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2016-2017 Graduate Catalog 
2016-2017 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Master of Divinity

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Exploring the Ancient Mystery of faith for a postmodern world

The Master of Divinity degree prepares individuals to assume leadership positions in faith communities and ministerial settings within the larger community. The degree program develops one’s capacity to interpret scripture, foster theological reflection, and draw upon theological heritage with pastoral sensitivity.

This program at Seattle University’s School of Theology and Ministry is intentionally designed with more hands-on training than standard Master of Divinity programs require, to better prepare students for active ministry and service. 

Seattle University’s School of Theology and Ministry has signed formal partnership agreements with fourteen Christian denominations and over twenty-four interfaith collaborators, which provides a dynamic context for studying about faith community leadership in the 21st century. In turn, the School’s relationship with these partners assist students in their denominational requirements for ordination and include the following: African Methodist Episcopal Church; American Baptist Churches of the Northwest; Church of the Brethren, Oregon-Washington District; Community of Christ, Greater Pacific Northwest USA Mission Center; Episcopal Church in Western Washington, Diocese of Olympia; Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Northwest Washington Synod; Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Southwestern Washington Synod; Presbyterian Church (USA), Synod of Alaska-Northwest; Mennonite Church USA, Pacific NW Conference; Northwest Regional Christian Church (Disciples of Christ); Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Seattle; Unitarian Universalist Association, Pacific Northwest District; United Church of Christ, Pacific Northwest Conference; and the United Methodist Church, Pacific Northwest Conference.

Degree Requirements:

Students pursuing ordination will direct electives toward completion of specified denominational requirements.

I. Scripture

15 credits:

II. Systematic and Historical Theology

24 credits:

Choose one of the following courses:

III. Spirituality, Ethics, and Justice

18 credits:

V. Worship and Liturgy

6 credits:

  • Elective in Worship/Liturgy (3)

Choose one of the following two courses:

VI. Electives: (18)

Minimum credits required for degree: (108)

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