24 months
800 USD/credit 30400 USD/year
800 USD/credit 30400 USD/year
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The Graduate Theological Union (GTU) Common Master of Arts degree program  at Church Divinity School of the Pacific provides a basic understanding of theological or religious studies as preparation for doctoral study or as an academic foundation for secondary school teaching, education or social justice ministries, or religious leadership in the non-profit sector.


Students who complete the Arts program will be able to:

  • Demonstrate focused knowledge in the field of study represented by a chosen concentration,
  • Demonstrate general knowledge of several different approaches to theological and religious studies,
  • Engage in respectful dialogue with practitioners of another religious tradition,
  • Produce research projects, each with a clearly formulated thesis statement that is supported by appropriate evidence from primary and secondary sources communicated in an effective scholarly presentation.

The M.A. program is offered by the Church Divinity School of the Pacific  in cooperation with member schools including CDSP. Students may choose their fields of study from among more than thirty concentrations. Each MA student affiliates with a GTU member school or academic center during their program. 

Students may affiliate with CDSP in the following areas of concentration: Hebrew Bible/ Old Testament, Comparative Religion, History of Christianity, New Religious Movements, Sociology of Religion, Christian Theology, Comparative Theology, Ethics, Liturgical Studies, Missiology, Practical Theology, Religious Education, or Biblical Languages.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Research Methods
  • Interreligious Studies
  • Sacred Texts & Their Interpretation
  • Historical & Cultural Studies of Religion
  • Theology & Ethics
  • Religion & Practice

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT


76 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Online application
  • Three reference letters
  • Transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
  • On-campus interview with a faculty member & Dean of Students (Skype interview for low-res & online students, Dean of Students interview optional)
  • Submit a FAFSA indicating CDSP as their school of choice (optional). Find out more about applying for financial aid.
  • Submit a CDSP institutional financial aid application (optional). Find out more about applying for financial aid.
  • Submit an on-campus housing application (optional)
  • Tuition Fee

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    • International

      30400 USD/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the tuition of 800 USD per credit during 24 months.
    • National

      30400 USD/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the tuition of 800 USD per credit during 24 months.

    Living costs for Berkeley

    1750 - 2820 USD /month
    Living costs

    The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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