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Undergraduate

Why would I want to go to a Bible college? What makes Multnomah unique?
Bible colleges allow students to work towards a bachelor's degree with a Christian world-view and a biblical cornerstone for educational pursuits. Multnomah offers one of the most comprehensive Bible programs in the nation, requiring each student to complete 43 semester hours of Bible and theology. Whether your second major is in business or pastoral ministry, you will be challenged to live and think biblically.

Is Multnomah accredited?
Yes, Multnomah is accredited by both the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU),  Association of Biblical Higher Education (ABHE), and Association of Theological Schools (ATS).

Is it possible to finish a double-major in four years?
Yes. Whether you add a second major or a minor the total credit requirement for a bachelor’s degree at Multnomah is approximately 124 credits, similar to other undergraduate degrees. Students can finish their degree with a double-major in four years through careful attention to the specific courses they need to take each semester.

Is Multnomah affiliated with a specific denomination?
Multnomah is an evangelical university that is not affiliated with any particular denomination. For specifics, see our doctrinal statement.

What are the majors, minors, and co-op programs?
In addition to a Bible & Theology major, students can select from one of the following majors or minors:

Will Multnomah accept credits from other colleges?
Multnomah accepts credits from accredited institutions provided:

  • Courses taken at an accredited college/university are transferable (see the catalog for the college/university where courses were taken) AND
  • You received a grade of “C” or better AND
  • The course meets one of our general education requirements. (See our catalog, pages 36-41)

Check out our list of colleges in the area. If your college is not listed, please contact Amy Friesen at 503-251-5374 or send an e-mail to: registrar@multnomah.edu

Does Multnomah accept credits from unaccredited Bible Colleges?
Multnomah accepts limited credits for classes taken at unaccredited institutions.

How does Multnomah’s location enhance learning and ministry opportunities?
Portland – a beautiful city nestled between the Oregon Coast and the Cascade Mountains – abounds in ministry opportunities. As one of the least-churched states in the United States, Oregon has tremendous spiritual need. Multnomah has led the way in mobilizing Portland-area churches and ministries to unite and reach this city.

When can I visit the campus?
While you are welcome to stop by anytime, planning ahead gives us the best opportunity to show you around campus and to answer your questions. You can join us for a day or a few days. Our hope is that you will not only fall in love with MU but Portland as well.

The best time to come is when school is in session. This gives you the opportunity to sit in classes, connect with current students, eat in the cafeteria (our treat), meet with professors and talk with Financial Aid.

Schedule your visit today.

What forms are needed to apply for financial aid?
Complete the first step for financial assistance by filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Please apply online at www.fafsa.ed.gov.

What types of scholarships are available?
Visit our financial aid pages for detailed information about aid offered at Multnomah.

What are Multnomah’s professors like?
Multnomah's faculty not only have rich academic backgrounds, but also ministry experience and inviting personalities! Our professors often eat lunch with students, meet students over coffee, and host students in their own homes.

What does a homeschooled student need to submit for admission?
The homeschooled student’s application process is similar to any other student’s application process. You will find more details on our Homeschool requirements page.

Do students have to purchase a meal plan?
Students who live on campus are required to purchase the meal plans Multnomah offers. Off campus students have the option to purchase a variety of plans. Please contact us or visit the Dining Services page for more information.

What is the Multnomah community like?
Much of the learning process takes place outside the classroom. Multnomah believes studying the Scriptures and living them as a community are equally important. Multnomah also offers ample opportunities to interact with the surrounding community by tutoring, mentoring, participating in ministries to homeless, or serving in a team at a local church.

Seminary

What does Multnomah believe about the Scriptures?
At both the individual and institutional level, Multnomah is committed to the authority and inerrancy of the Bible.

What is the spiritual atmosphere? Are students really excited about Jesus?
At Multnomah, spiritual formation is an integral part of your seminary experience. Spiritual Formation classes, chapel services, days of prayer, and internships help keep your walk with the Lord alive and growing.

