United and Northeastern Seminary (NES) of Rochester, NY, have developed a cooperative plan to provide seminary education for United Methodist candidates for ministry in upstate New York. Beginning in the Fall semester of 2010, it will be possible for United Methodists in the new Upper New York Conference to take courses at Northeastern in Rochester and apply them to a Master of Divinity degree at United. United is one of thirteen United Methodist affiliated theological schools in the United States. Northeastern is a Free Methodist institution with numerous United Methodists on its faculty and a strong desire to serve The United Methodist Church.
United’s president, Wendy Deichmann Edwards, a clergy member of the Upper New York Conference, said she is pleased the two pan-Methodist institutions can serve Upper New York in this way. “It will greatly enhance the options and the access to United Methodist theological education in the new conference,” she said. In addition to the opportunity to take courses at NES, United is also providing a wide array of courses online. In fact, beginning this fall, “a student can now earn the entire M.Div. degree with a majority of the coursework completed online, and the remainder of requirements may be fulfilled with only one week per semester in residence at the Dayton campus,” Deichmann Edwards explained.
For more information about these opportunities, please contact United’s admissions office at 1.800.322.5817 or visit the Northeastern Seminary Educational Partnership page.