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
Concentrations Biblical Studies; Chaplaincy Studies; Christian Earthkeeping; Christian History and Theology; Pastoral Studies; Spiritual Formation and Discipleship
Application Deadlines Rolling application deadline; apply now for next start date

*All stated financial information is subject to change.

Application Deadline

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

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

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