Seminary Programs

Seattle Pacific Seminary offers a variety of degree programs that provide many options for your study of theology. All Seminary programs support SPU’s vision to engage the culture and change the world with the transforming gospel of Jesus Christ.

Master of Divinity

This degree prepares you for ordained ministry and for general pastoral leadership in congregations and other settings. It is also the recommended first degree if you plan to pursue admission to doctoral programs in theology.

Master of Arts (MA)

We offer six master of arts degrees that allow you combine a core study of general theology with specialized study in a particular subject area:

Dual Degrees (MBA, MFT)

In partnership with SPU’s School of Business and Economics and School of Psychology, Family, and Community, we offer five dual degree programs that enable you to earn two advanced degrees in less time than it would take you to earn the same two degrees separately.

Graduate Certificate in Christian Studies

This certificate program equips you with an understanding of Christian formation and vocation, and the practices that nurture an ongoing life of discipleship and mission in the 21st century.

Seminary Degree Completion

The table below summarizes the amount of time and the number of credits students should expect to take each quarter in order to complete their degree:

Master of Divinity
3 years of study

120 Minimum required credits
3 Quarters per academic year
13.33 Average credits per quarter


MA (Christian Scripture)
2 years of study

78 Minimum required credits
3 Quarters per academic year
13 Average credits per quarter


MA (Christian Studies)
2 years of study

78 Minimum required credits
3 Quarters per academic year
13 Average credits per quarter


MA-Christian Leadership
2 years of study

78 Minimum required credits
3 Quarters per academic year
13 Average credits per quarter


MA-Business and Applied Theology
2 years of study

78 Minimum required credits
3 Quarters per academic year
13 Average credits per quarter


MA-Reconciliation and Intercultural Studies
2 years of study

78 Minimum required credits
3 Quarters per academic year
13 Average credits per quarter

MA-Asian American Ministry
2 years of study

78 Minimum required credits
3 Quarters per academic year
13 Average credits per quarter


MA (CS) / MFT dual degree
3 years of study

125 Minimum required credits
3 Quarters per academic year
13.89 Average credits per quarter


MDiv / MFT dual degree
4 years of study

158 Minimum required credits
3 Quarters per academic year
13.16 Average credits per quarter


MA-BAT / MBA dual degree
3 years of study

117 Minimum required credits
3 Quarters per academic year
13 Average credits per quarter


MDiv / MBA dual degree
4 years of study

156 Minimum required credits
3 Quarters per academic year
13 Average credits per quarter


Graduate Certificate in Christian Studies

25 Minimum required credits
2 Quarters per academic year
12.5 Average credits per quarter


For more information on the cost for each degree program, please visit our Tuition and Fees page.

ATS Accreditation

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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The Triple A Model: Academy, Abbey, Apostolate®

As a way of doing theological education, our "Triple A" model is our unique vision for educating students with an interplay of scholarship, spiritual edification, and service learning.

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Interpreting and Teaching Christian Scripture

At SPS, our first-year courses focus on reading and interpreting a text, but there is also an important emphasis on putting Scripture to use -- "whether to teach or to train, correct or to reprove, which Paul tells Timothy, are the four Bible practices that cultivate moral maturity and spiritual wisdom." -- Dr. Rob Wall

Schedule a Seminary Visit

We invite you to come visit our campus and experience Seattle Pacific Seminary first hand. To schedule a visit, or if you have questions, email seminary@spu.edu or call 206‑281-2342.

SPU Graduate Catalog

Check out course descriptions and the Time Schedule for the graduate programs that interest you.

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