The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology

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The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology
Former names
Mars Hill Graduate School
Type Graduate School
Established 1997
President Craig Detweiler
Students ~300
Location Seattle, Washington, United States
Campus Urban Area

The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology is a progressive, multi-denominational graduate school located in the Belltown, Seattle, Washington.


The Seattle School was initially established under the auspices of Western Seminary in 1997, becoming independent in 2000, and establishing itself in downtown Seattle in 2007. In 2011, the school changed its name from Mars Hill Graduate School to The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology.[1] The Seattle School has trained therapists, pastors, artists, leaders, and social entrepreneurs to be competent in the study of text, soul, and culture.[citation needed]


The Seattle School is a progressive, multi-denominational institution. The Seattle School calls itself "a learning community informed by incarnational theology and a relational hermeneutic."[2]

Stanley Grenz, who taught at the school for several years, was influential to the school's theological roots, as was author Brian McLaren, who has been a teacher at The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology and also served on the school's board.[citation needed]

Degrees offered[edit]

The school has one Master of Divinity degree program and two Master of Arts degree programs:

The school's Counseling Psychology curriculum is a mix of psychodynamic modality, existential approach, attachment theory and object relations.

Notable faculty[edit]


The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology is nationally accredited by the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada (ATS).[4] The school has "degree authorization" by the State of Washington and Title IV authorization by the Federal Department of Education for federal student financial assistance.

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Coordinates: 47°36′48″N 122°21′03″W / 47.61333°N 122.35083°W / 47.61333; -122.35083