JTS offered Bachelor and Master degrees for students who completed their Associate of Arts degree from Shorter College. While the school was not accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, the administration and faculty modeled the seminary after those that were accredited in the African Methodist Episcopal Church. The leadership of JTS was recognized alternately as either the President or Dean of the seminary.
Some of the individuals who served as Deans during the period of 1960 to 2011 were:
The Reverend J.M. Watkins
The Reverend Rufus King Young, Sr.
The Reverend Nathaniel Irving
The Reverend Dr. Colin Lambert
The Reverend James R. Hooper
The Reverend Clarence H. Guy
The Reverend Clarence V. Boyd, Sr.