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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

From the Associate Dean's Desk: Tome-ism

As an apostle, Paul has the right to tell the Corinthians that they are his tomes, whereas we, being only theologians, lack the authority to assert to our students, or about them, that they are our tomes. Yet we can give thanks when they assert to us, or to others, that our work with them has changed their lives for the better… Thanks be to God for our tomes—both the printed ones, and the im-printed ones!

From the Associate Dean's Desk: Inclusiveness and Catholicity

Excerpt: “Inclusiveness is the disposition to welcome the other as other—in his or her particularity and uniqueness, irrespective of any personal characteristics that might be deemed disagreeable, unacceptable or repulsive, and irrespective of his or her membership in any social, political, cultural, ethnic or linguistic group that might be deemed inferior or potentially dangerous to our own. It is, as I say, a mark of maturity, moral virtue, and spiritual depth, both in individuals and in groups. In contrast, catholicity is a theological fact about the universal scope of Christ’s sovereignty.” 

"Race in America After Ferguson" Event Part II, Q&A Session

Following up the presentations by the four SPU professors (Dr. David Nienhuis, Dr. Brian Bantum, Dr. Kimberly Segall, and Dr. Jorge Presciado), the floor was opened up for a Q&A session.  Audience members participated by texting in their questions and Tali Hairston, the Director of the John M. Perkins Center, moderated.

"Race in America After Ferguson" Event Synopsis

On Tuesday, October 28, 2014, the SPU community was presented with the opportunity to more fully participate in God's work of reconciliation.  The “Race In America After Ferguson” forum led by SPU faculty, held on campus at Upper Gwinn, offered a historical and theological context to process the recent events in Ferguson as they relate to race relations.  This is a synopsis of that event. 

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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.

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Meet SPS Alum and Adjunct Professor Kelsie Job

This is Kelsie: Hear how Kelsie chose to attend seminary at SPS after her time as an undergrad at SPU, and her ultimate goal of becoming a professor. She is currently living out that goal by teaching two undergraduate courses at SPU, “Christian Scripture” and “Biblical Texts: Isaiah”.