Master of Divinity
SCHOOL OF THEOLOGY
The Master of Divinity (M.Div.) is the normative degree to prepare persons for ordained ministry and for general pastoral leadership responsibilities in congregations and other settings. It is also the recommended first theological degree for admission to advanced doctoral programs oriented to theological research and teaching.
The M.Div. degree at Seattle Pacific University supports SPU's vision to engage the culture and change the world with the transforming gospel of Jesus Christ. The degree is built on the classical theological disciplines of Scripture, church history, theology, and ethics. The learning obtained from these fields of study is applied to the pressing needs of the contemporary church and the postmodern world.
The M.Div. degree at SPU incorporates knowledge of Christian heritage (Scripture, church history, and theology), understanding of cultural context, growth in spiritual depth and moral integrity, and capacity for ministerial and public leadership. In addition, the M.Div. degree provides a breadth of exposure to the various theological fields of study, educating students for a comprehensive range of pastoral responsibilities and skills.
The degree consists of 120 quarter credits (which is equivalent to 80 semester credits). The first 42 quarter credits are taken in a core curriculum upon which all graduate programs in the School of Theology are based.
University and program requirements for admission into the Master of Divinity (M.Div.) program include:
Applicants who desire to enroll in Seattle Pacific University's Master of Divinity (M.Div.) program must submit:
1. A graduate application for admission.
2. A $50 processing fee.
3. Official transcripts from all undergraduate institutions.
4. Two letters of recommendation: (1) one from a clergyperson, church staff person, or parachurch professional who will attest to the applicant's emotional, spiritual, and academic readiness for graduate theological study; and (2) one academic reference from a former professor who knows the applicant's academic work well.
5. A typed personal statement. Statements should be three to four pages in length. The statement should address career objectives, a narrative of personal Christian experience, rationale for seeking the degree and choosing to attend SPU, and other insights the applicant deems appropriate.
Applicants who do not speak English as their first language must also submit scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). A minimum score of 550 on the paper-based test or 213 on the computer-based test is required.
Applicants who are not citizens or permanent residents of the United States must provide an official confidential affidavit of financial support covering the first year of intended enrollment. Without this document, SPU cannot issue an I-20 immigration form.
ACCEPTANCE INTO THE PROGRAM
The School of Theology Graduate Admissions Committee will evaluate applicants on the basis of their application materials. The combination of previous coursework, academic achievement, professional experience, emotional and spiritual preparedness, and personal goals will be used in the evaluation.
Admission to the program will be made by the SOT Graduate Admissions Committee and communicated to the applicant in conjunction with The Graduate Center.
Applicants who wish to apply graduate-level coursework at a regionally accredited university, divinity school, or seminary into the M.Div. program must provide applicable transcripts and/or syllabi. Applicants may transfer up to 40 quarter credits into the M.Div. program.
Credit for prior coursework
Applicants who (1) have been granted a master's degree from another regionally accredited university, (2) have taken graduate level coursework in theology or a field related to the cross-disciplinary courses offered in the Student Ministry and Culture or Business and Applied Theology tracks, or (3) have taken coursework related to the M.Div. degree will have their transcripts evaluated during the admissions process.
Applications are due May 15. It is recommended that students complete application materials before April 1 to be eligible for financial aid.