Tuition & Fees

Tuition paid to Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary covers any course taken through the cross-registration system of the Graduate Theological Union and the University of California, Berkeley. Tuition, fees, rentals and other charges quoted in this section are in effect at the time of printing but are subject to change as may be required for the prudent fiscal management of the institution. Notice of fee increases is given as far in advance as possible.

Cost of Attendance for PLTS

Annual Tuition Based on 24 Credits ( $580/credit): approximately $13,920

Single Student Budget Per Month Single Term 9-Month / Academic Year
Student Association Fee & Technology Fee   $130 $260
Books / Supplies $206 $1,030 $1,854
Housing / Meals $1,362 $6,810  12,258
Transportation $137 $685 $1,233
Miscellaneous $613 $3,065 $5,517
Loan Fees   $135 $270
Total Non-Tuition Expenses $2,318 $11,855  $21,392

Total Cost of Attendance (annual tuition + total non-tuition expenses)= $35,312

Tuition & Fees for GTU M.A. Program

Fees and Information Related to Contextual Education Requirements
Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE)
  • Typical tuition fee: $600
  • May need to move for CPE
  • Need to cover living expenses during this time
  • PLTS offers scholarships up to $1000 to offset those expenses
Cross-Cultural Experience
  • Cost varies depending on nature of experience
  • 2014-2015 costs were in the range of $1000-2500
  • PLTS may offer small scholarships to offset expenses
  • Cost of moving varies depending on site
  • Internship sites may no longer provide health insurance for interns
  • Monthly stipend paid to intern: $1400 (2015-2016 school year), $1600 (2016-2017 school year)
  • Sites are required to pay $1000 administrative fee to PLTS
  • Sites are required to provide housing for intern
  • For students who request geographical restriction, stipend and housing become negotiable
Additional Information
  1. The minimum tuition paid for the M.Div. degree taken entirely at PLTS must equal full-time tuition for 6 semesters. The minimum tuition paid for the MTS degree taken entirely at PLTS must equal full-time tuition for 4 semesters. The tuition charges are those in effect during the student’s years of enrollment.
  2. For students transferring from other schools, minimum required tuition for the M.Div. degree will be adjusted according to a determination of the number of units transferred to the PLTS degree program.
  3. The continuation fee for MA students is charged after 4 semesters of full-time tuition is paid.
  4. For tuition information on summer courses, refer to the current Cooperative Summer Session brochure.
  5. Completed registration statements are due in the PLTS registrar’s office by 3:30 p.m. on the last day of registration. Statements submitted after that time are subject to a late fee.
  6. Changes in registration after the registration statement has been filed (i.e., dropping or adding a course, changing the grade option, etc.) require a change form and payment of the $30 change fee.

For further information, call the PLTS Business Office at (510) 559-2723.

Any student enrolled in any program of the GTU or a member institution who is delinquent in any obligation to the GTU or to any of its members (including, but not limited to, housing regulations, tuition and fees) will not be entitled to any certification from the GTU or its members, such as diplomas, transcripts or registration for course work, until the GTU or the member school certifies that such delinquency has been made good.