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Theology and Religious Studies

Graduate Study in Theology and Religious Studies in California

There are a number of options for those looking for graduate education in theology or religious studies in California. We provide our best suggestions, with links, below.

Master's Programs/Catholic

Loyola Marymount University (Los Angeles)
Santa Clara University

Master's Programs/Non-Catholic

Azuza Pacific University
California State University, Long Beach
Pepperdine University (Malibu)
Point Loma Nazarene University (San Diego)
Talbot School of Theology, Biola University (La Mirada)

Master's and Doctoral Programs/Catholic

Graduate Theological Union (Berkeley)
See the Dominican, Franciscan, and Jesuit schools

Note: The Franciscan School of Theology is affiliating with USD and opening a campus in Oceanside, CA.

Master's and Doctoral Programs/Non-Catholic

Claremont Graduate University
Claremont School of Theology
Fuller Theological Seminary (Pasadena, w. satellite locations)
Graduate Theological Union (Berkeley)
Stanford University
Talbot School of Theology, Biola University (La Mirada)
University of California, Los Angeles (History of Christianity)
University of California, Riverside
University of California, San Diego (Judaic Studies)
University of California, Santa Barbara

Students interested in study of non-Christian traditions should also look at the various area studies (Middle East, South Asia, East Asia, etc.) programs at the University of California campuses, Stanford, USC, etc.