Whether pursuing ministry, academia, or professional areas, here you will find an extraordinary group of people compelled to deepen their knowledge of God, for a variety of fascinating reasons. We are the Dominican house of studies on the West Coast and are a pioneering institution seeking to deepen the relevance of theology by drawing on the Thomistic tradition. At DSPT, lay women and men study for the MA Theology alongside Dominican Friars, Capuchins, Benedictines, Jesuits, as well as seminarians from the Eastern Orthodox Church and Assyrian Church of the East. Students also benefit from the wide range of theological faculties and resources available throughout the Graduate Theological Union, which span the full range of Christian denominations, as well as Jewish, Islamic, Orthodox, and Buddhist traditions.
Our theology programs aim to educate leaders who, by drawing upon tradition in light of contemporary culture, can identify and address the present needs of the Church. Rooted in our integrated approach, they begin with an introduction to philosophical issues and methods, in order to equip students with a knowledge of their discipline’s history and to render them conversant with a wide audience. Confident in the ultimate unity of faith and reason, students are introduced to a theology program that is both historic and systematic, ensuring that they understand the debates and struggles that have delivered theology to us in its contemporary form, and are deeply rooted in the truths of Christian doctrine. Special attention is given to the thought of Thomas Aquinas and the unique contributions Thomistic thought has made to theological discourse.
Students and faculty explore a wide variety of topics and seminars, including:
DSPT is unique in its approach to theology. Drawing upon our deep Thomistic heritage, we work from the conviction that philosophy and theology are two facets of a single conversation, taking into account both the insights that are discovered by human reason and those that are only accessible to us as they are revealed in Scripture and tradition. Very often, contemporary religious and social thought smuggles in assumptions, commitments, and beliefs that are unexamined, but still derived from philosophy. In order to address the questions and challenges of our culture with the gift of revelation, philosophy is a necessary tool for explaining and making coherent the intelligibility of the gospel. Our graduates are provided with a philosophical approach to theology, allowing them to be flexible and articulate in their use of theology.
GTU Common MA Theology - in this program the student may specify DSPT as the school of affiliation. The program is interdisciplinary in nature taking advantage of the broader resources of the GTU.
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Religion and the Arts
Systematic and Philosophical Theology
Moral Theology and Christian Ethics
Cultural and Historical Studies of Religion