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TABLE OF CONTENTS 2 = Diverse Community

22 = MA in Couples & Family Therapy

4 = Contemplatives in Action

24 = Master of Divinity

6 = Dialogue, Ecumenical & Interreligious

26 = Doctor of Ministry

8 = A School within Seattle University

28 = Professional Certificates

10 = Contextual Education & Formation

30 = Contextual Education & Internships

14 = MA in Transformational Leadership

32 = About the Faculty

16 = MA in Pastoral Studies

36 = Decision-making, Scholarships & Financial Aid

18 = MA in Transforming Spirituality

38 = Next Steps

20 = Snapshots


TO YOUR SCHOOL OF ACTION Each degree at Seattle University’s School of Theology and Ministry is designed with action in mind. Students are challenged to draw connections from theoretical concepts to concrete solutions while honoring all of the people involved. That kind of creativity and problem solving takes a great deal of work—the work that is engaged day-in and day-out throughout each degree program. Students gain the practical skills they need while putting in the time for authentic personal growth. The result? Our graduates make a difference in their communities in real and unique ways. From a Master of Divinity alumna starting a day shelter for women and their children, to a Master of Transformational Leadership alumnus consulting government agencies on community development. Because our students are prepared for action from day one, they are ready to reflectively engage real-world problems. Some begin their first career path while others come to the school ready for a new road of meaningful work.

Welcome to your school of action. You may find we’re the next step you’ve been looking for.




Our students come from almost every decade of life experience and from a gamut of religious backgrounds and faith perspectives. We believe that the best kind of learning comes from great conversations; that different points of view colliding and intermingling make learning richer and deeper. A Jesuit Catholic university built on spirituality and social justice, and an inclusively Christian school with dedication to interreligious relationships for the common good.




FUTURE BOLD Our global community is changing at an incredible rate, affecting everyday life more and more. These movements challenge the status quo for churches, synagogues and mosques; small businesses, startups and corporations; community centers, agencies, schools and universities—every corner of our shared life. That’s why leadership development is the core of each degree’s curriculum. Our evolving world calls for risk-taking individuals that lead with the whole community in mind, especially as the community grows and changes. Bold leadership isn’t easy, and it’s hard to learn. Our faculty love teaching for that reason. They find no greater joy than watching students dig deep into their potential and experience life in a new way.


Choosing to live contemplatively is also bold. In a world where our eyes see thousands of messages every day—pulling us to consume products, to join affinity groups, and to subscribe to certain values—it takes dedication and commitment to interrupt the noise. Our graduates emerge as "contemplatives in action"—valuing a way of being in the world that is rooted in spirituality. Some sit across from clients in therapy with unique attentiveness that is fostered through holistic self-care. Others lead churches and nonprofits with a humble sensitivity to the needs and attributes of clients and community members. They take time for personal deep reading of sacred texts and spiritual direction while being quick to laugh and celebrate. And still others are in the trenches of social service, working to end homelessness, breaking down racial barriers, or mentoring young people in their quest for identity.

Take Don Manning for example. Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies, Class of 2009 After years of working as a corporate lawyer, Don came to Seattle University and emerged a far more integrated and expressive version of himself. He now serves as CEO of Agros International, working to help rural poor families in Latin America escape the cycle of generational poverty.

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BECOME A BRIDGE IN A WORLD FULL OF GAPS What do our faculty, staff, students and alumni have in common? We are dedicated to the art of bridge-building. In a world where language, race, religion, culture, and economics often divide people and obstruct work for the common good, we have chosen to connect instead of divide, to talk instead of debate, and to work together instead of on our own. Our students become more competent in their own rich traditions and spiritual values, while learning to listen deeply and intersect intentionally with those who have other points of reference. We are also a welcome home to students who are spiritual but do not identify as religious. We believe you don’t have to subscribe to the same creed to collaborate with the same goals in mind and heart. We work across the aisle religiously and politically to lead community-building projects.




