Religious Institutions

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

3 Treasures School of Medical Qigong

A.C.O.J. Theological Seminary and Ministry Training Corp.

Abba Bible College

ABM University Theological Seminary

Abused Women Ministries' Inc. School of Healing

Admirable Counselor Team University Seminar-Actus- Inc

Adonai University

Adullam Bible College

Adullam Christian University

Agape Christian University

Agape College and Theological Seminary

Agape Seminary

Aidan University

Aletheia Logos University

Alexander Institute of Biblical Studies, The

Alliance Gospel University

Amazing Grace Christian University

Ambassadors Theological Institute and Seminary

America (N) International Christian Chaplain Ass.

American Bible College, Inc.

American Chaplains Inc

American David Livingstone University Florida

American International Chaplain University, Inc.

American International Christian University

American International Theology University

American Pontifical Catholic University

Amity College

Anchor Christian University

Angel Ministries College

Anoint the World University

Asociacion de Capellania Restauradoves en Accion, Inc.

Atlantic Coast Bible College and Theological Seminary

Augustine University, Inc

Avodah Kingdom University Inc.

Ayurvedic College for Wellbeing

B.C. Graham Theological Seminary

Baruch Leadership Training Academy

Be Encouraged In The Word Christian Bible College, Inc.

Beacon of Light Christian College

Behavioral Christian Institute

Berean Christian College & Seminary, Inc.

Beth Rapha Christian College and Theological Seminary, Inc.

Bethesda Ministries & Schools of Bethesda Educational Training & Counseling Center

Bethesda Theological Seminary

Bethesida School of Theology

Bhakti Yoga College

Bible Institute - Vida & Liderazgo - Tabern'aculo Interacional

Blue Lotus School of Mindfulness (Buddhist)

Breyer State Theology University

Broward Theological University, Inc.

C.H. Mason Bible Institute of Tallahassee

C.H. Mason Bible Institute of Tallahassee

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

Camden University and Graduate School of Theology

Canon Bible College and Seminary, Inc.

Canon University International Ecclesiastical Council of Bishops and Apostles Inc.

Canon University, Inc.

Carey International University of Theology, Inc.

CCWC School of Ministry

CELA International University

Central Florida Christian University

Centro Cristiano Getsemani dba Instituto Bilbico Getsemani

Chaplains of Florida Inc.

Chi-N-Life, Inc.

Choices Christian Bible College and Graduate School, Inc.

Christ Exalted Seminary, Inc

Christ Jesus College and Seminary

Christ Missionary Bible College & Seminary Inc.

Christ Restoration Bible Institute & Seminary

Christ Resurrection Power Assembly

Christian Bible Institute & Seminary

Christian Business School

Christian Coaching University

Christian Institute

Christian International School of Theology

Christian Leadership University

Christian Life School of Theology Global, Inc.

Christian Ministers Training Institute

Christian of America University

Christian University Missionary Institute (CUMI)

Christian University of Theotherapy, Inc.

Christian Zion University

Church of God by Faith Theological Institute, Inc.

Cita-Edu Inc.

Clarity International Christian University

College of Inner Awareness , Metaphysical and Spiritual Studies, The

College of Inner Awareness, Metaphysical and Spiritual Studies, The

Collegium Augustinianum Graduate School of Philosophy and Theology

Colorado Theological Seminary

Conservative Theological University

Coral Ridge Seminary

Cornerstone University of Florida

Covenant Theological Seminary Florida, Inc.

Crossland Christian University

CUFS University Advanced Studies in Theology and Ethics

David Central America University

David University

Dayspring Theological Seminary

Destiny Christian University, LLC

Doxa International University - Bible College and Theological Seminary

Eagle Christian International University

East Coast Christian University

Ecotheos International University, Bible College and Seminary, Inc.

Eden Christian University

Educative Center "El Redentor"

El Shaddai Christian College & Theological Seminary

Elohim Theological University

Embassy University

Emil Brunner World University Corp.

Emmanuel Christian University

Emmanuel Christian University

Emmaus Baptist College, Inc.

Encouraging Faith Theological University

Evangelical College and Seminary

Evangelical Episcopal University and Theological Seminary

Evangelical Theological Seminary

Expansion International Jabez University, Inc

Expositors Seminary, The

Faith Christian University

Faith Theological Seminary and Christian College

Faith United University Inc. (FUU)

Faith University

Family of Christ Theological Seminary

Fatela University - Facultad Teologica Latino Americana

Florida Baptist College

Florida Beacon College & Seminary

Florida Bible College of Tampa

Florida Bible College, Inc.

