Graduate Theological Union

Centers of Distinction

Twelve academic centers, programs, and affiliates allow the Graduate Theological Union to be a pioneering place for interdisciplinary religious thought, study, and practice, adding to its unparalleled depth of faculty and course selection.

The Asia Project seeks to transform theological education by addressing Asian theologies and contexts. It furthers GTU’s mission to educate students for teaching, research, ministry, and service – preparing future global leaders with knowledge of Asian theologies.

The Black Church/Africana Religious Studies Program (BC/ARS) is an initiative to investigate African American religion within the framework of the African Diaspora. This program is especially attuned to the need for Womanist studies. A certificate is available for graduate students at GTU and its member schools.

*The Center for the Arts, Religion, and Education (CARE) promotes scholarship, reflection, and practice in the arts and religion, serving the Graduate Theological Union and benefiting the broader community. 

The Center for Islamic Studies (CIS) provides graduate courses in Islamic history, theology, philosophy, culture, arts, and religious practice. Founded in 2007, CIS serves to foster dialogue and interaction among Jewish, Christian, and Muslim scholars and provides resources to local Muslim communities.

The Richard S. Dinner Center for Jewish Studies (CJS) offers graduate programs for Jewish students planning careers in Jewish studies or Jewish education and provides for mutual exploration and exchange between Jewish and Christian scholars.

*The Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences (CTNS), a GTU affiliate, is a global leader in facilitating and promoting the crucial dialogue between religion and science. Incorporated as a not-for-profit organization in 1982, CTNS finds the GTU’s diverse, engaged community to be the perfect setting to bridge divides.

The Hindu Studies Initiative (HSI) is a leading-edge program for the multidimensional study of Hindu history, spirituality and culture. Through this Initiative, the GTU offers a Certificate and a Master of Arts area of concentration in Hindu Studies with a primary focus on the study of Hindu thought and practice in its theological, ethical, and cultural contexts

*The Institute of Buddhist Studies (IBS) has been affiliated with the GTU since 1985. Also associated with the Buddhist Churches of America, the seminary and graduate school practices interreligious collaboration through its Master of Arts degree and lectures and programs open to all.

*New College Berkeley (NCB) provides resources for Christians to connect their faith with daily life. In 1992, NCB added its unique voice to the GTU as the only U.S. evangelical school in the United States connected to both a theological consortium and a major public university.

*The Patriarch Athenagoras Orthodox Institute (PAOI) sponsors the Master of Arts with a specialization in Orthodox Christian Studies at the GTU. The Institute regularly offers lectures and other educational programs throughout the year. It is a "patriarchal institute" under the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople.

*The School of Applied Theology (SAT) became an affiliated GTU institution in 1968. SAT designs individual sabbatical programs that integrate theology, ministry, spirituality, and psychology. Since 1960, SAT has been making tangible difference in the personal and professional lives of midlife lay and ordained ministers and religious.

Women's Studies in Religion Program (WSR) is an initiative aimed at sustaining, promoting, and advancing the study of women in theology and religion in full recognition of race, sexual and gender orientation, ethnicity, class, culture, nationality and religious orientation. WSR offers a Women's Studies in Religion Certificate for graduate students at GTU and its member schools.

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