When can someone visit the campus?
While you are welcome to stop by anytime, planning ahead gives us the best opportunity to show you around campus and to answer your questions. You can join us for a day or a few days. Our hope is that you will not only fall in love with MBS but Portland as well.

The best time to come is when school is in session. This gives you the opportunity to sit in classes, connect with current students, eat in the cafeteria (our treat), meet with professors and talk with Financial Aid.

Schedule your visit today.

What programs are offered?
We offer seven Seminary Programs and each is designed to equip students for mastery in their area of interest.  Each is listed below:

  • The MA in Biblical Studies (MABS) offers a specialization in Bible, biblical interpretation, and theology.   This two-year degree prepares you to work with original languages and theological topics. 
  • The MA in Theological Studies (MATS) encompasses studies in biblical, historical, and systematic theology, apologetics, and intercultural studies. It is a two-year program that prepares you to articulate various theological systems and have a broad awareness of theological concepts.
  • The MA in Christian Leadership (MACL previously named MAPS) is designed to prepare graduates for positions in the local church or through parachurch organizations.  This two-year program provides students with the opportunity to gain further training in any of seven areas to enhance their ministerial skills.
  • The Master of Divinity (M.Div.) is designed to provide professional training in pastoral and related fields for those seeking a lifetime of ministry leadership. This three-year degree immerses the student in biblical, theological and leadership training.  Similar to the MACL, this degree provides further training in eight emphases areas. MBS also offers two specialized M.Div. tracks: Theological Studies and Chaplaincy. The Chaplaincy track includes coursework to prepare you for ministry in institutional settings. The Theological Studies track prepares you for post graduate studies in Bible and Theology.
  • The Master of Theology (ThM) provides students with further biblical and theological training beyond the M.Div.  This one-year program includes the writing of a thesis. This degree prepares students for professional teaching in a seminary or Christian college.
  • The Doctor of Ministry (DMin) and Master of Arts in Applied Theology (MAAT) degrees are parallel programs for ministry leaders who are seeking to deepen their ministry, leadership and theological skills. This master and doctoral degree features three tracks: Cultural Engagement, Missional Leadership, and Global Evangelism.  

Are students able to take classes online and in other locations than Portland?
You don’t need to move to Portland to receive a quality education. We provide an extensive distance education program. Multnomah has made it easy to complete the M.Div. or MA degrees where you are through a combination of delivery methods. Multnomah Live features Multnomah faculty teaching classes videoconferenced to teaching sites in Reno, NV and Seattle, WA This state of the art system captures the richness of Multnomah’s legendary “life on life” learning in an interactive, real-time setting.

What forms are needed to apply for financial aid (link to Financial Aid)?
Complete the first step for financial assistance by filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Please apply online at www.fafsa.ed.gov.

When will I know how much financial aid I have been awarded?
Financial aid will be awarded once you have been accepted to Multnomah (see the Financial Aid section for further details), so apply early! For more information about financial aid, contact the Financial Aid Office at 877.251.6560, 503.251.5335, or finaid@multnomah.edu.

Do students have an option to purchase a meal plan?
Students are not required to purchase meal plans offered by Multnomah. Please visit the Multnomah Dining Services page for more information.

Is Multnomah community-oriented?
MBS is a learning community that starts with faculty and student relationships. We have a team of scholar/practitioner-teachers who strive to mentor students to be effective ministers. Each of our students connect with professors and each other both in and out of the classroom through theological discussions, study groups, and scheduled activities and events, i.e. days of prayer and class retreats.

There are couples, families, and singles living on campus and in the surrounding neighborhoods who reflect a wide range of ages, ethnicities, and ministry/life experiences. This builds a richer experience both on campus and in the local church.

Does the Seminary emphasize practical training for professional ministry?
Multnomah students serve as they learn. Each seminary program is built around the goal of preparing you for real-life, professional ministry. Portland is a ‘living lab’ of culture and all students are required to be involved in ministry in their neighborhood and their local church – most degrees require an internship. Everything is taught from a practical perspective so that what you learn in class one day can be applied to your ministry the next.

