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Welcome to the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University!

Our school, located in Berkeley, California, is an international center for the study of theology. Students come to JST from across the nation and around the world to prepare for a broad range of ministries and service to the Church and world. Our students are lay women and men, Jesuits in formation, and members of other religious orders of all ages.

Our distinguished faculty are committed to achieving academic excellence, exploring the riches of the Catholic theological tradition, and helping our students appreciate the complex and fascinating ways in which faith finds a home in the many cultures of our global context. As a Jesuit school, we emphasize the social justice dimension of our faith and the Jesuit tradition of holistic education that engages all facets of the lives of our students and those we serve. In whatever program of study our students pursue, JST's goal is to contribute to the intellectual, spiritual, and pastoral formation of all students, so our graduates emerge fully prepared for leadership in the Church and society.

JST is both a graduate school of Santa Clara University and a member of the Graduate Theological Union, a vibrant consortium encompassing eight graduate schools of theology in the Bay Area, most of them within a few minutes' walk of our own campus in Berkeley. In addition, our education is enhanced by our world-famous consortium library, our close relationship with the nearby University of California, and proximity to the artistic and cultural diversity of the San Francisco Bay Area.

In all we do, we strive to embody Pope Francis’ vision of theological education:

“Theology is an expression of a Church which is a ‘field hospital’, which lives her mission ofsalvation and healing in the world. Mercy is not just a pastoral attitude but it is the very substance of the Gospel of Jesus. I encourage you to study how the various disciplines — dogma, morality, spirituality, law, and so on — may reflect the centrality of mercy. Without mercy our theology, our law, our pastoral care run the risk of collapsing into bureaucratic narrow-mindedness or ideology, which by their nature seeks to domesticate the mystery” (2015).

We invite you to make your distinctive contribution to our academic and faith community, as together we enliven faith, promote reconciliation, labor for justice, and participate in God’s mercy. Please contact our admissions office to learn more about the Jesuit School of Theology and our degree programs.

Sincerely, in our Lord,

Rev. Kevin O'Brien, S.J., J.D., S.T.L.
Dean, Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University

Read about JST's mission and vision, defining features, and history here.

Meet the people of JST: board members, faculty, administration, staff, and students. Read full biographies of our distinguished faculty, and find contact information for faculty, administration, and staff.

JST is a fully participating member of the Graduate Theological Union (GTU). Learn about this collaborative community and discover its unique opportunities for inter-religious learning and cooperation.

In 2009, JST became integrated with Santa Clara University, a Jesuit university in Santa Clara, California. Learn more about Santa Clara University, the integration, and the relationship between JST and SCU.

Often called "the Jesuits," the Society of Jesus is a Roman Catholic order of priests and brothers founded by Ignatius Loyola. The Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University is one of two Jesuit theologates in the United States. Discover more about Jesuit education, Ignatian spirituality, and the Society of Jesus throughout the world by clicking the link above.

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