Graduate Theological Union



Thank you for your interest in study at the Graduate Theological Union (GTU).

We are here to engage your questions and look with you at pursuing your goals. We hope this web site allows you to fully explore the opportunities available to you here, and we invite your emails or calls with questions or for further conversation.

Program specific information on MA and Doctoral programs is available through the Navigate column of the left side of this page.

Feel free to contact us by email, or phone, 510-649-2460.

News for Prospective MA Students . . .

Please join us for our prospective student event on Saturday, April 14, 2012, from 9:30am - 1 pm.   rsvp



We now have a concentration in Interreligious Studies available for MA Applicants, beginning fall 2012.


News for Prospective PhD and ThD Students . .

Our faculty and alums continue to publish and accomplish.  Check out some of the recent works!

                         GTU Students


A Message from the Academic Dean

There is no place to study quite like the Graduate Theological Union.  Located in Berkeley, California, where the diversity of cultures and faith traditions reflects our own, we are a graduate school offering academic programs in a wide range of fields in theology and religious studies. Founded in 1962 by ecumenical pioneers, the GTU continues to flourish as a haven for interdisciplinary religious thought, study, and practice.  We build bridges among Christian denominations and other faith traditions – and serve as the place where religion meets the world.  

Study at the GTU is intellectually challenging and rich in resources. We are blessed with one of the finest theological libraries in the world, distinguished scholars providing unparalleled depth of faculty and course selection, and a close collaborative relationship with our neighboring institution, the University of California, Berkeley. Together, our union forms a diverse, engaged community of critical and creative scholarship.    

Whether your vocational path leads to ministry or to scholarship – or to both - you will find this an incredibly exciting place to study. If you have any questions about our degree programs, I urge you to contact our Associate Dean for Admissions, Kathleen Kook.


Arthur Holder
Dean and Vice President for Academic Affairs
Dean Holder’s Biography


Note: The GTU is an active member of the Hispanic Theological Initiative Consortium (HTIC) -- 18 Ph.D. granting institutions seeking to support and advance the work of Latina/o scholars in order to address the need for more representation of Latina and Latino students and faculty in higher theological and religious studies education.  GTU supports the mentoring and networking costs for HTIC scholars.  Additionally, GTU recognizes that pooling resources and building communities are essential elements for securing a stronger and more diverse scholarly theological body.  Many of our graduates have received important mentorship and support through participation with the HTIC.

Our graduates have also received support from the Fund for Theological Education, an organization that provides support to traditionally underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, as well as to African American students undertaking doctoral programs.


To Contact Us

  • E-mail for more information to arrange a visit

  • Mail

    GTU Admissions
    2400 Ridge Road
    Berkeley, CA 94709

  • Telephone

    510/649-2460 or 800/826-4488

    9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Pacific Time


  • Fax