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Other Study Options
Prospective students who are not certain which degree program best suits their interests, or individuals who may have missed an application deadline and want to begin course work, may apply to one of the member schools or to the GTU for special student status.
Individual member schools also offer Certificate programs designed for students who want to explore theological study for a year before embarking upon a degree program. For some this is for a discernment opportunity, for others a way to enhance learning.
Take a Class at the GTU as a Special Student
If you have a bachelor’s degree you may apply to take a course through one of the member schools. Review the Schedule of Courses and contact the school of the faculty member offering the course to apply, generally at least two weeks before classes begin in a term. If the instructor is from the GTU or a Center, apply to the GTU and submit an official transcript to the GTU Admissions Office, 2400 Ridge Road, Berkeley, CA 94709.
If you have an M.Div. or an M.A. in theology and intend to apply to the doctoral program, you may apply to the GTU as a special student. Cost per course can be found on the tuition and fees page.
Certificate in Islamic Studies
The Center for Islamic Studies and the GTU offer a six course certificate program for individuals who want to have some systematic graduate training in Islamic Studies but are not prepared to undertake the M.A. or Ph.D. The program is also designed for current GTU students who wish to demonstrate a basic command of Islamic Studies; interested students should register their intention with the Office Manager of the Center for Islamic Studies as early as possible in their course of their studies. Applicants not already enrolled in a GTU program may apply by submitting the Certificate Application form, a statement of purpose, and official transcripts showing completion of a bachelor’s degree. Letters of recommendation may be requested. Current tuition is listed on the tuition and fees page.
Certificate in Jewish Studies
The Center for Jewish Studies and the GTU offer a six course certificate program for individuals who want to have some systematic graduate training in Jewish Studies but are not prepared to undertake the M.A. or Ph.D. The program is also designed for current GTU students who wish to demonstrate a basic command of Jewish Studies; interested students should register their intention with the Office Manager of the Center for Jewish Studies as early as possible in their course of their studies. Applicants not already enrolled in a GTU program may apply by submitting a Certificate Application, statement of purpose, and official transcripts showing completion of a bachelor’s degree. Letters of recommendation may be requested. Current tuition is listed on the tuition and fees page.
Certificate in Orthodox Christian Studies
This program is designed to enhance the academic offerings available to students throughout the GTU as well as clerical and lay students from the community by providing a rigorous and interdisciplinary program in the study of Orthodox Christianity. Students complete the equivalent of two semesters of full time study (6 three unit classes, or 24 units of study) at the PAOI to earn the Certificate. The introductory courses, Orthodox Christian History and Theology, and Orthodox Christian Spirituality provide a basic grounding in approaches to the study of Orthodox Christianity. Areas of emphasis include religious education, liturgical studies, liturgical music, pastoral studies, missions and evangelism, and youth ministry.
Additional Certificate Options available to students in GTU degree programs:
This program is an interdisciplinary, multi-faith, and cross-cultural program that takes advantage of the academic offerings of the GTU. The overarching aim of the Certificate is to facilitate a richer, more differentiated understanding of the faith traditions of Asia and Oceana. Students are required to take an introductory course providing the basic grounding in the student of Asian and Oceanic cultures and faith traditions, as well as three additional courses at the GTU or UC Berkeley on Asian and/or Oceanic cultures and faith traditions.
To register, students submit an Intent to Enroll form.
This program has a particular methodological orientation that reflects the global, ecumenical, and interreligious perspective of the GTU. The Black Church is but one expression of the broader phenomenon of African American Religion. Spatially, the phenomenon of African American Religion encompasses West Africa, the Caribbean, and Latin America and North America. Requirements include the Black Church/Africana Religious Studies seminar for a basic grounding of approaches, and then three additional 3-unit approved courses at the GTU or the UC Berkeley African American Studies Department, and participation in one colloquium series.
To register, submit an Intent to Enroll form.
This program is for enrolled GTU students who wish to concentrate on women’s studies in theology and Religion, and draws upon the innovative work of women faculty and students at both the GTU and UC Berkeley. Completion of the certificate requires the Women’s Studies in Religion seminar offered every year, completing three additional courses (at least two with a religious or theological component) at the GTU or UC Berkeley, and participate in three colloquia of Women’s Studies in Religion series.
To register, submit an Intent to Enroll form.
The Pacific School of Religion coordinates a Summer Session of one week courses from June through August. Any adult can register for courses. Typically the student body consists of clergy, members of religious orders, active lay persons, seminary students (both from GTU schools and other seminaries), graduate and undergraduate students at other institutions, persons considering attending seminary, artists, teachers and professionals from all walks of life and many others. There is no requirement for formal admission.