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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.

PNWC Racial Reconciliation Summit “Frames & Filters: An On-ramp to Multicultural & Multiethnic Engagement” Reflection

“We seek belonging. It is part of being human; it is part of why we tell stories."  On March 14, Tali Hairston, Director of SPU's John Perkins Center, led a gathering of people from several churches and contexts to analyze their personal backgrounds as a way to engage and explore some of the filters that shape the story. "Understanding how we come to construct our stories is a powerful way to engage issues of race, among others, for the purpose of reconciliation.”

From the Associate Dean's Desk: A Heresy Tonight

In honor of April 1st (aka April Fools’ Day), Dr. Steele would like to share a delightful poem by a delightful friend and professional colleague, Dr. Sarah Morice Brubaker of Phillips Theological Seminary in Tulsa, OK.

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.