Northeastern Seminary (NES) is a graduate theological seminary located on the campus of Roberts Wesleyan College in Rochester, New York, USA. It is independent and multi-denominational in its approach to theological education. Degrees offered are the Master of Divinity, Master of Arts, or Doctor of Ministry. Students and graduates represent more than 30 Christian faith traditions.
Roberts Wesleyan College founded Northeastern Seminary in 1998 as a graduate school of theology. Northeastern Seminary has been accredited by the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada since 2003. It is also accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and the New York State Board of Regents University of the State of New York.
Master of Divinity (M.Div.) The M.Div. is a 92-credit program designed primarily for those preparing for ordained ministry. It is also preferred for students seeking to prepare for chaplaincy, missions, and parachurch ministries. Students meet on a one-night-per-week schedule as part of a cohort of up to 27 students for the first two years. Eighteen to 24 months are needed to complete other required courses and field education experience. Denominationally based ordination requirements may be accommodated in the elective credits.
There are four M.Div. concentrations:
- M.Div. in Biblical Interpretation for Preaching and Teaching
- M.Div. in Spiritual Formation
- M.Div. in Theology and Social Justice
- M.Div. in Transformational Leadership
Master of Arts (M.A.)
Master of Arts in Theological Studies(MAT) The MAT is a 52-credit program offering a basic theological education, with a foundation in biblical studies, church history, theology, and personal and spiritual formation. It is intended primarily for lay persons. It is the degree preferred by those going on to Ph.D. studies or a teaching professions. A capstone research seminar is required of all those enrolling in this degree program. A thesis option is available with faculty approval.
Master of Arts in Theology and Social Justice The M.A. in Theology and Social Justice is a 52-credit program and equips pastors and laypersons to work in the areas of local church mission, global justice ministries, social work and social policy. Students studying in the program will be exposed to Protestant realism, Catholic social teaching, and liberation theologies and practices. Students will have an opportunity to work in the area of social justice in a settings including the parish, parachurch and social justice organizations, and community centers for their field experience.
Master of Arts in Transformational Leadership The M.A. in Transformational Leadership is a 53-credit program and is designed to equip Christian leaders for a ministry to the church and the world. In addition to their work in scripture, theology, and spiritual formation, students will learn models and principles for leadership. Best practices in Christian ministry and the business world will be explored, and students will have the opportunity to put their learning into practice in a full year internship experience. A capstone research seminar is required of those enrolling in this degree program.
Doctor of Ministry Program
Scripture, Spirituality and Leadership. The Doctor of Ministry degree is a 36-credit program designed for seasoned ministry professionals who want to bring renewed vitality and effectiveness to their ministry. It is for leaders who want to expand and refine their knowledge of and facility with God's word and Christian theology through a program that integrates scripture, spirituality, and leadership.
- Retreat experiences,
- Online collaboration among faculty and doctoral candidates to extend interactive learning beyond the residency
- Participation by scholars and practitioners such as Dallas Willard, Will Willimon, Gordon Smith, Ruth Haley Barton, and Leith Anderson.
- Extensive personal and professional assessments,
- The student remains in full-time ministry.
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