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2014-2015 Graduate Catalog


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Seattle Pacific University is committed to the entire learning community of resident faculty, students, and staff, as well as off-campus professionals who serve in agencies, schools, corporations, and other organizations.

Graduate program instructors model active scholarship and Christian perspectives through practice, publication, and presentations. They reinforce theoretical study by emphasizing projects, field-based activities, and public colloquia.

Graduate students develop critical-thinking skills in the context of mentoring relationships. They bring extensive knowledge and experience to the classroom, creating a rich environment of cooperative and reciprocal learning.

They graduate equipped to address professional organizational issues, influence policy, and promote systemic change, serving as active leaders in their communities, and fulfilling SPU's vision of engaging the culture and changing the world.

The Wesleyan evangelical tradition approaches questions of faith and practice from the perspectives of Scripture, history, reason, and experience. Hence, graduate programs are grounded in biblical narrative, a reasoned Christian worldview, and applied ethics.

Graduate education seeks to foster an obedient disposition toward God and the service of others. The love of Christ mandates societal engagement as well as personal religious growth.

Responsibility for graduate study policies is vested in the Graduate Policy and Evaluation Committee (GPEC).


Seattle Pacific University is a Christian University fully committed to engaging the culture and changing the world by graduating people of competence and character, becoming people of wisdom, and modeling grace-filled community.


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