Rooted in commitment to preparing pastoral leaders for larger roles in our multicultural, religiously diverse and increasingly secular world, the Doctor of Ministry degree offers student-practitioners the opportunity to explore areas of contribution in which a person’s deep calling meets the needs of the public square. Practitioners accepted into this degree begin with peers in a summer residency related to Pastoral Leadership. They identify an area of growth that helps them develop expertise and create specific responses to the evolving global, culturally and religiously diverse, spiritually hungry, economically marginalized, and increasingly polarized people of our world. The combination of advanced study in specific areas, deepened leadership focus, and completion of a research project designed to advance theological reflection in multiple contemporary contexts offers the minister and leader an opportunity to explore areas of interest toward becoming an expert in a specific area of ministerial leadership.
School of Theology and Ministry faculty are known both nationally and internationally for their entrepreneurial, interdisciplinary, and integrative approaches to the challenges facing church communities today. The School is one of eight colleges at Seattle University, an exemplary institution of higher learning that U.S. News and World Report ranks sixth among universities located west of the Mississippi River.
The School has an international reputation for its ecumenical efforts at promoting Christian unity and cooperation. It is also known for pastoral leadership, interreligious encounter, dialogue, and collaboration, as well as bringing religious and spiritual values into the public square around issues impacting the common good. Immersed in these charisms, student-practitioners in the Doctor of Ministry program deepen their own religious identity, celebrate the gifts of other traditions, and expand their capacity for leading congregations and religiously affiliated organizations.