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Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University in Berkeley

Master of Arts (Common M.A.)


Are you interested in the academic study of theology? Would you like to pursue a Master of Arts in theology in one of the largest and most diverse partnerships of seminaries and graduate schools in the United States? The Jesuit School of Theology offers the Master of Arts degree in cooperation with the Graduate Theological Union (GTU). The JST/GTU Common M.A. degree program is a two-year program that requires students to select a school of affiliation specific to the needs of their proposed program of study. Many distinguished JST faculty members serve as M.A. advisors and/or readers on thesis committees. Students affiliated with JST also have access to a variety of Santa Clara University resources. 

Unlike most of our other programs, applicants for the Common M.A. apply to the Graduate Theological Union for admission. Click the Apply Now button for an application checklist and to be directed to the GTU M.A. admissions page.

Fall Application Deadline: February 1st

Spring Application Deadline: October 1st


1. Applicants to the Common M.A. program must have completed a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution by the time they intend to enroll in the program.

**Click here for more specific information about this program.

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Admissions Department

Maureen Beckman

Assistant Dean of Enrollment Management and Marketing
Phone: (510) 549-5016

Kristin Casey
Associate Director of Enrollment Management
Phone: (510) 549-5013

Mailing Address:
Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University
ATTN: Admissions
1735 LeRoy Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94709