CDSP was one of the founding members of the ecumenical and inter-faith Graduate Theological Union in 1962. The GTU is a consortium of nine seminaries, including Roman Catholics, Protestants, and Unitarians.
Eight of the nine GTU members are located in Berkeley, six of them within just a few blocks of each other near CDSP.
- American Baptist Seminary of the West
- Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology
- Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University
- Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary
- Pacific School of Religion
- San Francisco Theological Seminary
- Starr King School for the Ministry
The highly acclaimed GTU library is among the top four theological libraries in the country.
Registration among all GTU member schools is made fully accessible through coordinated class times and a common course schedule. Most classes at CDSP contain students from a variety of denominations, and CDSP students are free to take a substantial portion of their courses anywhere in the GTU from a large faculty distinguished by breadth and scholarly excellence.
In addition to the member seminaries, the GTU has affiliates concentrating in Jewish studies, Buddhist studies, Islamic Studies, Orthodox Christianity, theology and the natural sciences, ethics and social policy, women and religion, and other areas. Many of these offer courses, which are available to CDSP students. The GTU also provides regular opportunities for common worship and discussion among its diverse populations.
The GTU's graduate programs attract students from the United States and other countries. M.A. students and doctoral students who affiliate with CDSP add extra dimensions of imagination and intellectual inquiry to our seminary community.
The GTU Library
Located at 2400 Ridge Road, conveniently across the street from the CDSP campus, the Flora Lamson Hewlett Library of the Graduate Theological Union offers one of the most comprehensive theological resources in the world to students at CDSP and all GTU member seminaries.
The library is the research and spiritual heart of the GTU. It was founded in 1969 from historical original collections from member schools, seven years after the creation of the GTU. The library now has 450,000 volumes, more than 292,000 microforms and audio and video recordings, plus more than 1,500 periodical subscriptions. The library is open seven days a week.
Reciprocal borrowing privileges with the University of California, Berkeley, and access to the Stanford University collection enhance the GTU holdings by more than 15 million volumes.