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2019-2020 Graduate Catalog 
2019-2020 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Master of Divinity

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. Students develop their capacity to interpret scripture, foster theological reflection, and draw upon theological heritage with pastoral sensitivity. This program is intentionally designed with more hands-on training than standard Master of Divinity programs require, in order to better prepare students for active ministry and service. 

The Seattle University School of Theology and Ministry has signed formal partnership agreements with fourteen Christian denominations and over twenty-four interfaith collaborators, which provide a dynamic context for studying faith community leadership in the 21st century. Our current partners include: 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.

V. Worship and Liturgy

6 credits:

  • Elective in Worship/Liturgy (3)

VI. Program Synthesis

3 credits:

VII. Electives (18)

Minimum credits required for degree: (108)