Seattle Pacific Seminary

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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 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.

Seminary News and Events

Considering Seminary? Discernment Weekend 2016

If you’ve ever wondered whether seminary was for you, Seattle Pacific Seminary invites you to explore your calling and vocation at Discernment Weekend on November 4 and 5.

Discernment Weekend offers a day and a half of teaching, prayer, discussion, thoughtful challenge, worship, fellowship, and food with Seattle Pacific Seminary faculty and students, along with others who are considering seminary.

Learning Communities at Seattle Pacific Seminary

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.

New Assistant Professor of Theological Studies: Dr. Shannon Smythe

It is our privilege to announce Dr. Shannon Smythe as Assistant Professor of Theological Studies, beginning September 1, 2016.  Dr. Smythe earned her B.A. from SPU in Christian Theology and Educational Ministry, and she earned her M.Div. and Ph.D. from Princeton Theological Seminary. For more information, click here. We are thrilled to have her join us!

Dr. Estrelda Y. Alexander to Adjunct

Seattle Pacific Seminary is pleased to announce that Dr. Estrelda Y. Alexander will be serving as an adjunct professor for the Fall 2016 term, teaching the seminary course "Social Holiness in Context" (THEO 6003).  Dr. Alexander is the President of William Seymour College in Maryland; she previously taught at Regent University and Wesley Theological Seminary.  For more information on Dr. Alexander, click here.  We are grateful for the opportunity to welcome Dr. Alexander to Seattle and SPS!

Lectio: The Gospel of Mark

Have you ever wondered how to follow Jesus when you haven’t got it all figured out? When Jesus surprises you? Or when you need encouragement to be faithful? Join us as we explore these questions and more through Jesus’ life and ministry as told in the Gospel of Mark.

The Center for Biblical and Theological Education presents an evening of rich study with SPU Assistant Professor of New Testament Laura C.S. Holmes. We’ll examine this important text in preparation for our winter Lectio series.  

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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).


Seattle Pacific Seminary Discernment Weekend November 2016

If you’ve ever wondered whether seminary was for you, Seattle Pacific Seminary invites you to explore your calling and vocation at Discernment Weekend on Friday and Saturday, November 4 and 5, 2016. Learn more here.

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Come Explore Your Calling With Us

Seattle Pacific Seminary invites you to explore your calling and vocation in the company of Seminary faculty, students, and others considering seminary.  

Check out this video and learn more about Discernment Weekend.


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.  Updated every Friday.