Question 1: RA and ATS: Which is better and why? Question 2: The Augustine Institute offers an MA in Theology that is not RA, but the institute is a candidate for ATS accreditation. Is it valid to have ATS accreditation, but not RA? Thoughts: Some people say that ATS accreditation is the gold standard, but if a degree is only ATS accreditated, then the graduate cannot teach at RA programs with the ATS degree. This seems like an unusual dichotomy (assuming that ATS is the theological gold standard).