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

ABM University Theological Seminary

ACOJ Theological Seminary and Ministry Training Corp

ACU-Absoulute Christian University

Agape Falls Ekklesia

Agape Seminary

Agape University & Seminary

Aidan University

Alexander Institute of Biblical Studies, The

Amazing Grace Christian University

Amazing Grace World University

Ambassadors Theological Institute and Seminary

America International Christian Chaplain Association

American Bible College, Inc.

American David Livingstone University Florida

American International Chaplain University Inc.

American International Christian University

American International Theology University

American Pontifical Catholic University

Ames Christian University

Amity College

Anchor Christian University

Angel Ferguson's Ministries

Answer Ministries International Institute (AMI Institute)

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

Asociacion de Capellania Restauradores en Accion, Inc.

Atlantic Coast Bible College and Theological Seminary

Ayurspirit Ayurveda Institute

B.C. Graham Theological Seminary

Bada University

Barnham Seminary, Inc.

Baruch Leadership Training Academy

BCC Adonai Elohim Christian University, Inc.

Be Encouraged In The Word Christian Bible College, Inc.

Bethesda Bible Institute & Seminary and Messenger School of Counseling

Bethesida School of Theology

Bhakti Yoga College

Blue Lotus School of Mindfulness (Buddhist), The

Bodhisastra University

Branches of the Vine International University, LLC

Breyer State Theology University

Broward Theological University, Inc.

Bullock Theological Institute

Burnett International Unversity of Theology

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

Calvary Chapel Aventura Inc.

Canon Bible College and Seminary, Inc.

Canon University International Ecclesiastical Council of Bishops and Apostles Inc.

Canon University, Inc.

Catholic University of New Spain

Central Christian University

Central Florida Christian University

Centro Cristiano El Kairos De Dios

Centro de Estudio Teologico y Ministerial, Inc.

Centro Educativoy Seminario Gracia Abundante inc.

Centro Evangelistico Latino Americano International university

CFCI Bible College Tampa

Champion's Christian College & Bible Institute

Chaplaincy International Academy, The

Chesapeake Bible College & Seminary

Chi-N-Life, Inc.

Choices Christian Bible College and Graduate School, Inc.

Christ Exalted Seminary, Inc

Christ Jesus College and Seminary

Christ Restoration Bible Institute & Seminary

Christ Restoration Bible Institute and Seminary

Christ's College

Christian Bible Institute & Seminary

Christian Business School

Christian Institute of Human Development

Christian Leaders, NFP, Inc.

Christian Leadership University

Christian Life School of Theology Global, Inc.

Christian Ministers Training Institute

Christian of America University

Christian University of Human Development

Church of God by Faith Theological Institute, (CTI)

Church of Harmony and Sacred Space, The

Church of Miel, Inc.

Citizens of The Kingdom Christian University, Inc.

Clarity International Christian University

CMI American Christian University

Colegio Biblico Vida & Liderazgo

Colegio Universitario Cristiano

College of Metaphysical Studies DBA, The College of Religious Studies, The

college Of Metaphysical Studies DBA, The college of Religious Studies, The

College of Missionary Aviation

Collegium Augustinianum Graduate School of Philosophy and Theology

Comunidad de Fe Ministries, Inc.

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

Continents State University College of Theological Studies, The

Convergence Anglican Seminary

Coral Ridge Seminary

Cornerstone Christian University/Cornerstone University of Florida

Covenant Bible College and Seminary

Crossland Christian Bible College, Inc.

Crown Career College

CUFS University Advanced Studies in Theology and Ethics

Cushite Hebrew Yeshiva - Open International University

David Central America University

David University

Destiny Christian University, LLC

Destiny Worship Center

Disciples of Christ Bible College and Seminary

Doxa International University - Bible College and Theological Seminary

Dunamis Bible College

Eagle Christian International University

East Coast Christian University

Ecotheos International University, Bible College and Seminary, Inc.

Educative Center "El Redentor"

El Shaddai Christian College & Theological Seminary

El Tabor Christian University

Elohim Theological University

Embassy College & Chaplaincy HBIU

Embassy of United Chaplains Ministry Inc., The

Embassy University

Emil Brunner World University Corp.

