Alliance Theological Seminary, previously the Jaffray School of Missions, was founded as a graduate program of Nyack College in 1960. The Jaffray School of Missions emphasized the interdisciplinary encounter between theology and the social sciences. In 1974, the Jaffray program was redesigned to include the preparation of students for North American as well as overseas ministries. The name of the school was subsequently changed to the Alliance School of Theology and Missions. In September of 1979, the Alliance School of Theology and Missions became Alliance Theological Seminary (ATS). Increased course offerings and additional faculty have enhanced the seminary’s commitment to the worldwide evangelistic task of the church. This commitment has permeated all facets of its program.
Returning to its roots, in 1995 NYACK established a satellite program in lower Manhattan. By 1997, Alliance Theological Seminary classes were offered there as well. The goal of the New York City campus is to make studies accessible to those who work in the city and to provide a thoroughly urban context for theological education. Today NYACK—College, Seminary, Graduate Schools–continues to fulfill the vision of its founder by offering traditional and non-traditional undergraduate and graduate programs to a co-educational, ethnically diverse student body.
The Christian and Missionary Alliance, the sponsoring denomination, was formed in 1887 when Simpson, while starting the Missionary Training Institute, founded two organizations, the Christian Alliance (an interdenominational fellowship of Christians dedicated to experiencing the deeper Christian life) and the Evangelical Missionary Alliance (a missionary sending organization). The two merged in 1897 and became The Christian and Missionary Alliance. The Christian and Missionary Alliance recognizes ATS as the denomination’s official seminary in the United States.
ATS Member Status: Accredited
350 N. Highland Avenue
Nyack, NY 10960-1416
Michael G. Scales, President Ph: 845-358-1710
Ronald C. Walborn, Dean Ph: 845-770-5716
Denomination: Christian and Missionary Alliance
Fall 2010 Data:
Enrollment: 763 (422.0 FTE)
Faculty Full-Time: 13
Faculty Part-Time: 26
Approved Degrees: MDiv, MA in Intercultural Studies, Master of Professional Studies, MA (Biblical Literature), DMin (preliminary)
Hato Rey, PR
Approved Degrees: MDiv, Master of Professional Studies
New York, NY
Approved Degrees: MDiv, Master of Professional Studies, MA (Biblical Literature)
Comprehensive distance education program: no
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