Statement of Accreditation Status
New Brunswick Theological Seminary
New Brunswick, NJ
35 Seminary Place
New Brunswick, NJ 08901-1196
Accreditation Liaison Officer (ALO):
Rev. Terry Smith
Commission Staff Liaison:
Dr. Anne Wahl, Vice President
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.
For more information, see the Commission’s Accreditation Actions Policy and Procedures.
- Phase: Accredited
- Status: Accreditation Granted
- Candidate Status Granted: 2018
- Accreditation Granted: 2022
- Next Self-Study Evaluation: 2029-2030
Alternative Delivery Methods
The following represents approved alternative delivery methods included in the scope of the institution’s accreditation:
Approved to offer programs by this delivery method
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:
The following represents branch campuses, additional locations, and other instructional sites that are included within the scope of the institution’s accreditation:
|New Brunswick Theological Seminary at St. John's University|
8000 Utopia Parkway
Jamaica, NY 11439
Definitions: For definitions of branch campus, additional locations, or other instructional sites, see the Commission’s Substantive Change Policy and Procedures.
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 10, 2022To 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, 2021To 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, 2020To 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, 2020To 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, 2020To 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, 2018To 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.
Information about the Middle States Commission on Higher Education
The Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) is an institutional accreditor 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).