Starr King School Affiliations

Academic & Professional Affiliations
Community Affiliations


Graduate Theological Union

Starr King School for the Ministry is a member of the Graduate Theological Union, a consortium of nine theological schools and eight affiliated centers established in 1962. Starr King School joined the GTU in 1964.

The GTU began with a vision that the future of religious renewal and theological education in this world depends on the willingness of faith traditions to come together in the midst of differences. Today the GTU offers doctoral and master’s degrees for denominational leadership within a unique interfaith context. The GTU is a thriving example of what can happen when an atmosphere of open dialogue and exploration is nurtured.

Through GTU schools and centers, Starr King students can relate to wider communities within Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, Roman Catholicism, Eastern Orthodoxy and Protestantism.

Starr King students enjoy free and open cross-registration with all GTU member institutions.

University of California, Berkeley

One of the country’s finest public universities, the University of California, Berkeley, was established in 1865. The university campus is located two blocks south of Starr King School.

SKSM’s association with UC Berkeley dates back to Horace Davis, a Starr King School founder who served as president of the university from 1888 to 1890 and allowed seminary students to take UC Berkeley classes at no charge.

Now, through Graduate Theological Union agreements, Starr King students enjoy free cross-registration for UC Berkeley courses and the use of the university’s research and performing arts centers, its nearly 100 library collections and approximately 80 museum collections.

Unitarian Universalist Association

Starr King School enjoys a close and mutually supportive relationship with the Unitarian Universalist Association.

The school’s graduates serve in member Unitarian Univeralist congregations as parish ministers, religious educators, community ministers, district executives and denominational leaders. UUA staff sometimes teach at Starr King, sharing their broad knowledge of the movement and its member congregations. Unitarian Universalist ministers contribute their expertise to the school as associate faculty, intern supervisors and visiting ministers.

SKSM graduates, students and faculty serve on UUA committees that focus on such topics as promoting healthy congregations, revitalizing religious education and developing anti-racism programs.

As nationally recognized theologians and educators, Starr King's faculty helps support the UUA’s message and mission.

Association of Theological Schools

Starr King School is accredited by the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada. The ATS recognizes SKSM’s Master of Divinity program as a model for theological education. In Starr King’s most recent accreditation review, the school received high marks for excellence.

Ofiicial Statement of Accrediation by the Commision on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools

Starr King School for the Ministry is Accredited by the Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada, and the following degree programs are approved:

MDiv, MA in Social Change

Approved for a Comprehensive Distance Education Program

The Commission contact information is: The Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada 10 Summit Park Drive Pittsburgh, PA 15275 USA Telephone: 412-788-6505 Fax: 412-788-6510 Website:

Starr King School also holds institutional membership in the:

Association for Clinical Pastoral Education

Association for Theological Field Education


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