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Religious Studies and Theology 

Graduate Theological Union

Doctorate On Campus
35400 USD/year
35400 USD/year
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The flagship Religious Studies and Theology degree that the Graduate Theological Union offers is the PhD in Religious Studies. It is an advanced academic degree intended to prepare students for careers in teaching, writing, and scholarship, as well as for leadership opportunities with religious organizations, social service agencies, museums, libraries, publishing, and in educational institutions.

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The Graduate Theological Union ’s Religious Studies and Theology PhD program builds on the ecumenical, interreligious, and interdisciplinary strengths of the GTU, and offers enhanced opportunities for both specialization and cross-disciplinary study. The GTU’s doctoral program utilizes the depth of faculty expertise made possible by its eight member schools and more than a dozen academic centers and affiliates.

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The academic disciplines represented by a diverse range of faculty, combined with multidenominational and interfaith cooperation, provide a rich environment for developing one’s academic voice. The GTU has the faculty and research resources to offer a distinctively interdisciplinary approach to scholarship within one’s specialized concentration.

The PhD program also places theological or religious studies in the context of university research disciplines, and students are required to engage such a discipline in order to provide an additional critical and theoretical dimension to their work. Most students pursue this dimension of their program by working with a faculty member from the University of California at Berkeley, just a block away from the GTU.

Programme Structure


  • Historical and Cultural Studies Of Religion
  • Religion and Practice
  • Sacred Texts and Their Interpretation
  • Theology and Ethics

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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.

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

  • BA or BS degree from a fully accredited institution
  • MDiv or MA degree in Theology, Religion, or a closely related field from a fully accredited institution

Tuition Fee

  • International

    35400 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 35400 USD per year and a duration of  .
  • National

    35400 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 35400 USD per year and a duration of  .


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