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

ABICUS FL Christian School

ABM University Theological Seminary

Absoulute Christian University

Abundant Blessings Bible College & Seminary

ACOJ Theological Seminary and Ministry Training Corp

Adullam Bible College

Advancing Kingdom Word University Inc.

Agape Christian University

Agape Seminary

Agape University & Seminary

Aidan University

Alliance Gospel University

Alpha University

Amazonia Christian University

Ambassadors Theological Institute and Seminary

America International Christian Chaplain Association

American Bible College, Inc.

American Chaplains Inc

American David Livingstone University Florida

American International Chaplain University Inc.

American International Christian University

American international Theism University

American Pontifical Catholic University

American University of Theology, The

Ames Christian University

Amity College

Angel Ferguson's Ministries

Angel Ministries College

Answer Ministries International Institute (AMI Institute)

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


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

Asociacion de Capellania Restauradores en Accion, Inc.

ATFS Bible Institute, Inc.

Atlantic Coast Theological Seminary

Avodah Kingdom University Inc.

Beacon Bible Institute

Bearing Fruit Training Institute Inc.

Berean Christian College & Seminary, Inc.

Bhagawan Siya Ram Hindu International University, Inc.

Bhakti Yoga College

Blue Lotus School of Mindfulness (Buddhist), The

Boston Christian University

Branches of the Vine International University, LLC

Burnett International University of Theology

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

Calvary Chapel Aventura Inc.

Calvary Chapel University

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.

Capellania Impacto de Amor Conforme al Corazon de Dios

Catholic University of New Spain

Central Christian University

Central Florida Kingdom University


Centro de Estudio Teologico y Ministerial, Inc.

Centro Educativoy Seminario Gracia Abundante inc.

Centro Evangelistico Latino Americano International university

Chaplaincy International Academy, The

Chaplains of Florida Inc.

Chesapeake Bible College & Seminary

Choices Christian Bible College and Graduate School, Inc.

Christ Exalted Seminary, Inc

Christ Jesus College and Seminary

Christ Theological Seminary

Christ's College

Christian Bible Institute & Seminary

Christian Business School

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

Christian University of Theotherapy, Inc.

Church of God by Faith Theological Institute, (CTI)

Church of Harmony and Sacred Space, Inc.

Church of Harmony and Sacred Space, The

Clarity International Christian University

Colegio Teologico & Empresarial de Comunidad de Fe Ministries

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

College of Missionary Aviation

Collegium Augustinianum Graduate School of Philosophy and Theology

Communidad de fe Ministries, Inc.

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

CUFS University Advanced Studies in Theology and Ethics

Cushite Hebrew Yeshiva - Open International University

David University

David University

Destiny Christian University, LLC

Destiny Worship Center

Disciples of Christ Bible College and Seminary


Divinity Chaplain University

Door to Heaven Ministry University of Science

Dr. Natalie Walker Ministries

Eagle Christian International University

East Coast Christian University

Eisner Institute for Spiritual Studies

El Tabor Christian University

Embassy of United Chaplains Ministry Inc., The


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 Christian University

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

Faith Leads University, Inc.

Faith Theological Seminary and Christian College

Family of Christ Theological Seminary

Fedglomi University-Fedglomi-U

Florida Assembly of God University

Florida Beacon College & Seminary

Florida Bible College of Tampa

Florida College for Philosophical and Religious Studies

Florida Hebrew University

Florida Leadership And Ministry University

Florida Theological Chaplaincy Academy

Florida Yeshiva University International Beth Midrash

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 Chaplain University

Global Oved Dei Seminary and University

Gnostic Jesuit School of Theology, The

Golden Gates Chaplains International Ministries, Inc.

Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary

Grace & Truth Christian University

Grace Christian University

Great Commission Ministry Church, The

Great Commission of the Chaplain International Corp., The

Great Lakes Bible Institute

Gregorian Orthodox School of Theology

Gulf Coast College and Seminary

Gulf Pointe Bible College and Seminary

Harvest Baptist University

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

Heritage University and Seminary

Hindu University of America

HLCU - High Level Christian University, Inc.

Holistic Research Institute of Florida, The

Holy Spirit Christian University

Holy Spirit University of Atlanta

Holy Trinity Bible College and Theological Seminary

Holy Trinity College and Seminary, Inc.

Hope Connection Ministries Corp.

Hope Connection Ministries Corp.

