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About the School of Theology

Since its founding in 1891 as Seattle Seminary, Seattle Pacific University has equipped men and women to engage the culture with the gospel of Jesus Christ.

The Epistle of James tells us that reflecting deeply on faith and living out faith in the world go hand-in-hand. If you are looking for a community that is grounded in an ever-deepening and ever-challenging Christian faith, you’ll find it in the SPU School of Theology. The School of Theology houses undergraduate programs as well as Seattle Pacific Seminary.

Our Mission Statement

"The School of Theology at SPU seeks to educate and prepare all our students to engage the culture as thoughtful people. We seek to foster their intellectual, personal, and spiritual growth, and help them master those critical skills and multicultural sensitivities needed to understand Christian faith and translate it into practices that change the world."

Our Distinctive Vision:
Academy, Abbey, and Apostolate®

In the School of Theology, we embrace a threefold model of theological education that we call “Academy, Abbey, and Apostolate®.”

The interplay of scholarship, spiritual edification, and service — all informed by our Wesleyan heritage that joins "knowledge and vital piety" as a means of changing the world — defines a vision that distinguishes SPU among theology schools and seminaries. 

Degrees

Our Christian Theology undergraduate major lets you choose from four areas of concentration: Christian Mission, Christian Scripture, Educational Ministry, and Theological Studies. We also offer seven minors.

Seattle Pacific Seminary offers a Master of Arts in Theology (MA) with five tracks, a Master of Divinity (MDiv), and four dual degrees in partnership with other schools at SPU. 

University Foundations Courses

In addition to undergraduate theology majors and seminary students, the School of Theology serves all undergraduate students through three required University Foundations courses: Christian Formation, Christian Scriptures, and Christian Theology. These courses introduce all SPU students to the biblical heritage and distinctive doctrines and practices of various strands within the historic Christian tradition.

Center for Biblical and Theological Education

The Center for Biblical and Theological Education in the SPU School of Theology was founded to provide biblical and theological education for faculty, staff, and students; the church; and the world. One of its signature offerings is Lectio: Guided Bible Reading, a four-year, online program of readings and podcasts led by School of Theology faculty. The CBTE was originally funded in part by a grant from the Murdock Charitable Trust.

Asian American Ministry Program

The Asian American Ministry Program plays a central role in Seattle Pacific Seminary's vision for theological education in the 21st century. Through courses, mentorships, field education, cross-cultural immersion experiences, and conferences, the program equips a new generation of leaders to witness to the transforming gospel of Jesus Christ.  

Alexander Hall

Alexander Hall

Home of the School of Theology

The School of Theology is housed in historic Alexander Hall, a four-story, red-brick building with four hip-roofed towers. Constructed in 1893, Alexander Hall is SPU’s oldest structure.

Studying in Library

SOT Faculty Books

School of Theology faculty have published more than 60 books, on topics ranging from global Christianity, to theodicy, to women and Christianity — as well as commentaries and scholarly monographs on books and topics of the Bible. SOT faculty book page.

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