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Master of Divinity, Online

At a Glance:

Master of Divinity

Semester hours 84
Average Completion Time 4 years
Cost per credit $472* (financial aid available)
Accreditation Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities;
Association of Theological Schools
Location Portland Center (near Tigard), with online and local format options
Application Deadlines Rolling application deadline; apply now for next start date

*All stated financial information is subject to change.


The Master of Divinity is a professional ministry degree that prepares students to serve as senior and lead pastors. Graduates serve in a variety of churches, parachurch organizations, and innovative ministry settings including church planting, chaplaincy, and missional ministries. 

  • 84 credit-hour professional degree
  • Offers specializations through customizable courses
  • Prepares student for ordination and service
  • Balance of courses from each discipline
  • Foundational degree for military or hospital chaplaincy
  • Internship required

Online Learning Community

The Online Learning Community (OLC) consists of students from various geographic locations that engage in distance learning online six days a week, with face-to-face gatherings twice a year in Portland, Oregon. The face-to-face gatherings meet for eight days each (from Wednesday to Wednesday) in October and February. Some summer courses have face-to-face meetings usually in May or June.

Expanded Community

  • Study with the same group of peers throughout the program.
  • Begin with a three-day on-site Orientation event, called Threshold, that ushers students into their cohort community, and introduces the dynamics of the Online Learning Community and the systems needed for success in the program.
  • Customize your learning experience with coaching, seminars, and an independent study.

Program Objectives

  • Interact with Christian Scripture, history, and theology; to interpret the truths critically; and to express them faithfully.
  • Experience an ever-deepening sense of the reality of Christ through spiritual formation.
  • Understand themselves and relate to others as created in God's image and called into community.
  • Engage in the just transformation of societies through personal and social holiness motivated by love.
  • Lead the church under the lordship of Jesus Christ in its mission and ministries.
  • Be equipped practically to preach, teach, exercise pastoral care, equip, and lead in the local church.