Kearley Graduate School of Theology


ATS Accreditation

The Kearley Graduate School of Theology (the graduate theology branch of Faulkner University) is accredited by the Commission on  Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools.

The Commission on Accrediting of The Association of Theological Schools
10 Summit Park Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15275-1110

Phone: 412-788-6505

The following degree programs are approved by the ATS Commission on Accrediting: Doctor of Philosophy in Biblical Studies, Master of Arts (Biblical Studies), and Master of Arts in Christian Ministry.

As a unit of Faulkner University the Kearley Graduate School of Theology is also accredited by SACS.

SACS Accreditation

Faulkner University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate, baccalaureate, masters, and doctorate degrees. Contact the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Faulkner University.

The School and Its Purpose
The Kearley Graduate School of Theology (KGST) seeks to emulate Christ in attitude and behavior, thereby equipping its students to become effective Christian communicators and servants in both the church and the world.  Students who choose to enter the Kearley Graduate School of Theology will find a spiritually oriented faculty who seek excellence in both scholarship and Christian service. KGST is a unit of Faulkner university and operates under the supervision of the Dean of the V. P. Black College of Biblical Studies, Dr. Scott Gleaves.

The Christian Values of the School
The V.P. Black College of Biblical Studies is committed to upholding doctrines and practices common to a cappella Churches of Christ. Representative values are articulated in “Here We Stand,” written by Cecil May, Jr., who is Dean Emeritus of the university’s College of Biblical Studies.

KGST Degree Plans

At the end of the Spring 2017 semester the KGST faculty proposed a streamlined set of degree plans that should make the program more efficient and more effective. Links below will open pages with degree plans as proposed by the faculty to begin in Academic Year 2017-2018. These links are provided to assist in planning, but consultation with the student’s academic advisor is crucial. Until officially announced otherwise, the most recent Catalog is the catalog of record.

The Master of Arts (Biblical Studies) program is a 36 hour degree focusing on the text of the Bible. The program prepares graduates for church ministry or for further academic studies, particularly for a PhD in Biblical Studies.

The Master of Arts in Christian Ministry program is a 36 hour degree focusing on various aspects of church ministry.  The program prepares graduates for general congregational ministry or for youth and family ministry.

The Doctor of Philosophy in Biblical Studies program prepares graduates for advanced opportunities in teaching, publication, and ministry.

The MA in Christian Counseling and Family Ministry program has been transferred to the College of Education. Students who began this program in th Kearley Graduate School of Theology should contact the Director, Dr. Bailey, at

More information

Our KGST Information Sources page can point you to the KGST Student Handbook, Graduate Catalogs, costs for tuition and fees, standards for refunds, admissions requirements, and distance learning opportunities.

The KGST Faculty page provides information on the academic credentials of our professors.

You can contact the KGST Director of Graduate Studies, Dr. Randall C. Bailey, at or 334‑386‑7663. His office is in Room 249 of the Harris-Parker Building on Faulkner’s main campus. The fax number is 334‑386‑7203.