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Why Accreditation is Important

As you explore your seminary education options, keep in mind that accreditation through the Association of Theological Schools (ATS) is an essential credential for any institution. 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 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, Middle States Commission of Higher Education, and the New York State Board of Regents.