JTS is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and is chartered by the Regents of the State of New York. In addition to ordaining rabbis and conferring the diploma of hazzan on qualified candidates, JTS offers the degrees of bachelor and master of arts, master of philosophy, doctor of philosophy, doctor of Hebrew literature, doctor of education, and bachelor and master of sacred music. Accreditation was reaffirmed unconditionally in 2006 and 2011. Questions relating to accreditation and licensing may be directed to Dr. Stephen Garfinkel, associate provost.
The Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (MSA), established in 1887, is a nonprofit membership association, dedicated to educational improvement through evaluation and accreditation. The Commission on Higher Education is the unit of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools that accredits degree-granting colleges and universities in the Middle States region. It examines the institution as a whole, rather than specific programs within the institution.
The Regents of New York State are responsible for the general supervision of all educational activities within the state, presiding over the University of the State of New York and the New York State Education Department. The University of the State of New York is the nation's most comprehensive and unified educational system. It consists of all elementary, secondary, and postsecondary educational institutions, libraries, museums, public broadcasting, records and archives, professions, Vocational and Educational Services for Individuals with Disabilities, and such other institutions, organizations, and agencies as may be admitted. The concept of the University of the State of New York is a broad term encompassing all the institutions, both public and private, offering education in the state.