Seattle Pacific Seminary

  • BSM

    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

Announcement: Dr. Kerry Dearborn and Dr. Ed Smyth's Retirement

At the end of the 2015-2016 academic year, two gifted and beloved faculty members of the School of Theology, Dr. Kerry Dearborn and Dr. Ed Smyth, will be retiring.

They will be honored at a retirement reception on Monday, May 23, which is open to faculty, staff and alumni who have known them.  If you would like more information on the reception, please contact   If you would like to email a tribute for Dr. Dearborn and/or Dr. Smyth, to be given at the reception, please send messages to

We will miss both of them deeply and wish them the best in this next chapter. 

From the Associate Dean's Desk: My Prison a Palace

“On a spring day in the year 203, a 22-year old Christian woman by the name of Vibia Perpetua was arrested by Roman imperial soldiers.  The charge against her, to which she very proudly pled guilty, was ‘being a Christian.’  [….]  [While in prison,] Perpetua’s baby was restored to her for a time.  She [wrote in her journal]: ‘[Arranging] for the baby to stay with me in prison…instantly made me feel better—no more pain and anxiety for the baby’s sake.  And so for me the prison suddenly became a palace, so that I didn’t want to be anywhere else.’”

New Assistant Professor of Theological Studies: Dr. Shannon Smythe

It is our privilege to announce Dr. Shannon Smythe as Assistant Professor of Theological Studies, beginning September 1, 2016.  Dr. Smythe earned her B.A. from SPU in Christian Theology and Educational Ministry, and she earned her M.Div. and Ph.D. from Princeton Theological Seminary. For more information, click here. We are thrilled to have her join us!

Dr. Estrelda Y. Alexander to Adjunct

Seattle Pacific Seminary is pleased to announce that Dr. Estrelda Y. Alexander will be serving as an adjunct professor for the Fall 2016 term, teaching the seminary course "Social Holiness in Context" (THEO 6003).  Dr. Alexander is the President of William Seymour College in Maryland; she previously taught at Regent University and Wesley Theological Seminary.  For more information on Dr. Alexander, click here.  We are grateful for the opportunity to welcome Dr. Alexander to Seattle and SPS!

Lectio: The Gospel of Mark

Have you ever wondered how to follow Jesus when you haven’t got it all figured out? When Jesus surprises you? Or when you need encouragement to be faithful? Join us as we explore these questions and more through Jesus’ life and ministry as told in the Gospel of Mark.

The Center for Biblical and Theological Education presents an evening of rich study with SPU Assistant Professor of New Testament Laura C.S. Holmes. We’ll examine this important text in preparation for our winter Lectio series.  

View All


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.


Program in Christian Social Entrepreneurship

In June 2016, SPU will be offering an exciting new program in Christian Social Entrepreneurship (CSE). 

The CSE program is for students and church leaders who are motivated to combine business skills with seminary-level theological training in order to launch mission-focused businesses, non-profits and/or church-based enterprises.  Learn more here.