The Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University is a Jesuit Seminary that is a school of Santa Clara University and one of the member colleges of the Graduate Theological Union (GTU) in Berkeley, California. Prior to its merger with Santa Clara University it was known as the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley (JSTB).
JST is located two blocks north of the UC Berkeley campus, and about two blocks east of "Holy Hill" the central area of the Graduate Theological Union. JST accepts students who are lay or ordained.
JST's mission is to prepare lay and ordained for ministry in the Roman Catholic Church, and contribute to the scholarly formation of all of its students, and fellow GTU students, whether headed for ministry, academics, or other fields.
Originally established in 1934 at Los Gatos, California as Alma College, JST was founded to serve the needs of the California and Oregon Provinces of the Society of Jesus.
In 1969, the school moved to Berkeley to join the Graduate Theological Union. That same year, its name was changed to the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley. JST is only one of two Jesuit-operated theological schools in the United States, the other being Boston College School of Theology and Ministry (formerly known as Weston Jesuit School of Theology) in Brighton, Massachusetts.
On July 1, 2009, Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley merged with Santa Clara University becoming Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University. JST is following the lead of Weston Jesuit School of Theology which completed its affiliation with Boston College in June 2008, becoming Boston College School of Theology and Ministry.
Academic Program and Accreditation
JST is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, the Association of Theological Schools, and by the Vatican's Congregation for Catholic Education as an Ecclesiastical Faculty of Theology. In addition to participating in the Doctor of Philosophy program of the Graduate Theological Union, the JST offers the following degrees: Academic Degrees
- Master of Arts in Theology
- Master of Arts in Biblical Languages
- Master of Divinity (MDiv)
- Master of Theological Studies (MTS)
- Bachelor of Sacred Theology (STB)
- Licentiate of Sacred Theology (STL)
- Doctor of Sacred Theology (STD)
- Alma College, Alma, California
- Boston College School of Theology and Ministry
- Graduate Theological Union
- Santa Clara University
- Society of Jesus
- JST home page
- Jesuit Community at JST
- Former website