Academics

PSR has a long-standing reputation of academic excellence in serving students with wide-ranging professional, academic, and personal goals. We offer Master of Divinity, Master of Theological Studies, and Doctor of Ministry degrees, a joint Master of Arts degree with the GTU, and six certificate programs. In addition, we provide ways for clergy, lay leaders, and others to engage in theological education without enrolling in degree or certificate programs, including the Summer Session, January Intersession, and the Earl Lectures and Pastoral Conference.

PSR students go on to serve as ordained parish pastors, hospital and prison chaplains, youth directors and Christian educators, teachers in high schools and colleges, social service administrators, liturgical artists, and community organizers.

Some return to previous careers in law, health and medicine, teaching, business, and other professions with a renewed sense of vocation, and bring new insights of ministry and the wisdom of religious traditions from ethics and scripture to bear in their work.

All students benefit from our flexible curriculum that allows students to supplement PSR course offerings with hundreds of courses offered at other Graduate Theological Union member seminaries.

Curriculum Overview

Pacific School of Religion has developed an innovative curriculum that combines grounding in traditional fields of theological study with contextual education, cross-cultural immersion, and spiritual and professional development. All PSR degree programs seek to apply the subjects learned in the classroom to the context of the broader community, including global cultures, world religions, and the arts.

PSR’s curriculum developed from longstanding discussions, often reaching back to the social upheavals of the 1960s, about the place of theological education in a changing world. In 1994, the junior faculty at PSR issued a statement calling for an educational approach that placed less emphasis on divisions between subjects and more emphasis on the integrative work faced by students entering professional ministry. The faculty also stressed the need to prepare students for an increasingly pluralistic society, stating that, “A monolithic western mode of theological education is no longer practical to prepare our students for ministry.” After several years of further study and development, PSR launched its new curriculum in 2004, and continues to hone its pioneering vision for educating the next generation of progressive religious leaders.

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