MAAT Program Info

Vocational Options

This program prepares students for a variety of vocations in nonprofit settings, including:

  • Parachurch organizations and mission agencies
  • Community development organizations
  • Social justice and advocacy groups
  • Non-governmental organizations
  • Humanitarian aid and relief agencies
  • Program staff and vocational ministry at local churches


  • Articulate a basic understanding of the contents of the English Bible, and practice responsible biblical interpretation.
  • Acquire a working knowledge of the basic issues in Christian theology.
  • Exhibit a growing relationship with God through Christ that is grounded in scripture and nourished by the Holy Spirit through the commonly accepted practices of the spiritual life.
  • Evidence a capacity for cultural exegesis and ministry leadership that engages culture redemptively.
  • Graduates will demonstrate Christ-like servant leadership skills in specific areas of ministry leadership, including a theological understanding of ministry strategies and thorough understanding of best practices in their field.

Program Structure

  • Framework Studies (18 units)
  • Program Concentration (24 units)

Students select a leadership track upon admission. In some tracks, framework studies must be completed before starting leadership development courses (see requirements for the specific Ministry Development Track).

Framework Studies courses are available through Multnomah Live or on Tuesday and Thursday evenings and Fridays during the Fall and Spring semesters.

The plan and schedule for Concentration courses varies by track. Students in the Missional Leadership, Cross-Cultural Engagement, and Worship Ministry tracks normally complete Framework Studies courses before starting with the cohort.

Courses in the Ministry Development Tracks are offered on a semester schedule, but in a cohort model. No more than 50% of a D.Min. cohort may consist of MA students. MAAT-only cohorts must have a minimum of 8 students to launch. Courses are offered in residence, online, and as intensives.  Practica and other individualized learning opportunities may be used also. The intensive coursework done in conjunction with DMin students are scheduled for June.

Framework Studies (18 units)

  • Bib 501 Genesis-Song of Solomon (4 units)
  • Bib 503 Acts, Pauline Epistles (4 units) OR Bib 504 Gospels, Hebrews-Revelation
  • Bib 509 Biblical Interpretation (3 units)
  • Th 507 Christian Theology I (4 units) OR Th 508 Christian Theology II
  • GE 500 Foundations (1 unit)
  • SF 511 Principles of Spiritual Formation I (2 units)

Ministry Development Studies concentrations (24 units)

  • Missional Leadership (Dr. Rick McKinley, supervisor)
  • Cross-Cultural Engagement (Dr. Paul Metzger, supervisor)
  • Evangelism (Dr. Tim Robnett, supervisor)
  • Spiritual Formation (Dr. Val Clemen, supervisor)
  • Youth Ministry (Dr. Rob Hildebrand, supervisor)
  • Church Revitalization (Dr. Jay Held, supervisor)
  • Executive Pastor (Prof. Luke Hendrix, supervisor)
  • Discipleship (Prof. Bill Clem, supervisor)

Graduation Requirements

  1. Complete all general graduation requirements as listed in this section.
  2. Complete required program credits with a minimum of one year in residence (30 semester units).
  3. Approval of the student portfolio at the midpoint and end of the program.
  4. Earn a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 (4.0 scale).
  5. Normally, complete the program within four years from the date of matriculation.

More Info

Download the comprehensive MAAT document for even more information about the program and its tracks.