Statement of Accreditation Status

    The Statement of Accreditation Status (SAS) is the official statement of the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) about each institution’s current accreditation status and scope of accreditation. The SAS also provides a brief history of the actions taken by the Commission.

  • Institution:
    Unification Theological Seminary
    New York, NY
  • Address:
    4 West 43rd Street
    New York, NY 10036
  • Phone:
    (845) 752-3000
  • URL:
  • Accreditation Liaison Officer (ALO):
    Dr. Michael Mickler
  • Commission Staff Liaison:
    Dr. Sean McKitrick, Vice President

Accreditation Summary

For more information, see the Commission’s Accreditation Actions Policy and Procedures.

  • Phase: Accredited
  • Status: Accreditation Reaffirmed
  • Accreditation Granted: 1996
  • Last Reaffirmation: 2016
  • Next Self-Study Evaluation: 2023-2024
  • Next Mid-Point Peer Review: 2028

Alternative Delivery Methods

The following represents approved alternative delivery methods included in the scope of the institution’s accreditation:

Distance Education
Approved to offer programs by this delivery method

Correspondence Education
Not approved for this delivery method

Credential Levels

Approved Credential Levels

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

  • Bachelor's Degree or Equivalent Included within the scope to offer ONE program: B.A. in World Religions and Philosophy
  • Post-baccalaureate Certificate Included within the scope:
  • Master's Degree or Equivalent Included within the scope:
  • Doctor's Degree - Professional Practice Included within the scope:

Locations

The following represents branch campuses, additional locations, and other instructional sites that are included within the scope of the institution’s accreditation:

Location Type
Barrytown Campus
30 Seminary Drive
Barrytown, NY 12507
Other Instructional Site
Westchester Satellite
548 S. Broadway
Tarrytown, NY 10591
Other Instructional Site

Definitions: For definitions of branch campus, additional locations, or other instructional sites, see the Commission’s Substantive Change Policy and Procedures.

Accreditation Actions

The following represents the MSCHE accreditation actions taken in the last ten (10) years. For more information, see the Commission’s Accreditation Actions Policy and Procedures and the Substantive Change Policy and Procedures.

