Master's in Applied Theology

The Master of Arts in Applied Theology is a two-year equivalent program (42 semester hour units) offering specialization in leadership for church staff, parachurch organizations and nonprofit organizations.

The program provides a framework for such leadership through basic biblical and theological studies, spiritual formation, and cross-cultural engagement. The program offers several tracks for the development of leadership skills for specialized settings through course work, practica and in-ministry learning opportunities.

The distinctive feature of Multnomah’s MAAT program is that it parallels the Doctor of Ministry program. MA students in this program take the same core seminars as the doctoral students. MA students in this program have the ministry experience of the DMin students, but lack the academic credentials to gain admission into the doctoral degree program.

Read a more-detailed description of the MAAT program


The MAAT tracks are identical to the tracks in the DMin program.

The Executive Pastor cohort is led by Luke Hendrix and the Discipleship cohort is led by Bill Clem. These are MA-only ministry tracks.

If you would like more information on these tracks, contact Derek Chinn at All tracks launch when the minimum cohort size has been reached.

Admission requirements

  1. Meet general admission requirements as listed in the “Admission and Financial Information” catalog section.
  2. Possess a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, with a minimum of 32 semester credits in general studies, including such courses as English composition, speech, history, psychology, and sociology.  Students without a bachelor degree may be admitted if they are able to demonstrate they possess the educational equivalent of a bachelor degree.  Finally, up to 15% of the students in the program may be admitted without a bachelor degree.
  3. Maintain a minimum 2.5 grade point average (4.0 scale).
  4. Demonstrate at least 5 years of ministry leadership experience.
  5. All applicants must be approved by the cohort supervisor.

Note: Enrollment in some tracks is limited (click on the individual tracks above to learn about their unique requirements).

Advanced Track 

Graduates from an accredited Bible college or Christian university may be eligible for advanced standing with credit.  Up to 10 units may be waived from the program, leaving 32 units to complete (See “Waiver of Course and Credit” information in the University and Seminary catalog).

Costs and financial aid

Tuition for 2017-18 is $520/credit.

View cost details and financial aid options here.