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.
Pacific School of Religion has developed an innovative curriculum that combines traditional fields of theological study with contextual education, cross-cultural immersion, spiritual formation, 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.