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About Nyack Christian Higher Education

Nyack College, through its undergraduate, graduate and seminary programs, pursues its historic mission of preparing men and women to ”take the whole Gospel to the whole world.”

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Are you Nyack’s Next Blogger?

Nyack College is searching for six student bloggers with the skills and stories to make our blog, Life at Nyack stand out.  Each week our bloggers will be featured on Life at Nyack with stories that cover our passion for higher education at New York’s Christian college… And, yes, this is a paid position!  So…

Are you a writer?

Can you inspire others with your insight into college life?  Can you tell a story that is entertaining? Do you want to develop a 21st century skill that will boost your resume?

If so please forward a writing sample and one photo that illustrates your article to Melissa Ruttanai via email: melissa.ruttanai [at] nyack.edu

Writing samples should be no less than 400 words and focus on one of the following themes.

-higher education

-New York lifestyle

-Christian college

-another topic of your choice


Good luck!



The Importance of Adult Education Degrees

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What comes to your mind when you think about adult education degrees? Fear of cost? Impossible time commitment? Not cost effective? Irrelevant? Last hope to succeed? Many negative feelings can creep in about earning a degree as an adult. The importance of adult education degrees depends on the specific needs of the individual and her family. Though many adults look to continue their undergraduate or start graduate classes to reach goals, adult learners have already completed many challenges composed of a diversity of experience in the workplace, military, etc. Many adult education programs gear their classes around such diversity.

Check out these alumni stories who explain how they went back to school even with families and full time jobs.  George Ramos works for New York City as a Family Assessment Coordinator.  His job is to help families in crisis.  Coming back to the classroom, he earned his master’s degree in mental health counseling and says that he can successfully compete for jobs against others with a master’s degree.  Then there is undergrad mom, Annette Mendoza, who began her career as a bank teller and worked her way up in IT as a technical software analyst.  Did we mention she was also valedictorian of her class?

Adult degrees include an MBA or an MSOL and can be completed fully online.  But adult education can also include finishing your bachelor’s.  If you’re a non-traditional student, look for programs that have hands on teaching, can be a transformative experience, have a cohort like family, and have world-class professors within a business environment. Completing degrees have taught adult students to apply themselves to succeed while they gain tools for living and continuous learning through holistic teaching. People are social beings so getting an education in a diverse environment with professors and students around the globe is empowering and relevant to work, life, and faith. Adult degrees improve the student’s depth of critical thinking and self awareness while instilling passion to take on more responsibility. Dynamic urban campus locations in New York City offer convenience and inspiration. The diversity of students and teachers is exciting in an adult program. The kingdom of God can be represented where the professors model balance between academic and spiritual lives. An adult degree can offer cross cultural communications which is just what’s needed in this global economy modeling Christ in the world.


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The goal of the Division of Adult Education at Nyack College is to serve the adult learner in a manner that considers adult learning styles, competing obligations of the adult learner, and their future goals.


The structure of the programs in the Division of Adult Education involves seminar-style classes, held online or in convenient four hour sessions once a week, allowing small, cohesive learning groups to remain intact during the core programs.  The curriculum is relevant, competency-based and modular.  Adult program courses emphasize communication skills, interpersonal skills, organizational behavior and problem solving through a cooperative, rather than a competitive, classroom environment.

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Whether you are looking to advance your career, continue toward a graduate degree, or meet a personal goal, Nyack College’s adult programs may meet your specific needs as an adult learner. Below are the adult program offerings at Nyack College.

Liberal Arts and Sciences (AA)

Two years of full time study are required for the 60-credit AA. The majority of the AA Liberal Arts and Sciences credits earned may be applied toward a Bachelors degree. Adult intensive tracks may act as core courses. Rich selection of courses in different fields help students gain relevant information and broaden their understanding of several academic disciplines.

Liberal Arts and Sciences: Sciences (AA)

Two years of full time study are required for the 60-credit AA. The AA Liberal Arts and Sciences: Sciences program has been designed to prepare students to enter the upper-level BS Nursing program or for employment in the health services.

Organizational Management (BS/BPS)

Start September 2013 and finish September 2014! Requiring 120 credits for completion, the OM program is conducted in three terms. Adult students may enter into Nyack College with as little as 30 credits and then enter the program at 60 credits. Students are required to complete 36 credits in 16 months. The BS requires fewer liberal arts credits than the BPS but has the same core curriculum.

Master of Science in Organizational Leadership (MSOL)

The mission of the MSOL is to educate adult students with a values-based leadership studies program. Composed of 33 credits, 10 courses, 3 thesis seminar classes, and an action research thesis, it takes 12-months to complete this program.

Master of Business Administration (MBA)

Nyack’s MBA program is designed specifically for students who wish to work full time while earning their degree. Composed of 42 credits including an entrepreneurial capstone project, a student can finish in as little as 16 months.
Available MBA Concentrations:
Entrepreneurial Management


To request more information about the adult education degrees at Nyack College, please click here.

Is the MDiv Worth It?

Is the MDiv worth it?

Considering a MDiv – Master’s of Divinity degree? This degree program can be anywhere between 72 and 106 credit hours of study. Yes, that’s three or more years of study for a master’s degree. In this amount of time you could earn a JD degree before you earn a MDiv so the MDiv program is a serious degree of high academic learning. What you learn from a MDiv depends on your knowledge, experience, and drive. It is recognized as the most comprehensive and basic level graduate preparation for ministerial leadership and for future study in the theological disciplines.

