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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.
The MDiv degree at Seattle Pacific Seminary is built on the classical theological disciplines of Scripture, church history, and theology, and prepares you for ordained ministry, other pastoral leadership, or admission to doctoral programs in theology.
Seattle Pacific Seminary offers the richness of a seminary within a comprehensive Christian university — including four dual-degree programs in partnership with the Schools of Business and Economics, and Psychology, Family, and Community.
Seattle Pacific Seminary’s vision for educating students is defined by a threefold model that we call “Academy, Abbey, and Apostolate®.” Throughout your education, you will be challenged to study theology in a rigorous, yet holistic manner that is equally focused on your spiritual formation, and your vocational preparedness.
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.
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.
MDiv 2016, From Littleton, CO
MA in Theology 2016, From Tacoma, WA
Jessica Portwood Jaeger
MDiv 2012, From Knoxville, TN
MA in Theology 2014, From Seattle, WA
MDiv 2016, From Mercer Island, WA
Cristal Jenkins Tanks
MAT-BAT/MBA 2012, From Vancouver, WA
MDiv 2012, From Oroville, CA
MDiv 2012, From Honolulu, HI
The School of Theology at SPU has released a Statement on Racial Justice. Click here to read.
"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.
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.
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).
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