Fordham University            The Jesuit University of New York

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Fordham University established the Graduate Institute of Religious Education in 1968, and raised it to the status of a Graduate School in 1975 with expanded goals and programming. In cooperation with all denominations, this Graduate School seeks to serve religion and religious education through research. While it is thus committed to help chart future directions, it also confronts the contemporary problems of church communities.

In the midst of a great metropolitan area, the Graduate School of Religion and Religious Education (GRE) offers its students access to the sharp contrasts of city life -- from the cultural advantages of New York City's museums, theaters, libraries, and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, to the tenements and ghettos of the underprivileged. Within the complex urban environment that New York City provides, the students will better understand the multi-dimensional problems of the American metropolis. Since 2009, the addition of  four MA degrees and a certificate program offered on-line presents the opportunity for students from across the United States and around the world to study with GRE.

People of all religious backgrounds are welcome, whether as matriculated degree students or as visiting non-matriculates from other institutions. Candidates for degrees come from all over North America as well as from Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, South America, and the Pacific Rim. 

Degree students may, as need arises, take advantage of up to six credits of relevant courses offered in other schools of Fordham University, or at universities in the area such as Columbia, N.Y.U., Union and Jewish Theological, or at other accredited university. A grade of "B" or better is required for transfer of these credits. Advanced credits from other institutions are not automatically accepted, but will be reviewed on an individual basis and accepted only after 12 credits have been earned at Fordham.


The Graduate School of Religion and Religious Education shares in the following accreditations and affiliations of Fordham University.

The University is a member of the American Council of Education, the Association of American Colleges, the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities, the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities, the Council of Graduate Schools of the United States, the National Association of Graduate Schools, the Council of Higher Educational Institutions in New York City, and the Association of Universities and Colleges of the State of New York. It is an accredited member of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools and is on the list of registered Colleges and Universities of the Board of Regents of the State of New York.

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