The Epistle of James tells us that reflecting deeply on faith and living out faith in the world go hand-in-hand. If you are looking for a graduate community that is grounded in an ever-deepening and ever-challenging Christian faith, you’ll find it at Seattle Pacific Seminary.
The School of Theology is academic home to a breadth of undergraduate theology programs; community resourcing centers (e.g. Center for Biblical and Theological Education, the Center for Worship); and also to the graduate programs of Seattle Pacific Seminary.
Our Mission Statement
"The School of Theology at SPU seeks to educate and prepare all our students to engage the culture as thoughtful people. We seek to foster their intellectual, personal, and spiritual growth, and help them master those critical skills and multicultural sensitivities needed to understand Christian faith and translate it into practices that change the world."
Our Distinctive Vision:
Academy, Abbey, Apostolate®
In the School of Theology, we embrace a threefold model of theological education that we call “Academy, Abbey, Apostolate®.”
The interplay of scholarship, spiritual edification, and service — all informed by our Wesleyan heritage that joins "knowledge and vital piety" as a means of changing the world — defines a vision that distinguishes SPU among theology schools and seminaries.
Seattle Pacific Seminary offers a Master of Divinity (MDiv), six Master of Arts (MA) degrees, and four dual degrees in partnership with the School of Psychology, Family, and Community, and the School of Business, Government, and Economics, as well as a Graduate Certificate in Christian Studies.
Asian American Ministry Program
The Asian American Ministry Program plays a central role in Seattle Pacific Seminary's vision for theological education in the 21st century. Through courses, mentorships, field education, cross-cultural immersion experiences, and conferences, the program equips a new generation of leaders to witness to the transforming gospel of Jesus Christ.
Center for Biblical and Theological Education
The Center for Biblical and Theological Education in the SPU School of Theology was founded to provide biblical and theological education for faculty, staff, and students; the church; and the world. One of its signature offerings is Lectio: Guided Bible Reading, a four-year, online program of readings and podcasts led by School of Theology faculty. The CBTE was originally funded in part by a grant from the Murdock Charitable Trust.