Master of Arts (MA) Degrees

When you pursue a Master of Arts degree at Seattle Pacific Seminary, you combine a core study of general theology with specialized study in one of seven degrees: Christian ScriptureChristian Studies, Business and Applied Theology, Christian Leadership, Reconciliation and Intercultural Studies, Worship and the Arts, or Asian American Ministry. The program focuses on the classical theological disciplines of Scripture, church history, theology, and ethics, and reflects Seattle Pacific University’s vision to engage the culture and change the world with the transforming gospel of Jesus Christ.


The MA allows you to focus on traditional theological disciplines while at the same time integrating recent insights and methods from the humanities, social sciences, fine arts, education, psychology, business, and economics. Our goal is that you will be able to apply what you learn in each field of study to the pressing needs of the contemporary church and the postmodern world.

As an MA student, you will develop the knowledge, skills, and multicultural sensitivities you need to understand the Christian faith and put it into faithful and effective practice in a hurting world. You will also experience rich opportunities for worship, fellowship, and personal spiritual growth in the context of SPU’s evangelical Wesleyan heritage.


The MA degree core curriculum of 39 credits consists of three two-credit "intensives" (introductory courses in spiritual formation and mission), three three-credit courses each in Bible, church history, and theology/ethics, and three two-credit units of "practica" (in which the student's personal spirituality and vocational objectives are integrated with his or her academic studies). Most MA degrees culminate in a final integrative thesis or project that is completed under the supervision of a professor in the School of Theology. 

Your remaining credits will focus on Christian ScriptureChristian Studies, Christian Leadership, Business and Applied Theology, Reconciliation and Intercultural Studies, Worship and the Arts, or Asian American Ministry depending on which degree you have chosen.

Faculty Contact

Laura C.S. Holmes

Associate Professor of New Testament; Associate Dean of Graduate Studies
PhD, Princeton Theological Seminary

Phone: 206-281-2208
Office: Alexander 108

Cristal Jenkins Tanks

Christal Jenkins Tanks discusses her journey to Seattle Pacific Seminary.

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