Unification Theological Seminary serves students of the Unification and the Christian tradition and welcomes students from all of the world’s religions. 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 offers four graduate degree programs. UTS also offers a six-course (18-credit) certificate in Unification Leadership.
The Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) Program is a non-residential program aimed at developing ministerial leadership and public leaders at an advanced level. Courses are taught through 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 full-time study (12 to 15 credits per semester) to prepare men and women for church and pastoral leadership.
The Master of Religious Education (M.R.E.) Program is a two-year program of full-time studies (12 credits per semester plus a summer or winter internship of 2 credits) that prepares students for a variety of lay ministries. It prepares students for educational ministries and work within their faith community and emphasizes sound principles of religious educational programming. We have maintained the MRE program, but are not accepting any new students.
The Master of Arts in Religious Studies (M.A.) is a two-year advanced academic degree of full-time studies (12 credits per semester) that provides students with an understanding of the Judeo-Christian and Unification tradition as well as theological and practical insights into the major world 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, Public and 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 Mid-Manhattan location brings students into daily contact with major churches, with international non-governmental organizations, with multilateral institutions such as the United Nations, and research institutions.
At UTS 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. 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 a governmental or non-governmental organization for a period of up to 3 months.
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.