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MBA/MA (Christian Studies) or MDiv

Through a program offered by the Seattle Pacific Seminary and the SPU School of Business and Economics, you can earn dual degrees: either an MA (Christian Studies) or an MDiv, plus an MBA.

The Integration of Business and Theology

The scandals rocking the business world in the last decade have left younger generations with increased levels of cynicism. From Enron to Wall Street, stories of greed and selfishness permeate our cultural consciousness. With business schools teaching profit maximization as the sole purpose of business, the academy has done little to alter society’s pre-conceived notions of the marketplace.

Unfortunately, the church speaks minimally to those in the business world. Aside from pithy statements suggesting how the Christian businessperson must strive to live morally in the business place, the church views business in purely instrumental terms. Put differently, the predominant view of business in the church is that it exists to bankroll ministry.

But what if business holds intrinsic value in the Kingdom of God? What if Christians could find vocation in the marketplace? Grounded in sound theological reflection and rigorous business education, Seattle Pacific University’s School of Theology and School of Business and Economics provide dual degrees in business and theology.

This program combining an MBA with an MA (Christian Studies) or an MDiv focuses on rethinking the way business does business. As many as 24 credits may be counted toward both degrees, for a savings of about two academic quarters worth of time and tuition.

Who Should Pursue Dual Degrees

Are you a business professional or nonprofit employee desiring to augment business education with a theological background? Are you a prospective Seminary student wanting to serve in the business world? Then the MA (Christian Studies) or MDiv/MBA dual degree program at SPU is a perfect fit. Dual degrees give you practical tools for the marketplace and provide answers to the underlying questions about why business matters.

Many Christians in the workplace are looking for a deeper education. Seattle Pacific Seminary is uniquely positioned to provide an education that augments the practical skills of the MBA degree with an exploration of the profound questions about how and why a Christian business person can find vocation in business.

Benefits

By pursuing dual degrees in Business Administration and Christian Studies, you will bring together skills and knowledge in both disciplines, enriching your graduate education and your career opportunities. You will also earn two advanced degrees in less time than it would take you to earn the same two degrees separately.

Career Opportunities

Dual degrees in Business Administration and Christian Studies will enable you to serve in the marketplace as a Christian grounded in the Scriptures and theology. You could also serve as a business or finance manager of a church or parachurch organization. 

Requirements

To earn the dual degrees, you will need to apply to the School of Business and Economics MBA program as well as to Seattle Pacific Seminary (acceptance in one does not guarantee acceptance in the other). Once you are admitted to both programs, you will receive a specialized program plan to follow for the duration of your enrollment at SPU. The dual degree program also includes internship options and a Theology and Business Integration Seminar that make connections between the disciplines of business and theology.

View or download the MBA/MA (Christian Studies) dual degree program checklist (PDF).

The configuration of the MBA/MDiv dual degree will be worked out on an individualized basis between the student and the associate deans of the School of Theology and the School of Business and Economics.

Faculty Contact

Richard Steele

Professor of Moral and Historical Theology; Associate Dean, Seminary

Email: rsteele@spu.edu
Phone: 206-281-2160
Office: 4 West Nickerson

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