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.

Celebrating 150 Years!

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

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

108 Faculty Working and Teaching at the GTU


Latest News

The Gates sisters, Laura '21 on the left, and Janice '21 on the right, are earning their Master of Science in Organizational Leadership degrees together at U of R’s Marin County campus, and they both draw inspiration from the women in their family.
Sisters and classmates in Marin

The Gates sisters are earning their Master of Science in Organizational Leadership degrees together at U of R’s Marin County campus, and they both draw inspiration from the women in their family.

“[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.

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