Statement of Accreditation Status

Union Theological Seminary

  • CEO: Dr. Serene Jones, President
  • Accreditation Liaison Officer: Nicole Mirando
  • Commission Staff Liaison: Dr. Robert Bonfiglio, Vice President
  • Carnegie Classification: Special Focus Four-Year: Faith-Related Institutions » Exclusively graduate/professional
  • Control: Private (Non-Profit)
  • Phase: Accredited
  • Status: Accreditation Reaffirmed
  • Accreditation Granted: 1967
  • Last Reaffirmation: 2019
  • Next Self-Study Evaluation: 2026-2027
  • Next Mid-Point Peer Review: 2023

Contact Information

3041 Broadway
New York, NY 10027-5710

(212) 662-7100

www.utsnyc.edu

  • The following represents the MSCHE accreditation actions taken in the last ten (10) years.
  • June 17, 2020
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To include the first Post-baccalaureate Certificate in Social Justice within the institution’s scope of accreditation. To require written evidence of approvals from all necessary licensing, regulatory, or other legal entities as necessary, including the New York State Education Department (NYSED). To note that the Commission may rescind this action if the requested substantive change is not implemented within one calendar year from the date of this action. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2026-2027.
  • June 17, 2020
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To include the second Post- baccalaureate Certificate in Interreligious Engagement within the institution’s scope of accreditation. To require written evidence of approvals from all necessary licensing, regulatory, or other legal entities as necessary, including the New York State Education Department (NYSED). To note that the Commission may rescind this action if the requested substantive change is not implemented within one calendar year from the date of this action.
  • April 16, 2020
    To acknowledge receipt of formal written notice from the institution in response to the Commission’s request of March 9, 2020. To temporarily waive Substantive Change Policy and Procedures and allow the use of distance education to accommodate students impacted by coronavirus (COVID-19) interruptions, in accordance with United States Department of Education (USDE) guidelines published March 5, 2020. Continued use of distance education beyond the limitations of USDE guidelines will require substantive change approval in accordance with Substantive Change Policy and Procedures. This flexibility is not available for clock-hour courses that lead to licensure if the licensing body will not accept distance learning courses or hours or give credit for them toward the number of hours a student must complete. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2026-2027.
  • June 27, 2019
    To acknowledge receipt of the supplemental information report. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2026-2027.
  • March 14, 2019
    To acknowledge receipt of the self-study report. To note the visit by the Commission’s representatives. To reaffirm accreditation. To request a supplemental information report, due April 15, 2019 providing (1) further evidence of a clearly articulated and transparent governance structure that outlines roles, responsibilities, and accountability for decision-making by each constituency (Standard VII), and (2) submission of a Complex Substantive Change Preliminary Review Form related to the agreement with the Episcopal Divinity School that includes (a) Strategic Plan for Implementation of the Affiliation Agreement, (b) Non-binding Transition Plan, (c) Purchase and Sale Agreement, (d) EDS bylaws, articles of incorporation, and other similar governing documents, and (e) UTS bylaws, articles of incorporation, and other similar governing documents (Substantive Change Policy). The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2026-2027.
  • March 22, 2017
    To acknowledge receipt of documentation of approval from New York State Education Department (NYSED) and to include the online Doctor of Ministry (DMin) in Supervisory Clinical Spiritual Care Education within the scope of the institution's accreditation.
  • June 27, 2016
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To include the first distance education program, online Doctor of Ministry (DMin) in Supervisory Clinical Spiritual Care Education, within the scope of the institution's accreditation, effective upon receipt of documentation of state approval. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2018-2019.
  • June 27, 2016
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To include the first Doctor's - Professional Practice, Doctor of Ministry (DMin) in Supervisory Clinical Spiritual Care Education, within the scope of the institution's accreditation, effective upon receipt of documentation of state approval. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2018-2019.
  • June 23, 2016
    To accept the progress report. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2018-2019.
  • Distance Education
    Approved to offer programs by this delivery method
  • Correspondence Education
    Not approved for this delivery method

Approved Credential Levels

The following represents credential levels included in the scope of the institution’s accreditation:

  • Post-baccalaureate Certificate
  • Master's Degree or Equivalent
  • Doctor's Degree - Professional Practice Approved to offer ONE program at this credential level: Doctor of Ministry (DMin) in Supervisory Clinical Spiritual Care Education
  • Doctor's Degree- Research/Scholarship

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