Master of Arts in Asian American Ministry

The Master of Arts in Asian American Ministry (MA-AAM) degree program focuses on the classical theological disciplines of Scripture, church history, theology, and ethics. It 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-AAM degree, you will combine a core study of general theology with specialized study in race, culture, psychology, Asian American context, and Christian reconciliation.

Focus of the Degree

The Master of Arts in Asian American Ministry (MA-AAM) is an interdisciplinary degree program designed to equip Christian leaders to minister in Asian American communities, as well as in multiethnic ministry contexts. The MA-AAM will address:

  • The contextual task of helping you reflect on important issues of Asian American identity and experience.
  • The theological task of examining historically dominant theological paradigms within the Asian American church.
  • The interdisciplinary task of introducing you to the important ways in which cultural heritage and social class influence the practice of counseling from a marriage and family therapy perspective.
  • The ministerial task of learning to lead ministries of reconciliation in congregations, communities, and beyond by bridging the boundaries of race, class, and gender through the gospel of Jesus Christ.


Upon graduation, you will be equipped to pursue a ministry career as a pastor in an Asian American (e.g., English ministry, pan-Asian) or multiethnic church; a director of Asian American-specific and multiethnic parachurch ministry; a director or pastor of compassion and justice; a director or pastor of community life and outreach; and as an administrator in an urban and community development ministry.

As an MA-AAM 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 2-credit “intensives” — introductory courses in spiritual formation and mission — and three courses each in Bible, church history, and theology/ethics.

The remaining 39 credits required for the degree are devoted to the specialized interdisciplinary study of race, culture, psychology, Asian American context, and Christian reconciliation (33 credits), supervised ministry training under the mentorship of an experienced Christian leader (6 credits), and a integrative master’s thesis (3 credits).

The MA-AAM includes a cross-cultural immersion course focused on an Asian or Asian American context. The immersion will provide you with an opportunity to critically reflect on issues pertaining to the contextualization of Christian theology, faith, and ministry in Asian and/or Asian American communities — all for the purpose of informing your future ministry.

You will fulfill your contextual education requirements under the mentorship and supervision of experienced pastors and Christian leaders who are innovatively leading in Asian American and multiethnic congregational and nontraditional ministry settings.

The “capstone” of the program will include a 3-credit integrative master’s thesis on an Asian American ministry topic.

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

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