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Hartford Seminary


BEC_3235Hartford Seminary is dually accredited by the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada, and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges as well as being approved by the Office for Financial and Academic Affairs for Higher Education of the State of Connecticut.

The Seminary 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: the Master of Arts in Religious Studies, the Master of Arts in Transformative Leadership and Spirituality, and the Doctor of Ministry.

The contact information for the Commission is:

The Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools
in the United States and Canada
10 Summit Park Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15275, USA.
Telephone: 412-788-6505. Fax: 412-788-6510. Website:

The Seminary is also accredited by The New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education, and the following programs are approved: the Master of Arts degree, Doctor of Ministry degree and all of the Graduate Certificate programs.

The contact information for the Commission is:

Commission on Institutions of Higher Education
New England Association of Schools and Colleges
209 Burlington Road, Suite 201
Bedford, Massachusetts 01730, USA
Telephone: 781-541-5414. Website:

Hartford Seminary is an associate member of the Hartford Consortium for Higher Education, which also includes Capital Community College, Central Connecticut State University, Charter Oak State College, Connecticut Public Television and Radio, Goodwin College, Rensselaer at Hartford, University of Saint Joseph, Saint Thomas Seminary, Trinity College, the University of Connecticut, and the University of Hartford.

Statement of Educational Effectiveness

Hartford Seminary has a long history of innovative scholarship and teaching and a strong commitment to preparing reflective religious practitioners in today’s multi-faith and pluralistic world whose influence reaches far beyond the walls of churches, mosques and synagogues. Our degree and educational programs are designed to develop the leadership capacities of religious leaders who come to Hartford Seminary to take advantage of its curricular strengths in leadership development and practice of ministry interfaith dialogue, and Islamic studies and Christian- Muslim relations and also to nurture and mature individual spiritual growth.

  • In the Master of Arts program, Hartford Seminary welcomes students that seek academic praxis, spiritual enrichment, and job placement.  The current graduation rate exceeds 50% with many students continuing their graduate education in Master of Divinity and doctoral programs. While others have been placed as chaplains in universities, hospitals, prisons, and the military.  In the last few years, our Islamic chaplaincy graduates have been placed in some of the most prestigious universities like Princeton, Yale, Duke, Wesleyan and Trinity.
  • Our Doctor of Ministry has challenged over 100 religious leaders in the past decade to explore the changing contemporary context, to rethink their ministry strategies, and to implement action plans that positively reshape their congregations and other ministry settings.  A number of these graduates now hold influential denominational, consultant and other national leadership positions.
  • Hartford Seminary has a cooperative Master of Divinity program with Andover Newton Theological School and Yale Divinity School, in which students are allowed to begin their graduate theological studies at Hartford Seminary and then finish their M.Div. program at either of these two institutions.  In the last decade, 41 Cooperative M.Div. students received a strong theological education, especially in interfaith and leadership training, before moving on to either ANTS or YDS.
  • Graduate Certificate Programs in Biblical Studies, Interfaith Dialogue, Ministry in Daily Life, Religious Studies, Spirituality, and Theology and Ethics are used by students wishing to deepen their knowledge in a specific area of religious studies and/or explore graduate level studies without committing to a full degree program.   In the last 10 years the program has a 74% retention rate.

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