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Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York was founded in 1836 and incorporated in 1839 under a charter granted by the Legislature of the State of New York. Its programs are registered by the New York State Education Department.

Union Theological Seminary is accredited by the Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada and by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. The following degree programs are approved:  M.Div., M.A., S.T.M., Ph.D.

Union Theological Seminary is accredited by the following agencies:

The Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada

10 Summit Park Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15275-1103

Middle States Commission on Higher Education

3624 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Assessment of Student Learning and Curricular Effectiveness

The Mission of Union Theological Seminary is to prepare women and men for committed lives of service to the church, academy, and society. A Union education develops practices of mind and body that foster intellectual and academic excellence, social justice, and compassionate wisdom. The curricular learning goals and outcomes applicable to each degree program reflect the Seminary's committment to this mission.

Student learning and curricular effectiveness are measured in the implementation of comprehensive, organized, and sustained assessment plans and processes for each degree program. Direct and indirect evidence of student learning maintained in students' ePortfolios provide the documentary evidence upon which assessment of student learning and curricular effectiveness is based. Additionally, M. Div. students participate in Mid-Program Review conferences in the Spring of their second year.

Assessment at Union is a collaborative effort of the Faculty, The Academic Offices, and the Assessment Committee.

For a description of the current Assessment Plans (eff. April, 2014) click here.

For a report on the 2014 M. Div. Program Mid-Program Reviews, click here.

Enrollment, Retention, and Graduation Rates

For the past ten years, our total enrollments have remained stable at approximately 250. Each year, we graduate between 70 and 100 students.

Moar recent publisahed data on file with the U.S. Department of Education, Integrated Postsecondary Educational Data System (IPEDS) for Academic Year 2012-13:



As a seminary and graduate school of theology we have close to 5,500 alumni scattered among 58 nations on six continents and across 41 denominations and religious communities.  Our graduates have always been at the forefront of the significant social movements of their time, whether it was the abolitionist movement of the 19thcentury, the civil and equal rights movements of the 20thcentury, or today’s continuing struggles for women’s equality, peace and democracy.

Grounded in the Christian tradition and responsive to the needs of God’s creation, Union’s graduates make a difference wherever they serve. In their diverse undertakings, today’s Union graduates draw on the spiritual and intellectual preparation afforded by their Union education. They serve in congregational ministries as ordained clergy and lay leaders, and in specialized ministries as counselors and chaplains, social workers, faith-based directors of ecumenical and religiously related agencies and theological educators. Union also prepares leaders for non-church related service such as teaching, nonprofit organization work, business, law, journalism, medicine and higher education.

Interviews with 710 alum showed that between 2001 and 2009, 43% worked as ordained clergy, 23% entered the academy, and 22% worked in social justice ministries.  Overall, 48 percent of our students go into congregational or specialized ministries and are serving over 90 social service agencies and faith communities in New York City.

According to the ATS Graduating Student Questionnaires for academic years between 2007-2012,  Union graduates rated:

  1. The top areas of personal growth during their time at Union  were: self knowledge, concerns  about social justice, empathy for the poor and oppressed, and  a respect for other religious traditions.
  2. The top areas of satisfaction with progress in skills needed for future work: The ability to think theologically, the  ability to relate to social issues of faith, ability to use and interpret scripture, ability to preach well and the ability to lead others.
  3. The top resources and services provided to them: the adequacy of  the Burke Library collection, the quality of teaching and the helpfulness and support of the administrative staff.

Financial Aid

For information regarding tuition costs, financial aid eligibility, types of loans, and withdrawals, please consult the Financial Aid page.

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