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Goal 4

Santa Clara University will become one of the nation's leading universities advancing Catholic theological studies, education, and ministry.


  • Be a recognized center for scholarship, dialogue, and public engagement around issues of contemporary Church life and practice, demonstrating a deep commitment to interreligious dialogue and intercultural exchange.
  • Partner with mission-aligned institutions worldwide to advance theological studies, ministry, and education in linked global and local contexts.
  • Form and prepare education leaders, ministerial practitioners, and mental health professionals to serve the growing Hispanic community in global and local contexts.
  • Establish Santa Clara University's Jesuit School of Theology as one of the world's foremost Catholic graduate schools for theological education and research rooted in and furthering of the Ignatian tradition.

Key Features Include:

  • Recognized center for scholarship and engagement around contemporary Catholic identity and practice through online resources hosted by Santa Clara
  • Interreligious dialogue and intercultural exchange
  • Global resource for innovations in Jesuit approaches to teaching
  • International visiting scholars and collaborators in teaching and scholarship
  • Outreach to Hispanic community through education, ministry, and counseling
  • Advancement of the Jesuit School of Theology
  • Scholarships for graduate students in Education and Counseling Psychology, the Graduate Program in Pastoral Ministries, and the Jesuit School of Theology


Santa Clara University is home to several innovative academic and co-curricular programs in the areas of religious studies, theology, education, and counseling psychology that have independently achieved levels of excellence.

Together, they present an extraordinary opportunity for Santa Clara University to prepare leaders in ministry and education, advance dialogue around contemporary issues, and provide theological leadership.