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The College of New Rochelle Partners with New York Theological Seminary for Accelerated Degree Program that Offers a Clear Path to Ministry

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The College of New Rochelle Partners with New York Theological Seminary for Accelerated Degree Program that Offers a Clear Path to Ministry

July 17, 2015 - 02:33
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The College of New Rochelle Partners with New York Theological Seminary for Accelerated Degree Program that Offers a Clear Path to Ministry

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NEW ROCHELLE, NY -- Beginning this fall, The College of New Rochelle (CNR) will expand its partnership with the New York Theological Seminary (NYTS) to provide clergy and religious leaders with the opportunity to earn both a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree through an accelerated program. Students completing the program earn a bachelor’s degree from The College of New Rochelle and a master’s degree from New York Theological Seminary.

A student with no prior advanced education who completes the Certificate in Christian Ministry at NYTS can transfer 18 credits towards a bachelor’s degree in the College’s School of New Resources for adult learners. During the final semesters of their undergraduate education, students can complete nine credits at the master’s level which can be applied to both their undergraduate and graduate programs.

“The CNR-NYTS partnership provides for a deep learning experience across the two institutions and takes advantage of the best each program has to offer. To encourage students to continue on their educational paths, credits transfer from one program to another,” explained Dr. Darryl Jones, Dean of the School of New Resources.

The School of New Resources offers a Bachelor of Arts degree with a focus in either: Communications, Foreign Languages, Letters (English literature, philosophy & religious studies), Psychology, or Social Sciences, at its six campuses in Harlem, the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, and New Rochelle.  NYTS’s graduate programs include: Masters in Divinity, Masters of Arts in Pastoral Care and Counseling, Masters in Religious Education, Masters in Leadership and Administration, and Masters in Youth Ministry. NYTS is located in Harlem.

“This opportunity provides seasoned and new church leaders from various denominations and faith traditions with enhanced skills and tools in leadership, management, and communications to manage their communities and serve their people effectively. Many of these communities face complex challenges as they juggle resources to clothe, feed, educate, shelter, care for the sick, and serve the spiritual needs of their parishioners and high risk populations. I think this program could be a great help.” Brother Tyrone Davis, CFC, JD, Director, Office of Black Ministry, Archdiocese of New York.

CNR and NYTS have had a partnership since 1979, which has educated over 2,000 students to become ministry leaders in their communities.  The recent agreement extends the cooperative relationship to students in the SNR bachelor’s degree program in the Area of Letters with a focus on Religious Studies, and encourages them to continue their studies at the master’s degree level at NYTS.