Public Theology Certificate (PTC)

The Public Theology Certificate Program is a 5 course 16 month program taught in partnership with Faith in Action (formerly the PICO National Network). The certificate explores and engages the arts of faith-based organizing as ecclesial practice for pastoral excellence, congregational vitality, and an active public theology. The Public Theology Certificate trains for a new model of leadership for seminarians and pastoral leaders that integrates disciplines and directs their application to current social problems.

Course Requirements:

  • Introduction to Public Theology (core)
  • Community Organizing (core)
  • Religion and Society
  • Morality and Ethics
  • Internship (1 semester)

Quick Facts

  • 5 courses can be completed in as little as 15 months.
  • 1 semester Internship with a mentor in student's field of interest.
  • 2 Core Courses taken from BST; 2 electives from any of our partner schools (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 online and in remote formats.
  • Can be incorporated as an emphasis in any BST accredited program; or taken for certificate only.
  • 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.