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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

Seattle Pacific Seminary Discernment Weekend February 2015

If you’ve ever wondered whether seminary was for you, Seattle Pacific Seminary invites you to explore your calling and vocation at Discernment Weekend on February 20 and 21.

Discernment Weekend offers a day and a half of teaching, prayer, discussion, thoughtful challenge, worship, fellowship, and food with Seattle Pacific Seminary faculty, and students, along with others who are considering seminary.

"Seattle Evangelicals for Racial Justice" Reflection

"O Come, O Come Emmanuel and ransom captive Israel who mourns in lonely exile here until the Son of God appears.  Rejoice!  Rejoice!  Emmanuel shall come to the O Israel.  We, the gathered in First Free’s sanctuary, are led by a 14-person worship team, sing after a welcome by SPU’s Chaplain Bo Lim, Dean of the School of Theology Doug Strong and Director of the John Perkins Center Tali Hairston.  Ransom us, indeed, O Lord.  How long will we be captivated by systems that benefit some at the expense of many?  Lonely exile, indeed, Lord.  How long will our black sisters and brothers be exiled from justice and thus of peace?  Rejoice?  Rejoicing is the hard choice we make in hope: You are who You say You are so we wait for You."

From the Associate Dean's Desk: What I Want To Be When I Grow Up

Excerpt: "I’ve set myself a goal: I want to grow up before I retire.  And as my retirement looms in the not too distant future – five or six years from now – I guess it’s time to get a move on.  Thankfully, I have a pretty good idea of what being “grown up” means to me: being as much like Roland Bainton as possible." 

Priscilla Pope-Levison Elected President of the Historical Society of the United Methodist Church (HSUMC)

The Historical Society of the United Methodist Church is a voluntary membership organization to promote Methodist history. It is affiliated with the General Commission on Archives and History, an official arm of The United Methodist Church, but welcomes everyone who is interested in studying and preserving the heritage of the various branches of the Methodist movement.

"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.

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Seattle Pacific Seminary Discernment Weekend February 2015

If you’ve ever wondered whether seminary was for you, Seattle Pacific Seminary invites you to explore your calling and vocation at Discernment Weekend on February 20 and 21, 2015.


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.

More information.


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”.