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Scholarship Informed by Faith
The clear Christian commitment of Seattle Pacific University has remained the same since 1891. The institution continues to believe that the finest education is informed by Christian faith.

As a university, Seattle Pacific has a mission of intellectual inquiry. Believing that the Christian faith calls it to excellence both intellectually and spiritually the University actively strives to provide the highest quality education available. In keeping with this, academic freedom and integrity are highly prized.

What does this mean to students? It means that they are taught by professors who approach their discipline from a Christian perspective. But students are not told what to believe. Instead, through the educational process of inquiry, discussion, and experience, they are encouraged to develop a mature, personal faith.

Students are challenged at SPU. And the University seeks to create an environment that balances freedom and support as they grapple with difficult questions. The goal is to help students emerge with an even deeper Christian conviction and a desire for Christian leadership and service.

Academic Structure

College of Arts and Sciences
  Division of Fine Arts

  Division of Humanities
  Communication and Journalism
Foreign Languages and Literatures
  Division of Science and Engineering
Computer Science
Pre-Professional Programs
  Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences
  Family and Consumer Sciences
Health and Human Performance
Political Science

General Studies Major
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Professional Studies Major
Student-Designed Majors

School of Business and Economics
Business Administration
Professional Development
School of Education
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Secondary Certification
Special Education
Center for Professional Education
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School of Psychology, Family, and Community
School of Theology

Christian Theology

Special Programs
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Graduate Studies

Graduate programs at Seattle Pacific University emphasize competence and character through academic excellence, theoretical and applied research, and service to the community. Academic policies related to graduate programs are under the purview of the faculty Curriculum Committee.


Degrees Offered
College of Arts and Sciences

Creative Writing (MFA)
Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages: TESOL (MA)
Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages: TESOL (MA) with K-12 Certification

School of Business and Economics
  Business Administration (MBA)
Information Systems Management (MS-ISM)
Social and Sustainable Management (MA)
School of Education

Alternative Routes to Certification (ARC/MAT)

Counselor Education (PhD)

Teacher Leadership (MEd)
Education, Doctorate (PhD)

Education, Doctorate (EdD)

Educational Leadership (MEd)

Literacy (MEd)

Literacy (MEd) with K-12 Certification

Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)

School Counseling (MEd)

Teaching Math and Science (MTMS)

Certification Programs

Executive Leadership with Program Administrator Certification

Executive Leadership with Specialization

Principal Certification

Program Administrator Certification

School Counseling Certification (Educational Staff Associate Certification)

Superintendent Certification

School of Health Sciences

Nursing (MSN)

Nurse Educator Certificate (Post-Bac/Post-Master's)

ARNP Certification (Post-Master's)

School of Psychology, Family, and Community
  Clinical Psychology (PhD)
Marriage and Family Therapy (MS)
Medical Family Therapy Certificate
Industrial/Organizational Psychology (MA and PhD)
Seattle Pacific Seminary
  Theology (MA)
Divinity (MDiv)
Graduate Certificate in Christian Studies
Dual Degree Programs
  Divinity (MDiv) / Business Administration (MBA)
Divinity (MDiv) / Marriage and Family Therapy (MS)
Theology (MA) / Business Administration (MBA)
Theology (MA) / Marriage and Family Therapy (MS)


For further information on graduate programs, visit the Graduate Center website.

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