The Karnataka Theological College was founded in 1965 with the coming together of two distinct theological seminaries,
the Union Kanarese Seminary (UKS) founded in 1912 in Tumkur, and
the Basel Evangelical Mission Theological Seminary (BEMTS) founded in 1847 in Mangalore.
In 1967, C. D. Jathanna, the then principal of the college formed the Karnataka Christian Educational Society with the College as the nucleus along with another institute, the Hebich Technical Training Institute. He added several new educational institutions such as Balmatta Institute of Priniting Technology, Balmatta Institute of Commerce, KACES ITI in Stichcraft, KACES Hostel, and Moegling Institute of German Language. At Present Karnataka Theological College offers residential Bachelor of Divinity degree course and the external courses of B.C.S., Dip. C.S. and C. Th. The students are basically from three dioceses of the Church of South India, Lutherans and Methodists and this is the only regional Theological College which offers training in Kannada language in Karnataka.
^Murli Manohar Joshi, Higher Education in India Vision and Action, A paper presented at the UNESCO World Conference on Higher Education in the Twenty First Century, Paris, 5–9 October 1998. Internet, accessed 22 August 2008. 
^ abJohann Anselm Steiger (Edited), 500 Jahre Theologie in Hamburg: Hamburg als Zentrum christlicher Theologie und Kultur zwischen Tradition und Zukunft, Walter de Gruyter, Berlin, 2005, pp.447, 476.
^Godwin Shiri, Wholeness in Christ: the legacy of the Basel Mission in India, KTC, Mangalore, 1985, pp.102–105. 
^The Basel Evangelical Mission Theological Seminary was established in 1847 by the Basel Evangelical Missionary Society. In 1847 it was established with a name B.E.M. Theological Seminary by Dr. Hermann Mögling. Moegling was the one who started the first Kannada news paper Mangaluru Samachara and his contribution to Kannada literature is well known. This college was training Protestant Pastors for the churches in Karnataka and Malabar area.
^K. Sagar Sundar Raj pursued research studies at the United Theological College, Bangalore with the title Re-establishment of the tribal ethos in the Book of Amos: A sub-altern hermeneutical perspective, 2012, a copy of which is available and kept at the Archives in the library of Karnataka Theological College, Mangalore.
^Serampore, Degree of Master of Theology - United Theological College, Bangalore. 
^H. M. Watson, Towards a Relevant Christology in India Today: An Appraisal of the Christologies of John Hick, Jürgen Moltmann and Jon Sobrino, Peter Lang, Frankfurt, 2002. 
^ abCorinna Waltz, Honorary doctorate for Robert Scheuermeier, 7 March 2013. 
^ abJohann Anselm Steiger (Edited), 500 Jahre Theologie in Hamburg: Hamburg als Zentrum christlicher Theologie und Kultur zwischen Tradition und Zukunft, Walter de Gruyter, Berlin, 2005, pp.450, 476.
^Reformation-Education-Transformation. International Twin Consultation, Brazil-Germany 2016.