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

Abba Bible College

ABM University Theological Seminary

Absoulute Christian University

ACOJ Theological Seminary and Ministry Training Corp

Adullam Bible College

Agape Christian University

Agape Seminary

Agape University & Seminary

Amazing Grace Christian University

Ambassadors Theological Institute and Seminary

America 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

Ames Christian University

Amity College

Anchor Christian University

Angel Ferguson's Ministries

Anoint the World University

Answer Ministries International Institute (AMI Institute)

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

Asociacion de Capellania Restauradores en Accion, Inc.

ATFS Bible Institute, Inc.

Atlantic Coast Bible College and Theological Seminary

Augustine University, Inc

Avodah Kingdom University Inc.

Ayurvedic College for Wellbeing

B.C. Graham Theological Seminary

Be Encouraged In The Word Christian Bible College, Inc.

Beacon Bible Institute

Beacon of Light Christian College

Behavioral Christian Institute

Berean Christian College & Seminary, Inc.

Beth Rapha Christian College and Theological Seminary, Inc.

Bethesda Bible Institute & Seminary and Messenger School of Counseling

Bethesida School of Theology

Bhakti Yoga College

Bible Explosion Training School

Blue Lotus School of Mindfulness (Buddhist)

Bodhisastra University

Breyer State Theology University

C.H. Mason Bible Institute of Tallahassee

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

Calvary Chapel University

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.

Carpenter's Work Ministries, Inc., The

CELA International University

Central Christian University

Central Florida Christian University

Centro Cristiano Getsemani dba Instituto Bilbico Getsemani

Centro de Estudio Teologico y Ministerial, Inc.

Champions Theological College, Inc

Chaplaincy International Academy, The

Chaplains of Florida Inc.

Charis Bible College of Florida

Charismata Theological University

Chi-N-Life, Inc.

Choices Christian Bible College and Graduate School, Inc.

Christ Jesus College and Seminary

Christ Missionary Bible College & Seminary Inc.

Christ Redeeming Ministries Fellowship School of Ministry

Christ Restoration Bible Institute & Seminary

Christ Theological Seminary

Christian Bible Institute & Seminary

Christian Business School

Christian Institute

Christian Institute of Human Development

Christian International School of Theology

Christian Leadership University

Christian Life School of Theology Global, Inc.

Christian of America University

Christian University of Theotherapy, Inc.

Christian Zion University

Church of God by Faith Theological Institute, (CTI)

Church of Harmony and Sacred Space, Inc.

Clarity International Christian University

Collegium Augustinianum Graduate School of Philosophy and Theology

Collegium Augustinianum Graduate School of Philosophy and Theology

Colorado Theological Seminary

Comunidad de Fe Ministries, Inc.

Conservative Theological University

Continents Methodist University

Cornerstone Christian University/Cornerstone University of Florida

Covenant Theological Seminary Florida, Inc.

Crossland Christian University

CUFS University Advanced Studies in Theology and Ethics

Cushite Hebrew Yeshiva - Open International University

David Central America University

David University

Dayspring Theological Seminary

Destiny Christian University, LLC

Eagle Christian International University

East Coast Christian University

Eastward Christian Bible College

Ecotheos International University, Bible College and Seminary, Inc.

Educative Center "El Redentor"

El Shaddai Christian College & Theological Seminary

Embassy of United Chaplains Ministry Inc., The

Embassy University

Emet Global University

Emil Brunner World University Corp.

Emmanuel Christian University

Emmaus Baptist College

Encouraging Faith Theological University

Evangel Temple Campus of Evangel University

Evangelical College and Seminary

Evangelical Episcopal University and Theological Seminary

Evangelical Theological Seminary

Faith Christian University

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

Faith Theological Seminary and Christian College

Faith United University Inc. (FUU)

Family of Christ Theological Seminary

Fedglomi University-Fedglomi-U

Florida Beacon College & Seminary

Florida Christian University/FTS

Florida Divinity University

Florida Interdenominational University

Florida International Theological Seminary

Florida School of Preaching

Florida Theological Chaplaincy Academy

Florida Theological Seminary and Bible College, Inc.

Florida Theological University

Florida Yeshiva University International Beth Midrash

Franciscan University of Steubenville

Fuzion Bible Institute

Gainesville Christian Seminary, Inc

Galilee Ministries Chaplaincy & Pastoral University, Inc.

Gate of Bethel Bible College, The

Genesis University

Genesis University

Global Chaplain University

Global Empowerment School of Ministry

Global Focus Bible College

Global Impact Bible College & Seminary

Global Oved Dei Seminary and University

Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary

Grace and Faith Church/School of Ministry

Grace College of Divinity

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 Life Christian and Training Centre, Inc.

Heart Bible Institute

Heart Bible Institute University Love International Chaplaincy

Heart Christian University

Hebron Evangelical Bible Institute

Hebron International College & Theological Seminary

Heritage University and Seminary

Hindu University of America

HKM Bible Institute & School of Ministry

Holistic Life University of Metaphysical Studies

Holistic University of Florida, The

Holy Spirit Christian University

Holy Spirit Christian University Inc.

Hope Connection Ministries Corp.

IBCK Faith University

Iglesia Cristiana Sobres la Roca Inc.

Iglesia de Dios El Renuevo Inc.

Impact College

In Character School of Ministry

Indiana Wesleyan University

Institute for Clinical Pastoral Training, The

Instituto Teologica Pentecostal El Tabernaculo, Inc. (ITPET)

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

International Academy of Chaplaincy

International Bible University, Inc.

International Christian Chaplains FBIC Corp, (Bible College)

International Christian University

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

International College of Ministry

International Hindu University Inc.

International Institute of Christian Counseling, LLC.

International Leadership Institute Logos, U.S.A.

