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Schedule Options

  • Offered in Portland, Oregon, where students commute from across the Northwest
  • Students choose classes offered Mondays and/or Thursdays in either three-hour or one-hour blocks
  • Students participate in a local learning community that meets weekly in a classroom setting
  • Students have the opportunity to schedule up to 10 credit hours on one day
  • All courses are web-enhanced and some courses are offered in an online or hybrid format (a combination of online and face-to-face)

Upcoming Course Schedules

Application Deadline

Rolling application deadline. Apply now for the next start date.

Characteristics of a Master of Divinity Graduate

The following characteristics are to be understood in conjunction with our statement of faith and our school distinctives. Our community serves in a Christ-centered, biblically-grounded orthodox evangelical understanding of Christian faith and ministry.

Identity Formation

Being and becoming who God created you to be
  • having a transformational relationship with Christ and cultivating an intentional spiritual life
  • increasing one's capacity to love
  • knowing one's self-worth and capabilities
  • demonstrating trustworthiness, honesty and integrity
  • engaging in intentional self-care
  • modeling one's life after the example of Jesus
  • discerning one's gifts and calling
  • fostering congruence between outer social behaviors and inner self-awareness
  • engaging in a faith community with others

Habits of the Mind

Capable to think critically and creatively
  • being able to take and defend a position with accuracy, clarity, and gentleness
  • generating new ways of viewing situations outside the boundaries of standard conventions with open-mindedness, graciousness, and a restrained impulsivity
  • engaging intensely in tasks even when answers or solutions are not immediately apparent
  • generating, trusting, and maintaining your own standards of evaluation
  • gaining an understanding of biblical content and church history
  • engaging in ongoing theological reflection
  • contextualizing faith and culture

Skills of Relationship

The ability to manage social exchange
  • to create healthy environments and relationships of trust and grace
  • to be responsive and sensitive to human hurt, need, and global justice
  • to cultivate and maintain a web of relationships
  • to foster teamwork, collaboration, and demonstrate accountability
  • to demonstrate flexibility in adapting to changing situations or overcoming obstacles
  • to seek and appropriately respond to feedback
  • to steward one's power and voice
  • to have a capacity to listen and attend to others

Skills of Service

The ability to cultivate effective ministry
  • to serve as a transforming agent of change
  • to communicate effectively
  • to use and interpret Scripture
  • to inspire others in a deeper spiritual life
  • to relate social issues to faith
  • to coach and engage people in ministry
  • to influence and organize a group in pursuing a common vision and mission
  • to engage a community in strategic thinking and initiating strategic action
  • to develop and steward the needed resources
  • to organize and respond to cultural trends
  • to instill in others a passion for service and mission
  • to understand the nature of conflict and gaining skills to resolve conflicts