New York Theological Seminary (NYTS) is a professional graduate school whose primary mission is to prepare men and women for ministries in Christian churches and other religious institutions. Students are admitted without discrimination on the basis of race, ethnicity, gender, or orientation, and represent a broad range of denominations, theological views, and cultural traditions. All candidates for degrees or certificates are expected

  • to be able to articulate an understanding of their own particular call to ministry, recognizing that this is interpreted differently across the range of traditions represented within the Seminary.
  • to belong to a particular community of faith which has in some manner recognized or affirmed that calling.

Further requirements for each degree and certificate are listed in the Academic Programs page in the relevant program description sections.

Admission into the Master of Professional Studies (MPS) program is limited to candidates who are currently incarcerated within the New York State Department of Corrections system, and who meet additional eligibility requirements set by the Department of Corrections. For further information on admissions to the MPS, contact the Director of the MPS program at NYTS.

The Seminary has a rolling admissions policy for all master’s degree programs: the Master of Arts in Youth Ministry (MAYM), the Master of Arts in Religious Leadership and Administration (MARLA), the Master of Arts in Pastoral Care and Counseling (MAPCC), Master of Arts in Religious Education (MARE), and Master of Divinity (MDiv). Applications are reviewed and interviews with prospective students are scheduled on a regular basis throughout the year. Once admitted, a student may register and begin attending classes in the next available semester. Interested candidates should know that the required courses in biblical studies and foundations of ministry are offered sequentially in fall and spring semesters, and are thus encouraged to complete their applications in time to begin the fall semester. Financial aid is awarded during the spring of each year in order to assist students with their financial planning for the year. Applications are available from the Director of Financial Aid and on the Financial Aid page.

Admission to the Doctor of Ministry (DMin) program is generally in the fall, but may take place prior to the beginning of any particular track. For further information on deadlines for application to the DMin, contact the Director of the Doctor of Ministry Program.

Admission to the Certificate Programs is generally during the week prior to the beginning of the fall or spring semester, as posted in the academic calendar available on the NYTS web site or from the Registrar. Special registration periods are held at various sites throughout the New York metropolitan region and online for the Certificate Programs. Candidates may apply and register for the Certificate Programs at the same time, provided they complete all necessary application information.

An application for admission must be completed in its entirety in order for a student to be fully admitted into one of the Seminary’s degree programs. All information contained in a Seminary application is considered confidential and will be kept on file in the Office of the Registrar. Further information regarding the Seminary’s compliance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) can be found in our Academic Policies.

Students who have been admitted to one of the master’s degree programs who wish to transfer to another program may do so only with the permission of the Academic Dean. Students seeking to so transfer are not required to complete a new application, but will be asked to complete a supplemental statement indicating the reason for the transfer in programs.

Students who have completed one master’s degree and who wish to enroll in one of the other programs will be required to complete a new application. Students who have been accepted into the MPS degree program in Sing Sing and who seek admission to another master’s degree program will likewise be required to complete a new application.


Registration for master’s level programs takes place several times a year before the beginning of each semester, as posted in the annual Seminary calendar that is available on the Academic Calendar page or from the Registrar. Students can expect in general to register the last week of August and the first week of September for the fall semester and winterim courses; the fist week in December for winterim only; the second week of January for the spring semester; and the second week of May for summer courses. New students are encouraged to register early in any registration period.

There are regularly scheduled add/drop days and students may change their registration at such time. As a matter of normal policy refunds are given for tuition only, according to the schedule published in the Catalog and in the Student Handbook. Late fees are assessed after the close of the announced registration period for each semester or intensive period (winterim or summer months) in any academic program. It is possible to make arrangements to register early for any program if circumstances warrant. All new and continuously enrolled students can expect to receive further information posted on MOODLE, the Seminary’s online learning system, and sent through the student’s Seminary email from the Registrar prior to each registration period.

The registration procedure for all degree programs includes: a) approval by the appropriate faculty advisor; and b) payment or arrangements made with the Student Accounts Office for a payment plan.

Students in all degree programs who enroll in the Seminary’s payment plan are expected to pay 30% of the total cost of tuition and fees that are due at the time of registration. Payment may be made by check, cash, Visa, or MasterCard. Financial aid is available from the Seminary. A separate application for financial aid is required. See the section on Financial Aid for more details.

No student will be permitted to register for a new semester with an outstanding balance due.

All auditing and unclassified students must pay in full at time of registration. Deferred payment plans are available only to students enrolled in an academic program for a degree.

Further details about Registration can be found in the Academic Policies or by contacting the Registrar.


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