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School of Theology and Ministry

FAQ

  1. How long does it take to complete a Master's program?
  2. How will a Post-Master's or Graduate Studies' certificate help me in my career?
  3. Can I take classes without signing up for a specific degree program?
  4. Do you offer graduate student assistantships or other office work opportunities?
  5. What faith backgrounds do your faculty come from?
  6. What does the school mean when it says it is "ecumenical and interreligious"?
  7. I'm not religious, but I'm interested in the couples and family therapy degree (MACFT)
    and/or leadership degree (MATL). Would I fit in?
  8. Do you have distance learning options?
  9. Is it possible to complete a degree through weekend and summer classes?
  10. Are there scholarships or financial aid available?
  11. Does Seattle University participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program for United States Military / Veterans?
  12. Is it possible to sit-in on a class before applying?
  13. Once accepted, can I defer my start date?
  14. I started a program at another university. Will my credits transfer to the school?  

 

 1. How long does it take to complete a Master's program?

Two to four years; depending upon the degree program and full-time or part-time status. The average student takes between 6 and 9 credit hours each academic quarter. Students may enroll in three to nine credits per quarter, depending on their availability. Check out each individual degree's webpage for the average for that degree.

 2. How will a Post-Master's or Graduate Studies' Certificate help me in my career?

Our certificates are designed to help prepare students with skills that are in demand in a variety of life stages and vocations. Post-Master's certificates help augment graduate level training in specific fields, and Certificates of Graduate Studies are skill-based for direct vocational application. Learn more about professional certificates.

 3. Can I take classes without signing up for a specific degree program?

Yes! We have many options. To audit a course or to receive graduate credit as a non-matriculated student, contact Jean Adler Stean, our Assistant Director of Admissions & Student Services.

 4. Do you offer graduate student assistantships or other office work opportunities?

Yes! Our school offers non-work-study, "Graduate Assistant" office positions for which students can apply. All applicants are required to be enrolled at Seattle University's School of Theology and Ministry, taking at least three units of coursework. Click here for more information. If you have additional questions, contact Jean Adler Stean, our Assistant Director of Admissions & Student Services.

  5. What faith backgrounds do your faculty come from?

Our core and adjunct faculty represent over 13 Christian denominations and nondenominational groups as well as from Jewish, Muslim and spiritual-but-not-religious traditions.

  6. What does the school mean when it says it is "ecumenical and interreligious"?

Seattle University's School of Theology and Ministry was founded with a desire to create a unique learning community that meets the many challenges in our contemporary world, especially the division and polarization that make it almost impossible to build communities promoting human flourishing.

"Intentionally Ecumenical" – We have formal agreements and partnerships with 12 Christian denominations and the Unitarian-Universalist tradition. The school's coursework and programming speak across the spectrum of Christianity – from Evangelical to Orthodox – and through the Unitarian Univeralists and beyond. Our faculty, with more than a 100 advisors from these traditions, has created a dynamic curriculum focused on the values and skills needed to shape today's leaders in congregations, religious organizations, chaplaincy work, social service agencies, industry and government. This curriculum infuses the school's life, from faculty input and encouragement in coursework, to annual lectures, from student leadership opportunities and community engagement to Worship & Liturgy offerings and the school's celebration of the annual Week of Prayer. Our commitment to being ecumenical means we have a different type of religious tolerance and cooperation.

"Interreligiously Engaged" – Mirroring the world in which we live, the School of Theology and Ministry is deeply involved with communities from many different religious traditions. Our coursework develops students' ability to appreciate and engage in the challenging but exciting area of interfaith dialogue and cooperative action. With funding by the Henry Luce Foundation, the Alfred and Tillie Shemanski Testamentary Trust, and generous individual supporters, the School is fostering deeper and higher levels of interreligious interaction in a number of ways. Learn more about:

What does it mean to say the school is "ecumenical and interreligious?" It means your faith perspective and tradition matter in the classroom not only for your own learning, but also for your fellow students. The founding desire of the school continues: We are committed to creating well-rounded ministers and leaders for a more just and humane world. Come and join in!

