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

Lynne Vandercook ’94 (M.Div.), pictured with her nephew Brad Davis, is wearing a robe gifted to her by Jana Childers.
‘Threads that bind humankind in wonderful ways’

Robe donations from SFTS alumni create ripple effect.

Christopher Ocker stands in front of a stone wall.
Looking to the past to navigate the future

Assistant Provost and Graduate School of Theology Interim Dean Christopher Ocker draws on three decades of experience and his training as a historian to drive innovative theological education.

A group of people stand in a sanctuary and look at hymnals.
150th SFTS convocation ceremony emphasizes courage and community

On September 9, students, faculty, and staff gathered for the Fall Convocation of the San Francisco Theological Seminary, celebrating the start of a new school year.

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