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    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, Apostolate®,” 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

"Race in America After Ferguson" Event Part II, Q&A Session

Following up the presentations by the four SPU professors (Dr. David Nienhuis, Dr. Brian Bantum, Dr. Kimberly Segall, and Dr. Jorge Presciado), the floor was opened up for a Q&A session.  Audience members participated by texting in their questions and Tali Hairston, the Director of the John M. Perkins Center, moderated.

"Race in America After Ferguson" Event Synopsis

On Tuesday, October 28, 2014, the SPU community was presented with the opportunity to more fully participate in God's work of reconciliation.  The “Race In America After Ferguson” forum led by SPU faculty, held on campus at Upper Gwinn, offered a historical and theological context to process the recent events in Ferguson as they relate to race relations.  This is a synopsis of that event. 

13th Annual Day of Common Learning Synopsis

SPU’s 13th annual Day of Common Learning on October 22, 2014 featured keynote speaker Andy Crouch, the executive editor of “Christianity Today.”  The theme of Crouch’s talk and the day’s subsequent afternoon sessions was on power.  “We don’t often talk about it,” he said, and he wonders if it’s possible to have an honest yet hopeful conversation.  Despite knowing the difficulty of this topic, Crouch navigated through by using the book of Genesis and discussing how the vulnerable and those with authority can intersect.

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From the Associate Dean's Desk

Insights from the Associate Dean himself -- sharing stories, thought-provoking topics and anecdotes you would hear in a sermon, the classroom or over a cup of coffee.


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 students first year of enrollment with SPS, or the first 40 credits of Seminary courses (Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer quarters), whichever comes first.

More information.


Meet SPS Alum and Adjunct Professor Kelsie Job

This is Kelsie: Hear how Kelsie chose to attend seminary at SPS after her time as an undergrad at SPU, and her ultimate goal of becoming a professor. She is currently living out that goal by teaching two undergraduate courses at SPU, “Christian Scripture” and “Biblical Texts: Isaiah”.