About Pacific School of Religion
Contact Erin Burns, 510/849-8222
Pacific School of Religion (PSR) is a progressive, multidenominational seminary and center for social justice that prepares spiritually rooted leaders to work for the well-being of all.
Rooted in the Christian tradition, PSR is home to a vibrant and diverse community of faculty, staff and students from a wide range of spiritual, religious and cultural backgrounds. Reflecting the interreligious and multiethnic reality of the world, PSR develops and connects individuals engaged in faith-based leadership and social activism through rigorous scholarship, practical training and immersive fieldwork, preparing them for ongoing service including pastoral ministry, non-profit and civic leadership, and public policy.
Pacific School of Religion is a member of the Graduate Theological Union (GTU), an interreligious consortium of seminaries and institutes in the San Francisco Bay Area. PSR is a non-profit founded in 1866 and is located in Berkeley, California.
Living a Radically Welcoming Gospel
Whether ministering to the local homeless community or participating in our MultiFaith Transgender Summit, PSR students embody a message of radical inclusivity. Our two centers, Ignite Institute @ PSR and Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies in Religion and Ministry, share an expansive, hopeful message of spiritual and social transformation.
We are committed to creating a learning and teaching community that reflects the variety of our context and the beauty of God’s people.
A Global Community
From atop “Holy Hill” in Berkeley, California, Pacific School of Religion is steeped in the history, community, and culture of the San Francisco Bay Area. As a founding member of the Graduate Theological Union, PSR offers our students unparalleled access to a divinity school consortium—and an unparalleled interfaith conversation.
Additionally, off-campus immersive experiences offer students a uniquely global perspective. Whether working alongside displaced farmworkers in Colombia or wrestling with issues of religious identity in the Holy Land, PSR students learn, first hand, how to best support local communities working for justice. Within this global context, our students learn to engage an increasingly interconnected world.
Pacific School of Religion is a multi-denominational seminary and center for social justice with strong ties to the United Church of Christ; the United Methodist Church, approved by the United Methodist University Senate; and the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), in partnership with the Disciples Seminary Foundation. Our student body comes from a wide range of traditions and communities of conviction.
183 full- and part-time students
Doctor of Ministry, Master of Divinity, Master of Theological Studies, Master of Arts (with the Graduate Theological Union), joint Master of Divinity/Master of Arts, Master of Arts in Social Transformation
Certificate of Advanced Professional Studies, Certificate of Sexuality and Religion, Certificate of Special Studies, Certificate of Swedenborgian Theology, Certificate of Theological Studies, Certificate of Spirituality and Social Change
PSR centers and affiliated programs
Bade Museum of Archaeology, Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies in Religion and Ministry, Disciples Seminary Foundation, Swedenborgian House of Studies, Center for Spiritual & Social Transformation
Pacific School of Religion is accredited by Western Association of Schools and Colleges, and the Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada, and the following degree programs are approved:
PSR is approved for a Comprehensive Distance Education Program by ATS
The Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools (ATS) in the United States and Canada
10 Summit Park Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15275
Educational Effectiveness Statement
Typically, about 70% (completion rate) of students admitted to the Pacific School of Religion complete their degree programs of study. Pacific School of Religion has at least an 80% retention (or persistence) rate of active students who return to PSR from year to year. We also have capstone courses or measurements built into all of our degree program that students must submit for assessment purposes.
Retention & Graduation Rates
- Retention Rate
80% retention (or persistence) rate of active students who return to PSR from year to year.
- Graduation Rate
70% (completion rate) of students admitted to the Pacific School of Religion complete their degree programs of study.
- Graduation rate by degree program and entering cohort year:
Educational Effectiveness & Achievement of Student Learning Outcomes
Pacific School of Religion has capstone courses or measurements built into all of our degree program that students must submit for assessment purposes. Examples of these assessment tools include but are not limited to:
- Master of Divinity
- Master of Social Transformation
- MAST SAIL capstone (assessment rubric only)
- Master of Theological Studies
- Doctor of Ministry Project
The following are brief summaries on some vocational placement information from our degree graduates:
Pacific School of Religion adopted this direction statement to guide the school’s efforts.
Pacific School of Religion is committed to serving God by equipping historic and emerging faith communities for ministries of compassion and justice in a changing world. We affirm our historic mission to educate people for ministry and other forms of religious leadership and to be a center and resource for Christian thought in an interfaith and pluralistic context. We affirm our ecumenical and Christian heritage and commitment as an open and affirming community that honors diversity and presses toward racial/ethnic, gender or gender identity, sexual, sexual orientation, ecological, and economic justice.
PSR’s commitments find expression in innovative programs of scholarship and education for clergy and laity. Strong faith communities require an integration of faith and reason, theory and practice, piety and critical intellect, tradition and creativity. We seek to embody these values and disciplines in our programs and our common life.
PSR’s location in a dynamic metropolitan area in the western United States, on the edge of the Pacific Basin, and adjacent to the University of California is a special resource and responsibility. As a member of the Graduate Theological Union and in partnership with our supporting denominations and local faith communities, we place high value on the search for truth, clarity of theological insight, artistry in the presentation of the Gospel and creation of community, strong reliance on faith in divine activity within and among us, and honesty, mutual respect, and integrity in our pastoral, educational, and administrative work.
The PSR logo is interpreted as a vine growing boldly in new directions, drawing life and energy from the ground—the many cultures and faith traditions—in which it is rooted.