  • March 4, 2021
    To note that the Mid-Point Peer Review has been conducted. To request that, beginning in 2021 and in conjunction with each Annual Institutional Update prior to the self-study visit in 2023-2024, the institution provide further evidence of (1) improved financial viability and sustainability (Standard VI) and (2) strategies to address enrollment decline (Standard VI).
  • June 17, 2020
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To note the institution's decision to close the additional location at 9135 Piscataway Road, Clifton, MD 20735. To require immediate notification when instruction ceases at the additional location. To note that the Commission reserves the right to rescind approval of this substantive change if any developments reveal additional information that might have affected the Commission's decision and/or the requested substantive change is not implemented within one calendar year from the date of this action. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2023-2024.
  • 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 2023-2024.
  • September 13, 2019
    To acknowledge receipt of documentation of written approval from New York State Education Department.
  • July 2, 2019
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To include the first alternative delivery method-distance education program (Master of Arts in Religious Studies) within the institution's scope of accreditation. To require written evidence of approvals from all necessary licensing, regulatory, of other legal entities as necessary, including the New York State Education Department. 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 2023-2024.
  • March 14, 2019
    To note the substantive change site visit occurred at the relocated main campus at 4 West 43rd Street, New York, NY 10036 and the information provided in the substantive change request was verified. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2023-2024.
  • March 14, 2019
    To note the substantive change site visit occurred at the Clinton MD additional location at 9135 Piscataway Road, Clinton, MD 20735 and the information provided in the substantive change request was verified.
  • August 27, 2018
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To include the reclassification of the New York City Extension additional location at 4 West 43rd Street, New York, NY 10036 as the main campus. To direct a site visit within six months of commencement of operations. To note the institution's decision to close the main campus at 30 Seminary Drive, Barrytown, NY 12571. The Commission requires written notification within thirty days of the commencement of operations at the new campus and the closure of the old campus. Operations at the location must commence within one calendar year from the date of this action. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2023-2024.
  • March 5, 2018
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To include the reclassification of the other instructional site at Clinton MD, 9135 Piscataway Road, Clinton, MD 20735 as an additional location and to provisionally include the location within the scope of the institution's accreditation pending a site visit within six months of the commencement of operations. The Commission requires written notification within thirty days of the commencement of operations as an additional location. Operations at the additional location must commence within one calendar year from the date of this action. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2023-2024.
  • June 22, 2017
    To accept the progress report. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2023-2024.
  • November 17, 2016
    To accept the monitoring report and to note that a small team visit will not be conducted at this time. To request a progress report, due April 1, 2017, documenting further evidence of (1) financial viability and sustainability linked to budget and planning that includes FY 16 audited financial statements, FY 17 budget and year-to-date financial statements, USDE composite score, and AY15-16 and 16-17 enrollments (Standard 3); and (2) further development of an organized and sustained assessment process to improve teaching and learning (Standard 14). The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2023-2024.
  • March 3, 2016
    To accept the monitoring report and to note the visit by the Commission's representatives. To remove the probation because the institution is now in compliance with Standard 3 (Institutional Resources) and Standard 14 (Assessment of Student Learning) and to reaffirm accreditation. To request a monitoring report, due September 1, 2016, documenting (1) further development of an allocation process that ensures adequate staffing to support the institution's mission and goals; (2) further development of financial planning and budgeting processes that are aligned with mission, goals and long-range planning, are based on realistic enrollment targets, and incorporate the use of assessment results (Standard 3); and (3) further implementation of an organized and sustained assessment process to evaluate and improve student learning (Standard 14). A small team visit may follow submission of the report. The Periodic Review Report is now due June 1, 2020.
  • June 25, 2015
    To accept the monitoring report and note the visit by the Commission's representatives. To note that the institution is now in compliance with Standard 1 (Mission and Goals) and Standard 8 (Student Admissions and Retention). To continue the probation because of insufficient evidence that the institution is in compliance with Standards 3 (Institutional Resources) and 14 (Assessment of Student Learning). To note that the institution remains accredited while on probation. To request a monitoring report, due December 1, 2015, documenting evidence that the institution has achieved and can sustain compliance with Standards 3 and 14 including, but not limited to (1) implementation of a financial plan to achieve institutional sustainability (Standard 3); and (2) assessment results that provide sufficient, convincing evidence that students are achieving key institutional and program learning outcomes, and use of those results to improve teaching and learning (Standard 14). In addition to request that the monitoring report also provide evidence of accurate and comprehensive information and advice regarding financial aid and transfer agreements at the baccalaureate level to ensure that students have a reasonable opportunity to meet their educational goals (Standard 8); A small team visit will follow submission of the monitoring report. The date for the Periodic Review Report will be established when accreditation is reaffirmed.
  • November 20, 2014
    To note the visit by the Commission's representative. To remind the institution that it has been placed on probation because of a lack of evidence that it is currently in compliance with Standard 1 (Mission and Goals), Standard 3 (Institutional Resources), Standard 8 (Student Admissions and Retention) and Standard 14 (Assessment of Student Learning). To note that the institution remains accredited while on probation. To request a monitoring report, due March 1, 2015, documenting that the institution has achieved and can sustain ongoing compliance with Standards 1, 3, 8 and 14, including but not limited to (1) a definitive agreement between the Institution, its Trustees and its supporting church concerning the Institution's mission (Standard 1); (2) demonstrated financial viability and sustainability in maintaining educational programs and facilities in accord with its mission and goals (Standard 3); (3) published and consistent admission criteria, with tools to aid in the identification and remediation of academically at-risk students (Standard 8); and (4) clearly articulated assessment processes which demonstrate that students, at graduation, have knowledge, skills and competencies consistent with higher education goals (Standard 14). A small team visit will follow submission of the monitoring report. The date for the Periodic Review Report will be set when accreditation is reaffirmed.
  • June 26, 2014
    To place the institution on probation because of a lack of evidence that it is currently in compliance with Standard 1 (Mission and Goals), Standard 3 (Institutional Resources), Standard 8 (Student Admissions and Retention) and Standard 14 (Assessment of Student Learning). To note that the institution remains accredited while on probation. To request a monitoring report, due March 1, 2015, documenting that the institution has achieved and can sustain ongoing compliance with Standards 1, 3, 8 and 14, including but not limited to (1) a definitive agreement between the Institution, its Trustees and its supporting church concerning the Institution's mission (Standard 1); (2) demonstrated financial viability and sustainability in maintaining educational programs and facilities in accord with its mission and goals (Standard 3); (3) published and consistent admission criteria, with tools to aid in the identification and remediation of academically at-risk students (Standard 8); and (4) clearly articulated assessment processes which demonstrate that students, at graduation, have knowledge, skills and competencies consistent with higher education goals (Standard 14). A small team visit will follow submission of the monitoring report. To direct a prompt Commission liaison guidance visit to discuss the Commission's expectations. The date for the Periodic Review Report will be set when accreditation is reaffirmed.
  • February 13, 2013
    To acknowledge receipt of documentation of approval from the New York State Education Department and to include the Bachelor of Arts in World Religions and Philosophy within the scope of the institution's accreditation.
  • October 31, 2012
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request and to include the Bachelor of Arts in World Religions and Philosophy within the scope of the institution's accreditation effective upon receipt of state approval. To request that the self-study, in preparation for an evaluation visit in 2013-2014, document further development and implementation of the new bachelors level degree program.

Information about the Middle States Commission on Higher Education

The Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) is one of seven institutional accrediting organizations in the United States and is recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). MSCHE accreditation applies to an institution as a whole rather than the specific programs within an institution. MSCHE does not approve or accredit individual programs. The MSCHE accreditation review cycle is continuous and accreditation does not expire. Each institution is reevaluated and monitored on a regular and consistent basis in accordance with the institution’s assigned accreditation review cycle and Commission policy and procedures. An institution maintains its accreditation unless it is voluntarily surrendered or withdrawn by the Commission for cause, after the institution has been afforded due process. The institution’s current accreditation phase and accreditation status are displayed on the institution’s listing in the Institution Directory and in the Statement of Accreditation Status (SAS).