Master of Theology


Multnomah Biblical Seminary's one-year postgraduate Master of Theology program is designed to equip seminary graduates with specialized academic preparation for professional teaching in a seminary, Bible college, or Christian college. The program also provides students with a stronger resume for admission to doctoral programs in the North America and Europe.

As with all other degree programs at Multnomah the two major focal points of our educational philosophy are Christ and the Bible. The Lordship of Christ and commitment to God's written word go hand in hand.

Curriculum. The program consists of a minimum of twenty-four or twenty-five hours built on top of a Master of Divinity degree or its equivalent. Two major areas of study are offered: Biblical Studies (Old Testament studies and/or New Testament studies) and Theological Studies (biblical, historical and systematic theology). Three of the four Th.M. seminars are required, and sixteen units are devoted to the major studies area, including the appropriate seminars and the required thesis. A course in educational philosophy and practice as well as a teaching fellowship internship are included in the program. Download the university catalog for more information.

Admissions requirements

  • M.Div. from an ATS accredited seminary with a minimum gpa of 3.2. Graduates of non-ATS schools will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
  • Two years of NT Greek and three semesters of biblical Hebrew (four semesters of Hebrew are required if selecting the OT area of study).
  • An adequate background in biblical and theological studies (16 units of theology; 6 units of church history/historical theology; 15 hours of biblical studies/exegesis).
  • M.Div. equivalence. Students with a MA in biblical and theological studies may be considered for admission based as M.Div. equivalent. Equivalence is based on 86 units of graduate coursework in specified areas.

Program Outcomes

  1. To facilitate competency in research skills in biblical and theological studies.
  2. To enable the student to incorporate the use of the biblical languages in advanced biblical and theological research.
  3. To enable the student to demonstrate awareness of discipline-specific primary source literature and skill in its use.
  4. To foster the student's awareness of both current and traditional substantive theological issues, awareness of theological heritage and ability to harness biblical and theological perspectives toward cultural engagement.
  5. To assist the student in developing an increasing love for Jesus Christ through affirmative engagement with his Word in a context of Christian community.
  6. To facilitate the development of the student's commitment to, and ability to carry out, sound pedagogical theory and practice for teaching in a variety of educational settings including the college level.

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