Accreditation and Licenses




Accredited by the Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada, and the following degree programs are approved:
- Master of Divinity (MDiv)
- Master of Arts (MA)
- Doctor of Ministry (DMin)

The following extension sites are approved as specified:

Jamaica, Queens, NY
Approved Degrees:
- Master of Divinity (MDiv)
- Master of Arts (MA)

The Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada
10 Summit Park Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15275
USA
Telephone: 412-788-6505
Fax: 412-788-6510
http://www.ats.edu


New Brunswick Theological Seminary invites comments from its constituencies about the school in preparation for its periodic evaluation by its accrediting agency. New Brunswick Theological Seminary is currently engaging in a self-study process in preparation for a comprehensive evaluation visit in October 2014, by a committee representing The Commission on Accrediting of The Association of Theological Schools. The committee will review the institution's ongoing ability to meet the Standards for Accreditation.

The public is invited to submit written comments regarding the institution's qualifications for accreditation to:
Dr. Beth L. Tanner
35 Seminary Place
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
atsdirector@nbts.edu

Non-Discrimination Policy

No student will be barred from admission on the basis of race, gender or sexual orientation, and all opportunities at New Brunswick Theological Seminary will be open to all who are qualified according to the purposes of the Seminary.

The ATS and the United States Department of Education call for all accredited schools to post public statements of educational effectiveness. NBTS uses assembled data from student demographics, graduation and retention rates, default rates from our graduates who participate in the Federal Student Loan Program, and various student surveys regarding satisfaction with New Brunswick's programs and the post-graduation experience.  

Federal Loan Default Summary of NBTS students

Fiscal Year

Rate Type

Rate of Default

2011

3yr

4.5%

2010

3yr

3.5%

2009

3yr

0

 

The default rate for NBTS is very low when compared with all institutions of higher learning in the United States.


Statement of Educational Effectiveness

New Brunswick Theological Seminary is an inter-cultural, ecumenical school of Christian faith, learning and scholarship. Our students come from a wide variety of backgrounds and denominations that bring with them profound experiences in faith and life which reflects the rich diversity of God's whole people. Our dedication to providing rigorous and accessible training for a diverse community of students has made us the institution of choice for those who demand an exceptional seminary education.

Graduation/Retention Rate

As a graduate professional school, NBTS challenges students with a rigorous course of study that is accountable to the expectations of various ecclesiastical bodies for formation for ministry.  As such, NBTS works hard to support students in their progress toward degree, however, admission is not insurance of graduation. Students must maintain a minimum GPA, complete all courses as required in their program, and complete Field Education requirements in various settings of ministry. NBTS provides a program for both full-time and part-time students so the time to graduation varies from person to person and the majority of our students work more than 20 hours per week.

In the ATS Graduate Survey, our students reported their satisfaction with their academic experience, their learnings in integrating theology and the practice of ministry, their spiritual growth, and stated if they had it all to do over again, they would still attend seminary at NBTS.

Placement after graduation is not easy to measure in religious organizations because of the variety of requirements in the various denominations as well as the vastly different paths to ordination in these organizations. However, the following charts do demonstrate that our students secure their desire goals post-program in a reasonable period of time, despite the difficulty of placement in some settings.

Placement Rate 2011-12

M.Div.

M.A.

D.Min.

Vocational placement

62.5%

25%

50%

Non-vocational placement

8.3%

13%

50%

Further Study

8.3%

25%

0

Seeking Placement

8.3%

0

0

Other

4.2%

13%

0

Unknown

8.3%

25%

0

Total

100%

100%

100%

 

Placement Rate 2010-11

M.Div.

M.A.

D.Min.

Vocational placement

63%

50%

100%

Non-vocational placement

7.4%

0

0

Further Study

11.1%

0

0

Seeking Placement

3.7%

0

0

Other

0

0

0

Unknown

14.8%

50%

0

Total

100%

100%

100%


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Queens, NY campus * 8000 Utopia Parkway * Queens, NY 11439
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