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GST Coronavirus Resources

The Graduate School of Theology is closely monitoring the situation, coordinating with the University of Redlands main campus and the Graduate Theological Union to track up-to-date information and recommendations as they are released. Read more


Bridging theological, cultural, and political divides

The Graduate School of Theology (GST) prepares students for deep theological engagement, transformational impact, and active leadership in communities and public life.

Created in 2019, the GST is the result of a merger between San Francisco Theological Seminary (SFTS) and the University of Redlands. Building on these institutions' combined 250+ years of history, the GST is committed to educating students, advancing scholarship, and celebrating service.

Presbyterian since our founding in 1871, SFTS continues to lead theological graduate programs in the Presbyterian Church U.S.A. (PCUSA). 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.

Founding Member of the Graduate Theological Union—
The Largest Theological Faculty in the U.S.

We are a  founding member of the Graduate Theological Union (GTU), the largest multifaith and interdisciplinary educational consortium in the United States. With 108 theological faculty members across 21 scholarly institutions, the GTU flourishes as a haven for interdisciplinary religious thought, study, and practice around the world. Students have access to classes and resources from institutions ranging from the Institute for Buddhist Studies to the University of California, Berkeley.

Imago D.E.I. —The Image of God Expressed Through Diversity, Equity, Inclusion

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 inside God’s beautiful family, and that means pursuing justice, knowledge, dignity, and well-being for all people. From our students to our staff to our faculty to our trustees and beyond, we want to foster a just community that embraces differences—both here on campus and in the world.


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 understanding 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

Graduate Theological Union— The Largest Theological Faculty in the U.S.

108 Faculty Working and Teaching at the GTU


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“[The pandemic] is an opportunity to focus on areas of enduring value, to recommit ourselves to very human needs and practices, to recommit to each other,” says Visiting Professor of Old Testament Rev. Jon L. Berquist. (Photo by Larry Pickard)
Expert in Old Testament speaks to drawing on the past to live into the future

Rev. Jon L. Berquist, a visiting professor of Old Testament at San Francisco Theological Seminary, addresses worship and pastoral care in a time of pandemic, how faith communities can look to the past to handle the future, and the ways churches can strive to meet the needs of the communities within which they exist.

“My students, especially in my ritual studies course, came up with some very innovative ways to acknowledge rites of passage,” says Visiting Professor of Liturgical Studies Marcia McFee, shown here at the 2020 virtual commencement of the U of R Graduate School of Theology. (Photo by Effie Lyskawa)
Liturgical studies expert speaks to making meaning in chaotic times

Marcia McFee, a visiting professor of liturgical studies and the Ford Chair for Congregational Studies at San Francisco Theological Seminary (SFTS), addresses the importance of ritualizing and making meaning in a time of pandemic and social upheaval, drawing on the past as we innovate into the future.

“Imagine a kind of ‘cloud of witnesses’ among this amazing line-up of faculty with whom SFTS students connect,” says Marcia McFee (top right).
Thinking the faith, changing the world: Faculty discuss ethos of SFTS

Alumni and friends had a chance to participate in a faculty-hosted virtual mini-retreat to discuss the stated values and identity of the seminary.