Emmanuel Christian University

Emmaus Baptist College

Esther International University

Evangelical Bible College and Seminary

Evangelical College and Seminary

Evangelical Episcopal University and Theological Seminary

Evangelical University and Seminary

Expansion International Jabes University, Inc

Faith A & B University

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

Faith Theological Seminary and Christian College

Family of Christ Theological Seminary

Fedglomi University-Fedglomi-U

Florida Assembly of God University

Florida Baptist College

Florida Beacon College & Seminary

Florida Bible College of Tampa

Florida Bible College, Inc.

Florida International Theological Seminary

Florida School of Preaching

Florida Theological Chaplaincy Academy

Florida Theological University

Florida Theological University

Florida Trinity College

Florida World University Logos

Franciscan University of Steubenville

Franciscans of Christ the Servant

Fuzion Bible Institute

Gainesville Christian Seminary, Inc

Gate of Bethel Bible College, The

Genesis Biblical College and University

Genesis University

Genesis University

Global Chaplain University

Global Love International Chaplaincy

Global Oved Dei Seminary and University

Golden Gates Chaplains International Ministries, Inc.

Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary

Grace 4 Life International Leadership Institute & Bible College

Grace and Faith Church/School of Ministry

Great Commission of the Chaplain International Corp., The

Great Lakes Bible Institute

Gulf Coast College and Seminary

Harvest Baptist University

Harvest Life Christian and Training Centre, Inc.

Harvest Time International Christian University

HBI Global Interation Chaplancy Colleges And University

Heart Bible Institute University Love International Chaplaincy

Heart Bible Institutes

Heart Christian University

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

Holistic Research Institute of Florida, The

Holistic University of Florida, The

Holy Spirit Christian University

Holy Trinity College and Seminary, Inc.

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

In Character School of Ministry

In His Image Institute of Counseling and Traning

Indiana Wesleyan University

Institute for Clinical Pastoral Training, The

Institute of Christian Leadership, Inc.

Instituto Biblico Abrigo Del Altisimo

Instituto do Lidorazgo Internacional Logos

Instituto Teologica Pentecostal El Tabernaculo, Inc. (ITPET)

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

Instituto Teologico Monte de Sion Inc.

International Christian Chaplains FBIC Corp, (Bible College)

International Christian College and Seminary

International College of Ministry

International Network of Chaplain Inc.

International Redeemed Christian University

International University of Morality

International University of Yoga and Ayurveda

Isaiah University of the Holy Ghost

Islamic University of North America (Mishkah University)

Ivy Enber Christian University

Jacksonville Theological Seminary

JD Price Theological Bible College, Inc.

Jehova Jireh Bible Institute of Higher Learning

Jehovah Jireh Bible Institute of Higher Learning

Jehovah Jireh Bible Institute of Higher Learning

Jesus is Lord International University

Jesus Moment Bible Institute and Seminary

Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi Christian University, Inc.

JRTU - Jehovah Rohi Theological University

Jubilee University

Judaic Institute For Graduate Studies, Inc.

Kemuel Christian University

Keystone Business Institute

King David University

King Solomon University

Kingdom Bible College Inc.

Kingdom Builders Bible College and Seminary

Kingdom International University Corp.

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 Vessels Christian Bible Institute and Seminary

Kingsbury Bible College

Knox Theological Seminary

LAMP Training (Leadership and Ministry Preparation Training)

Lancaster Bible College

Landmark Baptist College

Leadership Jesus Name University & MGDC Inc.

Legacy Bible College and Theological Seminary

Lenkeson Global Christian University, Inc.

Liberty College of Biblical Studies

Life Christian University

Life University Theological Seminary

Ligonier Academy of Biblical And Theological Studies

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 Coaching Institute

Logos Divinity Institute

Logos Divinity University

Logos Institute of Theology, College & Seminary

Logos International Chaplain Ministries

Logos International University

Logos Theology Institute

Logos University

Logos University International Uni Logos

Lucent University

Lutheran University

Luz y Verdad Christian University, Inc

Manifest Theological Institute

Manna University

Master Spirit Ocean University

Mekong College and Seminary

Messianic Jewish Theological Institute

Metropolitan Christian Unversity Of South Florida

MICAR Chaplain International

Micar Christian University

MICED (Ministerio Internacional Cristo Eterno Dios) International 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 Spirit and Truth Int'l

MINTS International Seminary

Miracle Time University

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

Mountain of Faith School of World Evangelism

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 Earth Theological University

New Life School of Theology

New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary

New Seminary, The

Newness of Life Bible College & Seminary

Nikola Tesla Autonomous International University Inc.

