DSPT and the GTU


The Graduate Theological Union (GTU) is a world renowned, ecumenical consortium of nine schools.

GTU SealFrom Greek Orthodox to Jewish, Catholic, Islamic and Buddhist studies; the Union brings together religious scholars from all over the world. The variety of these faith traditions provides a perfect climate for social and intellectual interchange on all levels.

The Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology (DSPT) students have access to faculty and classes in all of the nine GTU member schools. The GTU is known for its high level of academic excellence and for being the largest partnership of seminaries and graduate schools in the United States.

GTU Member Schools

GTU Academic Centers and Affiliates:

Eleven academic centers, programs, and affiliates allow the GTU to be a pioneering place for interdisciplinary religious thought, study, and practice, adding to its unparalleled depth of faculty and course selection.

The Asia Project seeks to transform theological education by addressing Asian theologies and contexts. It furthers GTU’s mission to educate students for teaching, research, ministry, and service – preparing future global leaders with knowledge of Asian theologies.

*The Center for the Arts, Religion, and Education (CARE) focuses on the link between art and theological studies. Providing a fresh lens with which to see the world, the GTU affiliate offers dozens of courses for students from all member schools as well as art galleries and a media center.

The Center for Islamic Studies (CIS) provides graduate courses in Islamic history, theology, philosophy, culture, arts, and religious practice. Founded in 2007, CIS serves to foster dialogue and interaction among Jewish, Christian, and Muslim scholars and provides resources to local Muslim communities.

The Richard S. Dinner Center for Jewish Studies (CJS) offers graduate programs for Jewish students planning careers in Jewish studies or Jewish education and provides for mutual exploration and exchange between Jewish and Christian scholars.

*The Center for the Study of Religion and Culture (CSRC), founded in 1969, serves as a collaborative base of critical and creative scholarship for faculty from the both the GTU and the University of California, Berkeley, a world-class institution of higher learning just a block away. For additional information, contact Christopher Ocker.

*The Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences (CTNS), a GTU affiliate, is a global leader in facilitating and promoting the crucial dialogue between religion and science. Incorporated as a not-for-profit organization in 1982, CTNS finds the GTU’s diverse, engaged community to be the perfect setting to bridge divides.

*The Institute of Buddhist Studies (IBS) has been affiliated with the GTU since 1985. Also associated with the Buddhist Churches of America, the seminary and graduate school practices interreligious collaboration through its Master of Arts degree and lectures and programs open to all.

*New College Berkeley (NCB) provides resources for Christians to connect their faith with daily life. In 1992, NCB added its unique voice to the GTU as the only U.S. evangelical school in the United States connected to both a theological consortium and a major public university.

*The Patriarch Athenagoras Orthodox Institute (PAOI) sponsors the Master of Arts with a specialization in Orthodox Christian Studies at the GTU. The Institute regularly offers lectures and other educational programs throughout the year. It is a "patriarchal institute" under the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople.

*The School of Applied Theology (SAT) became an affiliated GTU institution in 1968. SAT designs individual sabbatical programs that integrate theology, ministry, spirituality, and psychology. Since 1960, SAT has been making tangible difference in the personal and professional lives of midlife lay and ordained ministers and religious.

Women's Studies in Religion Program (WSR) is an initiative aimed at sustaining, promoting, and advancing the study of women in theology and religion in full recognition of race, sexual and gender orientation, ethnicity, class, culture, nationality and religious orientation. WSR offers a Women's Studies in Religion Certificate for graduate students at GTU and its member schools.

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