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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.

Summer 2015 Courses at SPU: Open to
Pastors and Church Leaders

This summer, Seattle Pacific University’s Center for Biblical and Theological Education offers two courses rooted in deep biblical and theological reflection for pastors and church leaders.

Welcome Dr. Matthew Sigler

Seattle Pacific Seminary is pleased to announce that Dr. Matthew Sigler has accepted the position of Assistant Professor of Wesleyan Theology and United Methodist Liaison.  He will be teaching an adjunct seminary course this June, and then begin a full course load in September for the 2015-2016 school year.  Dr. Sigler will be teaching seminary courses in church history, worship, United Methodist history, doctrine, polity, and undergraduate University Foundations courses.  He will also work with United Methodist students and represent the seminary to various United Methodist judicatories.

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Seattle Pacific Seminary Immersion 2015

Experience a day in the life of a student at Seattle Pacific Seminary on Thursday, April 30, 2015!

If you’ve ever wondered whether seminary was for you, you’re invited to attend Seattle Pacific Seminary Immersion for a day of information, community, classroom participation, and a late night social outing with SPS students.


Celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month at SPU

What does it mean to be an Asian American Christian?  How can our collective experience and faith enrich the life of the Church?  How can Asian American Christians engage the ministry of racial reconciliation today?

Join us on Tuesday, May 5 for the first ever celebration of Asian Pacific American (APA) Heritage Month at Seattle Pacific University!  For more information:


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.