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Degrees and Programs

The Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University offers the following degrees, accredited by the Association of Theological Schools. As one of the three ecclesiastical schools in North America, JST's ecclesiastical degree programs grant degrees in the name of the Holy See through the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University by virtue of its status as an Ecclesiastical Faculty accredited by the Vatican Congregation of Catholic Education. JST also offers continuing education and other non-degree opportunities. These programs were created to meet the needs of those who serve in today's Church.

The Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), and its degree programs (M.Div., Th.M., M.T.S.) are accredited by the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada (ATS).

Graduate Degrees

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A three-year academic and professional degree for those preparing for pastoral ministry in the Roman Catholic Church. 


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Offers students a broad understanding of the Catholic theological vision with areas of concentration including liturgy, history, spirituality and ethics.


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The Master of Arts (Common M.A.) is a two-year program leading to an academic degree in theology in cooperation with the GTU.


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Students can integrate a primarily ministerial degree with a more specialized academic degree program.


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One-year program in advanced theological study beyond the Master of Divinity degree, available in almost any area of specialized interest.



Ecclesiastical Degrees

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A Roman Catholic ecclesiastical degree that ensures a solid knowledge of theology and a strong foundation in Catholic doctrine.


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A two-year Roman Catholic ecclesiastical degree in advanced theological study beyond the Bachelor of Sacred Theology or Master of Divinity degree.


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The third cycle in the program of ecclesiastical degrees intended to complete the scientific theological formation, especially through the writing of a doctoral dissertation.



Non-Degree Programs

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A holistic sabbatical experience of contemplative rest, theological renewal, and spiritual transformation, for clergy, men and women religious, and laity, from the Bay Area and around the world.


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Recommended for persons who have as their primary objective an unstructured period for general theological renewal or pastoral training.


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Instituto Hispano is a certificate program that offers theological and pastoral formation to leaders of communities and local churches. It is held over the course of three, two-week sessions in July and takes place on Santa Clara University’s main campus. All classes are taught in Spanish.