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School of Theology and Ministry


The evolution of Seattle University's School of Theology and Ministry began nearly 45 years ago.

The summer of 1969, local faith community leaders partnered with Seattle University to launch an intensive summer program for Masters Degrees in Religious Education and Pastoral Ministry. By 1971, the programs together boasted over 300 students. 

In 1985, Seattle University and the Archdiocese of Seattle partnered to prepare women religious and other lay ministers for parishes of the Archdiocese.

By 1994, The Association of Theological Schools accredited and approved three graduate degrees: The Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies, Master of Arts in Transforming Spirituality, and Master of Divinity. The following year, 10 Protestant, Anglican and Unitarian traditions became official partners with Seattle University and the Archdiocese of Seattle in offering Masters level degrees. In 1996, The Seattle University Board of Trustees formally established the school as a graduate school of Seattle University.

Over the last sixteen years, the school created and accredited two additional degrees--the Master of Arts in Transformational Leadership and Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling degrees (now augmented to be the Master of Arts in Relationship & Pastoral Therapy, a couples and family therapy degree). Fourteen Christian denominations have signed formal partnership agreements with the school, and the school has build collaborative relationships with inclusively Christian and interreligious groups locally, regionally, nationally and internationally. Learn more about school partners, here.

Seattle University's School of Theology and Ministry is a unique, inclusively Christian school with dedication to interreligious relationships for the common good. There are only a few other institutions in the world with the school's breadth of commitment to dialogue. Our students come from almost every decade of life experience and from a gamut of religious backgrounds and faith perspectives. We believe that the best kind of learning comes from great conversations; that different points of view colliding and intermingling make learning richer and deeper.