About the GTU

An institution of higher learning unlike any other, the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley brings together scholars of the world’s diverse religions and wisdom traditions to advance new knowledge, seek fresh insight, and collaborate on solutions. We carry out our work by:  

  • Educating scholars for vocations devoted to study and service
  • Equipping leaders for a world of diverse religions and cultures
  • Teaching patterns of faith that encourage justice and care of the planet
  • Serving as an educational and theological resource for local communities, the nation, and the world

The GTU is the most comprehensive center for the graduate study of religion in North America. With a focus on interreligious and interdisciplinary perspectives, GTU faculty and students engage the world’s great religions and wisdom traditions in contemporary contexts. The GTU educates innovative leaders for the academy, religious organizations, and the nonprofit sector, equipping scholars to embody the critical thinking, ethical frameworks, compassionate values, and spiritual foundations essential to building a more just, peaceful, and sustainable world.

More than a school of theology, the GTU is a union of schools and programs that, together, represent the world’s major religions in collaboration. More than a graduate school, the GTU is an enterprise that cultivates the highest scholarly standards and provides opportunities to translate scholarship into solutions with impact. The GTU provides a unique community where scholars and practitioners from across the world's great religions gather for academic study of their own and of other traditions and disciplines.

Quick Facts
30 +

Unique Degree Concentrations

Ranging from Aesthetics to Yoga

50 +

Core Doctoral Faculty Members

From diverse faiths and fields

200 +

Faculty Across the Consortium

To guide your academic career

39% of GTU Ph.D. Students are Women

Enrolled in Fall 2023

111

Doctoral Students

Studying in the GTU Ph.D. program in Fall 2023

10

Faith Traditions

Available for study through GTU's many programs, centers, and schools

Diversity at the GTU

8% Asian/Pacific Islander

7% Black

0% Hispanic

0% Native American/Alaskan Native

30% White

20% Unknown/Other

35% Non-Resident Foreign Students

Among GTU Ph.D Students Fall 2023

Member Schools and Academic Centers

More than twenty member schools, academic centers, programs, and affiliates join together to make the GTU an unparalleled place for interdisciplinary and interreligious thought, study, and practice.

Our History

Discover how a unique ecumenical partnership among several Bay Area seminaries in the early 1960s grew to become a hub of innovative multi-religious scholarship for the twenty-first century.

Skylight

The symbol of our union takes inspiration from the skylight at the heart of the GTU library, and symbolizes intersecting paths and converging ideas, expressing the illuminating, collaborative spirit of the GTU.

Land Acknowledgement

The Graduate Theological Union values the world’s diverse religions and  wisdom traditions. In a spirit of appreciation and respect, we acknowledge that our Berkeley campus stands on the ancestral land of the Chochenyo-speaking Ohlone people, in the territory of Xyčun (Huichin), previously the land of the sovereign Verona Band of Alameda County. Today, the land continues to be important to our neighbors from the Muwekma Ohlone Tribe, as well as Verona Band descendants. 

The GTU makes this Land Acknowledgement Statement to recognize the Indigenous Peoples as traditional stewards of this land, and to affirm the enduring relationship that exists between Indigenous Peoples and their traditional territories.

 

GTU Alumni in Conversation at AAR-SBL

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While our on-campus visits and in-person information sessions are limited at this time, we are excited to welcome you to this virtual visit experience. We invite you to explore all that the GTU has to offer through this tour.

Begin your Virtual Visit

Excommunicating Spinoza The Heretic

Please join us for a discussion of the documentary film Spinoza: Six Reasons for the Excommunication of the Philosopher (2022), with UC Berkeley Philosophy professor Hannah Ginsborg and GTU Jewish Studies professor Sam Shonkoff. This program is part of the New Lehrhaus's five-part series entitled "...

Zoom
7:00pm

Madrasa-Midrasha | Preparing for Sacred Seasons

Please join the GTU's Madrasa-Midrasha Program as we honor the messages of Passover, Ramadan, and Lent featuring Sam S.B. Shonkoff, Celene Ibrahim, and Arthur Holder.

Dinner Board Room, Flora Lamson Hewlett Library, 2400 Ridge Road, Berkeley
11:30am

Food as Sacred Text: Interreligious Rituals, Practices, & Culture - Reading of the Sacred Text Conference

What makes a text sacred? Each year the GTU Library examines a fresh insight.

 

 

Hybrid Event (GTU Dinner Board Room)
9:00am to 4:00pm