Association of Theological Schools
New York Theological Seminary (NYTS) is accredited by the Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools (www.ats.edu). NYTS is approved to offer the following degrees: Master of Divinity (MDiv), Master of Arts in Pastoral Care and Counseling (MAPCC), Master of Arts in Religious Education (MARE), Master of Arts in Transformational Leadership and Administration (MATLA), Master of Arts in Youth Ministry (MAYM), Master of Professional Studies (MPS), and Doctor of Ministry (DMin). The seminary’s programs are all registered with the New York State Education Department. Additionally, the school has received comprehensive distance education approval from ATS and the NYS Education Department for its MDiv, MAPCC, MARE, and MAYM and MATLA degrees.
ATS Standards of Accreditation
The ATS Commission on Accrediting provides standards for its member schools, developed and approved by the membership—always with a focus on how those standards can help member schools improve in educational quality for the sake of their students. Effective July 1, 2021, the Board of Commission of Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools placed New York Theological Seminary on probation for a period of 24 months (June 2021 to June 2023), as a result of the institution not meeting Standard 10.3 on Financial Resources. Specifically, the school is at risk of not having “sufficient and stable financial resources to achieve its mission with educational quality and financial sustainability” (per Policies and Procedures, III.H). The current standards, approved in 2020 can be found here.
Statement of Educational Effectiveness
Overview of Assessment
The goal of assessment at the New York Theological Seminary is to develop a sustainable process of improvement of student learning. The assessment focuses on evaluating the effectiveness of our programs, seeking evidence regarding the achievement of program outcomes. The purpose of this process is twofold: to assure our constituents that we are doing what we claim to do in our academic programs and to provide clear evidence for ourselves that we are educating our students effectively, and to make improvements when necessary.
Learning outcomes based on NYTS Mission Statement
Graduates of NYTS from all programs will be able to demonstrate:
- competence in biblical and theological reflection that is faithful to one’s own tradition, dynamic in its articulation, and relevant to contemporary intercultural and multifaith contexts.
- the ability to identify, design, and put into practice diverse and inclusive models of ministry to achieve personal, ecclesial, and social transformation and reconciliation.
- the ability to engage in critical reflection that fosters spiritual formation and renewal of individuals, faith-based communities, cities, and the world.
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Welcome to New York Theological Seminary!
We are excited about what God is doing in the life of NYTS and I am honored to serve as the 12th and first woman President.
The more I learn about the history and service of NYTS, the more I appreciate the unlimited possibilities of our bold future. For over 120 years, NYTS has been a sacred space dedicated to providing a relevant theological education that prepares men and women to serve humanity.
Through the creative collaboration of students, faculty, staff, alumni and trustees, we have begun to reimagine what NYTS represents in our community and our world. While political turmoil, social upheaval, and economic crises narrate our current reality, NYTS continues to shine as a beacon of hope for those called to serve humanity.
Here at NYTS, we prepare students to be creative, innovative and relevant in their ministry context. We promote deeper engagement and authentic relationships with the Creator and all of creation. You will encounter a relevant and rigorous theological education that is accessible, inclusive and transformative. These sacred experiences will encourage you to evolve in your theological understanding, and help you to realize your unlimited potential.
If you want to be a part of a diverse and inclusive community of learners acquiring the resources, tools, and strategies for effective leadership, NYTS is the place for you. If you are seeking to be prepared to engage in prophetic and transformative ministry, NYTS is the place for you. If you are seeking to lead an organization that promotes love and respect for the Creator and creation throughout the world, NYTS is the place for you. We are committed now more than ever to prepare faith and thought leaders to engage, relevant, restorative, and revolutionary ministry and our graduates leave NYTS equipped with the knowledge and skills necessary to be leaders and thinkers in today’s world.
We invite you to learn more about us by participating in our upcoming events, exploring our website, and engaging with us via our social media channels. I look forward to welcoming you to our NYTS family as we honor our bright past and embrace our bold future.