Dr. Leticia Guardiola-Sáenz

Larry N. Walls

Emigrated to the United States from Mexico. Studies the stories and experiences of "border crossing" for individuals migrating to new lands, new ideas and new beliefs. Speaks, widely publishes and mentors students as a recognized New Testament scholar, particularly through the lens of Latino/a culture and context.

Creates space for active and retired military out of his Naval career on a nuclear submarine, as a certified chaplain. Connects mind, body and spirit as both preacher and personal trainer. Serves as a speaker for National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month. Penned a book “I Love You, Really I Do” to help individuals wrestle with loss and love—which was also featured at the university’s own Search for Meaning Book Festival.

Associate Professor of Christian Scriptures

Doctor of Ministry



Kurt Lorenz

Maggie Breen

Tells stories through video and other mediums that break stereotypes and assumptions of individuals and groups that are working for social good, including the school’s very own faculty, staff, students and alumni. Founded an international, artist-run music label to build a sense of community between artists and the community, while ensuring artists primarily benefit from their music—a counter-cultural approach.

Leads REACH (Renton Ecumenical Association of Churches) to collaborate for the good of community needs through the core of the Christian mission and across denominational differences. Recognized by the City of Renton, Renton Chamber of Commerce, and Renton Rotary as 2013 “Citizen of the Year" award honoring her contributions. Works with fellow Master of Divinity alumna Linda Smith to support "Center of Hope"—a day shelter for homeless women and their children.

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Master of Divinity, Class of 2013

A SCHOOL WITHIN A UNIVERSITY Our students benefit from all that Seattle University has to offer throughout their time in degree programs as well as for the rest of their life and work as alumni.


If you're moving to Seattle for this new season, graduate student housing is an option for you—to tide you over until you find the neighborhood that feels the most like home.

Students benefit from the award winning Lemieux Library & Learning Commons with both tangible volumes and digital databases organized by discipline and librarians at your fingertips—accessible by chat online, on call, or face to face.

If you're a parent of young children, you can benefit from the university's child care resource center and other resources for the days you can't miss class or need to talk with others about balancing family life and school.

Every week, a slough of activities, conversations, and art events are hosted and sponsored on campus—from film premiers to concerts, sustainability and justice conversations to spoken word slams and more. Transformational Leadership students in particular benefit from the Albers School of Business & Economics speaker series, with CEOs from major corporations sharing about their leadership values.

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IT’S ALL CLASSROOM We believe that all of life is a classroom. That changes the way we structure each course syllabus and weave in-the-field internships and life learning with in-classroom reflection. We recruit faculty that will add rich experiences and background to conversations. Classrooms are turned inside out with trips to Seattle businesses, nonprofits, mosques, and churches to learn on-location. Our programs require more internship hours than most—with opportunities for students to practice what they learn in a safe place with supervisor, faculty and peer support in structured settings.

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The school has been awarded competitive grants that fund projects on the ground for major issues like the interreligious Faith & Family Homelessness Project seeking to end homelessness and the Economics & Pastoral Leadership Project working to solve the issue of seminary student debt. Faculty, staff, and students also collaborate on publications and presentations for mutual learning.

Graduate student assistantships are offered in almost every department of the university and school. Seattle University's Center for Service & Community Engagement has received the 2012 Presidential Award for community service and runs programs for the most diverse zip code in the nation with plenty of opportunities for graduate student work. The Center for Environmental Justice & Sustainability, with more graduate student involvement opportunities, is housed in the Bullitt Center—the greenest commercial building in the world.

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Spend a few minutes with the dean of the school, Dr. Mark S. Markuly, and you’ll catch some of his excitement. As a former journalist, he is always on the look-out for what matters to faith communities and culture—seeking to help bridge the religious / secular divide and break down barriers that separate spirituality and the sacred from daily life.

