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Accreditation & Educational


Association of Theological Schools

New York Theological Seminary (NYTS) is accredited by the Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools ( 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

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 June 6, 2023, the Board of Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools placed New York Theological Seminary on “show cause” for a period of 12 months (June 2023 – June 2024), 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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