What you might not know is that MDiv curriculum’s may be shaped heavily around the diversity of the seminary student body’s beliefs and the denomination or founder(s) of the seminary. The wide variety of seminaries’ doctrines and faculty gives prospective students many options as to how they want their preparation for ministry to be shaped through choosing the best seminary for themselves.

Perhaps you’re looking at an MDiv and not looking to enter a traditional ministry position. Perhaps you’re just desiring to grow spiritually or learn more about who the Christian god is. Perhaps you’re not sure if going for a degree is the best way for you to learn what you desire. It is a big investment in time and it can be financially without scholarships. Depending on your social location, you may want to go for a MDiv within your denomination or one that teaches according to a variety of denominations. What’s important is that you go to the seminary, take the program, be mentored, research, or what have you that will help shape who you want to become.

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Do you want to be challenged about your beliefs and learn about other cultures and interpretations of the Bible? Do you want to be ready to be able to defend your beliefs? Do you not want to be told what to believe in, but to be encouraged to think for yourself? Do you want to be amongst students that have different beliefs than yourself? Do you want to be amongst a racial and ethnic diverse student body? Do you want to go to seminary in a city such as New York City, a suburb of NYC, or a rural area? Is the history or mission of the seminary important to you? What classes, concentrations, and class schedule will be best for your growth? Do you want a MDiv accredited by the Association of Theological Schools?

These are serious questions and considers that God has for you.  Every day, people call our admissions offices and ask our counselors for advice.  We say “God will provide” and advise people to look into themselves, pray.

Is the MDiv worth it?

Is the MDiv worth it? That is a question Alliance Theological Seminary – ATS takes seriously with over 763 current students across three campuses in Nyack NY, New York City, and Puerto Rico. Currently, this NY seminary, NYC seminary, and Puerto Rico seminary students’ demographics combined are 45.7% female and 54.3% male, 43.6% single and 47.2% married, 18.7% Asian, 35.4% Black/African American, 24.1% Hispanic/Latino, 11.6% White, 1.8% Two or More Races, and 7.8% Non-Resident Alien. ATS looks at prospective and current students on an individual basis making sure that everyone is on path for success spiritually and vocationally.

The Master of Divinity MDiv at Nyack’s Alliance Theological Seminary is a 93-credit curriculum that blends biblical studies, social science theory, spiritual formation, and practical training with an emphasis upon critical and reflective thinking. The M.Div. curriculum develops progressively over three years at ATS through the Person Phase, the Church Phase, and the Ministry Phase. The purpose of the MDiv degree at ATS is designed to produce whole people for general leadership in Christian service, whether in their own or in another culture, by bringing into dialogue the various dimensions of theological education. These dimensions are (1) church and academy, (2) theology and social science inquiry, (3) the biblical world and the contemporary world, (4) classroom and experience, (5) character and competence, and (6) wisdom and skill.

The goals of student learning at ATS are:
1. Lay a foundation for ongoing spiritual formation including personal development, moral integrity, and spiritual maturity.
2. Gain knowledge and be able to apply methodology in biblical studies, theology and cultural understandings.
3. Gain an appreciation of the relational nature of ministry through the experience of being mentored and mentoring others, and through learning and practicing interpersonal ministry skills. Students will be able to understand and practice integration of the personal, theological, and practical components of holistic ministry. Students will gain ministry skills for a broad range of Christian service responsibilities, and will be able to demonstrate competency in classroom and internship environments.

Tracks are available in Bible & Theology, Church Development, Missions, and Urban Ministries in Alliance Theological Seminary’s MDiv program. In addition to the tracks, students select 6 professional development courses of their choosing from within the ATS curriculum or in consultation with the Dean, from other graduate programs within the Nyack College System. This flexibility allows for further study in areas related to career goals and personal interest.

Bible and Theology: Emphasizes enhanced preparation in biblical and theological studies. Students choose to focus on either Greek or Hebrew. Includes the following 6 courses:

Hebrew progression:
NT Greek I: Elements
Greek II: Readings
NT Greek III: Exegesis OT Book Study (in English)

Greek progression:
Biblical Hebrew I: Elements
Biblical Hebrew II: Readings
Biblical Hebrew III: Exegesis NT Book Study (in English)

Systematic Theology I: God & Humanity
Systematic Theology II: Christ & the Church

Church Development: Emphasizes the broad perspectives and essential skills needed for full-time local church ministry. Includes the following 6 courses:

Advanced Communication
Leading Change & Conflict Resolution
Management & Christian Service
Human Development
Discipleship & Small Groups
Christian Ethics

Missions: Emphasizes perspectives and skills needed by those ministering across cultural barriers, especially in evangelism, church planting and the development of an indigenous Christian faith. Includes the following 6 courses (offered primarily at the Rockland Campus):

Global Expansion of the Church
Cultural Immersion & Social Analysis
Doing Theology in Context
Christian Encounter with World Religions
Theology of Power Encounter
Christian Witness in the Context of Poverty

Urban Ministries: Emphasizes the perspectives and specialized training necessary for ministry in an urban environment. Includes the following 6 courses (offered primarily at the Manhattan Campus):

Christian Ethics
Urban Theology
Urban Church & the Poor
Urban Community & Worldview Analysis
Urban Community Development
Leadership Development & the Urban Church


To request more information on the MDiv or the other programs available at ATS, please click here.


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