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Master of Divinity

Prepare to lead the church in new ways

3–4 years to complete

82 credit hours of coursework

30 denominations represented

Our Master of Divinity (MDiv) program develops wise, adaptive leaders who thoughtfully engage the needs of our ever-changing culture and pursue the ongoing relevance of the story of God.

Our Master of Divinity program equips you to lead as a pastor, congregational revitalizer, missional pioneer, chaplain, and culture-shaper. The program is intentionally multi-denominational, designed to meet the ordination requirements for a variety of faith traditions.

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Developing faithful presence

When you graduate from our MDiv program, you will be able to:

  • Articulate the primacy of God’s story, as revealed through Jesus Christ in Scripture and continued by the work of the Spirit in the church both locally and globally throughout the church in its history and theology.
  • Evidence a capacity to locate their story and vocation within God’s story and lead Christian communities of faith into holistic formation, paying special respect to the process of human formation within his/her cultural context.
  • Demonstrate an ability to engage culture with credibility, honesty and curiosity in the pursuit of the just transformation of societies formed by imagination for the Reign of God.
  • Lead unto the common good; adaptively demonstrating integrity, imagination, and compassion.
  • Practice faithful presence with God, creation, other and self with the knowledge that mutual transformation emerges from Spirit-formed relating.

“A prophet will raise up a voice that speaks a truth to power in order to bring about change. The Seattle School is committed to forming pastors, chaplains, and leaders to be prophets for the revolution.”

Angela Parker, PhD
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The courses listed below reflect a common course of study for the Master of Divinity program. For more detailed information about recommended course loads and rotations, browse our Course Rotations.

Year One: Formation & Incarnational Theology

In your first year, you will focus on personal awareness—reflecting on the interpersonal patterns, giftedness, and hindrances that emerge from your own story. You’ll explore the theological, biblical, and psychological foundations for an incarnational and missional approach to pastoral work, as well as the historical and critical contexts of biblical disciplines.

Our Common Curriculum is a series of interdisciplinary courses integrating the study of theology, biblical studies, psychology, anthropology, and culture and informs the foundation of your studies. Here is a sampling of courses you will take in your first year.

  • IDS 501 – Intersections: Interdisciplinary Inquiry & Psychological Frameworks (3)
  • IDS 504 – Critical Reading Lab (1)
  • BTI 502 – Reading Practices: Engaging the Biblical Text (2)
  • TCE 506 – Church History I (3)
  • FI – Frameworks & Intersections (0)
  • IDS 502 – Intersections: Biblical Traditions & Theological Foundations (3)
  • CSL 551 – Listening Lab: Part I (1)
  • IDS 505 – Contextual Learning Lab (1)
  • BTI 511 – Introduction to Biblical Languages I (3)
  • BTI 504 – Tell Me the Stories of Jesus: A New Testament Survey (3)
  • BTI 530 – Textual Synthesis: A Selected Book of the Old Testament (2)
  • CSL 552 – Listening Lab: Part II (1)
  • IDS 503 – Intersections: Textual Integrations (1)

Year Two: Christianity in Context

In your second year you will look at the church in the context of historical, biblical, and theological disciplines. You will explore the diversity of Christian theology and church expression both throughout history and in today’s postmodern, globally-connected context. Your courses will shape your understanding of philosophical and cultural influences on Christianity’s development—especially in the West.

Here is a sampling of courses you will take in your second year:

  • BTI 503 – Old Testament Genre (3)
  • TCE 528 – Biblical Theology, Narrative and Social Ethics (2)
  • BTI 512 – Introduction to Biblical Languages II (2)
  • TCE 507 – Church History II (3)
  • TCE 510 – Theology of Spiritual Formation (2)
  • SFD 601 – Spiritual Formation: Prayer, Practice & Presence (2)
  • CSL 517 – Marriage and Family (2)
  • BTI 540 – Textual Synthesis II: A Selected New Testament Epistle (2)
  • RLM 510 – Leadership (3)
  • TCE 503 – Our Religious Impulse (2)
  • TCE 502 – Mission as Faithful Presence (2)

Years Three to Four: Practicing Pastoral Presence & Vocational Integration

Your third year in the Master of Divinity program is marked by ministry in context: field experience at a local faith community. As you engage your leadership style and vocational imagination you will synthesize theory and practice through an Integrative Project. More than an academic thesis, your Integrative Project lets you use the skills you’ve acquired to begin to be the church and to shape the world through your calling.

Here is a sampling of courses you will take in your final years:

  • RLM 503 – Life Together I: Ancient-Future Focus for Church & Worship (2)
  • BTI 570 – Integrative Project: Exploring the Future (2)
  • RLM 530 – MDiv Practicum II (1)
  • TCE 501 – Critical Social Theory (2)
  • BTI 570 – Integrative Project: Exploring the Future (1)
  • BTI 535 – Gospel of Mark (2)
  • RLM 504 – Life Together II: Relational Ethics for Church & Leadership (2)
  • RLM 520 – Word on the Street: Developing Intercultural Competency (2)
  • RLM 531 – MDiv Practicum III (1)
  • RLM 505 – Homiletics (2)

“I rely on my training from The Seattle School every single day. Knowing that I can only take people as far as I’ve been willing to go in my own journey has been the framework I’ve used over and over as I lead, pastor, teach, mentor, and counsel. I don’t have a clue how pastors lead churches faithfully without knowing themselves, their story, how they relate to and impact others, and being fluent in the dark places of their lives.”

David Rice, MDiv ‘10
Lead Pastor at Mackey Church
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