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

San Francisco Theological Seminary, Shaw Chaplaincy Institute, and our Program in Christian Spirituality offer an array of additional educational opportunities  with certificates and diplomas in theological studies, 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


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Contemporary voices celebrate 150 years

Alumni, students, faculty, staff, and friends gather at the Marin campus for San Francisco Theological Seminary’s 150th anniversary.

Rev. Cynthia Cochran-Carney
Four churches set the foundation for SFTS 150 years ago

Rev. Cynthia Cochran-Carney ’88 (M.Div.) is pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of San Rafael, California. The congregation is among four churches closely related to the early history of the San Francisco Theological Seminary. Today, all four congregations are led by female pastors and deeply rooted in their communities.

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Forming, reforming, and transforming lives through spirit and service

A look back on San Francisco Theological Seminary's 150-year history.

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