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Students are encouraged to learn from each other through organized community lunches and events or through spontaneous study sessions at coffee shops like Roy Street Coffee & Tea or happy hour and bowling at the Garage or bocci ball at Rhein Haus. Learning in a multigenerational community is a different way of learning. And it's dynamic. None of these experiences go to waste and are taken seriously as faculty weave personal reflection through even the most philosophical of topics. Faculty literally take students outdoors into the community for such classes as Dr. Cruz’s “Ministry in a Multicultural Context,” where students spend a day in the International District.



The school has built long-term relationships with each Christian denomination’s executive leadership and ministry teams to provide resources to students seeking ordination through the Master of Divinity program. Students in the Pastoral Studies and Transforming Spirituality programs also benefit from these connections and conversations with partners. Daily, monthly, and quarterly worship and liturgy gatherings feature words, songs, and rites that are unique to each tradition for mutual learning.

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Thanks to the generous contributions of interreligious donors, Master of Divinity student Linda Gasparovic participated in nine months of study abroad and travel on scholarship at The Ecumenical Institute at Bossey in Switzerland—one of the few institutions in the world that is as intentionally diverse as Seattle University’s School of Theology and Ministry.

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TRANSFORMATIONAL LEADERSHIP 54 CREDITS | 2 YEARS BRING YOUR WHOLE SELF TO WORK Transformational leaders bring their body, mind, and heart to work and have a deep sense of calling and purpose while helping others make their own meaning in the work they do. Transformational leadership facilitates lasting change in teams and organizations. Our students come from every corner of the workplace, with some launching into their first career and others transitioning to a second or third.

Students that do not identify as religious but resonate with spiritual values and ethics are challenged by rubbing shoulders with students in classes that use religious language and share about their faith traditions. This eclectic environment provides graduates with the skills and language needed to holistically and authentically connect with people who are very different than themselves.



As page 8 mentioned, students benefit from all that Seattle University has to offer—including elective course options in the School of Law, Albers School of Business & Economics, and from programs like Non-Profit Administration and more.

COURSES INCLUDE: Leadership, Personality & Culture Social Analysis: Skills for Unpacking Society’s Problems Integration of Transformational Leadership for Justice I & II Spiritual Values & Meaning in the Public Square Leadership in a Pluralistic Society Spiritualities of Peacebuilding Conflict Management & more

TAKE BJØRN FOR EXAMPLE... Bjørn Peterson - Class of 2012 Bjørn recently got the call to join President Obama's "Young African Leaders Institute" as faculty, offering a seminar on Inclusive Community Development. After some time leading the Arizona Ecumenical Council as Executive Director, linking churches together for the good of the community, Bjørn now serves as Senior Research Associate at Arizona State University while working towards his Ph.D. in Community Resources and Development. He owns ArcWorks Consulting, specializing in nonprofit organizational development, processes for social justice, and intercultural competency including work with the Church Council of Greater Seattle and other entities for over 15 years.

WHAT OTHER ALUMNI ARE DOING… Nancy Gale - Class of 2013 Owner of TLG Learning, training major corporations and small businesses alike in technological solutions.

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MORE STORIES HERE: Noah Baskett - Class of 2013 Supports students in their path to college through the Northwest Leadership Foundation, as Director of the Act Six Initiative.

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PASTORAL STUDIES 54 CREDITS | 2 YEARS CULTIVATING COMMUNITY Students come to Pastoral Studies from nonprofits, faith communities and other corners of human services but emerge from the program with one thing in common—the ability to deeply listen to others from a place of presence and responsiveness. Some say it's a gift that's impossible to teach, but our faculty are students themselves—learning the art while modeling it, providing opportunities for their students to practice that kind of ministry with each other and through out-of-classroom learning like internships and other experiences. But that's not all. Because leadership is at the core of the curriculum, students explore some of the biggest issues facing individuals, families, communities, and cultures—from racism to pluralism, consumerism and more. Students are challenged to grapple with the teachings of Jesus and other sacred texts and find their own voice in articulating wisdom passed down through the ages in religious and spiritual settings. Spiritual practices are explored in depth including the complex traditions throughout both the East and West. You can find graduates in churches, nonprofits, prisons, hospice, and as chaplains and educators and more.


