Master of Arts (MA) in Theology
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Seattle Pacific Seminary offers six different Master of Arts (MA) degrees. Two of these, in Christian Studies and Christian Scripture, are academically oriented degrees, which prepare you for teaching and research in one of the theological disciplines, and are ideal for you if you are preparing for doctoral study. The other four — Asian American Ministry, Business and Applied Theology, Christian Leadership, and Reconciliation and Intercultural Studies — are professionally oriented degrees, which prepare you for specialized ministry in various contexts.
All six of these MA degrees in theology support SPU’s vision to engage the culture and change the world with the transforming gospel of Jesus Christ. They are built on an integrated core curriculum consisting of courses in Scripture, church history, theology and ethics, spiritual formation, mission, and ministry. The learning obtained from these fields of study is applied to the pressing needs of the contemporary church and the postmodern world.
Each degree has its own suite of advanced courses. These include additional courses in Bible, theology, ethics, and practical ministry, as well as suitable “interdisciplinary” courses offered by other SPU graduate programs, including business and economics, education, industrial/organizational psychology and/or marriage and family therapy.
All six MA degrees consist of 78 quarter credits (= 52 semester credits) of coursework — 39 credits of core courses, and 39 credits of program-specific courses. You may transfer easily from any of these degrees to any of the others or to the MDiv program, if your professional objectives change during your course of study.
University and program requirements for admission into any of the MA in theology programs include:
To enroll in any of Seattle Pacific Seminary's Master of Arts theology programs, you must submit:
Acceptance Into the Program
The Seattle Pacific Seminary Admissions Committee will evaluate applicants on the basis of their application materials. The combination of your 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 Seattle Pacific Seminary Admissions Committee and communicated to the applicant in conjunction with The Graduate Center.
If you wish to apply graduate-level coursework completed at a regionally accredited university or an ATS-accredited divinity school or seminary toward your MA in theology program, you must provide official transcripts and, in some cases, course syllabi. You may transfer up to 27 quarter credits from other graduate programs.
To receive transfer credit:
Credit for Prior Coursework
If you (1) have been granted a master’s degree from another regionally accredited university or (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, you will have your transcripts evaluated during the admissions process.
Applications are due May 15, although it is recommended that you complete application materials before April 1 to be eligible for financial aid.