Does the school's location enhance learning and ministry opportunities?
Multnomah is located in Portland, Oregon, a major city where opportunities for ministry abound! Although Portland is a beautiful city nestled between the Oregon Coast and the Cascade Mountains, it harbors a tremendous spiritual need because it is in one of the least-churched states in the nation. Multnomah has led the way in mobilizing churches and ministries in the greater Portland area to work together to reach the city with the good news of Jesus Christ.

Are Multnomah professors down-to-earth and approachable?
Multnomah's faculty members not only have rich academic backgrounds, but also ministry experience and inviting personalities! Our professors often eat lunch with students, meet students over coffee, and host students in their own homes.

Graduate

MAC

Is Multnomah University's Masters in Counseling an accredited program?
The Masters in Counseling at Multnomah University is fully accredited by the Northwest Commission of Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) and the Association for Biblical Higher Education (ABHE). The Master of Arts in Counseling program is approved by the Oregon Board of Licensed Professional Counselors and Therapists as a graduate program that meets the degree standards for licensure in Oregon.

How is Multnomah's degree different than other programs?
The program is offered at night and on the weekends in order to allow students to work full-time for at least the first year of the program. The bulk of the classes are offered one at a time, one night a week, from 6-10 pm. A few weekend elective courses (Friday night and all day Saturday) are offered once a month as well.

In the second year of the program, each student must complete an internship where they practice what they are learning in the "real world." While the internship will probably take some time away from working, we are committed to flexibility with this time in order to help working students find a balance between work and school.

As for the focus of the Masters in Counseling curriculum, our desire is to focus on two distinct goals: merging faith integration and academic quality, and offering practical information from practicing professionals. We want to produce quality, biblically-based counselors that will be able to work in any venue in which God calls them, whether that be secular or church-based.

Can you work in a school with a Masters in Counseling?
The M.A. in Counseling degree prepares you to counsel many different populations, including children, adults, teens, groups, families, and couples, with many different kinds of issues. While you will be trained to counsel children and their families, you will not be considered a School Counselor. A School Counselor is a profession that results from a Masters Degree in School Counseling (which we do not currently offer). The Masters in School Counseling distinct degree is necessary in order to work in the school system with children.

What is the internship program like at Multnomah?
Oregon law requires 700 hours of internship while students are in their masters program. Multnomah will partner with each student to place them in an internship that meets the internship requirements of the state (including, but not limited to, church and para-church organizations, clinics, college counseling centers, etc.). The internship hours are to be accumulated in the second year of the program. If students desire to graduate within the timeframe of their classes, students should complete approximately 11 hours of internship a week. Those who cannot dedicate this much time to internship in the second year may work out an internship plan with their advisor to complete internship hours after they finish their coursework.

What if a student wants to pursue a license in another state?
While this degree meets Oregon licensure requirements, other states may have similar standards that will meet with this degree. The Oregon Board of Licensed Professional Counselors and Therapists is aware of national standards and works to meet them, if not exceed them. If you will be working outside of Oregon and want to be licensed, discuss the educational requirements in that state with your advisor.

When can I start this program?
We offer a start date in either the fall or the spring.

Visit the MAC page for more information and program specifics.

MAGDJ

Is Multnomah University’s MA in Global Development and Justice an accredited program?
The MA in Global Development and Justice at Multnomah University is accredited by the Northwest Commission of Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) and the Association for Biblical Higher Education (ABHE). 

What kind of career can you obtain with an MA in Global Development and Justice?
The GDJ program is thoroughly missional and seeks to prepare Christian leaders to serve in mission, global development and justice initiatives around the world where there is great need. This also includes preparing mission pastors and Christian leaders residing in the U.S. where there is an increasing desire to serve those who are poor, homeless and living in difficult circumstances.

