El Tabor Christian University

Embassy of United Chaplains Ministry Inc., The

Embassy University

Emil Brunner World University Corp.

Emmanuel Christian University

Emmaus Baptist College

Encouraging Faith Theological University

Enlace International Christian University

Esther International University

Evangelical College and Seminary

Evangelical Episcopal University and Theological Seminary

Faith A & B University

Faith Christian University

Faith Deliverance Crusade Ministries Bible College "The School of Eagles"

Faith Theological Seminary and Christian College

Family of Christ Theological Seminary

Florida Assembly of God University

Florida Beacon College & Seminary

Florida Bible College of Tampa

Florida College for Philosophical and Religious Studies

Florida Leadership And Ministry University

Florida School of Preaching

Florida Theological Chaplaincy Academy

Florida Theological University

Florida Theological University

Florida World University Logos

Floyd H. Gayles Bible University International - School of Theology

FMI Biblical Studies And Seminary

Franciscan University of Steubenville

Freedom Bible College

Fuzion Bible Institute

Gate of Bethel Bible College, The

Genesis University

Genesis University

Global Oved Dei Seminary and University

Golden Gates Chaplains International Ministries, Inc.

Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary

Grace & Truth Christian University

Grace and Faith Church/School of Ministry

Grace Christian University

Great Commission Ministry Church, The

Great Lakes Bible Institute

Gregorian Orthodox School of Theology

Gulf Coast College and Seminary

Harvest Baptist University

Harvest Christian University of Florida, Inc

Harvest Life Christian and Training Centre, Inc.

Harvest Time International Christian University

Haynes University, Inc.

Hebron Evangelical Bible Institute

Heed University School of Theology, Inc.

Helen Kennedy Ministries Bible Institution & School of Ministry

Heritage University and Seminary

Higher Dimension Christian College

Hindu University of America

HLCU - High Level Christian University, Inc.

Holistic Research Institute of Florida, The

Holistic University of Florida, The

Holy Spirit Christian University

Holy Spirit University of Atlanta

Holy Trinity College and Seminary, Inc.

Hope Connection Ministries Corp.

Hope Connection Ministries Corp.

Hosanna Christian University

IBCK Faith University

ICU- International Christian University

Iglesia de Cristo Miel Genesis Shalom, Inc.

Ignite Institute of Prophetic Leadership

iKingdom Academy

Impact College-Christian Leadership Institute

In Character School of Ministry

In His Image Institute of Counseling and Traning

Indiana Wesleyan University

Institute for Clinical Pastoral Training

Institute of Spiritual Healing

Instituto Teologica Pentecostal El Tabernaculo, Inc. (ITPET)

Instituto Teologico M.I.C.A.R.

Integrity Bible College & Seminary

Interamerican Chaplains Institute

International Academy of Chaplaincy

International Bible University United

International Christian Chaplains FBIC Corp, (Bible College)

International College of Ministry

International Hindu University Inc.

International University of Morality

Isaiah University of the Holy Ghost

Islamic University of North America (Mishkah University)

Ivy Enber Christian University

Jacksonville Theological Seminary

Jehovah Jireh Bible Institute of Higher Learning

Jehovah Jireh International Institution, Inc.

Jesus is Lord International University

Jesus Moment Bible Institute and Seminary

Jesus School

Jewish University Systems, Inc

Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi Christian University, Inc.

Jordan School of Divinity

JRTU-Jehovah Rohi Theological University

Jubilee University

Judaic Institute For Graduate Studies, Inc.

Judges Christian University

Kemuel Christian University

Kemuel Seminary

Keystone Business Institute

King David University

King Solomon University

Kingdom Bible College Inc.

Kingdom Builders Bible College and Seminary

Kingdom Development Apostolic Institute, Inc.

Kingdom LIFE Academy Pristine

Kingdom Life University

Kingdom of God Available for All / KGAA International University

Kingdom Truth University, Inc.

Kingdom United School of Development

Kingdom University International - School of Theology LLC

Kingdom Vessels Christian Bible Institute and Seminary

Kingsbury Bible College

Kissimmee International College and El Roi Institute

Knox Theological Seminary

Laboring in the Word Bible College

LAMP Training (Leadership and Ministry Preparation Training)

Lancaster Bible College

Leadership Jesus Name University & MGDC Inc.

Legacy Bible College and Theological Seminary

Legacy College of Ministry

Lenkeson Global Christian University, Inc.

Life Christian University

Lifeway Baptist University

Lighthouse Gathering/Lighthouse Center for Theocentric Counseling

Living Bible Institute and Theological Seminary

Logos Chaplains International

Logos Coaching Institute

Logos Divinity Institute

Logos Divinity University

Logos Flet University

Logos Institute of Theology, College & Seminary

Logos International Chaplain Ministries

Logos International University

Logos University

Logos University International Uni Logos

Lott Carey Baptist College

Love in the word Church Inc. ( Joy Bible College & Seminary of LITWChurch)

Lucent University

Luz y Verdad Christian University, Inc

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

Manna University

Maranatha Christian College

Mekong College and Seminary

Miami International Seminary Inc.

