Click the link above to learn how the Ignatian tradition of spirituality and discernment permeates every aspect of JST. With an abundance of opportunities to exercise and reflect on real-world pastoral applications, JST students apply what they learn in class. Each student may participate in daily liturgy, regular spiritual direction, retreats, many offerings in Ignatian spirituality, and other opportunities for spiritual growth.Faithful to the Catholic tradition, world-class faculty teach students to think critically about theology and how to live a faith that does justice in service of the Church and the world.
Our world-class faculty, rigorous academic programs, motivated students and access to the bountiful theological resources at the Graduate Theological Union library exemplify the JST educational experience. JST is the only school west of Chicago with an ecclesiastical faculty approved by the Congregation for Catholic Education to grant degrees in the name of the Pope. Students come from top schools and receive prestigious awards such as the Fund for Theological Education scholarships. The school regularly reviews the degree programs to ensure that they meet the highest standards and maintain our cutting edge. Our reputation for excellence in academics as well as pastoral and leadership preparation enables our students to graduate with jobs in hand.
Jesuits, women and men religious, and lay women and men from across the United States and from 40 other countries and six continents comprise the diverse yet inclusive student body at JST and model collaborative ministry and leadership for tomorrow's Church. Offering local and global sharing, students, faculty and staff create a deep sense of community. Lay students have the option of living in intentional communities, where they share meals and regularly reflect on their faith and ministry experiences. This sense of being companions on the spiritual journey extends to our over 3,000 alumni who are serving as leaders in the Church, academia and beyond through a myriad of ministries around the world.
One of the graduate schools of Santa Clara University, the Jesuit School of Theology (JST) is located in sunny Berkeley, California, with proximity to the University of California, Berkeley campus, courses and resources. One of the nine schools and centers that comprise the inter-religious and ecumenical Graduate Theological Union (GTU), JST is part of a unique "Holy Hill" experience. Students may take courses at any of the GTU schools, interact with other GTU students in their JST classes, and utilize the GTU's Flora Lamson Hewlett Library, one of the most comprehensive theological libraries in the country. Students can easily partake of the natural beauty and many cultural offerings for which the San Francisco Bay Area is famous.