Florida Bible Institute & Seminary, Inc., The

Florida International Theological Seminary

Florida School of Preaching

Florida Theological Chaplaincy Academy

Florida Theological Seminary and Bible College, Inc.

Florida Theological University

Florida Trinity College

Focus Bible College

Franciscan University of Steubenville

Gainesville Christian Seminary, Inc

Galilee Ministries Chaplaincy & Pastoral University, Inc.

Gate of Bethel Bible College, The

Genesis University

Global Chaplain University

Global Focus Bible College

Global Impact Bible College & Seminary

Global Oved Dei Seminary and University

Global Seminary of University of Interdisciplinary Studies

Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary

Grace & Truth Christian University

Grace and Faith School of Ministry

Grace Christian College

Graduate Theological Institute, Inc.

Graham Private Christian University

Gregorian Orthodox School of Theology

Gulf Coast College and Seminary

Gulf Pointe Bible College and Seminary

Harrison Christian University

Harvest Baptist University

Harvest Life Christian and Training Centre, Inc.

Harvest Time International Christian University

Heart Bible Institute

Hebron Evangelical Bible Institute

Heed University School of Theology, Inc.

Heritage University and Seminary

Higher Dimension Christian College

Hindu University of America

HKM Bible Institute & School of Ministry

Holistic University of Florida, The

Holy Spirit Christian University Inc.

Holy Trinity College and Seminary, Inc.

Holy University

Hope Connection Ministries Corp.

IBCK Faith University

Iglesia de Cristo Miel Genesis Shalom, Inc.

In Character School of Ministry

Indiana Wesleyan University

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

International Bible University, Inc.

International Christian College and Seminary

International Christian University

International Christian University of Theology, Humanities & Social Sciences Inc.

International College of Ministry

International Institute of Christian Counseling, LLC.

International Leadership Institute Logos, U.S.A.

International Network of Chaplain Inc.

International Redeemed Christian University

International Theological Seminary

International University of Morality

International University of Yoga and Ayurveda

Isaiah University of the Holy Ghost

Jacksonville Baptist Theological Seminary

Jacksonville Theological Seminary

Jean-Elizabeth Institute of Ayurveda & Ayurveda Holistic Wellness Center, LLC

Jehova Jireh Bible Institute of Higher Learning

Jehovah. Rohi- Theological University

Jesus is Life University

Jesus is Lord International University

Jesus is Lord International University

Jesus Moment Bible Institute and Seminary

Jewish Educational Leadership Institute

Jewish University of the Nazarene & St. John

Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi University, Inc.

Jonathan Edwards University

Judaic Institute for Graduate Study

Judges College

Keith Bible Institute And KBI Archives, Inc.

Kelso Ministries International Leadership Institute

Kemuel Christian University

King David University

King Solomon University

Kingdom Builders Bible College and Seminary

Kingdom Focus Institute, Inc.

Kingdom International University Corp.

Kingdom Leadership Institute

Kingdom Life University

Kingdom of God Available for All International University, Inc.

Kingdom Revelation University

Kingdom Scholastic Center of Excellence

Kingdom Truth University, Inc.

Kingdom Vessels Christian Bible Institute and Seminary, Inc.

Knox Theological Seminary

Laboring in the Word Bible College

Lake-Sumter Bible College

Lancaster Bible College

Life Christian University

Life University Leadership, Inc

Lifeline Christian University

Lifeway Baptist University

Ligonier Academy of Biblical & Theological Studies

Lions Life Coaching Door to Heaven Ministry

Living Bible Institute and Theological Seminary

Living Body of Christ School of Ministry Church, The

Logos Bible Institute

Logos Chaplains International

Logos Christian University

Logos Christian University and Vocational Institute of Technology, Inc., The

Logos Divinity Institute

Logos Divinity University

Logos International Chaplain Ministries

Logos Theology Institute

Logos University

Logos University International Uni Logos

Lotus International University

Love, Peace, and Joy Ministry

Lucent University

Lyons Gate University: An Interfaith Learning Community

M.I.C.A.R. Christian University, Corp.

Mahima Institute of Ayurveda and Integrative Medicine

Maranatha Christian College

Master Spirit Ocean University

Master's International University of Divinity

Medicina Para tu Alma

Metonoia Christian College, Inc.

