A First Among
Interfaith Seminaries

“Join us in restoring the memory of a lost harmony”

Welcome to The New Seminary for Interfaith Studies. We are the oldest Interfaith Seminary in the world with over 3,500 graduates serving as ministers all over the globe. We describe our Interfaith Approach as a form of liberating spirituality that allows us to find comfort, guidance, healing, solace, and wisdom in the tenets, rituals, sacred texts, and practices from many faith traditions, that we can apply in our lives, spiritual practices, and ministry. Our programs help students to deepen their spiritual inquiry, gain an intimate understanding of the major faith traditions of the world as well as prepare them to use their Divine gifts as ministers to provide service to others and build community. Join our ever-expanding family of inspired  and purposeful souls!

TNS Leadership and Esteemed Associates were honored to participate at the 2023 Parliament of the World's Religions in Chicago

Our Speakers:

The Very Rev. Dr. James Speights

Rev. Dr. Samora Smith

Rev. Dr. Stacy Lee Goforth

Dr. Andrew Vidich

Sister Dr. Jenna

Sheikha Maryam Kabeer

Jasbir Singh Bhatia


Graduation and Ordination Ceremony

Many Blessings to the Class of 2023


What Our Students Say

The New Seminary provided me the opportunity to improve my communication with people of a variety of spiritual backgrounds. This has strengthened my ability to discern and honor the spark of Love and Wisdom in each life journey, through appropriate and caring end-of-life ceremonies.

Student Testimonial

Rev. Diane Gansauer

I am Rev. Dr. Mike Keating. Since meeting Rev. Dr. Jay Speights who encouraged me to pursue a Doctorate of Ministry with The New Seminary, I fulfilled a life long dream, which led to an opportunity to serve as a Campus Minister at Becker College where I also teach Philosophy. The people that I met at The New Seminary have greatly added to my life and the opportunity and experience is wonderful.

Rev. Dr. Mike Keating


Our Course Offerings

Master of theology

Master of Theology

6 week classes

The Master of Theological Studies degree is offered to provide students a general understanding of the Interfaith approach to ministry and an understanding of the theologies of the worlds major religions.

Doctor of Ministry

Doctor of Ministry

12 week classes

The Doctor of Ministry Curriculum is designed for experienced clergy – ministers who have a Masters of Divinity, Masters of Theological Studies, or Masters of the Arts or Sciences degrees. 3-5 years of experience in active interfaith ministry.

Doctor of Ministry

Ministerial Programs

Online Self-Paced

The New Seminary’s two-year unique training program prepares students for active service as ordained Interfaith Ministers. Attuning to The Ministry of Presence, classes are held on a 10-month academic cycle, September through June.

Spiritual Coaching

Online Self-Paced

In 2021, TNS launched our new Spiritual Coaching program. We offer a two-year Master Level training and certification. This program offers advanced training to ministers, counselors, and non-clergy. Classes are held throughout the academic year.

About US

Our Story

The New Seminary was founded in 1981 by Rabbi Joseph H. Gelberman, Swami Satchidanada, and other interfaith luminaries.

Since our inception, we have ordained close to 3,000 interfaith ministers from all over the United States and world. You will find our graduates working as chaplains, ministering to congregations of all faith traditions, teaching and simply effecting change and working to transform our society to a global community of tolerance. They are making a difference. Read More

Founders of The New Seminary


Attending Our Seminary



The New Seminary is the oldest Interfaith seminary in the world. Having spawned seven other Interfaith institutions, TNS is now taking a bold new direction by offering M.Th (Master of Theological Studies) and DMin (Doctor of Ministry) degrees.

Hybrid Program

We offer a Hybrid Program with bi-monthly virtual classes and 3 in-person Intensives per year. Our Ministerial programs are licensed in New York and our Graduate Studies programs are certified in Florida. 

United Nations NGO

United Nations NGO

The New Seminary received its designation as an ECOSOC (Economic/Social) NGO (Non Governmental Organization) in 2002. we looked at many different organizations open to us as members, to determine where TNS could be of service…

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Enrollment is easy. Contact one of our admissions counselors to learn more about our programs. Enrollment is now open for all our programs.

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