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Master of Divinity (MDiv)

The Master of Divinity degree at SPU is built 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. It is the normative degree to prepare you for ordained ministry and for general pastoral leadership responsibilities.

Who Should Pursue This Degree

If you are interested in preparing for ordained ministry and for general pastoral leadership responsibilities in churches as well as parachurch, mission, and other settings, then this degree track is for you. It is also the recommended first theological degree for admission to doctoral programs oriented to theological research and teaching.

Benefits

The Master of Divinity incorporates knowledge of Christian heritage (Scripture, church history, and theology), understanding of cultural context, growth in spiritual depth and moral integrity, and capacity for ministerial and public leadership. In addition, the MDiv degree program provides you with a breadth of exposure to the various theological fields of study so that you are educated for a comprehensive range of pastoral responsibilities and skills.

As an MDiv 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 for the benefit of the contemporary church and the postmodern world. You will also experience rich opportunities for worship, fellowship, and personal spiritual growth in the context of SPU’s evangelical Wesleyan heritage. And you will be equipped to apply what you have learned and experienced in the Master of Divinity program to the pressing needs of the contemporary church and the postmodern world, whether it is in a church, parachurch, mission, or other setting.

Requirements

The MDiv degree requires you to complete 120 credits. The first 39 credits are taken in the core curriculum upon which all Seattle Pacific Seminary programs are based. This curriculum consists of three 2-credit intensive introductory courses in spiritual formation and mission, and three courses each in Bible, church history, and theology/ethics. The remaining credits are taken in a number of theological and practical disciplines.

View or download the MDiv program tracking sheet (PDF).

Faculty Contact

Richard Steele

Professor of Moral and Historical Theology; Associate Dean, Seminary

Email: rsteele@spu.edu
Phone: 206-281-2160
Office: Alexander Hall

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