FROM BEHIND BARS TO BEYOND BARRIERS Joe Cotton - Class of 2012 Joe has counseled youth sitting in blue jumpsuits across the table in King County Detention Center as they wrestle with the gamut of life challenges. He now serves as a youth program director for a local Seattle parish, passionately inviting youth to develop into adults that love beyond barriers of difference.

WE PUT OUR MONEY WHERE YOUR HEART IS Generous donors that believe in the vision of Seattle University's School of Theology and Ministry have provided scholarships for students in Pastoral Studies and Divinity programs like the Leaders of Multicultural Faith Communities Scholarship, Justice in Ministry Scholarship as well as other affinity group or denominationally-specific scholarships. The Archdiocese of Seattle provides a special funding program called “Christifideles� specifically for Pastoral Studies students serving in the Catholic community.

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Specialization option in Spiritual Direction available

BODY, MIND, & HEART Faith leaders, business professionals, and health professionals increasingly agree that the body, mind, and heart should be connected in order for humans to realize their potential. And not only that. We need to be connected to one another and to the earth. Community and ecology are extensions of our own spirituality as humans. This unique degree program provides a grounding in spiritual themes and rites that come from every corner of religious and spiritual practice, enabling students to lead retreats, one-on-one spiritual direction advising sessions, and more from a depth of knowledge and skill. Students explore the arts and human expression on both an individual and communal scale right alongside leadership principles that are proven effective. Where does this take graduates? Our alumni are life coaches, campus ministers, spiritual directors, nonprofit executive staff, retreat center directors, recovery program staff, consultants, and more.




Kathleen Hosfeld, Student “I wanted to better understand meaning and purpose from a perspective that would make sense to individuals across spiritual traditions. There was an axiom that said in order to be effective in business you have to be heartless; you have to leave part of yourself at the door when you enter the workplace and that it made you more successful. Today, the sphere of influence in which we're making business decisions is much broader. We're thinking beyond just our own company; we're thinking about our communities, about the global community. We're recognizing that not only does it make you more successful to bring your heart, it makes you more insightful about how to make decisions in a way that will work for all."

Maria Ochoa, Class of 2011 Designs and facilitates retreats for artists, pastoral leaders, and more. Is reimagining what it looks like to create space for “contemplative leaders in action” through community building activities, justice education, and social analysis. Assistant Director for "Magis: Alumni Living the Mission," a collective of Jesuit alumni nationwide.


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Twice a year, students take a day away or spend an evening together for reflection. The time is well-spent with quiet and meditation, value discovery and intentional connection around the work each student is engaging in their degree program.









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A COAMFTE-accredited program that meets educational requirements to become a licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT) in Washington State.

AN INTERFAITH, SPIRITUALLY-INTEGRATED PROGRAM Relationships are dynamic and complex. They change throughout life and intersect with race, age, gender, ethnicity, spiritual and religious traditions, sexual orientation, military service, socioeconomic status, health, immigration, and countless other social categories. Our graduates work clinically with couples, families, groups, and individuals from an array of diverse backgrounds and within a variety of contexts. Students are trained in family systems theory, psychopathology, and current treatment practices — serving clients with various relationship and mental health concerns (such as depression, anxiety, and parent-child conflict). Students practice a spiritually integrated model of therapy—integrating ethical, clinical services with spirituality. Our graduates obtain the clinical skills necessary to address their clients’ own faith and belief practices. At the client’s request, clinicians incorporate relevant spiritual discussions in order to utilize the client’s resources and strengths.




Mental Health Agencies Private Practice Coaching & Consulting


Each class helps students connect the dots from their sense of self to their identity as a couples and family therapist—equipping them along the way with clinical best practices in client therapy. Class sessions and supervision help students demonstrate knowledge, skills, and techniques into clinical practice.