MICAR Chaplain International

Micar Christian University

Middle Florida Theological Seminary and Bible College

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 Fire Christian University

Ministry of Spirit and Truth Int'l

Mirra International University, Inc.

Mision Cristiana Internacional Logos Colombia

Most Holy Trinity Seminary

Mount Olive Bible Institute & Seminary, Inc.

Mount Sinai University of Florida, Inc.

Mount Zion University

My Life Theological University

My Life Theological University

Native American Indigenous Church (NAIC)

Netzer David Yeshiva

New Alliance Theological Seminary, Inc.

New Awareness Ministries, Inc.

New Covenant Bible College Inc.

New Covenant University

New Covenant University

New Day Mercies Bible Institute, Inc.

New Life School of Theology

New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary

Newland Christian University

Newness of Life Bible College & Seminary

North Carolina Theological Seminary

North Central Theological Seminary

North Florida Baptist College

Northstar University

Northwestern Christian University

Northwestern Theological Seminary

NorthWind Theological Seminary

NYC Full Gospel Theological Seminary, Inc.

Old Catholic University, The

Orlando Institute for Leadership of Ministry, The

P.I.D.A Intrernational Christian University

Palm Beach Baptist Theological Seminary

Pentecostal Theological University

Philea Ministries and Church

Phrear School of Theology

Preachers International, Inc.

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

Pristine Springhill Baptist Church

Professional Christian University

Providence International Christian University s.m. Inc

Rainbow School of Ministry, The

Rapha College of The Healing Arts

Redoma Christian College

Reformation International College & Theological Seminary

RemZion University of Jerusalem

Revelation Bible Institute Christian Center

Revelation Message Bible College

Revelation Message Christian Institute

Revelation School of Florida

Revelation School of Ministry

Revelation University

Rhema Apostolic University

Rhema Apostolic University Midet

Rhema Christian University

Rhema University

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 Heart University

Sacred Journey Interfaith Seminary

Sacred Monastic Order Church of Hope Inc.

Sai Ayurvedic College & Wellness Center, LLC

Saint James International Christian University

Saint Peter University LLC

Saint Raphael The Archangel Insititute of Sacred Theology

Saint Thomas Old Catholic Theological Seminary

Samaritan Institute for Religious Studies

San Gregorio College and University.

Seeds of Christ University

Seminario Reformado Latinoamericano

Seminario Teologico Ministerial Inc.

Seminary for the Third Millennium

SER Christian University

Shema Israel International Yeshiva, Inc.

Shema Theological Seminary and Bible College, Inc.

Shofar Bible College & Ministries Inc.

Siloam Evangelical University

Smith Chapel Bible University Inc.

Smith Christian University

Sonshine Bible Institute

Source Biblique Institute of Theology, Inc.

Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary

Southern National Theological Seminary

SouthField Morality University, INC.

Southwestern International Bible College

Spirit of Life Power International

Srividya International University for Vedic Science

St. Johns American University of Florida

St. Johns Christian University & Theological Seminary

St. Michael Academy of Eschatology

St. Paul International School

St. Thomas Christian University

St. Vincent De Paul Regional Seminary

SunState Theological Seminary And Bible College INC.

Tabernacle Bible College & Seminary - Christian University

Tallahassee Christian College & Training Center

Tau Divinity University

Temple Christian University, Inc.

Texas University of Theology

Theodore Beza University

Theological Research Institute

Theological Seminary King of Kings, Inc.

Theological University The Great Commission

Trinity Graduate School and Seminary, Inc.

Truth Bible University

TVM Christian University

United States Institute of Language and Clerical Studies

Universal Trinity College

Universidad Cristiana de Desarrollo Integral C.L.

Universidad Cristiana Enlace Mundial

Universidad Cristiana Logos Colombia

Universidad Internacional de Filosofia Holistica

Universidad Panamericana saint Julius I

Universidad Reformada De Miami

Universidad Sobrenatural Activando Ministros Usam

Universidad Teologica La Palabra Inc.

Universidad Transcontinental Cristiana de New York

University International Mahanaim Leadership and Management (Center International of Chaplains Communitites Mahanaim

University of America & Divinity School, The

University of America & Seminary, The

University of Biafra Saint Emeka Odumegwu Ojukwu Campus

University of Biafra Saint Ojukwu, The

University of Holistic Theology

University of Leadership and Ministry

University Of Sufism Inc.

University of Theology, Philosophy and Science Inc.

Urban Ministry and Chaplaincy Institute

Vedic Wellness University Inc.

Veni Creator Christian University

Vision International University of Theology of Florida

Wayland Baptist Theological Seminary

WBWBF Christian College

West Florida Baptist Institute

Western Orthodox University Faculties of Theology and Church Music, The

Whitefield College and Theological Seminary

Williams Bible Institute

Wisdom of Christ University

Word of Life Ministries/Kairos University

World University Ecumenical Inc.

Worldwide Theological Scientific University

Yoga Veda Institute, LLC

Zion Gate University Inc.

Zoe International University

Zomi Christian Theological Seminary