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Graduate Theological Union
Graduate Theological Union 2400 Ridge Rd Berkeley, CA 94709 Phone: (510) 649-2400
  • General Information
    About Graduate Theological Union

    The Graduate Theological Union is an ecumenical and interreligious crossroads, building bridges among Christian denominations and other faith traditions, and dedicated to educating students for teaching, research, ministry, and service. We seek to achieve our mission in two ways: as a graduate school offering academic programs in a wide range of fields in theology and religious studies, and as the largest partnership of seminaries and graduate schools in the United States. The GTU flourishes as a haven for interdisciplinary religious thought, study, and practice, making a tangible difference for the greatest good – and serving as the place where religion meets the world. Located in Berkeley, California, where the diversity of cultures and faith traditions reflects our own, study at the GTU is intellectually challenging and rich in resources. Our union is a pioneering educational environment: a graduate school that is a consortium of nine theological seminaries and eleven centers and affiliates. We are blessed with one of the finest theological libraries in the world, an uncommonly large faculty of distinguished scholars, and a close collaborative relationship with our neighboring institution, the University of California, Berkeley. The proximity of our member schools, multifaith centers, and interdisciplinary programs creates a dynamic intellectual community that draws scholars from around the world. As a union, we have the largest theological faculty in the United States, including renowned experts in Christian spirituality and homiletics as well as critical and creative scholars in 14 other areas – from Biblical Studies to ethics and social theory. Religious traditions represented here now include Protestant, Catholic, Unitarian Universalist, Greek Orthodox, Jewish, Muslim, and Buddhist—all of us working together for a common mission while maintaining the distinctiveness of our particular communities of faith. Our curriculum has grown beyond the traditional strengths in Bible, history, theology, and ethics to include the arts, cultural and historical studies, spirituality, and interdisciplinary studies. Students can pursue the Ph.D., Th.D., and M.A., plus two joint Ph.D. programs with the University of California, Berkeley. Our graduates are both rigorous thinkers and passionate doers. Since its founding in 1962, the GTU has produced thousands of alumni who teach at eminent universities and seminaries, minister to a broad range of congregations, and work in a variety of arenas – cultural, economic, religious, and political – to achieve the greatest good. They lead institutions and work for peace and justice worldwide.


    Institutional statistical data was gathered from the U.S. Department of Education - Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Statistics, 2009-2010.

    Institution Type
    • 4-year, Private not-for-profit
    Special Learning Opportunities
    • None
    Student Services
    • None
    Religious Affiliation
    • Not applicable
    Federal Aid
    • Eligible students may receive Pell Grants and other federal aid (e.g. Direct Loans).
    • </div><div style="font-weight:bold;padding-top:6px">Special Learning Opportunities</div>None
    Degrees/Certificates offered
    • Master's degree
    Campus Setting
    • City: Midsize
    Disability Services Student
    • 3% or Less
  • Admission
    Total Applicants
  • Student Demographics
    Total Enrolled 269
    Native American 2.0
    Asian 20.0
    African American 11.0
    Hispanic 8.0
    Enrolled FullTime Undergraduates
    Enrolled FullTime Graduates 227

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