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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, 49KB)

The following institutions have filed an annual affidavit and received a letter of exemption from the Commission for Independent Education:

Religious Institutions
3 Treasures School of Medical Qigong
A.C.O.J. Theological Seminary and Ministry Training Corp.
ABM University Theological Seminary
Abundant Life Bible College and Theological Seminary
Academy of Ministries, The
Aletheia Logos University
Alexander Institute of Biblical Studies, The
Alliance Gospel University
Alliance of Liberated Churches, Inc.
American Bible College, Inc.
American David Livingstone University Florida
American International Christian University
Angel Ministries College
Anglican School of Divinity
Ark Baptist College
Assemblies of God Theological Seminary
ATFS Bible Institute
Atlantic Coast College of the Bible and Theological Seminary
Barnham Graduate School and Seminary
Baruch Leadership Training Academy
Bayside College of Ministry
Be Encouraged In The Word Christian Bible College, Inc.
Beacon of Light Christian College
Berean Baptist College
Berean Christian College & Seminary, Inc.
Beth Rapha Christian College and Theological Seminary, Inc.
Bethesda Bible Institute & Seminary and Messenger School of Counseling
Bethesda Christian College of Counseling
Bible Explosion Training School
Broward Theological University, Inc.
C.E.L.A. Internacional University
Carey International University of Theology, Inc.
Catalyst Christian College and Biblical Training Institute
Center for Biblical Studies
Central Christian University
Chapel Christian University, Inc.
Charis Bible College of Florida
Charismata Theological University
Christ's College
Christian Bible Institute & Seminary
Christian Counseling Institute, Inc.
Christian Institute
Christian International School of Theology
Christian Leadership University
Christian Ministers Training Institute
Christian of America University
Church of God School of Ministry
Church of Universal Awakening, Inc.
Clarity International Christian University
Clear Blue Academy Christian University
College of Biblical Studies - Houston
Collegium Augustinianum Graduate School of Philosophy and Theology
Colorado Theological Seminary
Conservative Theological University
Convergence Anglican Theological Seminary
Coral Ridge Seminary
Cornerstone Christian University
Covenant Life University
Covenant Theological Seminary Florida, Inc.
CPR Ministries Chaplain Academy
Crossland Christian University
CUFS University Advanced Studies in Theology and Ethics
Dallas Theological Seminary
Dayspring Theological Seminary
Deeper Waters Bible College - R.O.L.
Destiny Christian University, LLC
Devon Williams Ministries Inc. - Bible Institute
Dowell Institute Theological Seminary
E'arron Christian University
Eagle Christian International University
East Coast Christian University
Ecotheos International University, Bible College and Seminary
Ecumenical Theological Seminary, The
Elim University of Theology
Emmanuel Theological Seminary
Esoteric Interfaith Theological Seminary
Evangelical Theological Seminary
Evangelical University and Seminary
Expositors Seminary, The
Faith Theological Seminary and Christian College
Family of Faith College
Florida Baptist College
Florida Beacon College & Seminary
Florida Bible College, Inc.
Florida Christian University/FTS
Florida Theological Chaplaincy Academy
Florida Theological University
Florida Trinity College
Florida Vedic College
Florida Yeshiva University International Beth Midrash
Focus Bible College
Forerunner's Theological Institute
Fresh Manna Bible College
Galilee Ministries Chaplaincy & Pastoral University, Inc.
Gate of Bethel Bible College, The
Gateway to Heaven Christian Center Inc
Genesis College
Glad Tidings Ministry Institute
Global Focus Bible College
Global Impact Bible College & Seminary
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
Grace & Truth Christian University
Grace Bible College
Graduate Theological Institute, Inc.
Great Commission Ministry Church, The
Gulf Pointe Bible College and Seminary
Hagion Ethnos Institute
Harmony of the Divine Light
Harvest Baptist University
Hebron Evangelical Bible Institute
Heed University School of Theology
Heritage University and Seminary
Higher Dimension Christian College
Hindu University of America, Inc.
Holistic Life University of Theology
Holy Spirit University
Holy Trinity College and Seminary, Inc.
Hosanna Bible College
IBCK Faith University
Institute of Biblical Linguistics
Instituto Biblico Pablo VI
Instituto De Liderazgo El Rey Jesus
Instituto Teologico M.I.C.A.R.
Interfaith University and Seminary
International Bible University, Inc.
International Christian College and Seminary
International Christian University
International College of Ministry
International Harvard Christian University
International Institute of Christian Counseling, LLC.
International Leadership Center - School of Ministry
International Theological Seminary
International University of Morality
International University of Yoga and Ayurveda
Isaiah College of Ministry & Holy Ghost Seminary
Jacksonville Baptist Theological Seminary
Jacksonville Theological Seminary
JCL Bible Training Center and Theological Seminary
Jesus is Life University
Jesus is Lord International University
JRTU - Jehovah Rohi Theological University
Kairos University
Kaleo Institute, Inc., The
Keith Bible Institute And KBI Archives, Inc.
