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School of Theology and Ministry

Which Degree?

Here at Seattle University’s School of Theology and Ministry, we understand that choosing a graduate program is a commitment. Graduate degree programs offer a challenging, invigorating, engaging and fulfilling environment to help fuel your passions and fulfill your career goals. We are here to support you in your journey.

Visit Campus 

Attend an on-campus or online graduate program information session hosted by Jean Adler Stean, Assistant Director of Admissions. Click here for more information. 

Resources for Discernment 

Out of Seattle University’s Jesuit Catholic roots, we often talk about the concept of “discernment” inspired by the founder of the Society of Jesus (also known as the Jesuits), St. Ignatius of Loyola. This spiritual decision-making practice is an intentional effort to pay attention to the natural stirrings and impulses going on within us. 

In order to practice discernment, we take some time to quiet all of the competing voices inside our heads. We have put together a few resources to help as you begin your discernment process about graduate education, and in your quest to contribute to a more just and human world.

Watch this video for some ideas on practicing discernment.

Learn even more about Ignatian Spirituality and discernment, here. 

Degree Comparison Chart 

Below is a chart that helps organize the practical details of each degree program. 

Want to speak with a current student in your prospective program, visit the campus, or sit in on a class? Contact Jean Adler Stean at steanj@seattleu.edu or 206-296-5333.

 Master of Arts in Transformational Leadership (MATL) Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies (MAPS) Master of Arts in Transforming Spirituality (MATS) Master of Arts in Couples & Family Therapy (MACFT) Master of Divinity (MDIV), optional specialization in Chaplaincy Doctor of Ministry (DMIN)
Bring your whole self to work Cultivating Community Body, Mind & Heart An Interfaith, Spiritually-Integrated Program Embracing Tangible & Intangible Mystery Contemplative Leadership for the Common Good
54 Credits 54 Credits 72 Credits 79 Credits 108 Credits 54 Credits
2 Years 2 Years 3 Years 3 Years 4 Years 4 Years
Leadership in Government, Law, Education, Non-Profit, Corporations, Community & Faith-Based Organizations Service in Lay Ministry (Church, Campus, Prison); Faith-Based Organizations; Community & Social Service Agencies Spiritual Direction; Life Coaching; Retreat Facilitation; Campus Ministry; Coordination of Spirituality-Focused Programming Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist: private practice, non-profit, educational settings, and other Ordination and/or Leadership in Denominational, Ecumenical, Interfaith, or Community Organizations; Chaplaincy (Healthcare, Military, Nonprofit), Detention / Juvenile Ministry Executive or Senior Leadership in Churches, Nonprofits, Government Agencies, Faith-Based Organizations; Social Service Agencies; Faculty in Educational Institutions