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, share inspiration, 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 deans and staff are your resources throughout your program, often behind the scenes in concert with your faculty. We will assist you with building academic and professional skills as you accomplish required degree program milestones, with information about services and resources, as well as ideas for well-being and life balance issues, and more – from your first days to the completion of your degree.
The library is open by appointment and you can now browse the stacks. Please do not come to the building without an appointment! Links are below this box for curbside pick-up and in-library appointments.
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The book drops (in Berkeley and San Anselmo) are available for returns 24/7, and items will stay on your account while they are quarantined.
Whatever path they follow — into scholarship or teaching, into ministry, into service or the nonprofit sector — GTU graduates carry skills and perspectives that are much needed in a complex global society.
Our alumni know how to present complex ideas clearly and find common ground, and they carry these abilities into their communities and their professions.
Life at the GTU involves a diverse array of options for engagement, participation, exploration, reflection, and even adventure. Our home in Berkeley, and the San Francisco Bay Area, is the center of one of the world's most diverse and innovative, active, learning communities. Join in this vibrant and dynamic life experience.
The GTU provides students with the opportunity for intensive academic study of many religious traditions including forms of Buddhism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Jainism, and Judaism, as well as interdisciplinary topics such as art and religion or theology and science.
Your gift - no matter what size – supports innovative research and teaching, and helps equip tomorrow’s leaders for a world of diverse religions and cultures.
An institution of higher learning unlike any other, the Graduate Theological Union brings together scholars of the world’s diverse religions and wisdom traditions to advance new knowledge, seek fresh insight, and collaborate on solutions.
At the GTU, the proximity of our member schools, multi-faith centers, and interdisciplinary programs creates a dynamic intellectual community. The GTU offers two degree programs, the Master of Arts (MA) and the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), as well as several certificate programs. Our member schools offer many other programs of study. GTU students are eligible to take classes across the GTU consortium, as well as at the University of California, Berkeley, just across the street.
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In 2014, the Institute for Aesthetic Development (IAD) and F. Lanier Graham donated an extensive teaching collection of sacred objects to the Graduate Theological Union. This virtual exhibition features forty of the over 500 spiritual and ritual objects from the collection.