Empowering you for the challenges of Christian mission and ministryin the 21st century.
TO LEARN MORE about SPU’s M.Div. and M.A. in Theology degrees, please indicate which degree is of interest to you and provide the following information. SPU will be in touch with additional details about the program of your choice.
At Seattle Pacific University, we are re-envisioning theology for the 21st century. Our Master of Divinity and M.A. in Theology programs will prepare you for a world that is constantly changing yet in desperate need of the transforming gospel of Jesus Christ. In addition, Seattle’s distinctive setting as a vibrant urban center on the Pacific Rim, provides an ideal environment for pursuing knowledge, practicing piety, and training for service within the global community.
While distinctively Wesleyan in approach, each program’s underlying philosophy can be expressed in three words:
This combination of academy, abbey, and apostolate is unique among graduate theological schools.
Core Curriculum for the M.A. in Theology and M.Div. Programs
The first 42 credits of each program are drawn from courses in Bible, church history, and theology. In addition, the core curriculum includes two one-week intensive introductory courses in discipleship and mission. Titled “Acts of Piety”, Week One focuses on spiritual formation and meets on SPU’s Casey Campus on Whidbey Island in Puget Sound. Week Two, titled “Acts of Mercy and Justice”, meets in urban ministry organizations in downtown Seattle.
M.A. in Theology
Following completion of the core curriculum, M.A. students may specialize in one of the following areas:
The M.Div. is the recognized degree to prepare persons for ordained ministry. In addition to the core curriculum, students fulfill the 120-credit program through a knowledge of Christian heritage (Scripture, church history, and theology), understanding of cultural context, growth in spiritual depth and moral integrity, and capacity for ministerial and public leadership. In addition, the M.Div. degree provides a breadth of exposure to the various theological fields of study, educating students for a comprehensive range of pastoral responsibilities and skills.