San Francisco Theological Seminary (SFTS)

The San Francisco Theological Seminary, University of Redlands Graduate School of Theology, reinvents education for ministry through rigorous scholarship, and a tradition of commitment to spirituality and social justice ministry in the Christian faith. 

Denominational Affiliation 
Presbyterian Church (USA)

Association of Theological Schools, WASC Senior College and University Commission
Degrees Offered Master of Divinity, Master of Arts in Theological Studies, Master of Arts (through the GTU), Doctor of Ministry 

Moved by God’s love in Jesus Christ, San Francisco Theological Seminary prepares persons for transformational ministries of justice, peace, and healing, which advance the Church’s hopeful, loving engagement with the world. As an ecumenical Christian graduate program, we offer a rigorous education, focused on critical theological reflection that equips graduates from all walks of life to meet the urgent needs of our times through both time-honored and innovative ministries.

Academic Programs and Degrees
SFTS offers graduate theological degrees, including the ordination pathway for Master of Divinity (MDiv), vocational advancement with the Doctor of Ministry (DMin) as well as pastoral pathways in Spiritual Direction (DASD) and Chaplaincy (CPE). We also offer a variety of certificate programs for personal and professional development: Certificate in Spiritual Direction and Formation (CSDF), Certificate in Spiritual Entrepreneurship (CSE), Certificate in Trauma and Spiritual Care (CTSC), and the Certificate in Theological Studies (CTS).

The Master of Divinity program serves those who want to become ordained ministers or to practice other professional ministries in the church. It combines a thorough grounding in academic disciplines—Bible, theology, history, homiletics, liturgics, counseling, and spirituality—with practical experience in ministry through a required internship.

Students who wish to pursue theological study, but who are not seeking ordination, may earn the Master of Arts in Theological Studies (MATS) in two years of course work covering a range of theological disciplines. Students already holding the MDiv may receive advanced standing in the MATS and focus this degree to further their academic preparation for ministry or for further advanced study. Core MDiv courses are taught in San Anselmo, but many elective and upper level courses are offered in Berkeley and at other GTU schools. 

The MDiv and MATS degrees are offered fully online as well as on campus. 

SFTS also offers a program in Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) that is fully accredited by the ACPE. It is one of the first CPE programs in the nation provided on a seminary campus, and the only with an endowed chair.

The Diploma in the Art of Spiritual Direction prepares persons for the ministry of spiritual direction through a combination of course work in San Anselmo and supervised practice as a spiritual director. This Diploma can be combined with the MDiv, MATS, and DMin. The Certificate in Spiritual Direction and Formation is a flexible program in general spiritual formation studies.

The Doctor of Ministry degree is for those engaged in the practice of ministry who seek specialized post-MDiv professional development concurrent with their employment. It includes opportunities for ministry- oriented spiritual formation, contextual theological reflection, and advanced skills development through peer group reflection, intensive academic course work, and independent research and creative activities which culminate in a dissertation/project intended to enable innovation in addressing an issue in contemporary ministry. 

The Certificate in Trauma & Spiritual Care provides working professionals in both clinical and pastoral settings with the skills needed to care for people during life’s most difficult situations. The program is offered in a combination of online offerings and on campus weekends and can be combined with the MDiv, MATS or DMin degree programs.

With its faculty of 12 full-time professors and 6 adjunct faculty, SFTS seeks to recruit potential and demonstrated leaders in their fields who share its commitment to inclusive and participative education.

For further information, please contact:

San Francisco Theological Seminary
University of Redlands Graduate School of Theology
105 Seminary Road
San Anselmo, CA 94960

Tel: (415) 451-2800

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