Master of Arts in Business and Applied Theology

The Master of Arts in Business and Applied Theology (MA-BAT) degree combines theological and ethical teachings of the historic Christian faith with an exploration of the socio-economic realities of contemporary life.

Who Should Pursue This Degree

If you have administrative or managerial responsibilities in a Christian organization (e.g., church, parachurch ministry, nonprofit organization), or you work in the business/corporate world and desire to live a more integrated life of faith in the workplace, this degree is intended for you.


The Master of Arts in Business and Applied Theology allows you to focus on traditional theological disciplines while at the same time integrating recent insights and methods from the humanities, social sciences, fine arts, education, psychology, business, and economics. Our goal is that you will be able to apply what you learn in each field of study to the pressing needs of the contemporary church and the postmodern world.

As an MA-BAT student, you will develop the knowledge, skills, and multicultural sensitivities you need to understand the Christian faith and put it into faithful and effective practice in a hurting world. You will also experience rich opportunities for worship, fellowship, and personal spiritual growth in the context of SPU’s evangelical Wesleyan heritage.


The MA degree core curriculum of 39 credits consists of three two-credit “intensives” (introductory courses in spiritual formation and mission); three three-credit courses each in Bible, church history, and theology/ethics; and three two-credit units of "practica" (in which the student's personal spirituality and vocational objectives are integrated with his or her academic studies).

Of the remaining credits required for the degree, 24 credits are taken in the SPU School of Business and Economics. Of the remaining courses, 12 are in a prescribed suite of courses in business ethics and social responsibility, and 12 in your choice of business management courses (e.g., finance, accounting, operations, legal environment, and information systems). The other 15 credits include a 3-credit theology and business integration seminar, a 6-credit internship, and two 3-credit theology electives.

The “capstone” of the program is a 3-credit seminar integrating theology and business.

This MA degree can also be combined with the MBA degree offered by the School of Business and Economics.

MA-BAT tracking sheet for student matriculating before autumn 2017 (PDF)
MA-BAT tracking sheet for students matriculating after autumn 2017 (PDF)

Faculty Contact

Laura C.S. Holmes

Associate Professor of New Testament; Associate Dean of Graduate Studies
PhD, Princeton Theological Seminary

Phone: 206-281-2208
Office: Alexander 108


Program in Christian Social Entrepreneurship

In June 2016, SPU will be offering an exciting new program in Christian Social Entrepreneurship (CSE). 

The CSE program is for students and church leaders who are motivated to combine business skills with seminary-level theological training in order to launch mission-focused businesses, non-profits and/or church-based enterprises.  Learn more here.


Meet SPS Alum Donovan Richards

This is Donovan: Hear about Donovan's non-traditional journey through seminary, getting his master's degree in Business and Applied Theology and currently working as a business analyst.

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