Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary (PLTS) develops leaders for the church by deepening faith in Christ, expanding the heart, challenging the mind, and energizing for mission. PLTS is committed to academic faith practitioners; most faculty have served as parish pastors in the Lutheran Church.
Denominational Affiliation: Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Accreditation: Association of Theological Schools
Academic Programs and Degrees
- Master of Divinity (MDiv): four year, ordination track program includes three years of classroom study with field experience and one year of supervised internship. MDiv without ordination may be earned after three years.
- Master of Arts (MA, through the GTU): two year program focused on the interdisciplinary academic study of religion.
Note: MA and MDiv degrees may be earned sequentially in five years by applying and being admitted separately to each program.
- Master of Theological Studies (MTS): two year program.
- Certificate of Theological Studies (CTS): one year program for personal enrichment or in consideration of a degree program.
- Certificate of Advanced Theological Study (CATS): one year, individually-designed program for regularly admitted students who have already completed a professional ministry degree.
- Theological Education for Emerging Ministries (TEAM): TEAM serves the ELCA’s goal to provide African American, Hispanic American, Asian American, and Native American pastors and lay workers for these communities. Interested students please contact your Synod offices.
Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary
2000 Center Street, Berkeley, CA 94704
Regular office hours are 8:00a.m. to 4:30p.m., Monday through Friday, Pacific time.