The Graduate Theological Union is an ecumenical and interreligous 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 or 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 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 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.