A unique partnership between the Graduate Theological Union and the University of California, Berkeley, creates unparalleled opportunities for students at both schools. The cooperative relationship means students in many UCB degree programs -- including both graduate students and upper-division undergraduates -- are eligible with their advisor's approval to cross-register for courses at the GTU, at no additional cost. The GTU library at 2400 Ridge Road and most of our classrooms are just a five-minute walk north of the Cal campus.
The GTU is the most comprehensive center for the graduate...
“I am enduringly grateful to CTNS and to the vision and initiative of its founder and director, Robert John Russell. I know of no other center in the world that is making such a significant contribution to the creative dialogue between science and religion.”
-- Ian G. Barbour
Schedules may be abbreviated or changed, especially during the January term and the summer. Please contact each school to confirm changes.
American Baptist Seminary of the WestClayborne M. Hill Chapel
2606 Dwight Way, Berkeley
Service of the Word
6 - 6:45 pm
Church Divinity School of the PacificAll Saints Chapel
2451 Ridge Road, Berkeley
7:30 am - 8:00 am
Monday, Tuesday, Friday...
The GTU’s curriculum highlights the ecumenical, interreligious, and interdisciplinary strengths of the GTU, and enhances opportunities for both specialization and cross-disciplinary study. Students entering the doctoral program or the MA program at the GTU can choose their fields of study from among more than thirty concentrations grouped into four interdisciplinary departments.
The first-of-its-kind Interreligious Chaplaincy Program (ICP) at the GTU offers students the opportunity to earn a Certificate in Interreligious Chaplaincy, as well as an MA in Islamic, Jewish or Hindu Studies.
The Richard S. Dinner Center for Jewish Studies at the GTU is pleased to offer a fellowship for students in the ICP who are affiliated with the Center for Jewish Studies. Apply for the ICP Jewish Studies Fellowship now.
Over time the Graduate Theological Union and UC Berkeley have confirmed their relationship by developing two programs for cross-registration that reflect the mutual respect which they have for each other and that create extensive opportunities for the exchange of ideas, enriching both the UCB students and the students in the GTU community.
The Cooperative Program is limited to GTU PhD students who have been approved by the Graduate Division at UCB for course work only.
The Casual Program is open to all degree students in the GTU community and to all students at UCB in the Graduate...
The Borsch-Rast Book Prize and Lectureship of the Graduate Theological Union has as its purpose the encouragement of the writing and publication of theological scholarship by GTU graduates and current faculty. The endowment for the Borsch-Rast Book Prize and Lectureship comes from the sale of Trinity Press International, a venture dedicated to the publication of scholarly and often interdisciplinary theological studies. The prize and lectureship honor the joint example and collaboration of Frederick Houk Borsch (1935-2017) and Harold W. Rast (1933-2004). Hal Rast, after years as a senior...
The GTU boasts one of the largest contingents of female theology students and alumnae in the country. Beginning on International Women's Day 2018 and continuing for more than six weeks, we featured a different quote from one of our alumnae each weekday on social media--and we've collected them all on this page. Thanks to all who took the time to share their stories!
The GTU is proud of the work of all its female scholars--past, present, and future--and we look forward to seeing how you will continue to shape our world and make it a better place!
The CJS @ 50 conference and celebration on May 3, 2018, was a huge success! We celebrated 50 years of Jewish studies at the GTU with an academic conference, a collaborative oral history of the CJS, and a special thanks to all those who supported CJS over the years. The GTU dedicated a special edition of its bi-annual magazine, Skylight, to CJS's anniversary.
The flagship degree that the GTU offers is the PhD. It is an advanced academic degree intended to prepare students for professional careers in teaching, writing, and scholarship, as well as for leadership opportunities with religious organizations, social service agencies, foundations, museums, libraries, publishing, and in educational institutions.
CJS Director Deena Aranoff gives a talk on "Household and Halakha: A Genealogy of Jewish Practice" on the role of the household in the development of rabbinic halakha at the University of Toronto's Anne Tanenbaum Centre for Jewish Studies.
Information on textbooks for classes offered by the GTU, its member schools, academic centers, and affiliates can be found on this page. The information is subject to changes. Please consult the instructor at the address listed below regarding any issues you may have regarding the textbooks.
Center for the Arts & Religion (CARe) Courses
RA 2520 - Exploring Spiritualities Through MovementInstructor: Michelle Summers (email@example.com)
Readings will be available in PDF form via Moodle.
RALS 1727 - Singing Through the Church Year (Joint Course with ABSW)
The Richard S. Dinner Center for Jewish Studies (CJS) at the Graduate Theological Union is a premier center for the advanced study of Jewish history, culture, theology, and religious life. CJS graduate programs combine rigorous text-study with distinctive interdisciplinary approaches. Our students gain essential training for academic careers, community leadership, as well as pastoral and educational roles in the Jewish world and beyond. Among the Center’s areas of academic focus are rabbinic literature and culture, Jewish mysticism and philosophy, modern Jewish thought, and Jewish-Christian...
On May 10, 2018, the Graduate Theological Union honored forty-three MA and PhD graduates at its 2018 Commencement Exercises held in the LeConte Sanctuary at Zaytuna College. Graduates are listed below by degree, along with each graduate's thesis/dissertation title, area of study or school of affiliation, committee members, and thesis/dissertation abstract; language specialization is noted for MABL graduates in lieu of thesis information.