COAMFTE Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education

The Marriage and Family Therapy Program at Seattle University’s School of Theology and Ministry is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE), 112 South Alfred Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314, (703) 838-9808,

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Students benefit from intersections with program director and core facult y member, Dr. Christie Eppler, throughout their experience in the cohort. Dr. Eppler is both a licensed marriage and family therapist and American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) approved supervisor, bringing a wealth of experience and research to the classroom.

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DIVINITY 117 CREDITS | 4 YEARS Specialization option in Chaplaincy available

EMBRACING TANGIBLE & INTANGIBLE MYSTERY The mystery of God or a Divine Being has always baffled the human body, mind, and spirit. Each Christian tradition holds roots in ideas of Gospel that make up its theology—its study of God. At a school like ours, students are invited to discover what is unique in each Christian tradition, spanning cultures and ethnic groups, and learning from their diverse classmates along the way. Students do the hard work of identifying their own beliefs, values, and traditions rooted in theological and philosophical perspectives. With all of that discovery, a far deeper sense of community is built—a sense of shared vision and mission that trumps all differences that have kept people apart. All along the way, students are steeped in extensive leadership training, with hands-on application throughout their multi-layered practicum experiences. Graduates are then equipped to lead communities consistently over time and through a variety of events and circumstances.


A STUDENT COMMUNITY A A STUDENT STUDENT COMMUNITY COMMUNITY CONNECTION CONNECTION CONNECTION Every Tuesday over the lunch hour, Every Every Tuesday Tuesday over over the the lunch lunch hour, hour, students connect “Linking Liturgy & students students connect connect “Linking “Linkingscripture Liturgy Liturgy & & Learning” with in-depth Learning” Learning” with with in-depth in-depth scripture study through the lens scripture of theological study study through through the the lens lens of of theological theological reflection and real life application. reflection reflection and and real realstudents life life application. application. Each Thursday, can drop in Each Each Thursday, students can can drop in to aThursday, regularly students occurring timedrop for in to to acentering a regularly regularly occurring occurring time time for for prayer, led each week by a different student. centering centering prayer, prayer, led led each each week week by by aa different different student. student.



Each student in the program has a support network from day one. Thanks to our 14+ longstanding partners, we connect each student with their future ministry team. Students then receive phone calls, emails, and participate in gatherings with denominationally linked ordination companions supporting their degree program.

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"Seattle University's School of Theology and Ministry has given me a place to develop and integrate theology, spirituality, and a passion for social justice alongside a diverse community of caring and talented students. This has made ministry not merely a job but a way of life: allowing every moment to be an opportunity for service regardless of the context in which I find myself." Justin Umbright, Class of 2013 Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)

"The ecumenical aspect at Seattle University's School of Theology and Ministry is so important for future church leaders. I now have allies and friends in many different denominations and religions. This opens up new opportunities for how to be and 'do' church in the future." Chelsea Globe, Class of 2014 Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA)

"I consider the school's ability to ask me to know and articulate my own theology as a part of the brilliance of an ecumenical and interreligious Masters of Divinity education. Never once was I forced to believe a theology that I did not agree with, instead I was encouraged to formulate my own in an environment of respect and open-mindedness." Terra Morgan, Class of 2014 Unitarian Universalist Association


MINISTRY 54 CREDITS | 4 YEARS* *while working full-time in a ministry setting

ABOUT THINGS THAT MATTER The new Doctor of Ministry program at Seattle University's School of Theology and Ministry is designed to challenge ministers and pastoral leaders to go deeper into their calling—to take their larger neighborhood, city, state, and nation into their consideration as they lead. To look beyond their own church or organization to serve the community and city in which they live. To develop real relationships with government officials, nonprofit, and social service leaders and others in positions of power and authority, with the big-picture goal of the common good. Actively working for justice and equity for all that live in the community, while valuing well the resources that are used along the way. The program develops the skills needed for pastoral leaders to sustain their energy while dedicating attention to their own spiritual health.

Ron Simms, former Deputy Secretary of the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development, speaks at special Doctor of Ministry co-curricular event.



