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Religious Studies and Theology 

Graduate Theological Union

M.A. On Campus
24 months
800 USD/credit
800 USD/credit
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The Graduate Theological Union Common Master of Arts in Religious Studies and Theology is an exciting opportunity for you to explore theology and religion in response to the challenges posed by contemporary cultures.

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Students entering the Religious Studies and Theology program at the Graduate Theological Union  can choose their fields of study from among more than thirty concentrations grouped into four interdisciplinary departments: Sacred Texts and Their Interpretation, Historical and Cultural Studies of Religion, Theology and Ethics, and Religion and Practice. Each MA student affiliates with a GTU member school or academic center during their program.

Key facts:

 Recognizing the GTU as a haven for interreligous dialogue and scholarship, we are pursuing a new MA concentration in Interreligious Studies and Spirituality. This will offer MA students an opportunity to customize a degree path in conjunction with their advisor that will draw on the resources offered across the academic centers and member schools of the GTU. 

The program provides ecumenical and interreligious learning opportunities, and students have access to courses offered throughout the consortium, and many courses at UC Berkeley. The purpose of the program is to provide a basic understanding of theological or religious studies as preparation for doctoral study or as an academic foundation or secondary school teaching, educational or social justice ministries, or religious leadership in the non-profit sector.

Programme Structure

Courses include: 

  •  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

More details

Applications submitted after the priority deadline are considered on a rolling basis as space allows.




48 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GRE admission requirements GRE® The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. It contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.
150 (verbal)

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • The Application Form
  • An Academic Statement of Purpose
  • Three academic letters of recommendation
  • Official transcripts from each undergraduate and graduate school
  • Official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores and TOEFL Exam Requirements
  • Application Fee of $40

Tuition Fee

  • International

    800 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 800 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    800 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 800 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.


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