About SFTS

San Francisco Theological Seminary, Flagship of the Graduate School of Theology

Bridging Theological, Cultural, and Political Divides

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

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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.

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Program offerings


Graduate and doctoral studies

Our seminary courses and degrees are grounded in a faith-affirming, world-engaging, and multidisciplinary approach. Whether you want to become an ordained minister via a Master of Divinity (M.Div.), further your professional studies with a Master of Arts in Theological Studies, (M.A.T.S.), or pursue a Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.), you can choose from a variety of theological studies that best reflect where you are on your personal faith journey and profession.


Certificate Programs

We offers dynamic and impactful continuing education opportunities for students and working professionals. Our Certificate and diploma courses are designed to offer focused, short-term study or an opportunity to deepen personal spirituality or the spirituality of others.

“I enrolled at SFTS to explore what it looks like to create new, experimental, inclusive, open-minded communities of faith in our fast-changing world…and participate in the incredibly unique, groundbreaking, spiritual, and activist communities that this one-of-a-kind city offers.”
—Sam L., M.Div. Student

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