California Graduate School of Theology

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California Graduate School of Theology
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PresidentKang Won Lee

The California Graduate School of Theology is an institution of higher learning in Garden Grove, California.[2]


The California Graduate School of Theology was founded and chartered in the state of California in 1968 by William S. McBirnie, an ordained Baptist pastor, author, and educator. Joining with McBirnie in this effort were psychologist and syndicated columnist and prominent Methodist layman Dr George Crane and Dr Robert Grant. It opened its doors one year later on the campus of the United Community Church in Glendale, CA. Classroom facilities and a beautiful library were built on the site. Past presidents have included Drs. W. S. McBirnie, Holland London, Donald Ellis, and Lawrence Wilkes. CGSOT was one of the first schools to offer extension classes in other states, including AZ, TX, MI, NY, ME, and HI. Since its inception over 6,000 students have become alums.

Under the presidency of Lawrence Wilkes, the school relocated to the campus of The Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove, CA before moving to its present location. Kang Won Lee is the current president.


The California Graduate School of Theology logo is the iconic image of Saint George of the Cross delivering a mortal blow to the head of a dragon, symbolizing Christ’s defeat of Satan on the cross.

Degrees Offered

In 2012, the California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE) reapproved the school to offer degrees ranging from the Bachelor of Arts/Theology, Master of Arts, Master of Divinity, Master of Theology, Doctor of Ministry, Doctor of Theology, and Doctor of Philosophy.[3]


CGSOT is fully accredited by the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (TRACS), an accrediting agency authorized by the U. S Department of Education (DOE), to grant bachelors, masters, and doctoral degrees.


  1. ^ Accreditation and Education, California Graduate School of Theology, 2012
  2. ^ "TRACS Members". Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools. Archived from the original on 2015-06-07. Retrieved 26 May 2017.
  3. ^ "BPPE". Retrieved 15 April 2012.

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Coordinates: 33°55′40″N 117°57′36″W / 33.9277°N 117.9599°W / 33.9277; -117.9599