HGST is accredited by the Commission on Accrediting, the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada, and the following degree programs are approved: Master of Arts in Missional Leadership, Master of Arts in Spiritual Direction, Master of Theological Studies, Master of Arts in Counseling, Master of Divinity, and Doctor of Ministry. Contact information for the ATS accrediting commission is below.
The Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada
10 Summit Park Drive
Pittsburg, PA 15275
HGST is listed in the Education Directory: Colleges and Universities, published by the Office of Educational Research and Improvement of the U.S. Department of Education Center of Statistics, and we are a member of the Council of Southwestern Theological Schools (COSTS). HGST has also been approved by the State Approving Agency to process veteran benefits.
- HGST is the leading provider of theological education in Houston and Southeast Texas, offering more course options at different times, in each of its full terms, than any other school. Numerous other courses are available in summer and special “mini” terms.
- The HGST student body numbers approximately 175 enrolled in all degree programs.
- HGST’s student body contains many “second career” students, who bring a high degree of maturity and experience to the classroom.
- HGST has awarded over 700 earned degrees, plus several honorary doctorates.
- HGST reflects its Quaker heritage in the rich diversity, openness, and inclusiveness of its student body, faculty, and staff.
- HGST’s student body is a model of ethnic and racial diversity, reflecting the complex population of Houston itself.
- HGST has enrolled students representing more than 17 nationalities, many of whom have returned to roles of leadership in overseas missions or other foreign Christian ministries.
- Collectively, HGST’s resident, emeritus, and adjunct faculty members hold 17 Ph.D., 11 D.Min., 1 Th.D., 1 Ed.D., and 2 J.D. degrees.
Houston is the 4th largest city in the United States with approximately 2.1 million people living within the city limits. It has one of the youngest and most diverse populations within the US. Over 20% of Houston residents were born outside of the US, and Houstonians speak over 90 languages.
Houston is well known as a center for energy industries, but it is also a thriving center for biomedical research and aeronautics. In 2010 Forbes ranked Houston as the best city for young professionals. Houston is also home to a vibrant arts and entertainment culture. It has permanent, professional companies for opera, ballet, theater, and music. It also hosts sports teams from every major, professional sports league except the NHL.