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Master of Divinity (M.DIV.)

Multnomah’s three-year Master of Divinity program will give you professional training in pastoral and related fields so you can be ready for a lifetime of ministry leadership. The 78-unit program will immerse you in biblical studies, theological reflection, spiritual formation, cultural engagement and leadership skills development. It also provides a solid foundation for leaders in a variety of ministry settings, including local church leadership, cross-cultural ministry, chaplaincy and community development. You can select electives to craft your degree to suit your interests and calling.

Areas of focus

  • Bible — Exposition and Exegesis
  • Biblical Languages
  • Intercultural/Cross-Cultural Studies
  • Pastoral Ministry and Leadership
  • Spiritual Formation
  • Theology

Program features

  • Advanced standing option. Bible college graduates and Christian liberal arts graduates who have the equivalent biblical and theological base do not repeat this foundation, but build upon it in their education. Students can waive up to 19 units of coursework and credit, reducing the program to as few as 59 units.
  • Mentored ministry. Integral to this program is a concurrent, sequenced, and closely supervised mentored ministry program in which you are able to apply insights from the classroom to real-life experience. You will gain wisdom and apply practical skills under the guidance of a ministry mentor, bringing relevant ministry issues to the classroom for significant faculty-peer interaction.
  • Accessible and flexible. Multnomah’s convenient one-day-a-week schedule makes it possible for working students to complete a degree without leaving their jobs.

Program outcomes

At the completion of the M.Div. program, graduates will be able to:

  • Exhibit spiritual growth as wholehearted disciples of Jesus Christ through engaging the recognized practices of Christian formation, nourished by the Word of God and empowered by the Holy Spirit, and be able to guide others in a similar personal relationship with Christ
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the contents of the Bible and competence in biblical interpretation
  • Reflect theologically on life and ministry from biblical, historical and constructive theological perspectives in ways that are consistent with evangelical orthodoxy
  • Understand and engage their cultural context
  • Model competent and Christ-like ministry leadership in the Church and marketplace
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“The professors are here because they love the students, they love what they teach, and they live their words. Multnomah teaches students how to be ministry-minded in every field of work they pursue. It helps prepare us to live with Jesus entwined in the rest of our lives.”