Students choose from the Ecumenical / Interreligious, Pastoral / Transformational / Spiritual Leadership or an Interdisciplinary specialization area—going deeper at a school that is in the depths with you. From projects like the school's Economics & Pastoral Leadership Project —working to end student debt and better prepare pastors for financial literacy and management—to partner relationships with the nation's most prominant faith groups and leaders, students have opportunities to enhance their curricular learning with co-curricular conversations, research, and experiences.



It's no secret that the one and only Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was equal parts scholar and minister as he was activist. Our students recognize that there have been few leaders with dedication like that of Dr. King to the work of ministry, thought, and justice. The goal of the Doctor of Ministry degree is to empower students to live out their unique calling in a way that is truly active—for individuals, communities, and systemic change that impacts zip codes near and far.

“All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence." - Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


For those that are looking for specific ministry training, we offer professional certificate programs designed to intensively prepare students for service.



The word deacon literally means "through the dust," implying that dust is raised because of a busy servant or messenger. A deacon's job within a faith community is a busy and crucial one—helping with some of the most practical, day-to-day decisions and ministries of the church. We want to make sure that deacons are well-equipped for their service, and have fashioned this unique certificate to not only provide what's necessary, but to go deeper. Pastoral skills are a big part of this certificate's outcomes. United Methodist and Episcopal leaders are able to meet requirements through this certificate to become deacons within their faith community and denomination. No previous graduate studies are required, only an undergraduate degree.

Ministers, social service professionals, business executives, and nonprofit directors alike have found this advanced certificate a vital next step in their work—particularly as business in both for-profit and nonprofit sectors requires a grounding in values and mission/vision that is spiritual in one way or another. The certificate comes in two tracks, chosen by students. Track one covers spirituality in a wide-range and inclusive lens, and track two (the Spiritual Direction track) provides students with the specialized skills required of a Spiritual Director, or spiritual advisor/companion to those seeking spiritual practice in their daily life.

42 credits | 2 years

A special tip! For Roman Catholic and Lutheran (ELCA) students seeking preparation for ministry as a deacon, the school offers a Specialization in Diaconal Ministry with the Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies, so all requirements are fulfilled. Check out the Pastoral Studies degree info on page 16 of this booklet, or online here:

27 credits | 1-2 years


Chances are that if you rub shoulders with ministers in the Pacific Northwest (and even out of state for that matter!), you've benefited directly and/or indirectly from the outcomes of this certificate. Out of this program, some students can't get enough, and decide to complete the school's Doctor of Ministry (DMIN) program—with the credits counting toward the DMIN. Hear what graduates have said... "Almost every aspect of my pastoral work has some root in the learning I did in the Certificate in Pastoral Leadership program." Rev. Darrell L. Goodwin | Pastor, Liberation United Church of Christ "The Post-Master's Certificate in Pastoral Leadership is an essential asset to the continuing development and relevance of spiritual and religious leadership in the days to come." Rev. Joanne Sanders | Stanford University "Without the unbelievable care and competence of the Seattle University faculty, I think my life as an artist, teacher, and leader would have lost its sense of purpose and joy. I appreciate their seeking new horizons of hope in a very culturally dark time." Yonnah Ben Levy | Lay Leader, Episcopal Church


LOUDER All of life happens in context. We recognize that learning does too. That's why we have reimagined what it looks like to meld book learning along with action learning and a generous dose of reflective learning throughout each degree program. Action doesn't happen separately from the classroom either! Students are enrolled in special synthesis courses with their peers and faculty support throughout their internships—ensuring that every last drop of experience is held and seen. Yes, our degree programs require more internship hours than most programs out there. But that's because we make sure that graduates are propelled into their life calling, first having been intentionally prepared philosophically, practically, and reflectively throughout every minute of the degree program.

& SOME ACTION SPEAKS LOUDER THAN OTHERS... Students work with faculty or a clinical coordinator to handpick an internship site, finding a location that presents the challenges and growth areas they need most. Many of our students rely on the expertise of their degree-specific advisory—the faculty member that meets with them regularly throughout their studies—as well as either the Clinical Coordinator or Director of Contextual Education. Both are hybrid faculty members and administrators that spend time out and about in the community, building relationships and connections for new internship sites tailored to student needs and passions.

