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School of Theology and Ministry

Master of Divinity


The Master of Divinity degree prepares individuals to assume leadership positions in faith communities and ministerial settings within the larger community. The degree program develops one's capacity to interpret scripture, foster theological reflection, and draw upon theological heritage with pastoral sensitivity.

Unique Components

This program at Seattle University's School of Theology and Ministry is intentionally designed with more hands-on training than standard Master of Divinity programs require, to better prepare students for active ministry and service.

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. In turn, the School's relationship with these partners assist students in their denominational requirements for ordination and include the following: 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.  




What Alumni are Doing

  • Executive or assistant pastoral leadership
  • Diaconal ministry
  • Government administrator
  • Recovery programs executive director
  • Chaplaincy, hospice
  • Nonprofit or faith based nonprofit leadership
  • Public or private educator
  • Community minister
  • Family, adult or youth religious education program direction

What Alumni are Doing: MDiv - Chaplaincy

  • Associate ministry executive
  • International service director
  • Denominational executive/pastor
  • Recovery programs executive director
  • Government administrator
  • Youth minister/family services provider
  • Chaplain/hospice care director
  • Executive director/nonprofit organization

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!

Mark Lloyd Taylor, PhD

Mike Raschko, PhD

Erica L. Martin, PhD

Leticia Guardiola-Sáenz, PhD

 Degree Options

Chaplaincy Specialization: For students beginning Fall 2013, we've launched the MDiv Specialization in Chaplaincy which prepares individuals to serve as a certified chaplain in hospitals, hospice, military, correctional facilities, social service agencies and more.

MDIV + Post-Master's Certificate in one of the following:

Interested? Talk to Jean, our Asst. Director of Admissions & Student Services: | 206-296-5333