The BST classroom is a laboratory (both physical & cyber) where a diverse group of learners comes together to critically address the increasingly more complex socio-cultural concerns of our day through biblical, ethical, and theological reflection toward the goal of creating a theo-praxis relevant to our time and location.

Dr. LeAnn Snow Flesher
VP of Academics & Dean of the Faculty
Professor of Biblical Interpretation
GTU Core Doctoral Faculty

The Master of Divinity (MDiv) is the basic professional degree program designed to prepare men and women for church ministry, chaplaincies, or other specialized ministries. The Program meets ordination requirements for numerous denominations and provides appropriate preparatory background for further graduate study in theology and religion. All course work in the MDiv will flow from BST's four thematic concentrations:

  1. Creative Church & Community
  2. Spirituality and Resilience
  3. Justice & Reconciliation
  4. BorderCrossing & BridgeBuilding

Quick Facts

  • 78 credits—can be completed in as little as 3 years.
  • 45 credits of core coursework in Biblical Studies, Theology, History, Ethics Leadership, Preaching, and Pastoral Arts.
  • 21 credits of customizable elective coursework—with chosen emphasis in one of the four thematic concentrations.
  • 6 credits of Capstone Project—a culminating academic and practical experience in student's chosen concentration.
  • 6 credits—one year internship in ministry setting of student's choice.
  • Courses can be taken from BST or through cross-registration at any of our partner schools, centers, or affiliates (Graduate Theological Union (GTU), UC Berkeley).
  • Access to The Flora Lamson Hewlett Library, a world-class theological Library (e-resources available) as well as the 26 Libraries on the UC Berkeley Campus.
  • Courses taught onsite, online and through remote formats.
  • Rolling Admissions.

BST is a founding member school of the Graduate Theological Union (GTU)—a consortium of 8 Schools, 6 Centers, 6 Affiliates, 9 Projects & Initiatives and a World-class Theological Library.


Interested In This Program?

Get more information by submitting our Request Information Form or begin your application by visiting our Apply page.

For questions, please contact the Admissions Office at or (510) 841-1905 ext 229.