2022-2023 University Catalog

Graduate Peacebuilding Certificate

Certificate Requirements

For those wanting exposure or professional training in graduate level education, Multnomah Biblical Seminary in collaboration with the Global Studies Department offers the following 14 credit certificate program.

The Peacebuilding certificate at Multnomah University examines approaches to peacebuilding in contexts of physical, cultural, and systemic violence seeking to develop frameworks for reducing violence and promoting shalom in communities.

The name of this certificate is Peacebuilding, which reflects an emphasis on human flourishing and dignity while emphasizing a theological engagement with the topic.  Specifically, this certificate reflects a focus on the theological notion of Shalom and our institution's mission to shape students to be a transforming force in the church, community, and world. 


  • 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 its equivalent (or a nationally accredited program that has the academic breadth required to ensure success academically in graduate studies at MU).
  • Must hold a minimum 2.5 undergraduate grade point average (4.0 scale).
  • For students who are not currently in a University program at Multnomah, see the Admission & Financial Information section of the catalog for information about other admission requirements.
  • Evidence of a personal faith, having committed his/her life to Jesus Christ as personal Savior, and of a commitment to the mission and values of Multnomah University. 
  • Evidence of capability to succeed academically and professionally.

Graduation Requirements

  • Complete required program credits with at least 13 credits earned at Multnomah University.
  • Earn a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 (4.0 scale).
  • Normally complete the program within a four-year period from the date of matriculation.

Program Outcomes

  • Integration of the biblical concept of Shalom as a foundation for Christian engagement in the church, community and world.
  • Identify values, strategies and processes of organizations and churches from which to effectively engage in violence prevention and conflict transformation.
  • Assess root causes of conflict and violence.
  • Develop skills and capacity to engage in constructive dialogue and facilitate processes which foster understanding in diverse religious and cultural contexts.
  • Demonstrate awareness of theory and best practices for providing trauma-informed care, and for the integration of trauma-healing in the process of breaking cycles of violence and the promotion of peace. 


Graduate Peacebuilding Certificate

Required: 13 semester hours; minimum 2.0 G.P.A.
GLS 617Peacebuilding & Transformative Justice


GLS 660Trauma in the Humanitarian Context


PM 734Conflict Transformation


IS 701Christian Theology and World Religions


Total Credit Hours:13