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California Graduate School of Theology (Cal Grad) exists to prepare men and women for faithful ministry in Church and society. Committed to a learned ministry for church and society, the school welcomes qualified students without regard to denomination, race, sex, or physical disabilities. The school seeks to strengthen and deepen the spiritual life of students, and through classroom and other academic activities, to engage them in critical discussions about the Bible and theology with probing questions regarding faith and life in today's world.

With these goals in mind, Cal Grad was established in 1969, upon the conviction that God has acted redemptively in human history. Since its founding, the school has attracted students from over fifty-three denominations worldwide. They are men and women holding graduate degrees who are denominational leaders, psychologists in Christian counseling, administrators and faculty members of colleges and universities, pastors of prominent growing churches, evangelists, and radio-television personalities.

The graduates of Cal Grad now number over 6,000. All graduates of the school are members of the Alumni Association.



California Graduate School of Theology exists to bring glory to God through excellence in theological education centered on Christ, faithful to the Scriptures, and rooted in the historical-theological tradition, with the aim of equipping Christian Reformed leaders who serve the church and advance the kingdom of God throughout the world.




California Graduate School of Theology adheres to the ancient statements of faith (the Apostles' Creed, the Nicene Creed, and the Creed of Chalcedon) and affirms the historic Christian faith as expressed in the five solas of the Reformation and the consensus of the historic Reformed confessions (Westminster Standards and Three Forms of Unity). 


The Bible | The Bible, in its entirety, is the infallible, inerrant, and inspired Word of God; it is divine revelation that carries the full weight of God's authority and to which we are obliged to submit. 

The Trinity | Within the Godhead there is a unity of three distinct yet fully divine persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit; these three are one true, eternal God, the same in substance, equal in power and glory. 

God | God is a Spirit, infinite, eternal, and unchangeable in His being, wisdom, power, holiness, justice, goodness, and truth. God is fully omniscient, omnipotent, and omnipresent, not given to learning or "openness." 

Jesus Christ | Jesus Christ is truly God and truly man, having two natures inseparably united in one divine person without confusion, mixture, separation, or division. Each nature retains its own attributes. In the incarnation, Jesus was born of the Virgin Mary, lived a perfect life among us, was crucified, dead, and buried, rose on the third day, ascended to heaven, and will come again in glory and judgment. He is the only Mediator between God and man. 

The Holy Spirit | The Holy Spirit is of one substance with the Father and the Son. He eternally proceeds from the Father and the Son, and He dwells in the hearts of believers, effecting their regeneration monergistically and operating in their sanctification synergistically. 

Creation | God, by the word of His power, created from nothing the heavens and the earth and all that is in them. He further preserves and governs all His creatures and all their actions according to His most holy, wise, and powerful providence. 

Man | After God made the other creatures, He created man, both male and female, in His own image, but because Adam sinned and woefully fell in his responsibility, he and his posterity entered into a state of moral corruption and moral inability and became estranged from their Creator, thus deserving death as the punishment for sin. 

Atonement | Because all have sinned, atonement must be made in order for man to be reconciled to God. Jesus Christ made a complete atonement for His people through His substitutionary atoning death on the cross. He imputes His righteousness to all believers securing us full redemption for all who repent of their sin and trust in Him alone for salvation. 

The Law | The moral law perfectly reflects the unchangeable character of God and forever binds all people, believers as well as unbelievers. 

The Church | Christ has established a visible church, which is called to live in the power of the Holy Spirit under the regulation of the authority of Holy Scripture, preaching the gospel of Christ, administering the sacraments, and exercising discipline. 

Christianity and Culture | California Graduate School of Theology supports the work of Christian organizations and institutions that confess the final authority of Scripture and lordship of Jesus Christ, and are committed to the implementation of the social and cultural implications of God's commandments for the well-being of man and his environment. Cal Grad especially supports those organizations that condemn the murder of defenseless human beings at the earliest stages of their development and that reject unbiblical definitions of gender, sexuality, and marriage. 