Contextual Education – noun

an educational approach that intersects both theory and practice, inside and outside the classroom; a style of learning that surfaces deep questions that ultimately lead to action—addressing the real needs in our communities and world.


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STUDENTS IN ACTION AROUND THE PUGET SOUND In Seattle's eastside, Pastoral Studies student Jennifer served in one of the Intercommunity Peace & Justice Center's justice circles—supporting over a dozen Latina women in their project to provide anti-bullying resources for children and parents in Spanish, something that hadn't been done before in the school district. In the Queen Anne neighborhood of Seattle, Master of Divinity alumnus Alfredo has just launched a bicultural –bilingual, Latino/a–Anglo faith community, founded with the hope of creating bridges of understanding between cultures. In the heart of downtown Seattle, Master of Arts in Couples & Family Therapy students like Carolyn engage the real world of addiction and recovery at the groundbreaking Recovery Café that provides meetings and support alongside barista and yoga instructor training for folks rebuilding their lives and their resumes.

In Renton, Master of Arts in Couples & Family Therapy students like Thuong have started their clinical sequence at Valley Cities Counseling & Consultation, a behavioral health center serving diverse groups from the region who have immigrated from nations all over the globe.


WEwhat PRACTICE WE TEACH If you're a faculty member at Seattle University's School of Theology and Ministry, you have lived experience of what you share with students. Our faculty actively contribute to some of the most crucial conversations around world issues affecting our local communities, state legislature, and national character. With over 50 faculty and adjuncts on the payroll, the school ensures that courses are taught by those who know the subject matter best—those who breathe it everyday in open air. Faculty are members of guilds and are connected to the who’s who in their field, while regularly publishing relevant publications and research. A handful of core faculty with alumni and staff co-authored and recently published an impressive two-volume work on Religious Leadership for Sage Publications—the leading publisher for practitioners, researchers, and students. The volumes were edited and curated by our very own Dr. Sharon Henderson Callahan, Professor and Program Director for the school’s Doctor of Ministry. Take a look online at a recap from an international interreligious conference hosted and planned by some of the school’s faculty, staff, and graduate assistants:



Students challenge faculty just as much as faculty challenge students. Students in varied degree programs are in class sessions together—bringing their own vantage points, perspectives, and experiences (from literally all over the world!) to the classroom, to the faculty, and to each other as co-learners. All of the school’s core faculty recently participated in a six-month-long, creatively constructed (and intensive!) class together. The goal was to grow together as a learning community in the major questions of our shrinking world that is increasingly religiously and spiritually diverse.


Our faculty are nimble because they must be quick and versatile. They actively challenge themselves on a daily basis to better engage students. Let's talk about just one example. In core faculty member Dr. Guardiola-Sáenz's "Women in Scripture" class, Couples & Family Therapy students study alongside Divinity and Pastoral Studies students. Therapists-in-training raise questions about gender roles and definitions while Ordained-Pastors-in-training grapple with historical context questions and the text’s original language meaning. Since each classroom is multigenerational, some students were once activists in the Women's Liberation Movement in the 1960's and '70's, bringing their feminist passions to the table of conversation around theological perspectives. Others were raised in conservative faith communities where women did not occupy the same positions as men. Dr. Guardiola-Sáenz welcomes the challenge to engage all levels of discourse and interdisciplinary areas of research, thought, and analysis in order for meaningful learning to occur.


