The Seminary, incorporated under the legal title of “Saint Joseph’s Seminary and College,” was empowered by the Board of Regents of the State of New York to grant the degree of Bachelor of Arts in 1908, the degrees of Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy in 1921, and the degree of Bachelor of Divinity in 1965.
In 1971, Saint Joseph’s was authorized by the New York State Education Department to substitute the Master of Divinity degree for the Bachelor of Divinity degree, a First Professional degree.
In 1976, the Board of Regents authorized the establishment of a program in religious education leading to the degree of Master of Religious Education. This program was offered through the Archdiocesan Catechetical Institute and is now offered through the Saint Joseph’s Seminary Institute of Religious Studies as an MA in Religious Studies.
In 1984, the Board of Regents authorized the change to a Master of Arts degree (Religious Studies). This program currently is offered through the Saint Joseph’s Seminary Institute of Religious Studies.
In 1987, the New York State Education Department authorized the Seminary to resume granting the Master of Arts degree. The M.A. (Theology) is available to fourth-year students who fulfill the prescribed requirements.
Accreditation of Saint Joseph’s Seminary and College was granted in 1961 and reaffirmed in 1973, 1983,
1993 and 2004 by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (3624 Market St., Philadelphia, PA
19104-2680, tel. 267-284-5000), which is recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.
In 1973, the Seminary was also accredited and elected to membership by the Association of Theological Schools in the U.S. and Canada (10 Summit Park Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15275-1103, tel. 412-788-6505, fax 412-788-6510, website www.ats.edu). This was reaffirmed in 1983, 1993, and in 2004. The following degree programs are approved: M Div and MA (Theology) for St. Joseph’s Seminary and MA in Religious Studies through the Saint Joseph’s Seminary Institute for Religious Studies.
Saint Joseph’s Seminary is a member of the Eastern Conference of Major Catholic Seminaries and a member
of the National Catholic Educational Association. It also holds institutional memberships in various academic and library associations and societies.
Under Federal Law, Saint Joseph’s Seminary and College is authorized to enroll non-immigrant alien students.
In the course of the 2012-2013 academic ear, St. Joseph’s Seminary will begin to replace the M.A. in Religious Studies with an M.A. in Theology and an M.A. in Pastoral Studies. Lay students, permanent deacons and candidates for the permanent diaconate may begin to enroll in either of these two new programs after July 1, 2013. These same degrees are being offered at present at the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception, Huntington, N. Y. Upon obtaining permissions from our accrediting agencies, ATS and the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE), the Huntington campus will become by next summer a branch campus of St. Joseph’s Seminary at which the MA in Theology and the MA in Pastoral Studies will continue to be offered under the aegis of SJS.
These changes have been approved by the Board of Trustees of St. Joseph’s Seminary and the Board of Governors of the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception. They are the fruit of the St. Charles Borromeo Inter-diocesan Seminary Partnership created on November 10, 2011 by Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan, Archbishop of New York, Bishop Nicholas Di Marzio of the Diocese of Brooklyn, and Bishop William Murphy of the Diocese of Rockville Centre. With the Memorandum of Understanding signed by the three Diocesan Bishops on March 15, 2012, St. Joseph’s Seminary has become the sole degree-granting school for all of the Master of Arts programs offered to seminarians, priests, deacons, laity and consecrated women and men studying within the seminary. In the case of the MA in Religious Studies degree program, and all graduate programs administered by the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception and St. Joseph’s Seminary faculty are committed to providing a “teach-out” so that students enrolled in these programs can complete their courses and receive their degrees from the schools in which they are currently enrolled as of the August 2012-July 2013 academic year.