Education & Preparation

The Berkeley Experience

Berkeley seeks to cultivate in its graduates an ability to work successfully within church structures and institutions, but also to have the independence of mind and heart to offer creative new directions for the church’s life and ministry. Berkeley students are committed to academic excellence, desire deep spiritual insight and personal maturity, and have the potential for a reflective theological wisdom that can meaningfully articulate the Christian faith in today’s secular society. The combination of Berkeley’s Episcopal formation and the breadth and depth of the YDS curriculum provides a uniquely strong preparaton for church leadership, and Berkeley students typically excel on the General Ordination Examinations of The Episcopal Church.