Theology for a modern world

Since its founding in 1866, Pacific School of Religion has cultivated a reputation as a forward-thinking institution, characterized by academic excellence, progressive theology, and bold action.

In addition to our graduate-level degrees and certificates, we provide ways for clergy, lay leaders, and spiritual seekers to engage in theological education without enrolling in degree or certificate programs. 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.

PSR prepares leaders from historic and emerging faith communities, as well as socially-conscious companies and organizations. PSR alumni/ae 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.

Curriculum Overview

Pacific School of Religion has developed an innovative curriculum that combines 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.


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.

The following graduate degree programs are accredited: Master of Divinity, Doctor of Ministry, Master of Arts in Social Transformation, Master of Theological Studies, Master of Arts.

The following graduate certificates are accredited: Certificate of Theological Studies, Certificate of Spirituality and Social Change, Certificate of Advanced Professional Studies, and Certificate of Sexuality in Religion.

PSR is accredited to offer a Comprehensive Distance Education Program.

The Theological Education for Leadership Certificates (Certificate of Gender, Sexuality, and the Bible and Certificate of Theological Education for Leadership) are NOT accredited and thus are not earned academic credits transferable toward a degree program.

Degrees and Certificates

Masters Degrees


Graduate Certificates


Doctoral Degrees

Doctor of Ministry

Theological Education for Leadership Certificates

Certificate of Theological Education for Leadership