When you pursue a Master of Arts degree at Seattle Pacific Seminary, you combine a core study of general theology with course work in the concentration of your choosing: Christian Scripture, Christian Traditions, Worship and The Arts, Christian Ministry, Theological Integration, Theology and Ethics, or Reconciliation and Intercultural Studies. The core classes in the program focus on the classical theological disciplines of Scripture, Church history, theology, and ethics, and reflect 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.
This MA degree has a core curriculum of up to 27 credits which consists of three, two-credit intensive courses on the intersection of Christian formation and: 1) Discipleship, 2) Mission, and 3) Reconciliation (6 credits total). In addition, students are required to take several courses in Bible, Church history, and theology/ethics, in conjunction with the Graduate Core Practicum (6 credits). Beyond the core credits, students completing the MA-THEO degree will choose a concentration* with classes specifically focused on their area of study. The MA concentrations are:
- Christian Scripture
- Christian Traditions
- Worship and The Arts
- Christian Ministry
- Theological Integration
- Theology and Ethics
- Reconciliation and Intercultural Studies
*Students may also opt to specialize in more than one area. Completing a dual-concentration degree can be achieved with as few as 60 total credits, depending on the selected concentrations.