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Seattle Pacific Seminary

  • Brenda Salter McNeil

    The Master of Arts in Reconciliation and Intercultural Studies (MA-RIS) is one of four master of arts degrees that Seattle Pacific Seminary offers. SPS also offers a master of divinity (MDiv) degree and a Graduate Certificate in Christian Studies.

Are you interested in being part of a thriving seminary community in a rich, urban setting? Do you want your graduate studies to affect not just your mind, but also your heart? Join us in a fellowship of learning, discipleship, worship, and mission, where you and your study of theology can flourish. With a unique model of theological education we call “Academy, Abbey, and ApostolateTM,” Seattle Pacific Seminary will equip you for ministry in the 21st century.

Seminary Degrees

As a Seminary student, you can choose from four Master of Arts (MA) degrees, a Master of Divinity (MDiv), and four Dual Degrees (MBA, MST) — as well as a Graduate Certificate in Christian Studies — all of which support SPU’s vision to engage the culture and change the world with the transforming gospel of Jesus Christ.

Seminary News and Events

Synopsis of “Spiritual But Not Religious: Seeking Transcendence in a Secular Age” Discussion

The Pacific Northwest has some of the lowest rates of “religious” observance in the world. The Northwest is filled with people who describe themselves as “spiritual, but not religious.”

Dr. James K. A. Smith gave a lecture on the phenomenon, then ushered in a panel discussion, which included Dr. James Wellman (University of Washington), Dr. Chelle Stearns (Seattle School of Theology and Psychology) and Dr. David Leong (Seattle Pacific Seminary).  Synopsis written by SPS student Megan Wildhood.

Synopsis of the 2014 Paul T. Walls Lecture: "The Book of Revelation in the Present Tense" (Part I)

The annual SPU Paul T. Walls lecture was held in First Free Methodist Church on May 7, 2014, with Rev. Dr. Rob Wall as the keynote speaker.  During the first half of his lecture, Dr. Wall identified two basic questions about the book of Revelation: What is the real address of this book?  Who are its intended readers who live there?  Then he summarized the three main ways the Church has sought to answer these two questions: by looking at Revelation in the past, future, and present tense.  This is a synopsis of part one of the lecture, written by SPS student Megan Wildhood.

Pope-Levison Blogs About Her New Book

Professor of Theology Priscilla Pope-Levison recently penned an entry, “Cars, Planes, and Gospel Grenades: Women Evangelists Settle Down,” for NYU Press’ blog. It features interesting highlights from her latest book, Building the Old Time Religion: Women Evangelists in the Progressive Era (NYU Press, Dec. 2013).

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Meet SPS Alumni Donovan Richards

This is Donovan: Hear about Donovan's non-traditional journey through seminary, getting his master's degree in Business and Applied Theology and currently working as a business analyst.


Meet SPS Alumni Dave Sim

This is Dave: Hear about Dave's journey as a pastor's kid, InterVarsity staff member, SPS seminarian, and currently the lead pastor of a church plant, Renew Covenant Church.


New Church and Parachurch Staff Tuition Discount

The Seattle Pacific Seminary Tuition Discount Program is now extended to both church and parachurch full- or part-time staff.

The program offers a 50 percent tuition discount for a student's first year of enrollment with SPS, or the first 40 credits of Seminary courses (Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer quarter), whichever comes first.

For more information, click here.