As the oldest Protestant seminary west of the Mississippi River, the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, California prepares about 200 students each year for ordination within a variety of religious denominations. Its faculty boasts a diversity of perspective rarely found elsewhere, incorporating experienced authorities from Buddhism, Judaism, Catholicism and many other faiths. Degree options include seven master’s and doctor’s programs in fields such as ministry and theology, and four certificate programs. PSR’s focus is grounded in its Contextual Learning Program, which requires personal interaction with Bay Area communities and three credits of cultural-immersion study as a part of any curriculum. A pioneer in LGBT issues, PSR was also the first institution of its kind in the country to open a Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies in Religion and Ministry. And for an even richer experience within their fields, students can take in the well-preserved collection of biblical texts and other artifacts at the Bade Museum of Biblical Archaeology. The bevy of resources here is rounded out by a full-service information technology department and dedicated financial aid staff. The Pacific School of Religion: a clear path to a greater spiritual connection.