Update to our donors: We wish to express our deep gratitude to those of you who have continued to give during this difficult time. Courses and programs may continue online, but they do continue. Your faithful generosity ensures this ongoing preparation for ministry. During this time of pandemic, our access to campus is restricted, which means we are currently unable to process mail. As we begin our approach to the end of the current fiscal year, if you wish to contribute to the annual fund or a scholarship, please consider giving online. You can find more information on the Ways to Give page. If you have questions about donating to the school, please email us at andovernewton@yale.edu. Thank you.


Andover Newton, the oldest graduate school in the nation, formally affiliated with Yale Divinity School in 2017, though the mutual history of these two institutions can be traced back much farther. From the beginning, Andover Newton’s mission has been to educate learned clergy, particularly those who serve in the family of locally-governed, “small c” congregational traditions, such as the United Church of Christ and the American Baptist Churches (USA).  Now that we have affiliated with Yale Divinity School, we are able to offer the unique benefits of a tradition-specific seminary with the unparalleled resources of a great university.

Andover Newton promotes love for congregations in the entire YDS community, provides specific programs for those exploring or living into such a call, and creates new knowledge about the art and craft of congregational ministry. Andover Newton Seminary’s programs and missional distinctiveness rely on faculty and staff who embrace the seminary’s commitment to educating clergy for pastoral leadership in locally-governed congregations. Staff and faculty employed by or affiliated with Andover Newton Seminary offer their gifts to the Seminary’s programs specifically, and they embody its values throughout Yale Divinity School.

Students enrolled at YDS through Andover Newton can now earn a diploma certifying their preparation for ministry in addition to their Yale degree. Through YDS, Andover Newton funds certain American Baptist and United Church of Christ faculty and programs and offers scholarship support to students. All admissions to Andover Newton are administered through YDS. Applicants interested in pursuing the program at Andover Newton Seminary should use a YDS application for admission, indicating their desire to enroll in the Andover Newton Seminary Program. 


For over 200 years Andover Newton has educated clergy and other religious leaders dedicated to serving the church.

Andover Newton Seminary focuses on preparing religious leaders for service in locally-governed faith communities, including (but not limited to) United Church of Christ and American Baptist Churches (USA) congregations.

Andover Newton remains rooted in its faithful devotion to the study and practice of worship as it has been passed down through local congregational communities.