Master of Arts (Christian Scripture)

The Master of Arts (Christian Scripture) (MA(CSc)) degree program focuses on the classical theological disciplines of Scripture, church history, theology, and ethics, and reflects Seattle Pacific University’s vision to engage the culture and change the world with the transforming gospel of Jesus Christ. If you select the MA(CSc) degree, you will combine a core study of general theology with specialized study in Christian Scripture.

Focus of the Degree

The Master of Arts (Christian Scripture) degree is designed to deepen your understanding and appropriation of the Bible as the church’s Scripture — originating with God’s people living in particular times and places, but authoritative for us as God’s people in all times and places. Consequently, in addition to encountering the biblical texts as texts, you will study them within the context of the Church’s larger canonical context: its foundational theology, ethics, and history of interpretation.


The MA(CSc) degree 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(CSc) 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, 15 credits are devoted to a suite of courses in Christian Scripture. You will also take 3 credits in the art of teaching the Bible, 9 credits of biblical languages, and 6 credits of theology or interdisciplinary electives.

The “capstone” of the program is a 6-credit final research thesis.

MA-CSc tracking sheet for student matriculating before autumn 2017 (PDF)
MA-CSc 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


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