School of Theology and Ministry


  • Seattle University's School of Theology and Ministry's commitment to diversity is reflected in our student body, in the faculty and staff and through community partnerships. We believe the world's religious traditions and spiritual heritages have not only contributed to the good of the world in the past, but are an essential dimension for a just and humane world today and in the future.

    The School of Theology and Ministry creates space for students to be grounded their own religious heritage and belief system while learning  to dialogue deeply with a diversity of religious and spiritual perspectives.  From the beginning, the school's bridge-building culture and curriculum have emphasized focused and collaborative action across the Christian and Unitarian religious traditions, and has grown in the past few years into a national--and increasingly international leader)--in interreligious dialogue and collaboration. 

    What this means for students

    For all of our students in every degree program, these partnerships and collaborations keep the student grounded in their spiritual beliefs while learning and growing in a diverse community.

    For students seeking ordination, or other leadership positions within a faith community, the School of Theology and Ministry's formal partnerships with religious communions (also known as denominations) provide a student face-to-face mentorship, a supportive community of leaders from the student's community of faith, and direct and regular assistance for the student as he or she navigates the denominational requirements for ordination and leadership.  Each of our signed denominational partners also appoints a formal Outreach Team that meets regularly to discuss student needs throughout their degree programs  Partners also designate a Formation Coordinator and Worship Coordinator, both of whom work one-on-one with students preparing for future leadership positions. 

    What this means for students

    Partnerships, Signed:

    • 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
    • Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
    • Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Seattle
    • Unitarian Universalist Association, Pacific Northwest District
    • United Church of Christ, Pacific Northwest Conference
    • United Methodist Church, Pacific Northwest Conference

    Ecumenical & Interreligious

    • Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, Lynnwood
    • Alki United Church of Christ
    • All Saints Catholic Church, Puyallup
    • Archdiocese of Alaska
    • Associated Ministries of Pierce County
    • Church Council of Greater Seattle
    • Church of the Nazarene, Puyallup
    • Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon
    • Faith Action Network
    • First Presbyterian, Everett
    • Interfaith Association of Northwest Washington
    • Islamic Center, Shoreline
    • Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers
    • Masjid Al-Karim, Seattle
    • Muslim Association of Puget Sound
    • New Life Church, Renton
    • Peoples Institutional Baptist Church, Seattle
    • Region XII Leadership Conference of Women Religious
    • Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary
    • Society of Jesus, Oregon Province
    • St. Mark's by the Narrows, Tacoma
    • Temple Beth El, Tacoma
    • Temple Beth Or, Everett
    • Temple De Hirsch-Sinai Seattle / Bellevue
    • United Church, Arlington


  • In an era of social and ecclesial fragmentation, we need programs such as those at Seattle University's School of Theology and Ministry that insist on educating students from a wide variety of confessional and cultural backgrounds.

    Rev. Michael Kinnamon, Ph.D. Former General Secretary, National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA
  • I am very grateful for the ecumenical spirit that Seattle University's School of Theology and Ministry brings...I want to thank the School for building such a quality ecumenical seminary.

    Bishop Grant Hagiya Bishop, Seattle & Alaska Regions of the United Methodist Church
  • This school cannot be overlooked. It is vital, not only for the formation it offers its students, but for how it shapes and forms our greater community.

    The Rt. Rev. Gregory H. Rickel Bishop, The Episcopal Diocese of Olympia
  • Our Presbyterian students who graduate prepared for Christian service seem to have a wonderful ecumenical heart and an ability to express the faith in conversation with the world. We are grateful covenant partners.

    Rev. Joyce M. Emery Presbyter to Synod of Alaska-Northwest
  • I congratulate Seattle University's School of Theology and Ministry for their willingness to expose the truth about how we are to relate to each other and celebrate our differences.

    Rev. Shermella Garrett Presiding Elder, The African Methodist Episcopal Church
  • Seattle University's School of Theology and Ministry is unique. It continues to plow new and exciting ground ecumenically while faithful to the Jesuit tradition.

    The Very Reverend Michael G. Ryan Pastor, St. James Cathedral Seattle
  • Seattle University's School of Theology and Ministry has had a long and fruitful relationship with Unitarian Universalists seeking preparation for ministry to our congregations and to the wider community. Prospective Unitarian Universalist students can expect a comprehensive and rigorous education along with the comfort that Unitarian Universalist lay lay leaders and ministers have been considered important partners of the school for decades.

    Rev. David Petee Ministerial Credentialing Director, Unitarian Universalist Association
  • Because of their commitment to quality ecumenical theological education, we have confidence that our students graduate with the skills and broad understanding needed to be a blessing to God's church in this new day and time.

    Rev. Sandra Messick Northwest Regional Christian Church, Disciples of Christ
  • Seattle University's School of Theology and Ministry is committed to works of social justice and spiritual understanding. Graduates of the School are making a difference in our churches and communities.

    Marcia Patton, Minister Evergreen Association of American Baptist Churches