ATS Frequently Asked Questions

What degree programs does ATS offer?
As a Seminary we believe that holistic ministry can bring change in people’s lives. A complete theological education must address both the academic and spiritual needs of the student. That is why we have committed to growing people ready to influence the world around them through a strong biblical and theological foundation, an understanding of the relationship between the Bible and contemporary culture, and a commitment to Spiritual Formation.
The Master of Divinity is a professional degree that offers the most comprehensive graduate preparation for
ministerial leadership and future study in the theological disciplines. (93 credits; Tracks offered: Church
Development, Bible & Theology, Urban Ministry [NYC Campus], and Missions [Rockland Campus])
The Master of Professional Studies is geared toward preparing students for specialized leadership roles in
Christian service and is ideal for those with previous ministry experience. (48 credits; Tracks offered: Church
Development, Counseling, Chinese Ministries [Rockland Campus], Korean Ministries [Rockland Campus],
Urban Ministries [NYC Campus])
The Master of Arts: Biblical Literature is an academic degree program that uses a historical and cultural
framework to build a strong foundation in Biblical Studies. (54 credits; Tracks offered: Old Testament, New
Testament, and New Testament Non-Language)
The Master of Arts in Intercultural Studies is designed for people who are or want to be engaged in cross-cultural
Christian service and ministry. (54 credits)
Is ATS accredited?
ATS is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and the Association of Theological Schools.
What does it cost to attend ATS?
See our ATS Finances page.
Are there housing options?
Housing is only available on the Rockland Campus for full-time ATS students who have relocated to attend
Does ATS offer grants or scholarships?
Institutional grants are available at both campuses. Once your application is complete, your admissions counselor
will inform you of your eligibility for any financial aid available (institutional grants, scholarships, outside aid,
etc.). Most grants and scholarships require that the student be full-time (minimum of 12 credits per semester).
Can I work full-time and still attend classes?
The flexibility of the ATS schedule and the location of both the NYC and Rockland campuses make it possible
for students to work full-time and continue to serve in ministry while attending classes. Currently there are many
full and part-time students studying at ATS.
When will I hear if my application is approved?
Once all of your application materials are received, the Director of Admissions will notify you of your acceptance
status within a few weeks.
Do I have to complete an internship? Will ATS help me find an internship?
For the MPS and M.Div. degree programs, a field experience is required. ATS will assist students with internship
placement in a church or para-church organization, but students are also encouraged to find a “field experience” in
their current context of ministry.
What kind of work do ATS alumni do?
ATS alumni pastor here in the United States, lead community organizations, serve in other countries, teach in
bible schools, and participate in many other areas of ministry.