MANY HANDS make GREAT WORK Spanning across a variety of committees and groups, the school boasts over 150 advisors that actively consult the Dean, faculty and staff in fashioning the most relevant programs for today's (and the future's!) world. Among those advisors, Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) supervisors and military chaplain representatives visit the school regularly to connect with students in the Chaplaincy specialization of the Master of Divinity and vice versa. Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu, and Sikh faith leaders regularly meet with Christian faith leaders under the same roof of Seattle University’s School of Theology and Ministry—exploring how to make life better for their community members, and deepen their theological knowledge in practical application, across their religious differences. Visiting visionaries and thinkers are brought to the school for special co-curricular and open-to-the-public events, like American broadcast journalist Ray Suarez, and Sweet Honey in the Rock's vocalist and Howard University scholar Dr. Ysaye M. Barnwell. Students have participated in gatherings with special guests like American religion and culture scholar, Diana Butler Bass, and British comparative religion author and commentator, Karen Armstrong.


Our core faculty members, when looked at as a group, make up a lovely picture of an eclectic learning community. Catholic Priest Dr. Mike Raschko uses the sweeping whiteboard to talk about quantum physics in the same breath as Christian anthropology. East-West spirituality professor Dr. Valerie Lesniak encourages her students to act out spiritual practices that are uncomfortable to them, so they can better journey alongside others. Pastor's kid and Evangelically-raised Dr. Mark Chung Hearn melds his passion for religious education and ministry with ethnic studies. Globetrotting Lutheran Dr. Michael Reid Trice loves conversations around religious identity among Christians and interfaith groups, exploring what it means to be a person of faith in the context of our world today.






We go to great lengths to support incoming and returning students with the practical side of things—degree choice, scheduling, financial aid, scholarships and overall financing for this important aspect of their life calling and career next steps.


You might be attracted to the university and school but are struggling to select between a few degrees that are standing out to you. That happens a lot around here! Because our degrees practically prepare professionals for service and ministry work, some applicants wrestle with what focus area is in line with their calling. We've created a special webpage to help you sort through those questions. Explore more online:


Each year we work to make courses more and more flexible for our working and ministry-active students. That means that we offer quarter-long formats, weekend intensives and even summer-intensive formats for scheduling flexibility. Alternate day and evening hours are also available for various time of day needs. Do you have more questions on how courses are scheduled over the year? Jean Adler Stean; Assistant Director of Admissions & Student Services is an email or call away: | (206) 296-5333



A hardworking crew of development staff are the biggest cheerleaders around the work that students are doing. They connect on a daily basis with generous individuals, organizations and foundations that have made scholarships possible for School of Theology and Ministry students specifically. Explore opportunities online:


In addition to the great financial aid staff support that Seattle University provides, staff at the School of Theology and Ministry are dedicated to answering degree and school-specific financial aid questions that come up along the way. Learn more:


A great scholarship story comes from Rayna Shoihat, Master of Arts in Transformational Leadership student, who has a passion for social work, educational policy, and religion and spirituality. She wondered what graduate program could encapsulate her di ve rse interests... Then she serendipitously found the degree AND an incredible scholarship opportunity.

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COME BE INSPIRED. We welcome you to get excited and to be inspired by all that the university, school, and degree programs have to offer. Here are some resources for next steps in your decision-making process.


A graduate from Duke Divinity School and an ordained deacon in the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, Jean brings a wealth of experience in various church roles, as a hospital chaplain, and in the non-profit sector. As Assistant Director of Academics and Student Services Jean acts as a friendly point of contact for prospective students during their discernment, application, and admittance processes. Here's her contact information. She wants you to have it (truly!). | (206) 296-5333



From "Coffee Conversation & Campus Tour" events to special workshops and more, there are some great information session dates on the calendar.


Drop by the Seattle University campus to take a stroll, schedule a one-on-one with Colette to ask all of the questions you have, or stop by a school community event. Find out about the latest events in the school's monthly e-newsletter or online here:


Talk or email with a current student or alumni, attend a Seattle University Graduate Open House and mingle with other prospective graduate students across campus, and more. Colette can help you find the opportunities you're looking for!


Most of all, don't hesitate to ask.



Master of Arts in: • Transformational Leadership • Pastoral Studies • Transforming Spirituality • Couples & Family Therapy Master of Divinity Doctor of Ministry Professional Certificates

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