Academic Partnerships

Christian Leaders Institute values kingdom-minded partnerships that align with our mission and advance the Gospel message worldwide. CLI is committed to collaborations that not only enhance the quality of ministry education but also give further opportunities to the students we serve. 

Through strategic academic partnerships with like-minded institutions, CLI seeks to create a network of resources, knowledge, and expertise that empowers and equips Christian leaders from diverse backgrounds and locations. By joining forces with these partners, CLI aims to extend its impact, ensuring that more individuals have access to high-quality training, preparing them to effectively serve and spread the message of Christ in their own communities

Colleges, Seminaries, & Universities

Whether students are interested in using their CLI degree to pursue a Master’s program or desire to transfer their credits to an undergraduate program, there are many exciting opportunities.

Explore the list of Academic Partnerships below to learn more!


  • With the candidacy accreditation status of CLI through ABHE, students’ records will be accepted as accredited regardless of whether students attended when CLI was or was not accredited.
  • Undergraduate applicants will be required to submit transcripts from CLI for admission purposes.
  • Graduate applicants can now use their conferred degree from CLI for admissions purposes into a graduate program.


  • With the candidacy accreditation status of CLI through ABHE, CLI is no longer considered unaccredited and will not be listed as an unaccredited institution approved for transfer.
  • Transfer credit can be awarded without the need of an agreement or transfer guide.
  • Transfer credit will still need to meet LU’s transfer policies before being awarded (grade, content, credits, degree applicability, etc.)

Liberty University is committed to facilitating a seamless transition for students from CLI, recognizing the importance of their prior academic achievements. We look forward to welcoming CLI students and graduates into our academic programs, supporting them in their journey towards academic and professional success

Christian Chaplains & Coaching

Christian Chaplains & Coaching (CC&C) is CLI's the exclusive approved agency to teach CPE and help students identify appropriate clinical sites to obtain their clinical hours.

CC&C is an Ecclesiastical Ministry set apart for the Christian Church to serve laity as a Chaplain endorsing and ordaining organization. They teach, equip, and ordain qualified candidates for volunteer and professional chaplaincy. They are an approved endorser for the Veterans Administration VA Hospital and Federal Bureau of Prisons. In collaboration with the NAE Chaplains Commission they are an endorser for Military Chaplains. They teach to the common standards of accredited Clinical Pastoral Education in an online environment.

Calvin Theological Seminary

Calvin Seminary is a Reformed seminary that is globally recognized for its theological richness. Students who complete the Bachelor of Divinity program through CLI are eligible to apply for admission to the M.Div, MA, and MTS programs at Calvin Theological Seminary.

City Vision University

CVU is a non-profit Christian university that offers undergrad degrees in non-profit management, counseling, leadership as well as Masters of Business and Orgizational Leadership. City Vision recognizes course credit and degrees from CLI.

Grace Christian University

Grace Christian University exists to Graduate Courageous Ambassadors for Christ Who Make an Eternal Impact Wherever They Go. Grace offers a range of Bachelor's and Master's degrees Online, utilizing an accelerated 5- and 6-week model, with personalized student support guiding students to success toward earning a degree. We provide a strong Biblical and Ministry core, preparing our students for marketplace success within their chosen program. (Click here to learn about our community, programs, and how we can help you reach your calling and vocation.)

Kairos University

Kairos University allows you to deepen your roots in your local community by working with a mentor team and crafting an educational journey that encourages face-to-face interaction in your community. The cost for tuition is just $300/month.


NationsUniversity’s mission is to build authentic faith and train Christian leaders. By focusing on Bible and ministry, students will develop the knowledge and skills needed for service in the Kingdom of God through any of the three graduate programs offered. Due to the demonstrated quality of CLI alumni, NationsUniversity joyfully accepts qualified graduate program applicants who have completed their bachelor’s degree at CLI.

Northpoint Bible College and Seminary

Northpoint Bible College exists to teach and train students for Excellent Pentecostal Ministry in fulfillment of The Great Commission. NPBC accepts CLI graduates into their graduate program after they have passed a Biblical Knowledge test and have successfully presented an academic paper.

Northern Seminary

Northern Seminary is an online and in-person Christian school that offers a range Master's degrees. Northern Seminary will accept into their Master of Divinity degree program Christian Leaders Institute Bachelor of Divinity degree graduates.

Ohio Christian University

OCU is a private Christian College that accepts applications to their Master's programs from CLI Bachelor degree program graduates. Master's program offerings include Leadership, Ministry, Business Administration, and Education. Each of these are 100% online.

Vision International University

Vision International is an American interdenominational Christian Seminary that offers distance education and online academic degree programs designed to prepare people for professional ministry. CLI has a reciprocal agreement with Vision International University. Students and Graduates of CLI can transfer credits to Vision International University and vise versa

Western Theological Seminary

Western is an evangelical and ecumenical community of faith and learning in the Reformed tradition. They will accept into their Master of Divinity degree CLI Bachelor's of Divinity degree graduates. The Western Theological Seminary Admissions Department can help with the application process.

Interested in any of these opportunities and have further questions? We encourage you to reach out to the partner institution as well as our Registrar’s Office (

If you are a Christian Leaders Institute student in the Christian Development school, please be aware that in most cases, you must become accepted to the Leadership Excellence school to be eligible for these partnerships. To learn more about the admissions process, click here.

Content Providers

By collaborating with organizations that excel in their respective areas of expertise, CLI’s course offerings are enriched and expanded. These strategic partnerships enable CLI to offer diverse high-quality content, empowering students with specialized knowledge and insights. By teaming up with reputable content providers, CLI ensures that its courses remain relevant, up-to-date, and comprehensive, equipping aspiring Christian leaders with the tools they need to impact their communities and the world positively. These partnerships embody CLI’s commitment to fostering a global network of resources and expertise that advances the gospel and strengthens the Kingdom of God worldwide.

Interested in taking advantage of these partnerships?