Satan | Satan is the evil accuser who slanders God to man and man to God. He is the tempter of men who continually solicits men to sin. He is to be resisted by submitting to God. SatanЎЇs final destiny is that of a conquered enemy who now abides under a perpetual curse, whereby he is finally to be cast alive into the lake of fire. There he is to be tormented forever, along with all who refuse repentance and faith in Jesus Christ. 

The Last Things | The bodies of men, after death, return to dust, and see corruption: but their souls, which neither die or sleep, having an immortal subsistence, immediately return to God who gave them; the souls of the righteous, being then made perfect in holiness, are received into the highest heavens, where they behold the face of God, in light and glory, waiting for the full redemption of their bodies. And the souls of the wicked are cast into hell, where they remain in torments and utter darkness, reserved to the judgment of the great day. Beside these two place, for souls separated from their bodies, the Scripture acknowledges none. 





California Graduate School of Theology's purpose arises out of God's redemptive work in this world effected in Jesus Christ, understood through the biblical Word and mediated by the Holy Spirit. As a theological seminary, it provides learning, resources and training through which men and women may acquire knowledge, gain skills and develop attitudes needed in Christ's ministry. Cal Grad has eight institutional objectives that all focus on student learning. As an academic community of faith, Cal Grad seeks to guide the students:

1. To equip them with exegetical skills whereby they will be able to accurately and faithfully apply God's holy and inerrant Scripture. 

2. To develop sufficient knowledge and skills to understand the organic unity of the Old and the New Testaments whereby they will be able to preach and teach accurately and faithfully God's holy and inerrant Scripture.

3. To experience highest level of academic excellence in Christian scholarship for teaching the biblical, historical and theological disciplines whereby they learn to carry and exhibit this value into their future ministry and vocation. 

4. To exercise their ministry skills and gifts in cooperation with the church with the aim of equipping them to be leaders who serves the church and advance the kingdom of God throughout the world. 

5. To demonstrate sufficient knowledge of the cultural trends and leadership skills with the aim of equipping them to be leaders who lead their ministry through these challenging days. 

6. To mature their spiritual formation through spiritual enrichment activities, regular devotions, and involvement in the local church. 

7. To cultivate vision for God's redemptive work throughout the world and learn to formulate strategies that will leads to faithful missions, evangelism, and discipleship. 

8. To engage in cross-cultural ministry whereby they learn to minister beyond their own culture, community, and country.



The Religious Character of Education | The Word of God indicates very explicitly that the education must be fundamentally religious. In religion, there is no place for neutrality. Education is by logical necessity either Christian or non-Christian. Also, because there is no such human being as an irreligious person, since all persons fall into either the true-religion or false-religion category, we can now go on to assert that there is no such thing as an uneducated person. All men are educated, not only to greater or lesser degrees, but most significantly along either true or false lines. Consequently, it becomes of great importance that we distinguish between Christian and non-Christian, between true and false (pseudo- or mis-) education rather than between the educated and the uneducated. The Christian accepts ChristЎЇs claim that He is the Truth. All those understandings and all those relationships, finally, must be focused on Him if they are to be true. Any process, any growth, and any development which takes place apart from the Truth is false. Any education which is not Christian is ultimately not education. It is pseudo- or mis-education. All education, then, is religious, but not all religion is Christianity. Theology must be central to the educational ministry of the church if the ministry is to be true: Bibliology, the doctrine of God, Christology, Pneumatology, Anthropology, Soteriology, Ecclesiology and Eschatology. 

The Unity of Education | The soul is a unit and education is a unitary process, aiming at the development of manЎЇs essential nature into a harmonious life, full and rich and beautiful. It is utter folly to think that you can inform the intellect without giving direction to the will, that you store the head with knowledge without affecting the emotions, the inclinations, the desires, and the aspirations of the heart. The training of the head and of the heart go together, and in both the fundamental fact that the student is the image-bearer of God must be a determining factor. Curriculum in theological education should be comprehensive in dealing with the whole counsel of God. 

