Key to Course Numbers

GTU courses are grouped by fields of study, and are identified by a combination of letters and numbers. The letters refer to the field or field’s subdivision, as identified below. The course number refers to the course level. 

Fields of Study

  • Art and Religion (RA)
  • Biblical Studies & Biblical Languages (BS)
  • Christian Spirituality (SP)
  • Cultural & Historical Studies of Religions (HR)
  • Ethics and Social Theory (CE) (includes Christian Ethics and Religion and Society [RS])
  • Field Education (FE)
  • Functional Theology (FT)
  • History (HS)
  • Homiletics (HM)
  • Interdisciplinary Studies (IDS)
  • Interreligious Studies (IR)
  • Liturgical Studies (LS)
  • New Testament Studies (NT)
  • Old Testament Studies (OT)
  • Philosophy & Philosophy of Religion (PH)
  • Practical Theology (PR)
  • Philosophical Theology (PT)
  • Religion and Psychology (PS)
  • Religion and Society (RS)
  • Sacred Texts (SA)
  • Spiritual Care (SC)
  • Systematic Theology (ST)
  • Theology & Education (ED)
  • Special Courses (see Additional Course Codes section below)


Course Levels

  • 1000-1999 - Introductory courses which serve as a basic introduction to work in an area and have no prerequisites.
  • 8000-8199 - ONLINE Introductory courses which have no prerequisites.
  • 2000-3999 - Intermediate courses; primarily for Master’s level students.
  • 8200-8399 - ONLINE Intermediate courses; primarily for Master's level students.
  • 4000-4999 - Advanced courses for advanced Master’s level and Doctoral level students.
  • 8400-8499 - ONLINE Advanced courses for Master's level and Doctoral level students.
  • 5000-5999 - Doctoral courses which may be open to advanced Master’s level students with Faculty permission.
  • 6000-6999 - Doctoral courses which are only open to Ph.D./Th.D. students 


Additional Course Codes

Other codes are used for Special Reading Courses, administrative HELP messages from the Consortial Registrar’s Office, and various non-course designations related to a particular degree program (DR6001 – Preparation for Comprehensive Exams, for example). For details of the degree-program related courses, please check the requirements of your specific program. All these other codes do appear in the Course Schedule, along with their descriptions under “special courses.”

  • DM – Doctor of Ministry
  • DR – Doctor of Philosophy and Doctor of Theology
  • HYB - Course taken in Concurrent Hybrid format
  • MA – Master of Arts
  • MDV – Master of Divinity
  • MTS – Master's of Theological Studies
  • NOV – Novitiate (DSPT only)
  • STD – Doctor of Sacred Theology (JST only)
  • STL - Licentiate in Sacred Theology (JST only)
  • SRC – Special Reading Course
  • UCB - Used for courses taken at UC Berkeley, Dominican University of California, or Mills College