2018-2019 University Catalog

General Graduation Requirements and Awards

General Graduation Requirements

Specific graduation requirements are listed for each program. Students completing seminary programs must meet the following general requirements for graduation:

  1. Demonstration of commendable spiritual life and Christian character in accordance with the seminary’s code of conduct.
  2. At least 50% of the credits required for the degree program must be earned at Multnomah Biblical Seminary.


Graduation Honors

The following criteria are established for the determination of graduation honors for students in the master’s programs:

Magna cum laude: minimum cumulative average of 3.8.

Summa cum laude: minimum cumulative average of 3.9.

Honors will be designated on the graduate’s transcript.

Certificate of Academic Honor

Each semester, students enrolled for a minimum of 12 hours and whose GPA is 3.75 or above will receive a Certificate of Academic Honor.

The John G. Mitchell Award

This award is presented to the graduating Master of Divinity student who has demonstrated most consistently the following marks of a Christlike servant-leader in ministry: a servant’s heart, a love for people, an ability to lead and motivate others in service, a teachable spirit, a commitment to the Word of God, and a godly, disciplined spiritual character.

The Willard M. Aldrich Biblical Studies Award

This award is presented to the graduating master’s student who has demonstrated the highest level of academic scholarship in the areas of biblical studies, theological research, and exegesis.

The B.B. Sutcliffe Expository Preaching Award

This award is presented to the master’s ­student­ who has demonstrated the greatest proficiency in biblical, expository preaching as evidenced by accuracy in handling the biblical text, by excellence in sermonic style, and by effectiveness in applicational relevance.

The F. Pamela Reeve Award

This award is presented to the graduating Master of Arts in Christian Leadership student who has best reflected the following ideals: a mature Christian character, proven leadership ability, effectiveness in integrating God’s Word into a ministry to people, and demonstrable potential for ministry success.

The Donald L. Brake Global Missions Award

This award is presented to the master’s student who has demonstrated a growing passion for the global mission of Christ in both word and deed, and a solid commitment to pursue global mission ministry.

The Brian Blenkinsop Memorial Award

This award honors the memory of Brian Blenkinsop, an M.Div. student who quietly touched many lives through unselfish service. On November 22, 1996, while helping a stranded motorist on the freeway, he was fatally struck by another motorist. The award is bestowed on a seminary student who embodies the selfless and Christ-directed service to others that marked the life of Brian Blenkinsop. The student ­recipient is nominated by the student body and confirmed by the faculty. A second award, The Northwest Natural Brian Blenkinsop Award, is also given annually.