MICAR Chaplain International

Middle Florida Theological Seminary and Bible College

Ministerio Apostolico Nuevo Renacer

Ministerio Guerreros de Cristo, Inc

Ministerio Int. Yo Soy, Immokalee

Ministry of Spirit and Truth Theological Seminary

MINTS International Seminary

Miracle Time University

Mirra International University, Inc.

Mision Cristiana Internacional Logos Colombia

Mizpa Christian University

Monument Christian College

Most Holy Trinity Seminary

Mount Olive Bible Institute & Seminary, Inc.

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 Earth Theological University

New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary

New Seminary, The

Newness of Life Bible College & Seminary

North Star University College of Religious Studies & Seminary

Northwestern Christian University

Northwestern Theological Seminary

NYC Full Gospel Theological Seminary, Inc.

Old Catholic University Seminary, The

Orlando Christian College of Natural Healing

Orlando Faculty of Evangelical Theology

Orlando Institute for Leadership of Ministry, The

Pentecostal Theological University

Pittsburgh Theological Seminary

Power University/ Power Christian University

Professional Christian University

Rainbow School of Ministry, The

RAM Bible Institute and Seminary

Redoma Christian College

Reformation International College

Reformation International Theological Seminary

Reformed Theological University

Regency Christian College

RemZion University

Revelation Bible Institute Christian Center

Revelation Message Bible College

Revelation Message Christian Institute

Revelation University

RFM Christian Bible College

Rhema Apostolic University

Rhema Apostolic University Midet

Rhema University

River Bible Institute

River Ministries

River School of Worship

Ro'eh College and Seminary

Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies, The

Ross Herrington University and Theological Seminary

Sacred Monastic Order Church of Hope Inc.

Sai Ayurvedic College & Wellness Center, LLC

Saint Alcuin of York University

Saint James International Christian University

Saint Vincent de Regional Seminary

Samaritan Institute for Religious Studies

Sampoorna College of Ayurveda & Holistic Studies

Seminario Reformado Latinoamericano

Seminario Teo'logico Gracia Abundante

Seminario Teologico del Templo Sagrado

SER International University

Seven Peaks Christian University

Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary

Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary

Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary

Shema Israel Biblical University Inc.

Shema Israel International Yeshiva, Inc.

Shofar Bible College & Ministries Inc.

Smith Chapel Bible University Inc.

Smith Christian University

South Florida Christian College

Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary

Southeastern Theological Seminary

Southern Baptist School for Biblical Studies/Trinity Theological College & Seminary

Southwestern International Bible College

Spirit of Life Bible Institute

Spiritual Awakening and Manifesting University/I AM University

Springs in the Desert Bible College, Inc.

Srividya International University for Vedic Science

St. Ita's School of Theology - Celtic Catholic Church USA

St. Michael Academy of Eschatology

St. Paul Center - St. Paul Theological Seminary

St. Thomas Christian University

Summit Bible College

Tabernacle Bible College & Seminary - Christian University

Tabernaculo Internacional / Tabernacle International

Tallahassee Christian College & Training Center

Tampa Bay Bible College

Tapestry Christian Colleges & Academy

Tau Divinity University

Telios University

Temple Christian University, Inc.

Theological University of America

Thomas Paine International College for Theology and New Thought

Transfiguration Theological Seminary, Inc.

Truth Bible University

United States Institute of Language and Clerical Studies, Inc

Unity University

Universal Ministries of the King's College

Universidad Cristiana Central Inc.

Universidad Cristiana Logos

Universidad Cristiana Logos Colombia

Universidad Internacional de Filosofia Holistica

Universidad International de la Integracion de America Latina Cristiana

Universidad Nuestro Pacto Internacional

Universidad Reformada De Miami

Universidad Teologica de Florida, Inc.

Universidad Teologica Ministerio Internacional Sin Limites, Inc. (MISL)

University of America Salt Lake Baptist College, The

University of Theology, Philosophy and Science Inc.

USAM- Universidad Sobrenatural Activando Ministros

Vision International University of Theology of Florida

Vous College of Ministry

Vox Dei American University

West Florida Christian University LLC

Westminster Theological Seminary

Whitefield College and Theological Seminary

World Hope Bible University

World of Life Ministries/ Kairos University

Worldwide Theological Scientific University

Yeshivah Gedolah Rabbinical College

Yoga-Samskrutham University

Zion Christian University

Zion International University

Zoe International University