Multnomah’s Master of Divinity (M.Div.) online program allows you to explore the riches of Scripture and increase your effectiveness in ministry from any location. Through integrated mentored ministry, practical online instruction, and unique experiences in spiritual formation, you will develop the character and learning habits for lifelong growth and ministry. Graduates will be able to successfully communicate the truth of God’s Word through preaching, encouragement, teaching, directing, and modeling. At Multnomah University, you will be challenged and supported as you become a culturally engaged leader deeply rooted in biblical studies.

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Graduate | Online | On-campus

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Customize Your Degree

The program provides advanced training for leaders in a variety of ministry settings, including local church leadership, cross-cultural ministry, and community development. Students are able to customize the learning emphasis and outcomes of their degree toward specific ministry calling with electives in Bible, biblical languages, intercultural studies, spiritual formation, pastoral ministry, and theology. Multnomah also offers the M.Div. Chaplaincy as a specific seminary educational track for those entering military or hospital chaplaincy.

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Example Courses

The courses listed below are some of our featured core classes that will be a part of your educational journey here at MU. Take a look at each course for a small preview.

An investigation of the historical, prophetic, and personally relevant aspects of the major and minor prophets, with special emphasis on the book of Isaiah.

A study of Christianity from the second century to the rise of the Enlightenment with special emphasis on the institutional history of the church as well as theological developments in the church.

This course provides an overview and practice in the basic steps of doing an independent, in-depth study of the Bible. It provides guidelines for approaching different literary categories of Scripture and features an emphasis on students’ hands-on practice of applying these various methods.

An introduction to Classical Hebrew grammar, stressing vocabulary acquisition, noun and verb morphology, proficiency in oral reading, and translation. In this course, students translate a graded reader based on the Joseph narrative in Genesis 37-50.

This course is designed to help students enter into theological and cultural conversations surrounding movies and film. Students will examine the philosophical underpinnings of movies and be given insightful questions to ask and categories to explore that will help in discerning the meaning of movies. Assignments for this course will include spending time in the dark of a movie theater in order to evaluate what “light”, if any, can be found in today’s modern art form, the movie.

Degree Requirements

Here you will find everything you need to know about what is required to successfully complete your degree.

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Earn your M.Div. Online or On-campus

Program Concentrations

Chaplaincy Track

Multnomah’s Master of Divinity program offers an ideal curriculum of professional preparation for institutional chaplaincy with a practical, balanced approach to ministry training. These carefully tailored M.Div. courses provide the framework of biblical knowledge, ministry skills, and professional expertise essential for success in any chaplaincy role. Within the Chaplaincy Track, you can specialize in hospital and hospice, military, law enforcement, fire and rescue, assisted living and retirement care, or corporate.

Career Placement

Earning your M.Div. opens the door to a variety of career options. With your Master of Divinity, you will be prepared for roles, such as:

• Senior Pastor • Chaplain • Women’s Pastor
• Youth Pastor • Children’s Pastor • Ministry Worker
• College Pastor • Teacher or Instructor • Evangelist