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. The following degree programs are approved: M.Div., M.A., S.T.M., Ph.D. In addition, Union is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.
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General Institutional Information
- Mission and Vision
- Academic Programs
- Financial Aid Information
- Services for Students with Disabilities: Services are handled via the Associate Dean for Student Affairs’ office, Student Handbook, pp. 19-22
- Student Diversity: Student Handbook, Policy of Non-Discrimination, p. 80 Also, our College Navigator entry
- Price of Attendance
- Refund Policy for Financial Aid: See R2T4 policy and Student Handbook, pp. 14-15
- Textbook Information: Union does not have a bookstore and encourages students to find textbooks at a low cost via a local bookstore or via Amazon.com. Required readings for courses are found on course reserve at the Burke Library, which is part of the Columbia University Libraries system
- Educational Programs
- Transfer of Credit Policy (no articulation agreements)
- Plagiarism Policy (Copyright Infringement): Student Handbook, pp. 11-12
- Computer Use and File Sharing: Student Handbook, Community Expectations, pp. 80-90
- Student Activities (Student Senate): Student Handbook, pp. 91-101
- Career and Job Placement Services: Coordinated via the Field Education Office and Associate Dean for Student Affairs’ Office. Student newsletter with job openings sent weekly during academic year and monthly in summer.
Student Financial Assistance
Student Handbook, pp. 31-36
2. Federal Student Financial Aid Penalties for Drug Law Violations: Student Handbook, pp. 24-30
3. Student Loan Information
Health & Safety
- Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention Program: Student Handbook, pp. 24-30
- Vaccination Policies: part of orientation
- Campus Security Policies, Crime Statistics and Crime Log: Student Handbook, pp. 45-76
- Annual security and fire safety reports
- Fire Safety Policies, Fire Statistics and Fire Log (On-Campus Housing Facilities): Student Handbook, pp. 45-76 Student Handbook
- Graduation Rates:
- Graduation Rate by Degree Program 2017
- MDiv (degree completed within 6 years): 93.75%
- MA (degree completed within 4 years): 75% (some of our MA students change to the MDiv degree)
- STM (degree completed within 2 years): 83.33%
- PhD (degree completed within 8 years): 33.33% (some of our PhD students need more than 8 years to complete their degree)
- Years to Completion for 2017 graduates
|2 to <3||2||16||1||0|
|3 to <4||26||1||0||2|
|4 to <5||7||0||0||1|
|5 to <6||2||1||0||1|
3. Job Placement Rates for Graduates 2015/2016
Student Learning Outcomes
|Entrance Questionnaire (2015)||MPR SAS (2017)||MRP FR (2017)||FSAS (2018)||FAR (2018)|
|The student demonstrates an …||n=46||n=40||n=40||n=37||n=38|
|1.1. Ability to identify, describe, analyze, and interpret biblical texts in their literary, historical, and multi-religious contexts.||2.63||3.6||3.65||3.95||4.08|
|1.2. Ability to identify, to describe, and to discuss significant periods, persons, and developments in the history of the Christian traditions(s).||2.39||3.17||3.38||3.76||4.11|
|1.3. Ability to recognize, explain, and to critically evaluate major theological themes, issues, and perspectives in Christian thought.||2.67||3.65||3.47||4.19||4.05|
|2.1. Awareness of and ability to substantively engage the thought and practices of other religious traditions [in reflection on the texts, history, theology or practices of the Christian tradition(s)].||2.59||3.17||2.95||3.95||4.24|
|3.1. Ability to work with persons of diverse backgrounds, to learn from differences, and to articulate one’s own cultural and social perspectives with acknowledgment of their limitations.||3.98||3.98||3.79||4.54||4.32|
|3.2. Ability to articulate contextually informed and world-engaged theological perspectives.||2.67||3.55||3.26||4.16||4.05|
|3.3. Ability to analyze and address contemporary ethical Issues from Christian and Interreligious perspectives.||2.96||3.33||2.87||4.22||4.03|
|4.1. Ability to incorporate the arts, cultural diversity, international and/or socio-economic dimensions of New York City into theological reflection.||2.7||3.35||3.1||3.84||3.53|
|5.1. Familiar with, informed about, and able to utilize traditional and contemporary forms of prayer, worship, and spiritual practices from Christian and /or other faith traditions for personal spiritual growth.||3.41||3.75||3.33||4.08||3.68|
|6.1. Familiar with, informed about, and able to utilize traditional and contemporary forms of prayer, worship, and spiritual practices from Christian and/or other faith traditions for the spiritual formation of others||2.78||3.25||3||3.84||3.75|
|7.1. Development of a vision of professional identity that is connected to the student’s abilities, aspirations, and faith tradition.||3.22||3.67||3.35||4.3||4.21|
