Stackable

Pacific School of Religion has long been a pioneer in theological education. We are proud to be the first seminary in the nation to offer a stackable credentials approach to our curriculum. Why get only a Master of Divinity when you can earn a graduate-level certificate and two masters degrees in three years of coursework? Get the education you need, when you need it, to make a difference in the world.

Certificate of Spirituality and Social Change

PSR’s Certificate of Spirituality and Social Change (CSSC) offers specialized training for the work of social changemaking. Participants come from and prepare for a wide range of socially innovative vocational paths—whether social justice advocacy, community organizing, the visual and performing arts, or congregational leadership. In each of these arenas, effective efforts for social change rely on ongoing personal change and transformation rooted in a practice of spiritual formation. To that end, the CSSC program combines these key elements for participants: 

  • Spiritual formation and theological reflection in a cohort of changemakers
  • Foundational theories and engagement with sacred texts
  • Leadership skills for critically constructive social analysis
  • Immersive learning and practice with experienced mentors

The CSSC program welcomes those who are already engaged in social change as well as those eager to embark on this vocational path. Participants can complete the certificate as a stand-alone program or as part of PSR’s Stackable credentials program. Flexible learning options enable students to earn this certificate part-time and with minimal residency requirements while still participating in a vibrant cohort of colleagues.

For program details, refer to the 2018–2019 PSR Academic Catalog.

For detailed questions about curriculum and sample course titles, contact: 

Note: Beginning with the with the 2018–2019 academic year, new MDiv students will follow the Stackable Curriculum. If you are a current student enrolled in the previous curriculum, contact Lyndsey Reed at lreed@psr.edu or 510/849-8285 for your program details. 

Master of Arts in Social Transformation

PSR’s Master of Arts in Social Transformation (MAST) equips students to think critically about socio-political dynamics and reflect constructively on the role played by religion and theological traditions in movements for social change. This academic program combines the tools and methods of social theory and constructive theology to yield a distinctive blend of spiritual leadership skills for a rapidly changing world. The program prepares students for a wide range of vocational paths—whether in social justice advocacy, non-profit organizational leadership, community organizing and education, or congregational development.

PSR offers a unique history in progressive religious leadership and a richly diverse location—both geographically and in a multi-faith consortium—for this specialized field of study and preparation. MAST students will draw on PSR’s resources to integrate and develop three broad skillsets:

  • Methods for social theorizing and ethical analysis
  • Tools for constructive theological reflection and spiritual practice
  • Strategies for collaborative community organizing and network building
  • Critical engagement of text and context—both sacred and secular–ritual, and public speaking for social change 

The MAST is part of PSR’s Stackable credentials program. Upon completion, students will have the option to continue to the Master of Divinity program. Flexible learning options enable students to earn this degree part-time and with minimal residency requirements while still participating in a vibrant cohort of colleagues.

Courses for the MAST are offered by regular and adjunct faculty at PSR and the Graduate Theological Union as well as partner schools and organizations throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. In addition to regularly offered courses, field work and immersive learning opportunities are designed and arranged through Ignite @ PSR in collaboration with PSR’s Office of Community Engaged Learning.

For program details, refer to the 2018–2019 PSR Academic Catalog.

For detailed questions about curriculum and sample course titles, contact: 

Note: Beginning with the with the 2018–2019 academic year, new MDiv students will follow the Stackable Curriculum. If you are a current student enrolled in the previous curriculum, contact Lyndsey Reed at lreed@psr.edu or 510/849-8285 for your program details. 

Master of Divinity

The Master of Divinity (MDiv) at Pacific School of Religion is a graduate professional degree that prepares students for lay and ordained ministry, faith-based advocacy organizing, and further academic study. The program meets the educational requirements for ordained ministry in most major Protestant denominations. The Master of Divinity is designed so that students can choose between three concentrations: congregational care, chaplaincy, or sexuality and religion. As part of PSR’s one-of-a-kind stackable curriculum, students will also earn a Master of Arts in Social Transformation and either a Certificate of Spirituality and Social Change or Certificate of Sexuality and Religion depending on their selected concentration.   

Students who complete the MDiv program will be able to: 

  • Articulate an understanding of texts and traditions, apply them to particular situations, and critically engage with those texts and traditions 
  • Recognize all knowledge as contextual 
  • Articulate the connection between spiritual practice(s) and the development of a leadership style 
  • Form effective partnerships with various organizations and individuals 
  • Integrate the various intellectual disciplines, fields, topics, and themes of theological education in the practices of ministry and public leadership in a variety of contexts 
  • Cultivate best practices for personal growth, service, and financial health 

Courses for the MDiv and its concentrations are offered by regular and adjunct faculty at Pacific School of Religion and the Graduate Theological Union as well as partner schools and organizations throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.

For program details, refer to the 2018–2019 PSR Academic Catalog.

For detailed questions about curriculum and sample course titles, contact: 

  • Keaton Andreas, kandreas@psr.edu or 510/849-8231 (prospective students) 
  • Lyndsey Reedlreed@psr.edu or 510/849-8285 (current students) 

Note: Beginning with the with the 2018–2019 academic year, new MDiv students will follow the Stackable Curriculum. If you are a current student enrolled in the previous curriculum, contact Lyndsey Reed at lreed@psr.edu or 510/849-8285 for your program details.