Seattle Pacific Seminary

  • Brenda Salter McNeil

    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 six 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 Highlights

2017 Walls Lecture with Dr. Rob Wall

"The History of Scripture at SPU"
Tuesday, May 2, 7pm - Upper Gwinn Commons

SPS Commissioning Service 2017

Thursday, June 8, 6-7pm - FFMC
Reception beforehand at 5pm.

2017 SOT Book Celebration

Thursday, May 18, 3-4:30pm - FFMC Fine Center

Join Seattle Pacific University’s Center for Biblical and Theological Education, School of Theology, and Seattle Pacific Seminary for a special event highlighting our faculty authors.

Camp Casey Newsletter: A Community Formation of Spiritual Growth

"Not all classrooms have four corners.  SPU [seminary] students enrolled in the master of arts (MA) degree program or master of divinity (MDIV) degree program find themselves at Camp Casey attending a core requirement class, THEO 6001.  Most years Doug Strong, dean and professor of the history of Christianity, teaches this five-day, retreat-based intensive course.  This year however, the class was taught by Rick Steele, professor of moral and historical theology and associate dean, graduate studies.  Together as a community, these students study and practice historic spiritual disciples as a grounding for their seminary experience and a lifetime of ministry."

For more of this October article from Camp Casey, click here.

Learning Communities at Seattle Pacific Seminary

The students at Seattle Pacific Seminary have now been organized into five "learning communities" ("LC").  This action is in response to the ATS Educational Standard, Section ES 1.1.2., which reads: "The number of students enrolled in any degree program, along with those who have shared investment in the educational goals of that degree program (i.e., those with regular and substantive interaction with the learnings) shall be sufficient to ensure a viable community of learning" (p. 2 of 18).  To learn more, please check out the SPS Blog, SignPosts.

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ATS Accreditation

Seattle Pacific Seminary of Seattle Pacific University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the Association of Theological Schools, 10 Summit Park Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15275-1110; (412) 788-6505.  The following degree programs are approved by the Commission on Accrediting: Master of Divinity, Master of Arts in Asian-American Ministry (Professional MA), Master of Arts in Business and Applied Theology (Professional MA), Master of Arts in Christian Leadership (Professional MA), Master of Arts in Reconciliation and Intercultural Studies (Professional MA), Master of Arts (Christian Scripture) (Academic MA), and Master of Arts (Christian Studies) (Academic MA).


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.  Updated every Friday.