|7.2 Development of a theologically and professionally informed model and style of ministry within particular ministerial contexts||2.39||3.25||3.08||4.27||4.11|
|8.1. Development of interpersonal insight and an ability to listen actively, communicate effectively, and to interact with others with honesty, empathy, compassion, and respect.||3.98||4.08||3.79||4.51||4.34|
|9.1. Ability to represent and lead a community or organization in and through public and communal contexts such as worship, preaching, congregational pastoral care, advocacy, teaching, written communication, and/or public speaking.||2.98||3.42||3.18||4.24||4.05|
|10.1. Ability to make accessible for particular congregations and communities interpretations of sacred texts that are based on the application of sound exegetical methods and principles.||2.26||3.2||2.95||3.95||3.97|
|Entrance Questionnaire (2016)||FSAS (2018)||FAR (2018)|
|RELIGIOUS HERITAGE||The student demonstrates an …||n=23||n=15||n=16|
|1. To develop a broad, critical understanding of Christian Traditions in their scriptural foundations, historical developments, and theological perspectives.||1.1. Ability to identify, describe, analyze, and interpret biblical texts in their literary, historical, and multi-religious contexts.||2.74||3.93||3.75|
|1.2. Ability to identify, to describe, and to discuss significant periods, persons, and developments in the history of the Christian traditions(s).||2.52||3.6||3.44|
|1.3. Ability to recognize, explain, and to critically evaluate major theological themes, issues, and perspectives in Christian thought.||2.83||n/a||3.31|
|2. To cultivate inter-religious awareness and deepen understanding of the Christian heritage through substantive engagement with the thought and practices of traditions other than Christianity||2.1. Awareness of and ability to substantively engage the thought and practices of other religious traditions [in reflection on the texts, history, theology or practices of the Christian tradition(s)].||2.48||3.73||3.63|
|3. To develop competencies in understanding social and cultural contexts that are significant for contemporary theology, the life of the church, and the promotion of justice in the world.||3.1. Ability to work with persons of diverse backgrounds, to learn from differences, and to articulate one’s own cultural and social perspectives with acknowledgement of their limitations.||3.83||4.47||4.13|
|3.2. Ability to articulate contextually informed and world-engaged theological perspectives.||3||3.93||4|
|3.3. Ability to analyze and address contemporary ethical Issues from Christian and Interreligious perspectives.||3.09||4.27||4.13|
|4. To enrich theological work by incorporating the arts and cultural diversity of New York City.||4.1. Ability to incorporate the arts, cultural diversity, international and/or socio-economic dimensions of New York City into theological reflection.||2.22||3.33||3.25|
|5. To attain competency in the student’s chosen concentration in preparation for further graduate studies, teaching, or for application in public, organizational, and non-academic contexts.||5.1 Ability to identify, describe, discuss, employ, communicate, and apply the sources, norms, methods, substantive content, and literature of the student’s chosen theological discipline||2.61||4.47||4.19|
|5.2 Capacity to integrate specialized competency in the student’s chosen concentration within theological reflection that is both informed by and applicable to contemporary issues and contexts||n/a||n/a||n/a|
|6. To attain competency in academic research and writing skills.||6.1 Ability to locate and to utilize relevant primary and secondary sources and relevant data for critical and constructive work in the student’s chosen concentration.||2.91||4.27||4|
|6.2 Ability to write a thesis-driven essay within the student’s chosen concentration that is clearly written, cogently argued, and sufficiently substantiated with properly cited references to scholarly resources||3||4.53||4|
|7. [track 1] To attain proficiency in a modern language (and in the case of the biblical concentration, a working knowledge of Hebrew and/or Greek). Required language varies by discipline so difficult to measure on assessment instruments; data reflected on student transcripts||7.1 Ability to read and accurately translate texts in French, German, or Spanish (and for biblical studies concentrators, in Hebrew or Greek)||n/a||n/a||n/a|
|FAR 2016||FSAS 2017||FAR 2017||FSAS 2018||FAR 2018|
|To what degree do you believe that you have achieved an advanced level of knowledge and understanding in your area of focused study?||3.5||3.6||3||3.56||3.5|
|Rate your ability to read and accurately translate texts in each of the following languages; required languages vary by discipline; student transcripts include data re. languages||n/a||n/a||n/a||n/a||n/a|
|FAR=Final Assessment Report (completed by advisor)|
|FSAS=final self-assessment survey (completed by student)|
5=very high degree
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