Multnomah Biblical Seminary's (MBS) distributed learning program "Connect" is considering an expansion to Seattle, Washington. Starting this fall, Multnomah will launch a Puget Sound pilot program offering a limited number of courses on a trial basis. The Seattle site would be similar to the MBS extension site in Anchorage, Alaska. Multnomah Seminary will make the final decision about an official launch in January, 2011. If approved, an official Seattle site would offer classes toward the following degrees:
- Master of Divinity (M.Div.)
- M.A. in Pastoral Studies (MAPS)
- Graduate Certificate
At the informational meeting in June 2010, more than 40 people from nine Puget Sound area churches attended. The pilot program currently has seven prospective students and is open to more inquiries.
Unlike many distance learning programs, Connect is set apart by the prominent involvement of full-time Multnomah Biblical Seminary faculty in the online and extension site classes. Students will be able to interact directly with Multnomah faculty, rather than temporary adjunct professors or through teachers' aides, as is common with many distance programs.
Through Connect, Multnomah will offer roughly two-thirds of a complete Master of Divinity or Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies degree in Seattle through a blend of local and online courses. Many of these classes are also available at the Anchorage, Alaska and Reno, Nevada teaching sites. Shortened, intensive summer school classes are offered at the Portland, Oregon campus to complete the residency requirement. The Graduate Certificate program can be done almost entirely online. This convenient plan provides an alternative to the burden of uprooting family, work, and ministry to relocate to another region or state - the usual option for aspiring seminarians.
The structure of Multnomah Connect makes completing a seminary degree more realistic than ever before. Connect uses a hybrid style of learning that blends online technologies with in-person classes. This format fosters close interaction with faculty and classmates to keep students moving toward the end goal without losing the personal relationships that are an important part of the seminarian's growth.
A Multnomah Biblical Seminary degree through Connect doesn't require relocation to the Portland area. This makes it easier to save money by keeping your current job and avoiding moving costs. Multnomah's competitive tuition also makes a degree more affordable.
"As interest in connect continues to grow - and with all the MBS alumni and many prospective students in the Puget Sound region - we decided to partner with Crossroads Bible Church and several other area churches to test out a pilot program," Dr. Redman said. "It's been exciting so far to see all the support in the community for a potential MBS site in Seattle!"
Multnomah University is a fully accredited, private, non-denominational, Christian institution of higher education, located in Portland, Oregon with teaching sites in Reno, Nevada and Anchorage, Alaska. Made up of an undergraduate Bible college, a biblical seminary, graduate programs, an adult degree completion program, and an online distance-learning program, Multnomah issues bachelor's and master's degrees, and professional certifications and endorsements.