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Accreditation and Institutional Effectiveness

Andover Newton Theological School is accredited by two bodies:

The Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada (ATS)
10 Summit Park Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15275
412-788-6505 ats.edu

Andover Newton is 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 (M.Div.)
  • Master of Arts in Religious Education (MARE)
  • Master of Arts in Theological Research (MATR)
  • Master of Arts in Theological Studies (MATS)
  • Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.)
  • Approved for a Comprehensive Distance Education Program

The Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada (ATS) is a membership organization of more than 250 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.

Accreditation is conducted by the Board of Commissioners on behalf of the Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools. The Commission accredits institutions and approves degree programs offered by accredited schools. The Commission is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and by the nongovernmental Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) for the accreditation of graduate, professional theological schools in the United States. The Commission, through its Board, works cooperatively with regional accrediting associations in the U.S., other professional associations, state departments of education, and other allied organizations in Canada and the United States.

Inquiries regarding the accreditation status by the ATS should be directed to the administrative staff of the institution. Individuals may also contact:

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
Website: http://www.ats.edu

New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC)
3 Burlington Woods #100
Burlington, Massachusetts 01803
855-886-3272 www.neasc.org

Founded in 1885, the New England Association of Schools & Colleges, Inc. (NEASC), is the nation’s oldest regional accrediting association whose mission is the establishment and maintenance of high standards for all levels of education, from pre-K to the doctoral level.

NEASC serves more than 2,000 public and independent schools, colleges and universities in the six states of Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont and American/international schools in more than seventy nations worldwide.

Inquiries regarding the accreditation status by the New England Association should be directed to the administrative staff of the institution. Individuals may also contact:

Commission on Institutions of Higher Education

New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC)
3 Burlington Woods #100
Burlington, Massachusetts 01803
855-886-3272 www.neasc.org
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Statement of Institutional Effectiveness

Andover Newton Theological School conferred degrees on 70 students in the spring 2012 commencement. 45 women and 25 men from the United States and abroad constituted this year’s graduating class, with 42 earning the Master of Divinity; 19 receiving one of three varieties of Master of Arts (Theological Studies, Theological Research, and Religious Education); eight receiving the Doctor of Ministry; and one the Master of Sacred Theology (since discontinued). Represented in the class were graduates from the United Church of Christ, Unitarian Universalist Association, African Methodist Episcopal Church, American Baptist Churches (USA), and several other faith traditions.

Most students graduating in 2012 finished their degrees in the period of time intended in each program’s design: Master of Arts students, two years; Master of Divinity students, three or four years depending on concurrent ordination requirements; and Doctor of Ministry students, three years. Many students chose to complete degrees over a more extended time. Andover Newton provides multiple paths to degrees and is known regionally for its effectiveness with part-time students managing life commitments beyond seminary.

In a survey of graduating students in 2012, 95% agreed with the statement, “I would recommend others to study at ANTS based on my experience.” 87% of Master of Divinity graduates agreed that “The completion of my degree enables me to function effectively in leadership roles in my community.” 89% of all graduates indicated, “I am prepared to be a spiritual leader within my intended ministerial context.” Of the 51 students who responded to the question of their post-graduation plans on the survey, 48 indicated that they had already secured positions that reflected their vocational aspirations.