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School of Theology and Ministry

MA in Pastoral Studies


Pastoral Studies encourages students to discover their gifts and develop them for service. Students engage in a process of deepening self-knowledge, exploring the Christian tradition, and considering their potential to minister to the world.

*Six additional credits apply for Roman Catholic diaconal ministry requirements.

Unique Components

The Pastoral Studies degree uniquely addresses leadership skill development within the faith community context. Seattle University 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.




What Alumni are Doing

  • Private School Principal
  • Leadership Institute Executive
  • Juvenile Detention and Prison Ministry
  • Chaplaincy, hospice
  • Education Program Director
  • Director, Faith Formation & Religious Education
  • Hospital Bereavement Director

Faculty Highlights

Click below for profile information on some of the degree's core faculty. For the complete list of core and adjunct faculty, see here!

Rev. Mike Raschko, Ph.D.Mark Chung Hearn, Ph.D.


Diaconal Ministry Specialization: Students have the opportunity to combine the MA in Pastoral Studies with focused preparation for diaconal ministry. Requirements for the role of a deacon vary by denomination. The MA in Pastoral Studies degree with a Diaconal Ministry Specialization (link) fulfills Roman Catholic and Lutheran / ELCA requirements.

Certificate of Graduate Studies in Diaconal Ministry: The Diaconal Ministry Certificate option fulfills requirements for Episcopal and United Methodist denominations. (see Diaconal Ministry Specialization for Roman Catholic and Lutheran / ELCA requirements)