The Words of the Shimmyo Family

Enrolling and Studying at UTS

Dr. Theodore Shimmyo
July 16, 1999

Given Fatherís recent direction that all college degree holders in America attend UTS right away, I want to discuss how this can be done. Dr. Chang Shik Yang, our new continental director, said that people under the age of 35 should be strongly encouraged to become full-time UTS students by actually coming to Barrytown right away. Those who are 35 or above should immediately enroll anyway, although they may not come to Barrytown geographically, and begin taking Distance Learning courses and fulfill the degree requirements in the flexible ways explained below. (Those who are 35 or above are, however, always welcome to UTS as full-time students on campus).

UTS offers two graduate degree programs, the Master of Religious Education which requires 72 credits, and the Master of Divinity (111 credits).

Students under the age of 35

Those under the age of 35 are strongly encouraged to become full-time students by actually coming to Barrytown. That full-time status can be made more appealing in the following ways:

Students can arrange to take a full-time course load (12 credits) while being on campus only 3 days a week.
Gifted students may take 15 or even 18 credits in a single 10 week term, provided they have enough financial resources to be able to focus completely on their studies. They can finish all academic requirements for graduation faster.
Students over the age of 35

Those over the age of 35 may not come to Barrytown right away, but they can immediately enroll in the following flexible ways:

They can earn up to 18 credits through distance learning. Currently available for distance learning are: Philosophical foundations, Old Testament Foundations, Divine Principle, Unification Philosophy, Paths of Faith and Church History. More will be available later in the academic year.
They can earn up to 13 credits (16 credits for the M. Div.) through supervised fieldwork at a local Church or CARP center.
Classes can be offered at extension cites in other cities if there is sufficient demand for them (8-10 students)

We intend to offer 2-week intensives on campus during the summer and winter breaks. Through a 2-week intensive a student can earn up to 6 credits.

For members in the new York area, UTS has the commuterís day program (usually Thursday) on which they can take 2 courses for 6 hours.

Up to 24 credits can be transferred from similar courses taken at other seminaries or graduate schools.

The M.Div. thesis can be written entirely off-campus

A student under category B, if he or she can spend one ten-week term on campus, will finish the M.R.E. program in 3 years (normally 2 years) by following the schedule shown below. This is just an example of how the flexible plan can be implemented. Students can also make their own creative plan to finish all the requirements by combining ways from categories a and B mentioned above.

First Year

Distance learning (off-campus) 6 credits
Junior Field Education (off-campus) 2 credits
2-Week Intensive (winter break) 6 credits
2-week Intensive (summer break) 6 credits

Second Year

Distance learning (off-campus) 6 credits
Internship (off-campus) 9 credits
2-Week Intensive (winter break) 6 credits
2-Week Intensive (summer break) 6 credits

Third Year

Distance Learning (off-campus) 6 credits
Senior Field Education (off-campus) 2 credits
2-Week Intensive (winter break) 6 credits
One Term Campus Residence 11 credits *

Total 72 credits

People in the New York area will not have to do the one term campus residence if they take advantage of the commutersí day
People outside the New York area will have to do this term in order to finish the M.R.E program in 3 years, or they will need three and one half years to finish it by going through two more 2-week intensives.

The above is just one way to complete the requirements. UTS will work with you to create your own plan.

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