ICU- International Christian University

Ignite Institute of Prophetic Leadership

iKingdom Academy

Impact College-Christian Leadership Institute

In Character School of Ministry

Indiana Wesleyan University

Inner Healing Ministry Institution

Institute for Clinical Pastoral Training

Institute for Clinical Pastoral Training, The

Institute of Spiritual Healing

Instituto Biblico Abrigo Del Altisimo

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

Instituto Teologico Monte de Sion Inc.

Integrity Bible College & Seminary

Interamerican Chaplains Institute

International Academy of Chaplaincy

International Bible University United

International College of Ministry

International Evangelical School of Universal Studies

International Hindu University Inc.

International Kingdom University U.S.A.

International Leadership Institute Logos, U.S.A.

International Network of Chaplain Inc.

International Redeemed Christian University

International University of Morality

Isaiah University of the Holy Ghost

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 International Institution, Inc.

Jesus Image, 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 Development Apostolic Institute, Inc.

Kingdom International University Corp

Kingdom LIFE Academy Pristine

Kingdom of God Available for All / KGAA International University

Kingdom Theological Institute

Kingdom Truth University, Inc.

Kingdom United School of Development

Kingdom University International - School of Theology

Kingdom Vessels Christian Bible Institute and Seminary

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

Lancaster Bible College/Capital Seminary and Graduate School

Landmark Baptist College

Latin College of Pastoral Supervision and Psychotherapy

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

Ligonier Academy of Biblical And Theological Studies

Living Bible Institute and Theological Seminary

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 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. Holistic Ministry Seminary

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

Manna University

Maranatha Christian College

Miami International Seminary Inc.

MICAR Chaplain International

Micar Christian University

Middle Florida Theological Seminary and Bible College

Ministerial Christian University Inc., The

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

Monument Christian College

Most Holy Trinity Seminary

Mount Olive Bible Institute & Seminary, Inc.

Mount Zion 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 Christian University

New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary

New Spirit of Prayer Leadership Training & Online Ministry School

Newland Christian University

Newness of Life Bible College & Seminary

North Central Theological Seminary

North Florida Baptist College

Northwestern Christian University

Northwestern Theological Seminary

NorthWind Theological Seminary

NYC Full Gospel Theological Seminary, Inc.

Olivet Theological College & Seminary

Orlando Institute for Leadership of Ministry, The

P.I.D.A Intrernational Christian University

Palm Beach Baptist Theological Seminary

Pastorsworkshop Seminary

Pentecostal Theological University

Philea Ministries and Church

Phrear School of Theology

Preachers International, Inc.

Professional Christian University

Providence International Christian University s.m. Inc

Rainbow School of Ministry, The

RAM Bible Institute and Seminary

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 University

Rhema World University

River Life University Inc.

River Ministries

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 World Scientific University Foundation

Saint Thomas Old Catholic Theological Seminary

Samaritan Institute for Religious Studies

Sampoorna College of Ayurveda & Holistic 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

Shalom Theological 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

Southwestern International Bible College

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

Tabernacle Bible College & Seminary - Christian University

Tallahassee Christian College & Training Center

Tau Divinity University

Temple Christian University, Inc.

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

Uniclau Laude International Christian University

United States Christian University

United States Institute of Language and Clerical Studies

Universal Trinity College

Universidad Cristiana Central

Universidad Cristiana de Desarrollo Integral C.L.

Universidad Cristiana Enlace Mundial

Universidad Cristiana Logos

Universidad Cristiana Logos Colombia

Universidad Martin Lutero

Universidad Panamericana saint Julius I

Universidad Reformada De Miami

Universidad Teologica La Palabra Inc.

University of America & Seminary, The

University of America & Seminary, The

University of America St. Augustine, The

University of Biafra Saint Emeka Odumegwu Ojukwu Campus

University of Holistic Theology

University of I AM / Spiritual Awakening and Manifestation University

University Of Sufism Inc.

University of Theology, Philosophy and Science Inc.

Urban Ministry and Chaplaincy Institute

Vedic Wellness University Inc.

Veni Creator Christian University

Victory International Praise and Worship Center

Vision International University of Theology of Florida

Vox Dei American University

Wayland Baptist Theological Seminary

West Florida Baptist Institute

Western Orthodox University Faculties of Theology and Church Music, The

Whitefield College and Theological Seminary

Wisdom of Christ University

World Christian University

World University Ecumenical Inc.

Worldwide Theological Scientific University

Yoga Veda Institute, LLC

Yoga-Samskrutham University

Zion Army University Inc.

Zion Gate University Inc.

Zomi Christian Theological Seminary