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Master of Divinity (M.Div.)







The Master of Divinity (M.Div.) program is the normative degree to prepare you 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.

  • The curriculum consists of two one-week intensive introductory courses in spiritual formation and mission, and three courses each in Bible, church history, and theology/ethics.
  • The remaining credits are taken in a number of theological disciplines.


University and program requirements for admission into the master of divinity (M.Div.) program include:

  • A minimum of a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  • Applicants must have had a minimum grade-point average of 3.0 in the last 45 quarter credits (30 semester credits) of course work completed before applying for admission or in all undergraduate work, whichever is higher.
  • Successful submission of all other materials and documents required for admission, as detailed below.


To enroll in Seattle Pacific University's master of divinity (M.Div.) program, you 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 your emotional, spiritual, and academic readiness for graduate theological study; and (2) one academic reference from a former professor who knows your academic work well.
  5. A typed personal statement. Statements should be three to four pages in length. The statement should address your career objectives, a narrative of your personal Christian experience, rationale for seeking the degree and choosing to attend SPU, and other insights you deem appropriate.

International Students

If you do not speak English as your first language, you 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.

If you are not a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, you 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 you on the basis of you 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 you in conjunction with The Graduate Center.

Transfer credits

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. You may transfer up to 40 quarter credits into the M.Div. program.

  • To receive transfer credit, each course must be at least 3 graduate-quarter credits and be equivalent to courses taught in the School of Theology at SPU.
  • Each course will be considered on a case-by-case basis as to the fulfillment of specific curricular requirements.
  • A minimum grade of B will be needed for transferred work. 
  • All courses applied toward the graduate degree must be taken within seven years of admission.
  • In all cases, the final 40 M.Div. credits must be taken at SPU.

Credit for prior coursework

You will have your transcripts evaluated during the admissions process for the following:

  • Have been granted a master's degree from another regionally accredited university.
  • 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.
  • Have taken coursework related to the M.Div. degree.

Application Deadlines

Applications are due May 15, but it is recommended that you complete application materials before April 1 to be eligible for financial aid.


Apply online, and for more information about this program, contact The Graduate Center at, or at 206-281-2888 or 800-601-0603 (toll free). 


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