Master of Arts (Christian Studies)

The Master of Arts (Christian Studies) (MA(CSt)) 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(CSt) degree, you will combine a core study of general theology with specialized study in Christian Studies.


As an Master of Arts (Christian Studies) 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, six will be Scripture courses, three in the art of teaching the Bible and theology, and 24 in theological or interdisciplinary courses of your choice.

The “capstone” of the program is a 6-credit master's thesis.

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