Bridging Religious and Cultural Divides
UTS is an interfaith seminary that seeks to serve students from the world’s religions as well as students from a wide range of Christian denominational families. It offers four graduate degree programs. UTS also offers certificate and continuing education programs.
The Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) Program is a non-residential program aimed at developing ministerial leadership at an advanced level. Courses are taught over four two-week intensives over a two year period. Students then take one to three years to complete their dissertation project. Student have a choice of two concentrations.
The Master of Divinity (M.Div.) Program is a three-year course of study to prepare men and women for pastoral leadership.
The Master of Religious Education (M.R.E.) Program is a two-year program with two concentrations—Religious Education and Interfaith Peacebuilding and has the flexibility to prepare students for a variety of lay ministries. The Interfaith Peacebuilding concentration develops educators and peace workers who are equipped to address all the dimensions of peacebuilding: peace within the individual, peace in the family, and peace among the world’s peoples, nations, religions and races. The curriculum is rooted in the premise that peacebuilding requires attention first to the spiritual causes of conflict as a basis for effective action. The Religious Education concentration prepares students for educational ministries and work within their faith community and emphasizes sound principles of religious educational programming.
The Master of Arts in Religious Studies (M.A.) is a basic graduate degree that prepares students for diverse positions and ministries as well as for a strong theological and practical knowledge of religions and their impact on today’s society. The M.A. in Religious Studies offers students a choice of four concentrations that address life in today’s intercultural and interreligious global community. The concentrations are Interfaith Peacebuilding, Non-Profit Leadership, Unification Studies and Theological Studies. It is also an ideal degree for those students wishing to pursue either doctoral studies or further study in a specific field of theological inquiry.
The Seminary’s New York location affords students from a wide array of Christian churches and faith communities the opportunity to focus on Biblical Studies, Urban Ministry, Peace and Justice Ministry, Interfaith Studies, or whatever they need to succeed in their chosen ministries. The Seminary’s interdenominational and interfaith faculty assures a diversity of faith perspectives. UTS students can also prepare for ordination in their respective denominations by taking any courses required by their denominational bodies to complete their ordination requirements.
Unificationist students also have the opportunity to select courses designed for in-depth study of their faith tradition, including study of Unification Theology and Philosophy as well as History and Unification Ministry.
Each UTS program strives to balance theological instruction with training in practical skills. Grounding in the basic theological disciplines of Scriptural Studies, Living Traditions and Theology is necessary to understand the complexities and nuances of religious discourse, and to develop an empathetic understanding of the beliefs of others. One pillar of the bridge to interfaith understanding is thorough grounding in one’s own faith; the other pillar is familiarity with the other traditions, whether in the Christian family or spanning the world’s religions. The theological disciplines address both pillars.
Professional courses equip students with practical skills for diverse forms of ministry. Contemporary religious leaders must be equipped with a variety of skills necessary for their multi faceted role as pastor, teacher, counselor and public figure. The Ministry and Religious Education curricula include a broad range of courses that develop student abilities both theoretically and practically. through practical experience. Elective courses provide opportunities to concentrate in specific areas of interest and ministry, including pastoral counseling, conflict resolution, church growth, character education and management.
Field Education is an integral part of the UTS programs, enabling students to integrate theoretical knowledge with practical experience in a variety of pastoral and educational roles. Internship placements are in profes-sional settings under the supervision of trained supervisors. They may involve full-time apprenticeship in a church or non-profit setting for a period of up to 3 months. A new feature of the program is Clinical Pastoral Education, where students fulfill internships as chaplains in hospital or prison settings for the purpose of becoming a licensed chaplain.
Given the powerful influence of the American media globally, ministers and church workers around the world are faced with the task of communicating the unchanging truth of God in a world saturated by American culture. For this reason, many international students come to UTS in order to receive theological education within an American cultural milieu. This adds to the rich diversity of the UTS community.
UTS is not currently accepting applications for the undergraduate program.
UTS-Online enables you to fit graduate-level study into your own schedule, engaging with our faculty and fellow students from around the world —wherever you may live.
Statement on Charlottesville by Dr. Hugh Spurgin, UTS President
The Unification Theological Seminary community calls for racial and religious tolerance in the wake of another outbreak of hatred and violence in Charlottesville. We repudiate racism, white supremacy and all hate groups.
Our hope is that America will always seek love, unity and the higher ground. Let us pray for healing rather than condemnation, peaceful activity rather than violence, and love for all people rather than racial and religious conflict.
Dr. Kathy Winings, who has served as UTS Vice-President for Academic Affairs, has accepted a new position as Director of the UTS Instructional Site in Clinton Maryland. She will continue as Director of the UTS D.Min. Program and as faculty in Religious Education and Ministry.
Dr. Winings pioneered establishment of the NY Extension Center at 4 West 43rd Street in Manhattan beginning in 2000. Now Dr. Winings will be responsible to oversee developments for UTS at the Maryland campus, reporting directly to President Hugh Spurgin.
Dr. Keisuke Noda will assume responsibility as UTS Academic Dean and continue as faculty in Philosophy.