International Network of Chaplain Inc.

International Rain of Blessing Theology University of Florida

International Redeemed Christian University

International Theological Seminary

International University of Morality

International University of Yoga and Ayurveda

Isaiah University of the Holy Ghost

Islamic University of North America (Mishkah University)

Jacksonville Baptist Theological Seminary

Jacksonville Theological Seminary

Jehovah Jireh Bible Institute of Higher Learning

Jehovah 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

Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi University, Inc.

Jonathan Edwards University

Jubilee Christian College

Judaic Institute for Graduate Study

Judges College

Keith Bible Institute And KBI Archives, Inc.

Kemuel Seminary

King David University

King Solomon University

Kingdom Builders Bible College and Seminary

Kingdom Culture College

Kingdom Focus Institute, Inc.

Kingdom International University Corp

Kingdom Leadership Institute

Kingdom Life University

Kingdom Revelation University

Kingdom Scholastic Center of Excellence, Inc.

Kingdom United School of Development

Kingdom Vessels Christian Bible Institute and Seminary

Knox Theological Seminary

Laboring in the Word Bible College

Lancaster Bible College

Landmark Baptist College

Legacy University& Theological Seminary

Liberty Bible College and Seminary

Life Christian University

Life University Leadership, Inc

Lifeway Baptist University

Ligonier Academy of Biblical & Theological Studies

Lions Life Coaching Door to Heaven Ministry

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 International University

Logos University International Uni Logos

Lucent University

Mahima Institute of Ayurveda and Integrative Medicine

Manna University

Maranatha Christian College

Master Spirit Ocean University

Mekong College and Seminary

Messianic Jewish Theological Institute

Miami International Seminary Inc.

MICAR Chaplain International

Micar Christian University

MICED (Ministerio Internacional Cristo Eterno Dios) International University

Middle Florida Theological Seminary and Bible College

Ministerio de Familia a Prueba de Presion Inc.

Ministerio Guerreros de Cristo, Inc

Ministerio Int. Yo Soy, Immokalee

Ministry of Christ Church College

Ministry of Fire Christian University

Ministry of Spirit and Truth Int'l

Miracle Time University

Mirra International University, Inc.

Mizpa Christian University

Most Holy Trinity Seminary

Mount Zion University

Mt. Sinai 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 International University & Theological Seminary

New Covenant University

New Earth Theological University

New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary

Newness of Life Bible College & Seminary

North Florida Institute of Theology and Technology, The

North Star University College of Religious Studies & Seminary

Northwestern Theological Seminary

NYC Full Gospel Theological Seminary, Inc.

Orlando Institute for Leadership of Ministry, The

Pentecostal Theological University

Petra Theological Seminary

Preachers International, Inc.

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

Professional Christian University

Prophetic Life State University-PLSU, The

Rainbow School of Ministry, The

RAM Bible Institute and Seminary

Redeemed Theological Seminary Inc.

Redoma Christian College

Reformation International College

Reformation International Theological Seminary

Regency Christian College

Reliant Bible College

Remnant Bible College

RemZion University of Jerusalem

Revelation Bible Institute Christian Center

Revelation Message Bible College

Revelation Message Christian Institute

Revelation University

Rhema Apostolic University Midet

Rhema University

River Ministries

Ro'eh College and Seminary

Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies, The

Ross Herrington University and Theological Seminary

Sacred Journey Interfaith 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 James the Elder University of the Holy Catholic Church International

Saint Michael University

Saint Thomas Water of Life Inc.

Samaritan Institute for Religious Studies

Sampoorna College of Ayurveda & Holistic Studies

San Clemente Christian College

Seminario Reformado Latinoamericano

Seminario Teologico Ministerial Inc.

Seminary for the Third Millennium

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

Shema Israel International Yeshiva, Inc.

Shepherd's Care Bible College

Shofar Bible College & Ministries Inc.

Smith Chapel Bible University Inc.

Smith Christian University

Sonshine Bible Institute

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 and Truth Christian University

Spirit of Life Bible Institute

Spirit of Life Power International

Spiritual Awakening and Manifesting University/The University of I AM

Springs in the Desert Bible College, Inc.

Srividya International University for Vedic Science

St. Michael Academy of Eschatology

St. Paul Center - St. Paul Theological Seminary

St. Thomas Christian University

St. Vincent de Paul Regional Seminary

Summit Bible College

Tabernacle Bible College & Seminary - Christian University

Tabernaculo Internacional / Tabernacle International

Tallahassee Christian College & Training Center

Talmudic College of Florida Inc.

Tampa Bay Bible College

Tapestry Christian Colleges & Academy

Tau Divinity University

Telios University

Temple Christian University, Inc.

Theology & Sciences Institute of Florida USA Inc.

Thomas Paine International College for Theology and New Thought

Trinity Graduate School and Seminary, Inc.

True U Institute of Ministry

Truth Bible University

TVM Christian University

United States Institute of Language and Clerical Studies, Inc

Unity of the Faith Seminary

Universal Ministries of the King's College

Universidad Cristiana Central

Universidad Cristiana Logos

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 La Palabra Inc.

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

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

University of America & Divinity School, The

University of Faith/Total Change of Heart Ministries

University of Holistic Theology

University of Theology, Philosophy and Science Inc.

USAM- Universidad Sobrenatural Activando Ministros

Vedic Wellness University Inc.

Vision International University of Theology of Florida

West Florida Baptist Institute

Wheaton College School of Mission, Ministry, and Leadership

Whitefield College and Theological Seminary

Word of Life Ministries/Kairos University

World Christian University

Worldwide Theological Scientific University

Yeshivah Gedolah Rabbinical College

Yoga-Samskrutham University

Zion Christian University

Zion International University

Zoe International University