The program aims to prepare Christian leaders to serve as:

  • Development and relief specialists
  • Global justice leaders
  • Inter-governmental workers
  • Entrepreneurs in business as mission
  • Missionaries (including those serving in restricted access countries)
  • Mission and outreach pastors
  • Children at risk specialists
  • Community development workers
  • Volunteers in both local and cross-cultural contexts

I heard Bible is required for completion of this program.  Is that true?
Yes, Multnomah’s MAGDJ requires 12 semester credits of specific Bible/Theology courses in order to complete the program.  You may have already taken the required classes during your undergraduate or other graduate work, but if not, you will need to take them.  The registrar will review all transcripts and will let you know what classes, if any, you are lacking.  We believe strongly that in order to develop a well-rounded biblical worldview of community as well as global development and justice, one must have a foundational knowledge of the Bible.

What if I don’t have 12 semester credits of Bible on my transcript?  Can I still be admitted?
Of course.  You may complete the 12 semester credits of bible while you are going through the MAGDJ program.

How many credit hours is the program and what is the cost?
The MA in Global Development and Justice is a 40 credit hours program. The cost is $525 per credit hour.

Can a person start any time?
No, the MAGDJ program runs on an open-cohort system, beginning each Fall semester.
Application deadline: August 15th

Is financial aid available?
Yes.  Check with the financial aid department (503.251.5337) or email our Financial Aid Director, Mary McGlothlan, at mmcglothlan@multnomah.edu.

Is housing available during every term?
Yes.  Email Christy Martin at cmartin@multnomah.edu for information about availability and costs.

Visit the MAGDJ page for more information and program specifics.

MA TESOL

What is the MA TESOL program? 
Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages degree.

How many credits are required to complete the program? 
The program itself is 37 semester hours in length. A traditional full time applicant can finish the program in 3-4 terms. However, an applicant can take classes on a part-time basis therefore, taking a longer period of time. The program has a 13-hour Bible and theology requirement plus a 3-hour language requirement which either of these prerequisites could lengthen the program. It should be noted that although these are prerequisites a person can take these credits during the course of the program.

When can I start this program? 
We offer a traditional start date in either the fall or the spring.

Visit the MA in TESOL page for more information and program specifics.

MAT

What authorization levels does this program cover?

  • Pre-Kindergarten/Elementary (P-3)
  • Elementary/Middle (3-8 in a self-contained classroom)
  • Middle Level (5 - 9)
  • High School (7 -12)
    • If you want to get a high school authorization, you need to have a content focus, such as Math, Language Arts, Chemistry, etc. To be recommended for licensure, you must have majored, minored, or have at least 18 semester credits in your chosen content area. If you are lacking some content area credits, you may complete them while enrolled in the MAT program.

I heard Bible is required for completion of the MAT. Is that true?
Yes, Multnomah’s MAT requires 12 semester credits of Bible in order to complete the program. You may have already taken enough hours during your undergraduate or other graduate work, but if not you will need to take them. We believe strongly that in order to develop a well-rounded biblical worldview of teaching and learning, one must have a foundational knowledge of the Bible.

What if I don’t have 12 semester credits of Bible on my transcript? Can I still be admitted?
Of course. You may complete the 12 semester credits of Bible while you are going through the MAT program, by taking Bible/theology classes at our seminary, through our degree completion program, or through online classes from MU or another institution. These credits may be either undergraduate or graduate credits.

How much does it cost?
The cost is $525 per credit hour. Depending on what authorization level(s) a student wants, total program costs vary. Tuition ranges from $16,668 to $20,835 based on which authorization levels you are seeking. (See authorization levels given in Question 2)

Can a person start any time?

No, MAT cohorts begin only in the Fall semester every year.

When is the application deadline?

August 15th

Is financial aid available?
Yes. Check out the financial aid pages for more information or contact the Financial Aid department at finaid@multnomah.edu.

Are there any special scholarships?
Yes!! We have been privileged to have been given a sizable donation expressly for teacher education students. The Marvin O. Johnson Teacher Education Scholarship is available to MAT and B.S. students, and may be applied for in March for fall term starters and in November for spring term starters. This scholarship awards up to $5000 per year for full time students for each year of the program. Awards are given annually, and may be reapplied for the following year. Contact financial aid for more information.

Is housing available during every term?
Yes. Email Housing at rentalhousing@multnomah.edu for information about availability and costs.

Visit the MAT page for more information and program specifics.