Degree Granting Authorization
Pontifex University is an apostolate of the Solidarity Association which is an Association of the Christian Faithful erected as a Public Juridic Body by Decree of the late Archbishop John Francis Donoghue pursuant to canon law sections 298-329. The operational authority granted to the Solidarity Association includes the provision of education and formation at all levels.
Pontifex University has been formally recognized by The Most Reverend Wilton D. Gregory, S.L.D. Metropolitan Archbishop of Atlanta as a Catholic University pursuant to Can. 808.
Additionally Pontifex University is compliant with the Decree of Promulgation of Ex Corde Ecclesiae.
"Every university or University is qualified by a specified mode of being. Yours is the qualification of being Catholic, of affirming God, his revelation and the Catholic Church as the guardian and interpreter of that revelation. The term Catholic will never be a mere label either added or dropped according to the pressures of varying factors."
-Pope St. John Paul the Great
In addition, Pontifex University has complied with the requirements of O.C.G.A. § 20-3-250.3 (a)(6) by meeting reporting requirements and is in compliance with the Georgia Nonpublic Postsecondary Education Commission from August 31, 2018 to August 31, 2019. The Doctor of Theology and the Master of Sacred Arts degrees are awarded by Pontifex University and are in compliance with Georgia Law. To learn more about this certificate please click on the following links: GNPEC Certificate and Religious Exemption Renewal.
Students undertaking the MSA Degree for the purposes of an occupation or vocation or with an intent to proceed to further post-graduate education should ensure that the MSA degree meets the requirements of the proposed employment or academic institution as appropriate. The MSA Degree is intended to be taken as a complete program and credits may not transfer except to institutions with which Pontifex University has an articulation or credit transfer agreement.
As a new academic program, the Doctor of Theology and the Master of Sacred Arts degrees are not eligible for accreditation and Pontifex University will explore appropriate options for accreditation when the programs have reached an appropriate level of maturity:
"The goal of accreditation is to ensure that education provided by institutions of higher education meets acceptable levels of quality. Accreditation in the United State involves non-governmental entities as well as governmental agencies…Accrediting agencies, which are private educational associations of regional or national scope, develop evaluation criteria and conduct peer evaluations to assess whether or not those criteria are met. Institutions and/or programs that request an agency's evaluation and that meet an agency's criteria are then "accredited" by that agency." - U.S. Department of Education