Santa Clara University

Women of Wisdom and Action

Explore the Academic Element of the Initiative



The academic element of the Women of Wisdom and Action program allows each woman to select a degree program to complete at the Jesuit School of Theology (JST). Some of the degree programs are first theological degrees and others require previous studies in theology. The sisters in the Women of Wisdom and Action initiative will work closely with the Initiative’s Coordinator to create a focus around the specific needs and mission of the sister’s community, while also incorporating the student’s own talents and areas of interest.

Participants will not only receive excellent theological training by a renowned faculty that is committed to the cultural context of every student, but will also have access to the unique, interdisciplinary framework which neighboring University of California, Berkeley and Santa Clara University provide, so that each Woman of Wisdom and Action, with the support of the Initiative’s Coordinator, the faculty and the wider community will be able to prepare for the future responsibilities, which await her back in her country and community.

Academic degrees offered:

  • iconMaster of Divinity

    The Master of Divinity (M.Div.) is a three-year academic and professional degree that meets the needs for both academic training and pastoral experience of those preparing for pastoral ministry in the Roman Catholic Church.

  • iconMaster of Theological Studies

    The Master of Theological Studies (M.T.S.) program is a two year advanced academic degree program that offers students a broad understanding of the Catholic theological vision in combination with areas of concentration including liturgy, history, spirituality and ethics.

  • iconBachelor of Sacred Theology

    The Bachelor of Sacred Theology (S.T.B.), a four-year Roman Catholic ecclesiastical degree, shall ensure a solid grounding in the whole of Catholic doctrine. This degree requires Philosophical foundations and Latin.

  • iconLicentiate in Sacred Theology

    The Licentiate in Sacred Theology (S.T.L.) degree is an advanced two year degree suggested for religious, clergy and lay to further theological expertise for service in official capacities in religious communities and dioceses, and for teaching in higher education, diocesan schools and seminaries.

  • iconDoctor of Sacred Theology

    The Doctorate in Sacred Theology (S.T.D.) is the highest Roman Catholic ecclesiastical degree in advanced theological study, which is intended to further students' theological expertise in preparation for scholarly careers in service to the Church.

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Contact Information

Please refer all admissions inquiries to:

Maureen Beckman

Assistant Dean for Marketing and Enrollment Management
(510) 549-5016

Please refer all general inquiries about the program to:

Julia Prinz, V.D.M.F.

Coordinator of the Women of Wisdom and Action Initiative
(510) 549-5051

Mailing Address
1735 LeRoy Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94709