North Carolina Theological Seminary

North Florida Baptist College

North Florida Institute of Theology and Technology

Northstar University

Northwestern Christian University

Northwestern Theological Seminary

NorthWind Theological Seminary

Oceans Unite Christian Centre

Old Catholic University, The

Orlando Faculty of Evangelical Theology

Orlando Institute for Leadership of Ministry, The

Orlando International Christian Center Inc.

P.I.D.A International University

P.I.D.A Intrernational Christian University

Pensacola Baptist Seminary

Pentecostal Theological University

Petra Christian University

Phrear School of Theology

Preach the word Bible College

Preachers International, Inc.

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

Pristine Springhill Baptist Church

Professional Christian University

Prophetic Life State University-PLSU, The

Rainbow School of Ministry, The

Rains of Grace Christian University, INC

Redoma Christian College

Revelation Bible Institute Christian Center

Revelation Message Bible College

Revelation Message Christian Institute

Revelation School of Ministry

Revelation University

Rhema Apostolic University Midet

Rhema Christian University

River Ministries

River University-River Bible Institute

River University-River School of Worship

Ro'eh College and Seminary

Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies, The

Roemer Hawking University of Interfaith Studies, Social Responsibility and Holistic Health

Ross f. Herrington University and Theological Seminary

Sacred Monastic Order Church of Hope Inc.

Sai Ayurvedic College & Wellness Center, LLC

Saint James International Christian University

Saint James the Elder University of the Holy Catholic Church International

Saint Peter University LLC

Saint Raphael The Archangel Insititute of Sacred Theology

Samaritan Institute for Religious Studies

Sampoorna College of Ayurveda & Holistic Studies

San Gregorio College

School of Bible Theology Seminary & University

School of the Written Word

Seminario Reformado Latinoamericano

SER International University

Seven Peaks Christian University

Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary

Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary

Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary

Shalom Theological University

Shekinah Glory International College of Chaplaincy

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

Source Biblique Institute of Theology, Inc.

South Florida Christian College

Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary

Southern National Theological Seminary

SouthField Morality University, INC.

Southwestern International Bible College

Spirit of Life Power International

Spiritual Awakening and Manifesting University/The University of I AM

Srividya International University for Vedic Science

St. Johns Christian University & Theological Seminary

St. Joseph InterContinental University

St. Michael Academy of Eschatology

St. Paul International School

St. Vincent De Paul Regional Seminary

St.Joseph international university

SunState Theological Seminary And Bible College INC.

Tabernacle Bible College & Seminary - Christian University

Talmudic College of Florida Inc.

Tau Divinity University

Temple Christian University, Inc.

Texas University of Theology

Theological International University of Florida

Theological Seminary King of Kings, Inc.

Theological University of America

Theological University The Great Commission

Thomas Poine international college for Theology and New Thought

Trinity Graduate School and Seminary, Inc.

Truth Bible University

United States Christian University

Universal Ministries of the King's College

Universal Trinity College

Universidad Cristiana Central

Universidad Cristiana Logos Colombia

Universidad Internacional de Filosofia Holistica

Universidad International de la Integracion de America Latina Cristiana

Universidad Martin Lutero

Universidad Panamericana saint Julius I

Universidad Reformada De Miami

Universidad Sobrenatural Activando Ministros Usam

Universidad Teologica de Florida, Inc.

Universidad Teologica La Palabra Inc.

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

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 Ojukwu, The

University of Holistic Theology

University of Leadership and Ministry

Vedic Wellness University Inc.

Veni Creator Christian University

Vision International University of Theology of Florida

Voice Ministry School

Vox Dei American University

Walking With Jesus Daily

WBWBF Christian College

Whitefield College and Theological Seminary

William C. Morris University

Williams Bible Institute

Word of Life Ministries/Kairos University

World Christian University

Worldwide Theological Scientific University

Yoga Veda Institute, LLC

Yoga-Samskrutham University

Zion International University

Zoe International University