Kerygma Bible College and Theological Seminary
Keystone Christian College
Kingdom Bible College Inc.
Kingdom College International
Kingdom Life University
Kingdom of God Available for All International University
Kingdom Vessels Christian Bible Institute and Seminary, Inc.
Knox Theological Seminary
Koinonia College & University, Inc.
Lancaster Bible College
Laurel University
Leadership Theological University
Legacy Bible College and Theological Seminary, Inc.
Life Christian University
Life Line Bible College
Life-Vida Training Center
Lifeway Baptist University
Ligonier Academy of Biblical & Theological Studies
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 University
Logos Theology Institute
Logos University
Lotus University
Majestic Bible Institute & Seminary
Manifest Theological Institute
Maranatha Christian College & University
Martha's Vineyard Theological Seminary
Master's International School of Divinity
Messianic Jewish Theological Institute
Messianic Life Institute, Inc.
Metaphysical Church of Humanistic Science, Inc.
Metonoia Christian College, Inc.
Metropolitan Christian University
Micar Christian University, Corp.
Middle Florida Theological Seminary and Bible College
Ministry of Fire Christian University
Ministry of Spirit and Truth Theological Seminary
MINTS International Seminary
Miracle Grace Academy
Miracle Time University
Mision Cristiana Internacional Logos Colombia
Mizpa Christian University
Monument Christian College
Moody Bible Institute of Chicago, The
Most Holy Trinity Seminary
Mount Olive Bible Institute & Seminary, Inc.
National Christian Counselors Association
Netzer David Yeshiva
New Alliance Theological Seminary, Inc.
New Birth Bible College
New Covenant International University
New Covenant University
New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary
New Wine Bible Institute
North Florida Theological Seminary
Northwestern Christian University
Northwestern Theological Seminary
NYC Full Gospel Theological Seminary, Inc.
OAN University a/k/a Omega Alpha Nu University
Oklevueha Native American Church of SomaVeda College of Natural Medicine
Open Eye Theological Training Center Inc.
Orlando Christian College of Natural Healing
Pastoral Care Institute, Inc.
Pensacola Bible Institute
Pentecostal Theological University
Petra Christian University
Petra Theological Seminary
Pittsburgh Theological Seminary
Post Education Institute of Biblical Studies
Rainbow School of Ministry, The
Refiners Fire Christian University
Reformation International College
Reformation International Theological Seminary
Regency Christian College
RemZion University
Revelation 3:20 Theological University
Revelation Bible Institute Christian Center
Revelation Message Bible College
Revelation Message Christian Institute
RFM Christian Bible College
Rhema Apostolic University Midet
Rhema University
Rightly Dividing the Word of Truth Bible College Seminary
River Bible Institute
River School of Worship
Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies, The
Sai Ayurvedic College & Ayurvedic Wellness Center, LLC
Saint James International Christian University
Saint Matthew University
Saint Michael University
Saint Thomas Aquinas School of Theology
Samaritan Institute at Sunshine Cathedral, The
Santa Rosa Christian College
Seminario Reformado Latinoamericano
Seven Peaks Christian University
Shema Israel International Yeshiva, Inc.
Shepherd's Care Bible College
Smith Chapel Bible University
Smith Christian University
South Eastern Christian Institute of Technology, Inc.
Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
Southeastern Jewish University
Southeastern Theological Seminary
Southern Baptist School for Biblical Studies/Trinity Theological College & Seminary
Southern Christian University International
Southwestern International Bible College
Spectrum School of Ministry
St. Michael Academy of Eschatology
St. Vincent De Paul Regional Seminary
SUM Bible College and Theological Seminary
Summit Bible College
Sword of the Spirit School of Ministry
Tabernacle Bible College & Seminary and Christian University
Talmudic College of Florida Inc.
Telios University
Temple Christian University, Inc.
Texas University of Theology
Theological College and Seminary of Florida
Trinity International Seminary and University
Trinity School for Ministry
TVM Christian University
United Baptist Bible College & Seminary
United Theological Seminary
Universidad Cristiana Logos
Universidad Iberoamericana de Liderazgo
Universidad Nuestro Pacto Internacional
Universidad Reformada De Miami
Universidad Teologica de Florida, Inc.
Universidad Teologica El Camino, Inc.
University of America Salt Lake Baptist College, The
University of Contemporary Theology
University of Holistic Theology
University of the Supernatural Ministry
Urban Ministry and Chaplaincy Institute (UMACI)
Westminster International Christian University
Whitefield College and Theological Seminary
Whole Faith International Bible College
William C. Morris University
Worldwide Scientific Harvard Christian University
Worldwide Theological Scientific University
Worship Warriors University
Yahweh Raw Law Life University
Yeshivah Gedolah Rabbinical College
Yoga-Samskrutham University
Yorkshire Christian University, Inc.
Zen International University
Zion Christian University
Zion International University
Zoe University