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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 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

“No Limits, No Boundaries” Lecture Recap

On May 19, which also happened to be the 25th anniversary of the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), SPU’s Center for Learning, School of Theology, School of Business, School of Psychology, Office of Student Life, Theatre Department and other sponsors hosted the first annual “No Limits, No Boundaries” event centered on disability.  

New Master of Arts in Christian Leadership Degree

The Master of Arts in Christian Leadership (MA-CL) balances elements of rigorous scholarship in the classical theological disciplines of Bible, church history, theology, and ethics. If you select the MA-CL degree, you will receive training in the practice of the spiritual disciplines, vocational discernment, and ministry in diverse communities. You will also be prepared in various professional skills, such as preaching, pastoral care, organizational leadership, and church administration.

For more information, click here.

New Master of Arts in Asian American Ministry Degree

The Master of Arts in Asian American Ministry (MA-AAM) degree program focuses on the classical theological disciplines of Scripture, church history, theology, and ethics. It 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-AAM degree, you will combine a core study of general theology with specialized study in race, culture, psychology, Asian American context, and Christian reconciliation.

For more information, click here.

Synopsis of the 2015 Paul T. Walls Lecture

The annual SPU Paul T. Walls lecture was held in First Free Methodist Church on May 6, 2015, with Dr. Doug Koskela as the keynote speaker.  His talk entitled, “I Knew When Written on My Heart: Experience and the Knowledge of God,” Dr. Koskela asks the question whether an experience of the heart enables us to know God?  How can we relate the intellectual claims of the Christian faith to the dynamics we experience on the way of salvation?  To read more about Dr. Koskela’s lecture, this is a synopsis by Megan Wildhood.

From the Associate Dean's Desk: The Ties That Bind

"Tom Krueger was standing at the church lectern, wearing golfing duds and carrying a nine-iron.  He looked, and apparently felt, a bit sheepish.  But, as usual, he had a mischievous twinkle in his eye too.  'I’m dressed today,' he said, 'the way I usually dress on Sunday mornings.  You’re probably wondering why I, of all people, should be standing here on Stewardship Sunday, encouraging you folks to increase your commitment of ‘time, talents and treasures’ to this church, when my own commitment isn’t what it should be.  I’m wondering that, too.'  We all knew Tom, and we all howled with laughter.  But the pledges that came in on that autumn day in 1983 more than covered the budget for 1984."

To read more about Dr. Steele's friendship with the Kruegers, click here.

Summer 2015 Courses at SPU: Open to
Pastors and Church Leaders

This summer, Seattle Pacific University’s Center for Biblical and Theological Education offers two courses rooted in deep biblical and theological reflection for pastors and church leaders.

Welcome Dr. Matthew Sigler

Seattle Pacific Seminary is pleased to announce that Dr. Matthew Sigler has accepted the position of Assistant Professor of Wesleyan Theology and United Methodist Liaison.  He will be teaching an adjunct seminary course this June, and then begin a full course load in September for the 2015-2016 school year.  Dr. Sigler will be teaching seminary courses in church history, worship, United Methodist history, doctrine, polity, and undergraduate University Foundations courses.  He will also work with United Methodist students and represent the seminary to various United Methodist judicatories.

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Calling and Clarity: Discovering What God Wants for Your Life

This is a new book by Associate Professor of Theology Doug Koskela.  He seeks to ease frustration people often feel when wrestling with their vocation and calling by distinguishing between "missional calling," "direct calling," and "general calling."


SignPosts Blog

Have you explored our new seminary blog, SignPosts?

SignPosts represents the virtual community of SPS.  This space is devoted to telling stories, sharing announcements, curating articles, and convening conversations on the intersection of faith, theology, church, and contemporary context.  It is a space we hope will expand horizons and inspire reflection, so please check it out!


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.

For more information, click here.