2019-2020 University Catalog

Master of Divinity


As the professional degree for pastoral ministry, Multnomah’s three-year Master of Divinity program­ is designed to provide professional training­ in pastoral and related fields for those planning a lifetime of ministry with people. Through integrated mentored ministry, practical classroom­ instruction, and unique experiences in spiritual formation, the program aims to produce graduates who can successfully communicate­ the truth of God’s Word through preaching, encouragement, teaching, directing, and modeling. Students can choose their elective courses to shape the learning emphasis and outcomes of their degree. The opportunity to focus their studies allows them to broaden and deepen the emphasis of their ministry vocation.

Educational Philosophy

The Master of Divinity program focuses on two points in its educational philosophy -- Christ and the Bible. Commitment to Christ and to God’s Word go hand in hand.

The program begins with a biblical and theological foundation In addition, effective ministry training requires that ministers have the skills necessary to serve and lead people in a biblical and Christ-like fashion. The Master of Divinity program provides a balanced emphasis on skill development in the following areas: biblical languages and exegesis, communication and preaching, discipleship and mentoring, biblical counseling, leadership, and management.

Integral to this program is concurrent, sequenced, and supervised mentored ministry. Students apply insights from the classroom to real-life experience, 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.

Crucial to ministry preparation is the spiritual formation of the minister. Both individual spiritual disciplines and community-centered experiences in spiritual interaction and renewal are critical to lifelong growth and ministry. Such attention to the means of spiritual growth is a significant part of our Master of Divinity program.

Program Outcomes

The M.Div. program is a three-year professional ministry degree that combines academic studies with carefully guided and evaluated mentored ministry to provide actual experience in ministry while in seminary.

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 the Holy Spirit, and be able guide others in a similar personal relationship with Christ.
    • Graduates will be able to articulate biblical spirituality, have a basic awareness of the history of Christian spirituality, and respectfully engage with spiritual traditions other than their own.
    • Graduates will demonstrate godly character, exhibited by spiritual, emotional, and relational maturity, discernment, and a willingness to listen and change.
    • Graduates will be able to lead people to a personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ and  encourage the spiritual growth of Christians.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the contents of the Bible and competence in biblical interpretation.
    • Graduates will understand the basic dimensions of the biblical terrain, including the contents of the English Bible.
    • Graduates will demonstrate grammatical acuity in reading and translation, and an ability to exegete the Greek text of the New Testament.
    • Graduates will be able to communicate biblical research to a variety of audiences.
  • Reflect theologically on life and ministry from biblical, historical and constructive theological perspectives in ways that are consistent with evangelical orthodoxy.
    • Graduates will articulate a basic understanding of the central doctrines of historic orthodoxy and evangelical conviction.
    • Graduates will develop a capacity for theological research in several areas including theology, biblical theology, historical theology, constructive theology, philosophical theology, ethics, and apologetics.
    • Graduates will demonstrate a capacity for constructive theological reflection and an ability to voice their own theological positions, culminating in a personal statement of faith.
  • Understand and engage their cultural context.
    • Graduates will demonstrate a basic understanding of culture, including religious expressions, and an ability to exegete the cultural settings of their ministries.
    • Graduates will articulate a biblical theology of evangelism and missions.
    • Graduates will develop an ability to communicate the gospel effectively in intercultural and/or cross-cultural settings.
    • Graduates will exhibit a commitment to missions.
  • Model competent and Christ-like ministry leadership in the Church and marketplace.
    • Graduates will exhibit appropriate self-awareness of their leadership skills, abilities, and gifts.
    • Graduates will be able to articulate and execute a biblical vision and philosophy of ministry.
    • Graduates will be able to communicate the Word of God effectively to a variety of audiences.
    • Graduates will demonstrate compassionate pastoral care of people.
    • Graduates will utilize effective practices to inspire, teach, equip and mobilize for ministry those entrusted to their leadership.


Required courses are normally scheduled on Mondays and Tuesdays. To take advantage of the full range of choices for electives or concentrations, some semesters may include Wednesday classes. This leaves the remainder of the week for employment, ministry responsibilities, studies, and research.


  1. Must possess a bachelor’s degree with a minimum of 32 semester hours of general studies from an institution accredited by an agency recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) or holds membership in the Association of Universities and Colleges in Canada or the equivalent.
  2. Must hold a minimum 2.5 undergraduate grade point average (4.0 scale).
  3. See the Admission & Financial Information section of the catalog for information about other admission requirements.
  4. Must believe and affirm the essential doctrines of the Christian faith.

Graduation Requirements

  1. Complete all general graduation requirements as listed earlier in this section.
  2. Complete required program credits with at least 39 credits earned at Multnomah Biblical Seminary.
  3. Earn a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5 (4.0 scale). 
  4. Satisfactorily complete all mentored ministry with mentor’s recommendation.
  5. Demonstrate potential for success in Christian ministry.
  6. Normally complete the program within a six-year period from the date of matriculation.
  7. Affirms the essential doctrines of the Christian faith.