Education is Covenantal | Life is covenantal from the very beginning. God made a covenant with Adam. But man became a covenant breaker. We are all covenant breakers in that we "fall short of the glory of God." But in Christ God has established a new covenant. In distinction from the first covenant, a covenant of works, it is a covenant of grace. In Christ God is reconstructing the human race. A new racial continuity is established; that of the redeemed. The redeemed, they who accept Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, are one in Him, who is the Head of the new covenant. To the redeemed and their children is the promise, "I will establish my covenant between me and thee and thy seed after thee throughout their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee and thy seed after thee." Likewise, "For to you is the promise, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call unto him." In all covenants, however, there are contained two parts. In this case the promise of God and the obligation that promise brings with it constitute these parts. The obligation is the life of the new obedience, namely, that we cleave to this one God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; that we trust in him, and love him with all our heart, with all our soul, with all our mind, and with all our strength; that we forsake the world, crucify our old nature, and walk in a godly life. 

Christ is the Master Teacher | God is the first and great Educator. God's revelation is the content of our teaching (truth, salvation and the will of God.) Jesus was the quintessential Teacher. Jesus was both rabbinic and nonrabbinic. He brought a new paradigm to the rabbinic tradition. Jesus taught using new and distinctive instructional content and methodology in a multicultural setting. He provides the teaching template, the paragon of pedagogy. He was the ultimate authority and the prototype for teaching though He never discussed the subject. Education is an essential part of Christ's Great Commission to disciple the nations. Pauline epistles are in agreement with the teaching in the gospels. Pastoring is never separated from teaching. Pastor and teacher (Eph. 4:11) is one and the same office.





California Graduate School of Theology is a member of the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (TRACS) [15935 Forest Road, Forest, VA 24551; Telephone: (434) 525-9539; e-mail: info@tracs.org], having been awarded Accredited Status as a Category IV institution by the TRACS Accreditation Commission on October 30, 2018. This status is effective for a period of up to five years. TRACS is recognized by the United States Department of Education (USDOE), the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), and the International Network for Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education (INQAAHE).​




In 1969 California Graduate School of Theology (Cal Grad) opened its academic door to provide the highest level quality of theological education possible. It marked a new era for Christian Education as Cal Grad focused on being an interdenominational graduate school with affordable tuition rates, top level scholars at the lecture podium, and a schedule that was designed to meet the demands of the working pastor or student interested in advancing in their Christian education. Today these ideas are common-place but it was Cal Grad that first blazed the trail for such a program of study.


Over 6,000 students have taken pride in being students of Cal Grad. During its 48 year history the names associated with Cal Grad have included such renowned Christian leaders as: D. James Kennedy, Charles Stanley, John MacArthur, Jerry Falwell, David Hocking, I.D.E. Thomas, and Jack Hayford. What is perhaps most noteworthy is that since its inception Cal Grad chose to operate independently of any federal accrediting agencies while meeting or exceeding the standards that such agencies are designed to uphold. The quality of education is understood in the integrity of the classroom instruction, the academic credentials of the professors and administrators, and the ministry accomplishments of the graduates.

As a degree-granting institution in full compliance with the California State Department of Consumer Affairs and the Bureau For Private Postsecondary Education, Cal Grad has submitted to providing the state with financial, academic, and vocational records of the school and its professors/administrators for forty five years. Every degree that has been given by California Graduate School of Theology since 1969 has been in full compliance with state governed education and business standards: B.A. Religion, M.A. Religion, M.Div., D.Min., and an approved ESL program. Several state senators, including Dick Ackerman, have commended the school or its administration for its work in education in the State of California.

Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education

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But what about federal accrediting agencies? The history behind “accreditation” is a history involving government loans and grants and a federally governed system to make sure that government money goes to schools that demonstrate a record of legitimate operation. Certain standards are expected and the agencies oversee that these standards are met in order for students to apply for federal loans and grants. As stated earlier, when Cal Grad was founded its leaders made a purposeful decision to work within the regulations of the state law while at the same time choosing not to participate in federal government programs for loans and grants. Our state compliance and certificates of recognition have consistently proven that Cal Grad has held to a standard that provides quality education to its students – as evidenced by our alumni and distinguished honorary graduates.

Students of California Graduate School of Theology continue to receive a top quality education at an affordable tuition rate designed to work around a busy schedule! Our record speaks for itself and our alumni are the best evidence of how Cal Grad has met a need in theological education and reaches higher each year. It is worth noting that many of our students have had a warm reception of their academic work in accredited colleges, seminaries, and universities. For more information about our programs of study please review our website or email us for more information: info@cgsot.edu




The logo for California Graduate School of Theology depicts a Christian warrior sitting atop a horse prepared for warfare. The warrior is seen with spear in hand, driving a mortal blow into the head of a serpent. The symbolism is reminiscent of the ancient Christian icons depicting St. George slaying the dragon. St. George is the Patron Saint of England and also the patron saint of cavalry from which the word chivalry is derived. The tales of St. George’s bravery are legendary. He is the protector of the land and the saving warrior who protects the King’s daughter from becoming devoured by the dragon or serpent.

Quite naturally, St. George is a fitting example of Jesus Christ who comes both to save the lost from sin and death while also dealing a mortal blow to the enemy of man’s soul, the serpent or Satan. The daughter of the King being held captive reminds us of the bride of Christ who was not left to the destruction of the world, the flesh, or the devil, but was in fact redeemed by the Son of God.

The logo for California Graduate School of Theology reflects the iconographic image of St. George as well as reflecting the theological importance of salvation through Christ alone. California Graduate School of Theology is committed to an uncompromising presentation of the Gospel of Salvation in Jesus Christ alone. It is our goal to present men and women into the Church and into the world as evangelists, teachers, pastors, and scholars with the same uncompromising heart and soul as we depict in our logo. Every graduate must take their place with the sword of Truth, a swiftness and certainty of movement, and defend the truth while trampling down the remaining strongholds of evil in this world. Our call is simply to follow the Master.




As a prospective student, you are encouraged to review the General Catalog prior to signing an enrollment agreement. You are also encouraged to review the School Performance Fact Sheet, which must be provided to you prior to signing an enrollment agreement. 

Cal Grad does not have a pending petition in bankruptcy, is not operating as a debtor in possession, has not filed a petition within the preceding five years, or has not had a petition in bankruptcy filed against it within the preceding five years that resulted in reorganization under Chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code (11 U.S.C. Sec. 1101 et seq.). 

Cal Grad is a 501 (c) (3) private, nonprofit, public benefit institution operation under the jurisdiction of the California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education.

California Graduate School of Theology is a member of the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (TRACS) [15935 Forest Road, Forest, VA 24551; Telephone: (434) 525-9539; e-mail: info@tracs.org], having been awarded Accredited Status as a Category IV institution by the TRACS Accreditation Commission on October 30, 2018. This status is effective for a period of up to five years. TRACS is recognized by the United States Department of Education (USDOE), the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), and the International Network for Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education (INQAAHE).​

Any questions a student may have regarding this catalog or Cal Grad that have not been satisfactorily answered by the institution may be directed to the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education at 2535 Capitol Oaks Drive, Suite 400, Sacramento, CA 95833; mailing address ? P.O. Box 980818, West Sacramento, CA 95798-0818; by E-mail: bppe@dca.ca.gov; Toll free telephone number: 1-(888) 370-7589; Fax: (916) 263-1897; web site address: www.bppe.ca.gov. 

A student or any member of the public may file a complaint about this institution with the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education by calling at 1-(888) 370-7589 or by completing a complaint form, which can be obtained on the bureau's web site: www.bppe.ca.gov.