School of Theology and Ministry

For 54 years, the Seattle University School of Theology and Ministry brought the wisdom and insights from historic spiritual and religious traditions into the core curriculum of six graduate degrees and professional certificate programs. The School promoted the Jesuit Catholic tradition of a faith committed to justice. It addressed the needs of an increasingly intercultural, ecumenical, and interreligious church and society, and represented over seventeen religious traditions and associations, including Reformed, Protestant, Evangelical, Unitarian, Roman Catholic, Anglican, Jewish, and Muslim faith communities. As teacher-scholar-practitioners, faculty engaged in pastoral, clinical, and professional leadership, enabling them to address the implications of what they taught for service to church, the academy, and society.

Within a collaborative teaching and learning environment, including course work and contextual field-based education, for decades, students developed a greater capacity to live out their religious and spiritual belonging, and uphold the values of human dignity, community, and mutual respect. By educating the whole person through academic, pastoral, clinical, and spiritual formation, students emerged as more integrated persons capable of inspiring and leading others in various professional and ministerial contexts. They served as effective ministers, couples and family therapists, and ethically-rooted leaders in business, government, and non-profit organizations. Nearly 2,000 alumni lead communities worldwide in a variety of vocations, empowering others for a more just and humane world.

On April 30, 2020, the Seattle University Board of Trustees voted to close the School of Theology and Ministry. Though no longer accepting applications, the School is continuing to offer the few courses necessary for its current students to complete their programs. The School of Theology and Ministry has been accredited by the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada (ATS) since 1993 and will continue to be accredited through to its closure on June 30, 2023.

Closing Celebration!

STM students, alumni, former and current faculty and staff, and community partners are invited to join us as we celebrate the 54 years of spiritual and ministerial formation that STM and its predecessor programs of SUMORE, CORPUS, and ITS, have brought to the Pacific Northwest and beyond:

  • June 2, 2023 | Celebration of Legacy and Gratitude – Friday, June 2, 5pm-9pm (Campion Ballroom)
  • June 3, 2023 | Closing Liturgy – Saturday, June 3, 4pm-5:30pm (Chapel of St. Ignatius)
  • June 3, 2023 | Closing Dinner – Saturday, June 3, 6pm-8pm (Campion Ballroom)

Each event is FREE, but registration is required. Click here to register and get your tickets. *NOTE: You will be asked to RSVP separately for each event. Registration closes May 15, 2023.