2020-2021 University Catalog

Admission

Multnomah University welcomes applications from all qualified prospective students – regardless of race, color, national origin, gender, age or disability – who are personally committed to faith in Jesus Christ and whose standards and lifestyle are in line with the mission, goals, and core values of Multnomah.

Undergraduate Admission Standards

Qualitative Requirements

Personal Faith

To qualify for admission, Multnomah requires that students provide a written testimony of a personal faith, having committed his/her life to Jesus Christ as personal Savior.

Admission Essay

The Admission Essay (or Personal Statement) is carefully examined to gain an understanding of the applicant’s personal circumstances, relationship to Christ, and compatibility with the mission of Multnomah.

References

References are reviewed to gain an understanding of the applicant's personal circumstances, relationship to Christ, academic capability, and compatibility with the mission of Multnomah. In some cases, an applicant may be asked to provide an additional Personal Reference.

Christian Character Reference – To be completed by a mentor, minister, or other leader who can speak to the applicant's commitment to Christian values as well as his or her spiritual and emotional maturity. This reference cannot be completed by a relative.

Academic or Professional Reference – To be completed by an employer, teacher, counselor or another individual in a leadership role. This reference cannot be completed by a relative. 

Educational Qualifications

High School Coursework

Students applying to Multnomah must have graduated from high school or earned an equivalent degree, such as the GED.

The core college preparatory recommendations are:

  • English – 4 years
  • Mathematics – 3 years
  • Science – 2 years
  • Social Studies – 3 years
  • Other College Preparatory Courses – 2 years

Multnomah recommends that freshman applicants have a cumulative high school grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 or better; however, applicants with a GPA below 2.5 will be given full consideration. It is recommended that freshman applicants have completed 14 college preparatory units, with no individual course grades below C- in the 14 recommended courses.

Residential Undergraduate Application Requirements

Applications are considered complete upon receipt of the following:

  • A signed Undergraduate Application Form
  • $40 non-refundable application fee
    • On occasion the non-refundable application fee may be waived; contact Admissions for additional information.
  • Christian Character Reference Form
  • Official Transcript(s)
  • Any required academic documents

Online Undergraduate Application Requirements

Applications are considered complete upon receipt of the following:

  • A signed Online Undergraduate Application Form
  • Academic or Professional Reference Form
  • Official Transcript(s)
  • Any required academic documents

Categories of Undergraduate Student & Associated Application Requirements

Freshmen Students

Freshman applicants are required to submit an Official High School Transcript through at least their junior year (or GED Score Report). If the applicant has not yet graduated, he/she will be required to submit a final transcript upon graduation. 

Transfer Students

Transfer students are defined as any student who has previously earned credits at another regionally accredited institution of higher education. In many cases, Multnomah University recognizes credit earned at institutions with national accreditation, including ABHE accredited institutions.

To be considered for admission based on a college record alone, a transfer applicant must have earned a minimum of 24 college-level semester credit hours, or 36 quarter credit hours.

Transfer applicants are required to submit:

  • An Official Transcript from each college or university attended, currently attending, or from which the transfer applicant will receive credit.
  • High school transcripts or GED results, if the transfer applicant earned fewer than 24 semester hours (or 36 quarter credit hours) of college level credit.

Homeschooled Students

Students who were homeschooled during their high school years are regularly admitted to Multnomah University. In addition to the applicable Undergraduate Application Requirements, homeschooled applicants must submit the following: 

  • Official ACT or SAT test scores (Multnomah’s ACT Code is 3476; SAT Code is 4496).
  • If the student is currently attending high school, he/she must submit a transcript that shows at least six completed semesters.
  • Upon completion of coursework, the student will need to submit one of the following:
    • An official transcript of all secondary education from an institution or umbrella organization;
    • A signed parental statement indicating that the student fulfilled the homeschool requirements for that state along with a written transcript identifying each course taken in grades 9-12, grades received, and graduation date; or
    • General Education Development (GED) test scores. 

GED Applicants

Applicants who have not graduated from high school and who are applying based on GED scores must submit test results showing a minimum battery average score of 570 (57 on GED exams administered prior to 2002) with a minimum score of 400 on each GED subtest (40 on subtests administered prior to 2002).

Graduate & Seminary Admission Standards

Qualitative Requirements

Spiritual

To qualify for admission, Multnomah requires that students provide a written testimony of personal faith, having committed his/her life to Jesus Christ as personal Savior. Students are expected to be in essential agreement with Multnomah’s Doctrinal Statement, including a firm commitment to the inspiration, authority, and inerrancy of Scripture.

Academic

Academic qualifications are listed in the catalog’s program descriptions for each degree.

Professional Experience

Some graduate programs require students to have attained a prescribed level of professional experience prior to admission.

Graduate & Seminary Application Requirements (excluding the Doctor of Ministry & M.A. in Applied Theology programs)

Applications are considered complete upon receipt of the following:

  • A signed Application for Admission, including an essay (included within the application)
  • $40 non-refundable application fee
    • On occasion the non-refundable application fee may be waived; contact Admissions for additional information.
  • Two Reference Forms:
    • Christian Character Reference Form
    • Academic or Professional Reference Form
  • Official Transcript from each institution the applicant has attended, is currently attending, or from which the applicant will receive credit.
  • Master of Arts in Counseling candidates will be required to complete a background check upon a successful interview.
  • Additional items as listed for specific degree programs.

