Religious Studies and Theology, M.A. | Graduate Theological Union | Berkeley, United States
24 months
825 USD/credit 19800 USD/year
825 USD/credit 19800 USD/year
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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.


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

Apply before July 15, and your application fee will be waived.

Apps 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®
150 (verbal)

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 (Apply before July 15, 2021, and your application fee will be waived).

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    19800 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 825 USD per credit during 24 months.
  • National

    19800 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 825 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.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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