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Master of Arts (MA) Degrees

When you pursue a Master of Arts degree at Seattle Pacific Seminary, you combine a core study of general theology with specialized study in one of four degrees: Christian ScriptureChristian Studies, Business and Applied Theology, and Reconciliation and Intercultural Studies. The program focuses on the classical theological disciplines of Scripture, church history, theology, and ethics, and reflects Seattle Pacific University’s vision to engage the culture and change the world with the transforming gospel of Jesus Christ.


The MA allows you to focus on traditional theological disciplines while at the same time integrating recent insights and methods from the humanities, social sciences, fine arts, education, psychology, business, and economics. Our goal is that you will be able to apply what you learn in each field of study to the pressing needs of the contemporary church and the postmodern world.

As an MA student, you will develop the knowledge, skills, and multicultural sensitivities you need to understand the Christian faith and put it into faithful and effective practice in a hurting world. You will also experience rich opportunities for worship, fellowship, and personal spiritual growth in the context of SPU’s evangelical Wesleyan heritage.


The MA degree requires you to complete 78 credits, which includes a core curriculum of 42 credits. The core 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 “capstone” of the curriculum is a 3-credit culminating seminar.

Your remaining credits will focus on Christian ScriptureChristian StudiesBusiness and Applied Theology, or Reconciliation and Intercultural Studies, depending on which degree you have chosen.

Faculty Contact

Richard Steele

Professor of Moral and Historical Theology; Associate Dean, Seminary

Phone: 206-281-2160
Office: Alexander Hall

Cristal Jenkins Tanks

Christal Jenkins Tanks discusses her journey to Seattle Pacific Seminary.

SPU Graduate Catalog

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