Statement of Accreditation Status

New Brunswick Theological Seminary

  • CEO: Rev. Micah McCreary, President
  • Accreditation Liaison Officer: Rev. Terry Smith
  • Commission Staff Liaison: Dr. Anne Wahl, Vice President
  • Carnegie Classification: Special Focus Four-Year: Faith-Related Institutions » Exclusively graduate/professional
  • Control: Private (Non-Profit)
  • Phase: Accredited
  • Status: Accreditation Granted
  • Candidacy Granted: 2018
  • Accreditation Granted: 2022
  • Next Self-Study Evaluation: 2029-2030

Contact Information

35 Seminary Place
New Brunswick, NJ 08901-1196

(732) 247-5241

www.nbts.edu

  • The following represents the MSCHE accreditation actions taken in the last ten (10) years.
  • March 10, 2022
    To acknowledge receipt of the self-study report. To note that the institution hosted a virtual site visit in lieu of an on-site visit in accordance with the United States Department of Education (USDE) guidelines published March 17, 2020. To grant accreditation. To note that the institution's scope of accreditation includes the Master's degree or its equivalent credential level, the Doctor's degree-Research/Scholarship, and the branch campus at 8000 Utopia Parkway, Jamaica, NY 11439. To note that distance education was included within the scope of accreditation through the substantive change action of January 4, 2022. To note that it is the institution's responsibility to ascertain any requirements related to its eligibility for Title IV funding (student financial aid programs) and to complete any required activities related to that process if it so desires. To request that beginning in 2022 and in conjunction with each Annual Institutional Update prior to the Mid-Point Peer Review in 2026, the institution provide further evidence of (1) the periodic assessment of the effectiveness of all institutional policies and procedures and the manner in which they are implemented (Standard II) and (2) periodic assessment of the effectiveness of planning, resource allocation, institutional renewal, and availability of resources (Standard VI). To note that a verification visit is required by USDE guidelines and will be conducted within a reasonable period of time following the virtual site visit. To direct a prompt Commission liaison guidance visit to discuss the Commission's expectations. In accordance with federal regulation 34 CFR § 602.18(b)(6), to note the retroactive date of accreditation is November 15, 2018. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2029-2030.
  • January 4, 2021
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To include alternative delivery method-distance education within the institution's scope of candidate for accreditation status. 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. To note the Commission delayed the On-Site Evaluation visit scheduled for Spring 2021 due to extraordinary circumstances related to coronavirus (COVID-19) interruptions. The Evaluation visit will be scheduled in accordance with Commission policy and procedures.
  • November 18, 2020
    To acknowledge receipt of the teach-out plan. To approve the teach-out plan as required of Candidate institutions in accordance with the Commission's Teach-Out Plans and Agreement(s) Policy and Procedures and federal regulation.
  • October 29, 2020
    To delay the On-Site Evaluation visit scheduled for Spring 2021 due to extraordinary circumstances related to coronavirus (COVID-19) interruptions. To note the institution remains in candidate for accreditation status during a delay granted by the Commission. The Evaluation visit will be scheduled in accordance with Commission policy and procedures.
  • 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 2020-2021.
  • November 15, 2018
    To acknowledge receipt of the Accreditation Readiness Report. To note the visit by the Commission's representatives. To grant Candidate for Accreditation status. To invite the institution to initiate self-study in preparation for an evaluation visit in 2020-2021. To note that Candidate for Accreditation status is an indication that an institution is progressing toward, but is not assured of accreditation.
  • 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:

  • Master's Degree or Equivalent Included within the scope:
  • Doctor's Degree- Research/Scholarship Included within the scope:
  • Branch Campus
    New Brunswick Theological Seminary at St. John's University
    8000 Utopia Parkway
    Jamaica, NY 11439

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