Doctor of Ministry & M.A. in Applied Theology Application Requirements

Applications are considered complete upon receipt of the following:

  • A signed Application for Admission, including four essays (included within the application).
  • $40 non-refundable application fee
    • On occasion the non-refundable application fee may be waived; contact Admissions for additional information.
  • Two Reference Forms:
    • Church Leadership Reference Form
    • Ministry Colleague Reference Form
  • Official Transcript from each institution the applicant has attended, is currently attending, or from which the applicant will receive credit.
  • Married applicants: If the applicant is married, the applicant's spouse must submit a form affirming his or her support for the applicant's pursuit of the degree. We believe it is important to have the full support of the applicant's spouse in this venture.
  • Additional items as listed for specific degree programs.

Application Deadlines

Students are encouraged to apply for admission on or before the priority deadline. However, applications will continue to be received and processed on a space-available basis after the deadline, provided it is possible to complete the admission process prior to the start of classes.

Deadlines for each term are as follows:

  • Residential Program Deadlines

The priority deadlines to apply for residential admission are March 1 for the Fall Semester and November 1 for the Spring Semester.

  • Online Program Deadlines

The priority deadlines to apply for online admission are as follows for the 2020-2021 academic year:

Fall: August 1 for Session A and September 25 for Session B

Spring: December 15 for Session A and February 10 for Session B

Summer: April 5 for Session A and June 1 for Session B

Re-Enrollment

All former Multnomah students returning to complete programs are handled by the Admissions Department.

  • If it has been less than two calendar years from the date of a student’s last completed semester at Multnomah, the returning student will submit:
    • a signed Re-Enrollment Application; and
    • Official transcripts from all schools and colleges attended in the interim.
  • If it has been more than two calendar years from the date of a student’s last completed semester at Multnomah, the returning student will need to submit:
    • a new, complete application for his or her desired program of study.  

International Student Admission

In addition to the applicable program application requirements, international applicants must provide the following, preferably at least nine months prior to the term he/she wishes to begin at Multnomah:

  • Evidence of the applicant's ability to meet educational expenses.
    • The applicant must complete the 2020-2021 Financial Responsibility Statement Form and submit it with the appropriate documentation.
  • Official academic transcript of all post-secondary (university) coursework sent directly to Multnomah.
    • If the applicant's degree was completed outside the USA, the transcript showing the degree will need to be reviewed by an evaluation service.
      • The evaluation service must complete a basic evaluation stating the type of degree earned and the kind of institution attended.
      • Multnomah will accept an evaluation from any business that is a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) or Association of International Credential Evaluation Services (AICE).
      • In some cases, it will be necessary to have the applicant's secondary (high school) transcript evaluated as well.
  • Provide proof of proficiency in the English language.
    • This requirement may be waived for some students whose primary language is English.
    • For all others, Multnomah requires that international students score:
      • At least 550 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). This is equivalent to a 79 on the Internet-based TOEFL (iBT). (Multnomah's school code is 4496); or
      • An overall band score of at least 7.0 on the IELTS exam.

Exceptional Admission

Under the University’s Exceptional Admission Policy, applicants without the requisite bachelor’s degree, may be considered for admission into certain graduate and seminary programs. Admission under this policy is highly selective. Applicants should complete the regular application forms and request consideration for exceptional admission. Additional documentation may be requested.

The qualifications for exceptional admission vary by program but typically include some of the following criteria:

  • Spiritual maturity
  • Academic achievement
  • Professional and/or ministry experience
  • Potential for academic and vocational success
  • A limit of 15% of exceptionally admitted students per program

The following seminary programs are excluded from the exceptional admission policy: M. A. in Biblical Studies and M.A. in Theological Studies.

Applicants pursuing exceptional admission to the Master of Arts in Counseling program must also submit the following materials:

  • A copy of the institution’s catalog, setting forth the program of instruction, faculty credentials, and learning resources.
  • Additional information to establish the equivalency of the prior education with accredited institutions.

Admission Decisions

Completed application files are reviewed by the Admission Committee on a rolling basis. Official notification is sent by mail, though applicants are also contacted by phone or email. 

On occasion, the Committee may accept an applicant on a provisional or probationary basis. 

Enrollment Deposit

Accepted applicants are encouraged to submit a $100 non-refundable enrollment deposit by the May 1 deadline for Fall semester or December 1 for Spring semester. This deposit is applied toward the first semester of tuition and must be paid prior to class registration. 

Health

Accepted applicants must complete a self-report furnishing information on required immunization and testing. 

New Student Registration

New undergraduate students starting classes in Fall will have the opportunity to attend one of the New Student Registration Day events offered to complete registration or must register online. It is strongly encouraged that new college students attend an on-campus Registration Day Event, as it offers opportunities to receive advising on academic programs and finalize details of financial aid & payment plans. These dates are detailed on the academic calendar, and students may register at https://www.multnomah.edu/nsr.

New graduate and seminary students will receive instructions from the Registrar's office about the online registration process after he or she has been admitted and has paid the $100 non-refundable enrollment deposit.