Master of Arts in Theology & Culture: Community Development Application Process
We look forward to receiving your application for the Master of Arts in Theology & Culture: Community Development program. Don’t hesitate to reach out with questions by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or phone (206.876.6155) if you have any questions.
Please follow the steps below to complete your application. The full list of document submission deadlines and corresponding interview dates are listed below.
Step 1: Complete the online application
The first step in the application process is completing the online application form. This gives us more context about who you are and what you are hoping to achieve at The Seattle School. We’ll also connect you with our Office of Enrollment, who will work closely with you as you move through the process.
The application form requires 20-30 minutes and must be completed in one sitting. You’ll be asked to submit names and email addresses for at least 2 references. We will reach out to them with a reference form for them to complete on your behalf. We encourage you to select individuals who can speak to your maturity, integrity, emotional and social awareness, capacity for self-reflection, theological engagement, and intellectual curiosity. A $50 application fee is required to submit your application.
Step 2: Gather supporting documents
The next application step is to submit two types of supporting documents for your application: past transcripts and a curriculum vitae (CV). These help us get a clearer picture of your background and experience.
Transcripts: Submit requests for official transcript from any post-secondary institutions where you received a degree or completed coursework. The Seattle School accepts both electronic and paper submissions. Please refer to our Graduate Admissions Policies for questions about undergraduate GPA and accredidation requirements.
For electronic submission, please request the institution to send to email@example.com.
For paper transcripts, request them to be sent to:
The Seattle School
2501 Elliott Ave
Seattle, WA, 98121
Curriculum Vitae: A CV is similar to a résumé, but with more detail about your background and skills. If you need some help getting started, you can download a CV template here. Please save the final version in a .pdf format with the title “CV – Last Name, First Name” and submit by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Step 3: Write two essays
We require two narrative essays—a Statement of Purpose and a Cultural Artifact Engagement essay. The purpose of the essay requirement is to create an opportunity for us to see you, learn more about your calling, and experience your understanding and resonance with the mission and ethos of The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology.
Essay One: Statement of Purpose
In 500-750 words, respond to the following prompt: How does the intersection of who you are and the work you feel called to do compel you to train in the Master of Arts in Theology & Culture: Community Development program at The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology.
Essay Two: Synthesis
Interdisciplinary learning develops multiple lenses, allowing you as the practitioner to adopt varying perspectives through which to see and engage the world. Below is a selection of narratives that are told from a number of differing perspectives. Engage two of the options below and choose a person or character from each. In 700-1,000 words, answer the following prompt: how do the depicted experiences inform and/or resonate with your understanding of how difference* impacts our perception of others and our engagement with the world?
In order to explore this question, you might consider:
- Where do you see difference* represented in the lives and contexts of the two characters or persons you chose?
- How do you imagine those two characters or persons would engage each other if they were to meet?
- From the characters or persons you chose, what is a theme or example that helps explain some of your own experience?
*Difference as defined as categories of identity and culture, including, but not limited to: race and ethnicity; gender; sexuality; national origin; religion; socioeconomic status; ability; size.
Choose two of the following*:
- The Little Mermaid (2023), available on Disney+
- Body Becoming: A Book Release Event with Dr. Robyn Henderson-Espinoza, Free Public Lecture
- Barbie (2023), available on Apple TV
- Code Switch: Going to a white church in a Black body available on Apple Podcasts
*We recommend browsing the full list of available content before selecting your two sources. We have chosen a variety of movies, podcasts, and lectures. Please note that some of the content above is rated MA or R and we suggest using your discretion in choosing which sources you are comfortable engaging.
- Double Spaced
- Chicago Format
- Explore our Writing Resources for citation guides and sample papers.
- Once complete, please ensure that your name is in the header of each document, save each as separate .pdf files with the title “Essay # – Last Name, First Name”, and submit them electronically to email@example.com.
Admissions essays are used for assessment and placement. Students may be admitted on academic probation and/or required to attend a The Seattle School Writing Workshop if application essays are deemed unsatisfactory.
Step 4: Participate in a group interview
Once you have submitted the materials listed above, you will be invited to participate in a group interview. Please note that in order to complete your application, you will be required to attend a two hour interview during one of the dates listed below.
We place a high value on gaining a holistic experience of our applicants and are intentional about creating an opportunity for each applicant to be seen and known. Our interviews are conducted in small groups (5-7 applicants each) and focus on dialogue and group dynamics. This is not a competitive job interview; the intent is to create a context to experience you, how you interact, and what you bring to a group and a conversation. Each interview group is facilitated by a faculty or instructional staff member. The interview process enables us to gain greater insight into who you are and what you bring. It also provides you with a taste for the relational learning culture at The Seattle School. Following the group interview, applicants gather in a large group to debrief and share their experiences with one another.
Document Submission Deadlines and Group Interview Dates
|Document Submission Deadline||Group Interview|
|November 6, 2023||November 13, 2023|
|January 22, 2024||January 29, 2024|
|February 19, 2024||February 26, 2024|
|March 18, 2024||March 25, 2024|
Group Interview Schedule
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- 9:00 am PT – Administrative and instructional staff introductions
- 9:10 am PT – Small Group Interview
- 10:00 am PT – Large Group Debrief
- 10:30 am PT – Additional Time for Admissions Q&A
- 11:00 am PT – Closing