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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

Celebrate Asian Pacific American (APA) Heritage Month

On May 5, 2015, Seattle Pacific University’s Asian American Ministry Program, in partnership with the Office of University Ministries, will join APA communities from across the nation to commemorate Asian Pacific Heritage Month. Together, we’ll engage in an inspiring time of worship, prayer, theological reflection, and discussion on these important questions and more.

Seattle Pacific Seminary Immersion 2015

Do you want to deepen your understanding of the Christian faith?  Are you wondering whether Seminary is right for you?  

Learn more about Seattle Pacific Seminary’s graduate programs, and experience a day in the life of a student at SPS Immersion – a day of information, community, classroom participation, and a late night social outing with SPS students.

From the Associate Dean's Desk: The Life is in the Blood

"I wish to brag a bit here about a 'certificate of appreciation' I recently received from the Puget Sound Blood Center after donating my one hundredth unit of A-negative.  [Along with some interesting facts on my donation track record, I'd like to] offer a few theological reflections and personal reminiscences on the occasion."

To read more about Dr. Steele's reflection on donating blood and how he regards the practice as a spiritual discipline, check out his full post here.

50th Annual Meeting of the Wesleyan Theological Society

The 50th Annual Meeting of the Wesleyan Theological Society is scheduled for next week in Mt. Vernon, Ohio.  SPS' own Dr. Doug Strong will be one of the featured plenary speakers.

Also, we would like to announce that SPU's Dr. Priscilla Pope-Levison will be honored as the 2015 recipient of the Smith Wynkoop Book Award for Building the Old Time Religion: Women Evangelists in the Progressive Era.  She will be presented with the award at the Friday evening banquet.  This is a tremendous and well-deserved honor, and we celebrate it with her.  Congratulations, Dr. Pope-Levison!

Seminar: Book of Romans

Paul’s Epistle to the Romans has long spoken with an influential voice in the church. Exploring themes such as justification, sanctification, election, and the role of the Spirit in the life of faith, these 16 chapters have helped shape the beliefs of generations. Spend an evening exploring this important text with SPU Associate Professor of Dogmatic and Constructive Theology Daniel Castelo.

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Seminar: Book of Romans

Spend an evening on Tuesday, March 24, 2015 at 6-9 p.m. exploring Paul's Epistle to the Romans with SPU Associate Professor of Dogmatic and Constructive Theology, Daniel Castelo.

For more information, click here.


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.