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Apply by December 15 to the GTU's Innovative Doctoral Program

Students seeking to begin doctoral studies at the GTU in the Fall 2017 semester have until Thursday, December 15, 2016, to apply. The GTU’s new doctoral curriculum, launched in the Fall 2016 semester, offers an innovative approach to doctoral education with extraordinary opportunities for interdisciplinary scholarship and interreligious conversation.

GTU Adopts New Doctoral Program Curriculum

The Graduate Theological Union has adopted a new doctoral curriculum beginning in fall 2016 that builds on the strengths of the existing program while enhancing opportunities for interdisciplinary scholarship and interreligious conversation among students and faculty.

Policies for Withdrawal/Termination from Doctoral and MA Programs

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Withdrawal from the GTU Doctoral Program

There are two ways in which a student can be withdrawn  from the doctoral program: 1) a student-initiated withdrawal and 2) an administrative withdrawal. Withdrawal severs the relationship between the student and the GTU. It is intended to be an irreversible decision.

If a student withdraws,

From the President


from Currents Fall 2015

We are entering that time when planning and theories are transposing into concrete realities. 

Departments and Concentrations

The GTU’s curriculum highlights the ecumenical, interreligious, and interdisciplinary strengths of the GTU, and enhances opportunities for both specialization and cross-disciplinary study. Beginning in fall 2016, students entering the doctoral program (PhD or ThD) or the MA program at the GTU can choose their fields of study from among more than thirty concentrations grouped into four interdisciplinary departments.

Sacred Texts and Their Interpretation

About this Department

This department provides a strong foundation for research and teaching in the fields of Hebrew/Old Testament, New Testament, Hindu Sacred Texts, Islamic Sacred Texts, and Rabbinic Literature. Beginning with the acquisition of appropriate language skills, a student’s study of primary texts includes a variety of methods, including transdisciplinary, and contextual approaches. Students may focus their work on a single religious tradition or engage in a comparative study of texts and their interpretations.

Student Event: Student Advisory Committee Student Forum

Tuesday, April 14, 2015 - 12:30am

Please join the Student Advisory Committee, Dean Arthur Holder, and Dean Kathleen Kook for a conversation about the GTU Ph.D. program.
Please refer to the recent report emailed from Dean of Students, Kathleen Kook.
Lunch and refreshments will be provided!
Location: GTU Student Lounge, 2465 LeConte Avenue, Berkeley CA
Time: 12:30pm-2:00pm
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