Nyack College

Nyack NY 10960-3698
United States

Nyack College, an accredited institution of Christian higher education offers undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral degree programs at the college and its seminary, Alliance Theological Seminary (ATS). Over 50 majors are available to the more than 3,400 students who currently study at the new Manhattan campus in historic Battery Park; on the residential campus in scenic Rockland County, NY;  and at an extension site in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Since 1882, Nyack/ATS has fulfilled its mission of educating men and women by being academically excellent, globally engaged, intentionally diverse, personally transforming, and socially relevant.

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NYACK’S founder is widely recognized as one of the foremost figures in the American missionary movement. Dr. A.B. Simpson resigned a prestigious New York City pastorate to develop an interdenominational fellowship devoted to serving unreached people. Simpson’s view was shared by a wide group of men and women, including mainline church leaders, laborers, and theological scholars. This ever-growing alliance was bound together by a desire to inspire the church to fulfill its Great Commission of world evangelization.
An important step towards making their vision a reality was the founding of a training school for missionaries (the Missionary Training Institute), the first Bible college in North America. This school was the forerunner of Nyack College. Thus, from its beginning in New York City in 1882, NYACK has been devoted to the concept of education as preparation for service.  After purchasing 28 acres on a picturesque hillside, in 1897 the school moved to the village of South Nyack, New York.  In 1956 the school was renamed Nyack Missionary College and then in 1972 changed to Nyack College to reflect the total program of the college.
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.

New York's Christian College:

  • Nyack’s roots are in New York City.  Our school was founded in Manhattan in 1882.  With one campus in Nyack, NY and another in Manhattan, Nyack College serves the entire metro NYC area.

  • Most of our 3,400 students come from New York City’s five boroughs and surrounding suburbs.

  • Our students and faculty reflect the diversity of the New York area: one-third of our students are African American, one-quarter Hispanic, one-third white and one-sixth Asian American.  Our students come from 62 different countries (Fact Book 2012).  Overall, our students belong to more than 80 different Christian denominations.

  • Nyack's graduates are successful because they receive a strong liberal arts education with a Christian foundation.  Many of our 32,000 alumni work in New York area churches, counseling centers, social service agencies, health care facilities, schools, local government, businesses and corporations.

  • Over one-quarter of our undergraduates continue into one of Nyack’s graduate programs.  Many others get their degrees from the excellent graduate and doctoral programs at New York colleges and universities
NYACK Facts:
  • Affiliated with The Christian and Missionary Alliance.
  • Undergraduate degrees offered at Nyack College include:  Associate in Arts, Associate in Science, Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Music, and Bachelor of Sacred Music. 
  • Graduate degrees offered at Nyack College and Alliance Theological Seminary include: Master of Business Administration, Master of Arts, Master of Science, Master of Divinity, Master of Professional Studies, and Doctor of Ministry. 
  • 109 teaching faculty: 72% of the faculty members hold doctoral degrees.  46% are female and 46% are non-white.  There are an additional 196 adjunct faculty.
  • Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools
  • Chartered by the Board of Regents of the University of the State of NY. 
  • Curricula registered with the NY State Education Department and approved for training of veterans. 
  • Listed by the US Department of Justice for educating international students.
  • Approved to operate in:
    • District of Columbia by the Educational Licensure Commission of the District of Columbia.
    • State of Ohio by the Board of Regents.
    • Commonwealth of Puerto Rico by the Council of Higher Education of Puerto Rico.
  • School of Music:  National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) since 1962. 
  • School of Education:
    • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)
    • Member and accredited by the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) for teacher certification. 
    • Childhood Education programs are nationally recognized by the Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI).
    • Adolescent Math program is nationally recognized by the National Council for Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM).
    • Adolescent English program is nationally recognized by the National Council for Teachers of English (NCTE).
    • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages program is nationally recognized by Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL).
  • College of Arts and Sciences Social Work program has been approved for accreditation with the Council for Social Work Education (CSWE).
  • Alliance Theological Seminary: 
    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:
    MDiv, MA in Intercultural Studies, Master of Professional Studies, MA (Biblical Literature), DMin
    The following extension sites are approved as specified:
    Approved Degrees: MDiv, Master of Professional Studies, MA (Biblical Literature)
    Approved for a Comprehensive Distance Education Program


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