  7. I'm not religious, but I'm interested in the couples and family therapy degree (MACFT) and/or leadership degree (MATL). Would I fit in?

Our school's MACFT and MATL degrees are designed for students interested in integrating systems and psychological theories, theological education, leadership theory, and spiritual formation in a clinical setting or leadership practice. Both degree programs seek to support and heal individuals and communities in diverse settings and groups from any faith and culture. We intentionally engage one another in classroom settings according to a "code of conduct" that promotes listening skills and appreciation for others with varied backgrounds, particularly relating to spirituality and religion. Students and alumni that do not identify as religious have shared that they are deeply grateful that they chose to acquire their training in a school that is as diverse as the communities they will be serving.

  8. Do you have distance learning opportunities?

Yes! We offer several classes that are available with distance technology as well as weekend and summer condensed scheduling. Due to accreditation standards it is not possible to complete an entire degree with distance technology at this time (but we're working on it!). For more questions, please contact Jean Adler Stean, our Assistant Director of Admissions & Student Services.

  9. Is it possible to complete a degree through weekend and summer classes?

While it is not possible to complete a degree program by relying entirely upon weekend, summer and evening classes, we offer a flexible schedule that makes us an attractive option for the working professional. All degree programs include hybrid class options for summer, evening and weekend classes. Internships, practicums / internships, spiritual direction, retreats, and independent studies allow commuting students to complete some of their educational experiences in their own neighborhoods of residence.

  10. Are there scholarships or financial aid available?

Stafford and Seattle University Loans are financial aid options available to graduate students at Seattle University. Generous donors that believe in the mission and vision of the school have additionally contributed to a variety of scholarship opportunities available to new and returning students. For more information, please see the following webpages for Scholarship Opportunities and Financial Aid. To apply for any of these loans, students must apply through the SU Student Financial Services office and complete a FAFSA online.

  11. Does Seattle University participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program for United States Military / Veterans?

Yes! Seattle University has signed a contract with the Veterans Administration to provide funding for 80 undergraduate and 30 graduate students through the Yellow Ribbon Program. Funding is awarded on a first come, first served basis. Students are not eligible to receive a Yellow Ribbon Program spot until they are formally admitted to the university. For information about available slots, waiting list options, or any additional questions, please email va@seattleu.edu.

  12. Is it possible to sit in on a class before applying?

Yes! Contact Jean Adler Stean, our Assistant Director of Admissions & Student Services.

  13. Once accepted, can I defer my start date?

Admitted students may defer their acceptance for up to one full year from their initial quarter of acceptance. This means that a Fall applicant who defers can enter in the Spring, Summer or Fall of the following year before they would need to re-apply. We do offer rolling admissions for several of our degrees as well--the Master of Arts in Transformational Leadership, Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies, and Master of Arts in Couples and Family Therapy.

  14. I started a program at another university. Will my credits transfer to the School?

Students may petition to transfer graduate credits earned from another regionally accredited institution or a program accredited by the Association of Theological Schools (ATS). Graduate course credits earned with a letter grade of B or above in academic work comparable to core course requirements at the school may be transferred upon evaluation and approval of the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and the Registrar. Courses that do not meet core requirement standards may be accepted as electives. Up to 10 credits may be transferred toward the Master of Arts in Pastoral (MAPS) and Master of Arts in Transformational Leadership (MATL) degree, up to 21 credits for the Master of Arts in Couples and Family Therapy (MACFT) degree, up to 24 for advanced standing in the Master of Arts in Transforming Spirituality (MATS) degree, and up to 57 credits may be transferred toward the Master of Divinity (MDiv) degree. All non-credit formation requirements and related formation courses must normally be taken at Seattle University for work toward any degree. Students who have completed the MAPS degree from Seattle University may petition the school's admissions committee to accept the earned degree in total or in part toward the MATS or MDiv degrees.