Multnomah University

Leadership & Ministry

What you'll do

Sharpen your leadership skills and hone your God-given talents as you lay the groundwork for the next exciting step on your career path.

Who you are

Our typical student works at a church, parachurch organization or nonprofit and wants biblically based preparation for management.

Where you'll go

Our Leadership & Ministry degree will open doors. Get that promotion at work you've been wanting or secure a leadership role at another company. Or use your education as a steppingstone into grad school; many of our graduates go on to earn a Master of Arts in Counseling degree. 

Program Format

  • 48 semester hours in as little as 23 months
  • 4 semesters consisting of 4 courses per semester
  • 5 week courses meeting only one night a week (Mon. or Thurs. from 6:00-10:00p.m.)
  • Cohort model consisting of 10-20 students
  • Student and discussion centered learning model

The courses in the Bible/Theology Core are:

  • O.T. Pentateuch
  • O.T. Prophetic Books
  • N.T. Gospels
  • N.T. Acts & Pauline Letters
  • Inductive Bible Study
  • Introduction to Christian Theology
  • History of Christianity
  • Introduction to Philosophy & Christian Thought

The courses in the Leadership Core are:

  • The Church & Ministry
  • Dynamics of Christian Counseling
  • Principles of Ethics
  • Case Studies in Leadership

The courses in the Professional Core are:

  • Communication Concepts
  • Essentials of Management
  • Evangelism & Discipleship
  • Effective Communication of Scripture

Graduation Requirements

To graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in Leadership & Ministry, students must:

  • Complete 124 semester hours with a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or better.
  • Complete the 48 semester hours in the Degree Completion Program with a grade point average of 2.0 or better.
  • Complete the 41 semester hours of Electives required by the College.
  • Complete the 50 semester hours in the General Education Core of the College including:
    • Communication (8 hours):
      English Composition (6) and Public Speaking (2)
    • Humanities (14 hours):
      Fine Arts (2), *Philosophy (3), and *Ethics (3)
      Literature (3), Other Humanities (3)
    • Social Science (18 hours):
      *History of Christianity (3 hours)
      Natural (lab) Science and Math (9 hours)
      Non-history social science (3 hours), Other Social Science (3 hours)
    • General Education Elective (4 hours)
      Choose from Humanities or Social Science
    • Religious Studies (6 hours):
      *Pentateuch (3) and *Gospels (3)
      *Courses in the Degree Completion Program may meet part of this requirement.
  • Complete the required number of student ministry credits for the program
  • Fulfill all financial obligations to Multnomah University.
  • Satisfy the Christian Service requirements as described in the Student Handbook.


Semester Hours Required for a Bachelor of Arts Degree
General Education Requirements 35 hours
Adult Degree Completion Program 48 hours
Gen. Educ. Req. in DCP 15 hours
Major core in DCP 33 hours
Electives 41 hours
Total Hours to Graduate 124 hours