Distance Learning Seminary

You don’t need to move to Portland to receive a quality education. Multnomah has made it easy to complete the M.Div. or MA degrees where you are through a combination of delivery methods.

What makes Multnomah’s distance education courses so distinct?

Multnomah Biblical Seminary has invested in videoconferencing technology that allows the seminary to conduct classes at fixed site locations.  The courses conducted by videoconferencing are recorded and saved for online use in the term that the course is offered to residential students.  This means that the online content is identical to what residential students receive when the class is held.  Furthermore, by recording “real-time” courses, the instructors can present material that interacts with and is pertinent to current events.

Online students interact with faculty through forum discussions.  The online forum is equivalent to the learning opportunity residential students experience by being able to ask questions and interact with the professor in class.

Multnomah Live

Multnomah Live links classes in Portland to teaching sites in Reno, NV. This state of the art system captures the richness of Multnomah’s legendary “life on life” learning in an interactive, real-time setting.

Multnomah Live online courses

Supported by Multnomah Live and Multnomah Learn (our industry standard learning management system), our courses bring you into a virtual classroom.

Intensive courses

One- and two-week courses on the Portland campus in Jan Term and Summer School allow students to conveniently complete residence requirements. 

Why this approach?

Multnomah Live offers a robust learning experience that makes the classroom accessible to students at a distance.  We provide this because:

  1. It is responsible stewardship of the investment our students are making in their education, and
  2. We want to serve those students that are unable to be physically present because of the ministry and/or life circumstance God has called them to at this moment in time.

Furthermore, using recorded videoconferencing content allows us to:

  1. Offer the highest quality education our faculty can provide by being current with the latest academic scholarship,
  2. Give consistent content.  For instance, questions asked by online and residential students are over identical material they have seen and heard.  This means students can interact with one another as peers without gaps in classroom information, and professors do not have the challenge of remembering what was said in multiple settings.
  3. Take advantage of improvements faculty make between times the classes are taught, whether it is from year to year or week to week.  Further, faculty interaction with online students can shape what is taught in the following week’s class.
  4. Provide consistent instruction because the resident faculty understand and live out Multnomah’s vision and ethos.
  5. Leverage technology to create a learning experience that is not widely available.  

Designed for busy people and in-ministry students

Our convenient one-day a week schedule helps you make the most of your time. Courses are offered on a two-year rotation, which helps you plan your program with a clear path to the finish line.

Degrees offered

Distance education programs currently available at MBS-Reno/Tahoe are…

Students can take most of their degree programs with courses taught in Reno via Multnomah Live and with local adjunct instructors. The remaining courses needed to fulfill requirements for courses on campus can be completed at the Portland campus during Jan Term and Summer Term.

How much of your degree can be done online?

Requirements for courses completed on campus vary by degree program. Please consult degree program information for specific requirements. 


Earn your degree at one of our extension sites through Learn, a system of web-based courses, Portland-based intensive courses, and local courses.

Visit the extension site pages for specific information on each location.

Costs and financial aid

Tuition for 2016-17 is $500/ credit.

View cost details and financial aid options here.