Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, California

  • CA

About Us

The Graduate Theological Union has been on the frontline of religious collaboration since 1962. Acclaimed as "the consortium that really works," the GTU's success is represented in the uniqueness of its program initiatives and the vitality of its environment where students and faculty from different religious backgrounds learn and work together.

The interreligious consortium consists of eight schools of theology representing the Roman Catholic and Protestant traditions, centers of Jewish, Buddhist, Islamic, and Orthodox studies, and five research centers and affiliates. The GTU works collaboratively with the University of California, Berkeley, and is the home of the Flora Lamson Hewlett Library, one of the most comprehensive theological libraries in the country.

The mission of the GTU is to:

  • Educate men and women for vocations of ministry and scholarship
  • Equip leaders for a future of diverse religions and cultures
  • Teach patterns of faith which nurture justice and peace
  • Serve as an educational and theological resource for local communities, the nation, and the world.

As a consortium, the GTU confers the academic degrees of Master of Arts (MA), Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) and Doctor of Theology (ThD). Each of the eight member schools offers other degrees such as the Master of Divinity (MDiv), Master of Theological Studies (MTS) and Doctor of Ministry (DMin). The GTU also provides opportunities not available in a single school setting, through a variety of centers, institutes, and programs.

Our graduates are both rigorous thinkers and passionate doers. They have long taught at eminent universities and seminaries, ministered to a broad range of congregations, and have crossed borders of all sorts - cultural, economic, religious, and political - to serve our world.

The GTU is located in Berkeley, California, where the diversity of cultures and faith traditions reflects our own. Social activism, critical thinking, and openness to new ideas are deeply rooted in this city. Imbued with this spirit, we have created innovative programs that unite living faith traditions with other disciplines.

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