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Master of Arts (Christian Studies)

The Master of Arts (Christian Studies) (MA(CSt)) degree 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. If you select the MA(CSt) degree, you will combine a core study of general theology with specialized study in Christian Studies.


As an Master of Arts (Christian Studies) 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 core curriculum of 39 credits consists of three 2-credit “intensives” — introductory courses in spiritual formation and mission — and three courses each in Bible, church history, and theology/ethics.

Of the remaining credits required for the degree, six will be Scripture courses, three in the art of teaching the Bible and theology, and 24 in theological or interdisciplinary courses of your choice.

The “capstone” of the program is a 6-credit master's thesis.

View or download the MA(CSt) program tracking sheet (PDF).

Faculty Contact

Richard Steele

Professor of Moral and Historical Theology; Associate Dean, Seminary

Phone: 206-281-2160
Office: 4 West Nickerson

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