admissions

Seminary

Application Due Dates

  • August 15 for the Fall 2013 term.
  • December 15 for the Spring 2014 term.

Multnomah offers five master’s degrees:

and two post-master’s degrees:

As a standard, each program requires multiple references, admissions essays, and official transcripts from the degree granting institution and any other institution where the applicant has taken graduate courses or Bible/theology courses.

Program Qualifications

MAAT - Apply

  • GPA 2.5
  • Possess a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum 2.5 grade point average (4.0 scale), 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’s degree may be admitted if they are able to demonstrate they possess the educational equivalent of a bachelor’s degree. Finally, up to 15% of the students in the program may be admitted without a bachelor’s degree.
  • Demonstrate at least 5 years of ministry experience
  • As a cohort-based program, admission to the cohort is limited and requires a permission of the cohort supervisor. All applicants must be approved by the cohort supervisor
  • Advanced track option available: Graduates from an accredited Bible college or Christian university may be eligible for advanced standing with credit. Up to 10 credits may be waived from the program, leaving 32 credits to complete. 

MABS - Apply

  • GPA: 2.5
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution with a minimum of 32 semester credits in general studies, including English composition, speech, history, psychology, and sociology
  • Advanced Track: Major in Bible with a minimum of 36 semester hours of Bible, theology, and Bible-related subjects, covering the complete Bible and the traditional areas of systematic theology.

MDiv - Apply

  • GPA: 2.5
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution with a minimum of 32 semester credits in general studies, including English composition, speech, history, psychology, and sociology
  • Advanced Track: Major in Bible with a minimum of 36 semester hours of Bible, theology, and Bible-related subjects, covering the complete Bible and the traditional areas of systematic theology.

MDiv: Chaplaincy - Apply

  • M.Div. in Chaplaincy students are admitted through general M.Div. admissions requirements

MDiv: TS - Apply

  • GPA: 3.25
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution with a minimum of 32 semester credits in general studies, including English composition, speech, history, psychology, and sociology
  • Advanced Track: Major in Bible with a minimum of 36 semester hours of Bible, theology, and Bible-related subjects, covering the complete Bible and the traditional areas of systematic theology
  • Must have clear direction and aptitude for advanced graduate education.

MATS - Apply

  • GPA: 2.5
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution with a minimum of 32 semester credits in general studies, including English composition, speech, history, psychology, and sociology
  • Advanced Track: Major in Bible with a minimum of 36 semester hours of Bible, theology, and Bible-related subjects, covering the complete Bible and the traditional areas of systematic theology.

ThM - Apply

  • GPA: 3.25
  • Possess a Master of Divinity degree or the educational equivalent
  • Six hours of New Testament Greek beyond the first year
  • Three or four semesters of Hebrew depending on the choice of Th.M. major
  • An adequate background in biblical and theological studies (16 hours of theology; 6 hours of church history or historical theology; 15 hours of New and Old Testament literature)
  • An acceptable sample of master’s level research in the form of a 12-20 page research paper

DMin - Apply

  • MDiv degree or an equivalent – For admission into the program, applicants must have a, as per Association of Theological Schools (ATS) standards, “…MDiv (or a qualifying master’s degree) from institutions accredited by agencies recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation or holding membership in the Association of Universities and Colleges in Canada. Qualifying master’s degrees, other than the MDiv, must be equivalent to at least 72 semester hours that represent broad-based work in theology, biblical studies, and the arts of ministry, as well as significant ministerial leadership. Ministerial experience is not considered the equivalent of or a substitute for the master’s degree.”
  • 3.0 GPA – With a Master of Divinity or its equivalent from an appropriately accredited school, students are expected to have a 3.0 GPA or higher.
  • Students not meeting the grade criteria can be admitted on a provisional basis which would be lifted after they demonstrate an ability to doctoral level work.
  • Three years of ministry experience – Applicants “…should have at least three years of experience in ministry subsequent to the first graduate theological degree…” Up to 15% of the students in the program may be admitted in a given year without the requisite three years of ministry experience, if they can show adequate ministry experience at a level of competence appropriate for advanced, professional ministerial studies.
  • Making up MDiv-equivalence – Depending on how many credits need to be made up to gain equivalence, a student may enter the program and take courses for equivalency concurrent to their DMin program enrollment. In other words, while one is in the DMin program, they can be taking additional courses that fulfill the MDiv-equivalence requirement.
  • These students have to make up their leveling coursework prior to gaining candidacy and completing their final project.
  • There is no biblical language requirement for the DMin program or MDiv-equivalence.
  • Specific questions about admission requirements are handled by the Admissions office. If you are a Multnomah alum, the Registrar’s office can assist you with reporting your grades and coursework.
  • If you come up short in any of these criteria (grades, degree and/or experience), you can contact the director to discuss your qualifications.