Theology and Fine Arts-Creative Writing

Through a program offered by the Seattle Pacific Seminary and the SPU English Department, you can earn dual degrees: either a Master of Arts (Christian Studies) or a Master of Divinity, plus a Master of Fine Arts-Creative Writing (MFA-CW).

Who Should Pursue Dual Degrees

This dual degree program is designed for people who are interested in growing in their faith and in their ability to communicate through literary writing. Through these two degree programs, you will be immersed in texts that are essential to the global Christian church throughout its history. Students’ reading of Scripture and other forms of literature will inform their growth as writers, empowering them to communicate the good news of God’s salvation in a variety of ways. Students’ participation in the life of the seminary, from classes to community, will deepen their faith and broaden their perception of God’s work in the world.


By pursuing dual degrees in theology and creative writing, you will bring together skills and knowledge in both disciplines, enriching your graduate education, your talents and skills, and your career opportunities. You will also earn two degrees at less cost, and potentially in less time, than it would take for you to pursue them separately. Students in the MFA program would be able to apply 21 credits of their MFA-CW classes to electives in either the MDiv or the MA (Christian Studies). Students would participate fully in the academy, abbey, and apostolate components of the MDiv or MA (Christian Studies) program and in the mentor/apprenticeship model of the MFA-CW program.

Career Opportunities

The dual degree in a MFA-CW and a MDiv would provide a secure foundation for students who seek to be able to work in church-related fields that prioritize creative communication of the gospel to a hurting world. The dual degree in a MFA-CW and a MA (Christian Studies) provides groundwork for future academic vocations through teaching or additional education, as well as opportunities to write in many contexts both inside and outside the church. Graduates of the dual degree program will be able to use their informed faith and writing to communicate about God, God’s people, and God’s world in diverse contexts.


Prospective students must apply to the MFA-CW program and Seattle Pacific Seminary, individually complying with the application standards and requirements for each program. Acceptance in one program does not guarantee acceptance in the other. Various courses in the Seminary program (like the Master’s Thesis for MA [Christian Studies] students, or elective courses in theology and the arts) enable students to bring together what they are learning in both degree programs.