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Why Accreditation is Important for You (Click to expand)

As you explore your seminary education, keep in mind that accreditation through the Association of Theological Schools (ATS) is extremely important. The rigorous academic standards required by ATS will ensure that your credits will transfer to other graduate schools or that licensing bodies for denominations, hospital, military, and prison chaplains program will accept your degree. Many seminary programs originate and offer programs from schools that lack accreditation.

Educational accreditation is a rigorous process by which an institution is evaluated by an external organization for educational quality and effectiveness. For graduate theological education, the Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools (ATS) serves as this accrediting agency. To be accredited, a school must undergo an initial review that examines a wide variety of factors, including library holdings, faculty quality, and financial stability. The ATS Commissioners repeat this process on a regular basis to make sure each of its schools maintain an acceptable level of academic quality.

No other seminary in New York has more accreditation than Northeastern Seminary to guarantee the quality of your theological education. Northeastern Seminary is accredited by the Association of Theological Schools (ATS), Middle States Commission of Higher Education (MSCHE), and the New York State Board of Regents.

All degree programs at Northeastern Seminary are accredited by the following state, regional, and professional accrediting institutions:



The Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada. The Association of Theological Schools is a membership organization of graduate schools that conduct post-baccalaureate professional and academic degree programs to educate persons for the practice of ministry and for teaching and research in the theological disciplines. 

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:

MA in Theology and Social Justice, MDiv, MA in Transformational Leadership, MA (Theological Studies), DMin

Approved for a Comprehensive Distance Education Program

The Commission contact information is:
The Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada
10 Summit Park Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15275
Telephone: 412-788-6505 
Fax: 412-788-6510

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The Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. This Commission is recognized by the United States Secretary of Education for accrediting activities in the Middle States region, which includes the District of Columbia, Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. 
3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104, 215.662.5606 
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The New York State Board of Regents granted academic accreditation to NES in 1998. Dr. John B. King, Jr., Commissioner of Education, New York State Board of Regents, New York State Education Department, 89 Washington Avenue, 5 North Mezzanine, Albany, NY 12234, 518.474.2593.






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