Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology

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Coordinates: 37°52′51.35″N 122°15′52.47″W / 37.8809306°N 122.2645750°W / 37.8809306; -122.2645750

Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology
College of Saint Albert the Great
Seal of the Dominican School
Latin: Collegium Sancti Alberti Magni
Motto Deus providebit (God will provide)
Established 1851
Type graduate school
Religious affiliation Catholic(Dominican)
Chancellor Rev. Mark Padrez, O.P.
President Rev. Michael Sweeney, O.P.
Dean Rev. Christopher Renz, O.P.
Location Berkeley, California, United States
Affiliations Order of Preachers (Dominicans), Graduate Theological Union, University of California Berkeley
This article is about the graduate school in Berkeley. For the liberal arts college in New Haven, see Albertus Magnus College.
This article is about the graduate school in Berkeley. For the sleep disorder, see Delayed sleep phase disorder.

The Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology (often abbreviated DSPT) is a Roman Catholic college, seminary, and graduate school in Berkeley, California. It is located at 2301 Vine Street in Berkeley.

The DSPT is sponsored by the Dominican Order (specifically, by the Province of the Most Holy Name of Jesus, also known as the Western Province). It is a member of the interfaith Graduate Theological Union (GTU), an affiliate of the University of California Berkeley and offers certificate and degree programs to lay men and women, Catholics and non-Catholics, as well as training for the Dominicans of the Western Province.


In 1851, Dominican missionary Francis Sadoc Vilarrasa and six Dominican novices arrived in Monterey, California, and established a school to prepare the young men for the priesthood. In 1854, the School moved to Benicia, but the traditional Dominican attraction to universities led the Order to seek a location closer to the University of California, Berkeley. In 1932, the Dominicans incorporated the school as the College of St. Albert the Great in Oakland, just a couple miles from the UC Berkeley campus. In 1964, the College received accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and in the fall of 1964 the College joined the nascent GTU, becoming the first Roman Catholic school to participate in that consortium. In 1978, the College began "doing business as" the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology.

From the time of its association with the GTU, the School had leased space for classes and faculty offices. In 2004, the School purchased a permanent campus site in Berkeley near other GTU member schools, and began offering classes at the new site in September 2006.

Program offerings[edit]

The Dominican School offers the following degree and certificate programs:

  • Master of Arts (Philosophy)
  • Master of Arts (Theology)
  • Master of Divinity
  • Concurrent Master of Arts (Theology) / Master of Arts (Philosophy)
  • Concurrent Master of Divinity / Master of Arts (Theology)
  • Master of Theological Studies
  • Certificate of Theological Studies

The Dominican School also accepts non-degree seeking students in its Special Student program. The School's programs are accredited by WASC and by the Association of Theological Schools (ATS).

The Bachelor of Arts program was discontinued in the 2009-2010 academic year.

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