At Multnomah Biblical Seminary, you will be equipped for a lifetime of ministry. The world needs to see and hear the good news of Jesus Christ in the compelling lives of believers and churches. We are passionate about raising up men and women who love and understand Scripture, engage culture with wisdom and love, and cultivate spiritual transformation in themselves and others. To be faithful in your life and calling, you need to send down your roots so that you can reach out.
Bring your dedication and dreams, we’ll unleash your faith and future.
Multnomah seminarians are excited about church history, biblical theology, original languages, exegetical skill, discipleship, the gospel, diverse perspectives, preaching, global missions, and the local church. We understand that loving God with our hearts, minds, and strength means applying our intellect and affections to understanding what God has revealed and responding with worship.
We will inspire and equip you to transform your vision and passion into life-changing ministries, churches, organizations, movements, practices, and lives. Our professors will enrich and support your learning and growth. You will have peers and mentors to encourage your pursuit of Christ-likeness, sharpen your theological understanding, deepen your understanding of God’s Word, and cultivate your thriving faith. In our community, you’ll find fellow brothers and sisters in Christ who are joyful about serving the Lord, digging into Scripture, and discovering opportunities for the gospel. Wherever your journey takes you after you leave, you’ll always have a place to call home.
Fall Priority Application Deadline: August 1
Spring Priority Application Deadline: December 1
This non-refundable fee is to be paid online when the application is submitted.
This form is to be completed by the applicant’s minister, spiritual mentor, or ministry supervisor. It cannot be completed by a relative.
A professor, mentor, employer, former employer, or the like should complete this form. This form cannot be completed by a relative.
Request that your official transcript would be sent from each institution you have attended, are currently attending, or from which you will receive credit directly to Multnomah University.
Master of Arts in Christian Leadership, Master of Divinity, Master of Arts in Biblical Studies, and Master of Arts in Theological Studies
- Minimum GPA requirement: 2.5
- Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution with a minimum of 32-semester credits in general studies, including English composition, speech, history, psychology, and sociology.
- Advanced Track: Must have majored in Bible with a minimum of 36 semester hours of Bible, theology, and Bible-related subjects, covering the complete Bible and the traditional areas of systematic theology.
Forms: Applicants must submit a Church Leadership Reference and Ministry Colleague Reference in lieu of the Academic or Professional Reference Form or the Christian Character Reference Form. Married applicants must also submit the Spousal Affirmation Form.
Master of Arts in Applied Theology
- Minimum GPA requirement: 2.5
- Possess a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum of 32-semester credits in general studies, including such courses as English composition, speech, history, psychology, and sociology. Up to 15% of students applying to the program may be admitted without a bachelor’s degree if they are able to demonstrate they possess the educational equivalent of a bachelor’s degree.
- Demonstrate at least 5 years of ministry experience.
- As a cohort-based program, admission to the cohort is limited and requires the permission of the cohort supervisor. All applicants must be approved by the cohort supervisor.
- Advanced track: Graduates from an accredited Bible college or Christian university may be eligible for advanced standing with credit. Up to 10 credits may be waived from the program, leaving 32 credits to complete.
- Minimum GPA requirement: 3.0 – with a Master of Divinity or its equivalent from an appropriately accredited school.
- Students who do not meet the grade criteria can be admitted on a provisional basis which would be lifted after they demonstrate an ability to complete the doctoral-level work.
- M.Div. degree or an equivalent – For admission into the program, applicants must have a, as per Association of Theological Schools (ATS) standards, M.Div. (or a qualifying master’s degree) from institutions accredited by agencies recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation or holding membership in the Association of Universities and Colleges in Canada. Qualifying master’s degrees, other than the M.Div., must be equivalent to at least 72 semester hours that represent broad-based work in theology, biblical studies, and the arts of ministry, as well as significant ministerial leadership. Ministerial experience is not considered the equivalent of, or a substitute for, the master’s degree.
- Students who do not meet the M.Div. equivalence requirement can take additional courses while in the program to fulfill the requirement.
- Three years of ministry experience – applicants should have at least three years of experience in ministry subsequent to the first graduate theological degree. Up to 15% of the students in the program may be admitted in a given year without the requisite three years of ministry experience if they can show adequate ministry experience at a level of competence appropriate for advanced, professional ministerial studies.
If you come up short in any of these criteria (grades, degree, and/or experience), you can contact the director to discuss your qualifications. All qualifications and leveling coursework must be met prior to gaining candidacy and completing your final project.
If you are a Multnomah alum, the Office of the Registrar can assist you with reporting your grades and coursework.
There is no biblical language requirement for the D.Min. program or M.Div. equivalence.
Tuition & Financial Aid
If you need help paying for your education, you’re not alone. Multnomah University offers scholarships, grants, and awards designed to help you pay for your education and reach your fullest potential as a student. Learn more about our tuition and financial aid.
“The professors became more like spiritual parents to me. They taught me the connection between orthodoxy, what I believe, and orthopraxy, what I do. That is what Multnomah is about. They walk with you and really care about you. The seminary teaches you to live your theology in light of the Christian community throughout history. So if you want to connect to that and drink from that deep well, go to Multnomah.”Ian Domaschofsky '19, Master of Divinity
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