Graduate School of Theology

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Bridging Theological, Cultural, and Political Divides

The Graduate School of Theology (GST) prepares students for deep theological engagement, transformational impact, and active leadership in public life. It is the result of a merger between San Francisco Theological Seminary (SFTS) and the University of Redlands, with a shared commitment to core values and academic excellence.

The GST includes San Francisco Theological Seminary, Shaw Chaplaincy Institute, and the Center for Innovation in Ministry. Together we are committed to social justice, spirituality, and innovation—nurturing more equitable and inclusive ministries to create inspired and united communities.


Presbyterian since our founding in 1871, SFTS continues to lead theological graduate studies as the only Presbyterian Church U.S.A. (PCUSA) seminary in the west. The ecumenical nature of the Presbyterian Church welcomes all Christian faiths for study, and our love of neighbor expands academic opportunities for interfaith and inter-religious world engagement.

As a community, we are united in the desire to create an inclusive atmosphere where diversity flourishes in all its forms. We are called to live within God’s creation by pursuing justice, knowledge, dignity, and well-being for all people. Learn More

Why San Francisco Theological Seminary?

Meet the SFTS Faculty! Hear their perspectives about our values, what distinguishes our academic approach, and what they love about the experience here.


Doctoral and master's programs

Doctoral and master's degree programs provide students with the opportunity to hone professional skills and experience individual growth. Prepare to enter the field of ministry or expand your theological world view by earning a graduate degree.


Certificates and Diplomas

The San Francisco Theological Seminary, Applied Wisdom Institute, and Shaw Chaplaincy Institute for Spiritual Care + Compassionate Leadership offer an array of additional educational opportunities. Explore certificates and diplomas in spiritual direction and formation, clinical pastoral education, and more. 

Be a positive force of change in the world

Explore the Graduate Theological Union— the most comprehensive center for the graduate study of religion in North America.

Study with 200+ Faculty Working and Teaching at the GTU


Latest News

“Teaching is not just unloading ideas that you have organized in a lecture—it’s engaging different people in different ways,” reflects Antoinette “Anne” Clark Wire, a longtime member of the core doctoral faculty at the Graduate Theological Union, pictured here with her husband, Hugh Wire ’87 (D.Min.).
‘Witness to women’

A couple reflects on the power of professors and philanthropy at San Francisco Theological Seminary.

The Graduate School of Theology holds a Commencement ceremony blending in person and virtual elements. (Photo by Cali Godley)
GST celebrates Commencement in the sunshine

San Francisco Theological Seminary at the U of R Graduate School of Theology realized its plan to hold a Commencement with both in-person and virtual elements.

U of R alumna Marian Stannard Heidel ’58 and SFTS alumnus John Heidel ’78 are hopeful about results of the merger between the two institutions.
A U of R–SFTS love story

Marian Stannard Heidel ’58, whose parents taught her U of R’s “Och Tamale” chant as a child, and John Heidel ’78, who earned a Doctor of Science in Theology from San Francisco Theological Seminary, are passionate about both institutions.

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