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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

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.

“Hackers, Spies, and Freedom” Public Lecture Recap

“As technology becomes more and more accessible worldwide, the higher the challenges.  The more dependent we are on the Internet and technology, the more vulnerable we are.” – Dr. Katya Drozdova

On Thursday, April 9 at Royal Brougham Pavilion, General Keith Alexander addressed a sizeable crowd.  Then SPU Professor of Political Science, Dr. Katya Drozdova, interviewed him about “what it takes to defend the U.S. and the free world in these challenging times from unprecedented cyber security issues.”  General Alexander is a father of four and grandfather of sixteen and holds several degrees including a Bachelor’s of Science from the U.S. Military Academy, an MBA, and a Master’s in Physics and Systems Technology.  He is a decorated military general, where he served for 40 years – the longest-served director of NSA (from 2005-2014) – and now has his own cyber-security company in the private sector, IronNet, referencing his nickname (Iron2) in Operation Desert Storm.  “The only way I’d get to be a CEO is if I started my own business,” Alexander said, “That’s the great thing about America!”  

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Celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month at SPU

What does it mean to be an Asian American Christian?  How can our collective experience and faith enrich the life of the Church?  How can Asian American Christians engage the ministry of racial reconciliation today?

Join us on Tuesday, May 5 for the first ever celebration of Asian Pacific American (APA) Heritage Month at Seattle Pacific University!  For more information:


2015 Paul T. Walls Lecture

Join us for the annual Paul T. Walls Lecture featuring keynote speaker Professor Doug Koskela, Associate Professor of Theology. Lecture starts at 7 PM on Wednesday, May 6, 2015, First Free Methodist Church. Click here for more information.  


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.