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Overview

This 54-credit professional MA offers a flexible framework you can build on to meet your unique ministerial needs. Choose from specializations in:

  • Develop your capacity for critical and constructive theological reflection
  • Increase your skill in the design, implementation and assessment of specialized ministry
  • Strengthen your understanding of the various disciplines that undergird specialized ministry
  • Provide rich opportunities for your own growth in personal and spiritual maturity
  • Develop habits of authentic disciplines for living in Christ's presence
  • Demonstrate a critical and constructive understanding of the biblical and theological foundations of the Christian tradition
  • Articulate the mission of God in the world and their place in it
  • Experience themselves and relate to others as created in God's image and called into community and ministry
  • Describe the mission of the church, the church's role in the world, and their relationship to that mission
  • Function as leaders in specialized ministry to lead their faith communities and to serve the kingdom of God

Master of Arts in Ministry at a Glance

Semester hours 54
Average Completion Time Three years (Based on taking 8 credit hours of study per term in the fall and spring semesters)
Cost per credit $533* (financial aid available)
Accreditation Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities;
Association of Theological Schools
Location Portland Center (near Tigard), with distance format options
Specializations Leadership, Spiritual Formation and Discipleship, Spiritual Direction and Supervision, Creation Care, Biblical Studies, Christian History and Theology, or Intercultural Studies.
Application Deadlines Rolling application deadline; apply now for next start date

*All stated financial information is subject to change.

  • Develop your capacity for critical and constructive theological reflection
  • Increase your skill in the design, implementation and assessment of specialized ministry
  • Strengthen your understanding of the various disciplines that undergird specialized ministry
  • Provide rich opportunity for your own growth in personal and spiritual maturity
  • Develop habits of authentic disciplines for living in Christ's presence
  • Demonstrate a critical and constructive understanding of the biblical and theological foundations of the Christian tradition
  • Articulate the mission of God in the world and their place in it
  • Experience themselves and relate to others as created in God's image and called into community and ministry
  • Describe the mission of the church, the church's role in the world, and their relationship to that mission
  • Function as leaders in specialized ministry to lead their faith communities and to serve the kingdom of God

Master of Arts in Ministry at a Glance

Semester hours 54
Average Completion Time 3 years (Based on taking 8 credit hours of study per term in the fall and spring semesters)
Cost per credit $500* (financial aid available)
Accreditation Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities;
Association of Theological Schools
Location Portland Center (near Tigard), with distance format options
Specializations Leadership, Spiritual Formation and Discipleship, Spiritual Direction and Supervision, Creation Care, Biblical Studies, Christian History and Theology, or Intercultural Studies.
Application Deadlines Rolling application deadline; apply now for next start date

*All stated financial information is subject to change.

Spiritual Formation

At the heart of Portland Seminary, historically, is a commitment to the spiritual formation of its students. Formation into Christlikeness prepares the whole person to engage the world for the sake of Christ.

We fulfill this commitment in these ways:

  • Every degree program involves students in an intentionally designed spiritual formation curriculum.
  • The courses include classic spiritual disciplines as well as intentional holistic awareness.
  • Our spiritual formation curriculum is biblically grounded and Christ-centered, and our understanding of spiritual formation involves the intersection of Scripture, theology, psychology, biology and social-cultural factors.
  • Spiritual formation courses are scheduled so that students can participate in formation courses throughout their degree program.
  • Each spiritual formation course combines rich academic content, formational activities, accountability and fellowship, offering students a robust experience

MA, Ministry (54 Credit Hours)

Curriculum Plan

Core Courses:

BIST 501 Old Testament Introduction 3
BIST 503 Engaging the Old Testament 3
BIST 502 New Testament Introduction 3
BIST 504 Interpreting the New Testament: Use and Abuse of the Bible 3

Core Courses:

CHTH 507 Historical Theology: Early Church through Reformation 3
CHTH 509 History of Christianity in America 3
CHTH 508 Essentials in Christian Theology 3
CHTH 510 World Religions and Christian Thought 3

Core Courses:

MLDR 516 Mission, Church, and Society 2
MLDR 518 Theories and Praxis of Missional Leadership 2
MLDR 517 Transformation in Cultures and Systems 2
MLDR 519 Personal Transformation 2

Focused Courses:

MLDR 531 Reconciliation and Community Engagement I 2
MLDR 532 Reconciliation and Community Engagement II 2

Core Courses:

SFAD 510 Knowing Self, Knowing God 1
SFAD 520 Mystical Experiences and Images of God 1
SFAD 530 Christian Prayer in a Global Context 1
SFAD 540 Spiritual Life 1
SFAD 550 Shame, Grace, and Resilience 1
SFAD 560 Spiritual Leadership 1
Biblical Studies Specialization (12 hours)
Any two studios, 4 hours each 8
Any Specialized Apprenticeship, 2 hours each 4

Or

BIST/CHTH 568 Teaching Apprenticeship I: Internship and Pedagogy 2
BIST/CHTH 569 Teaching Apprenticeship II: Internship and Pedagogy 2

*Students work with their academic adviser to select courses according to professional preparation goals.

Christian History and Theology Specialization (12 hours)
Any two studios, 4 hours each 8
Any Specialized Apprenticeship, 2 hours each 4

Or

BIST/CHTH 568 Teaching Apprenticeship I: Internship and Pedagogy 2
BIST/CHTH 569 Teaching Apprenticeship II: Internship and Pedagogy 2

*Students work with their academic adviser to select courses according to professional preparation goals.

Creation Care Specialization (12 hours)
CHTH 546 Ecotheology I: Theology & Stewardship of Creation 2
CHTH 547 Ecotheology II: Hope and New Creation 2
CHTH 548 Ecopraxis I: Keeping the Garden 2
CHTH CHTH 549 Ecopraxis II: Greening the Church 2
MLDR 568 Specialized Apprenticeship I 2
MLDR 569 Specialized Apprenticeship II 2
*Elective Studies (12 hours)
Any two studios, 4 hours each 8
Any Specialized Apprenticeship, 2 hours each 4

*No specialization is earned with this option. Instead, students work with their academic adviser to select courses according to professional preparation goals.

Intercultural Studies Specialization (12 hours)
MLDR 548 Intercultural Studies I: Cultural Anthropology for a Postmodern World 2
MLDR 549 Intercultural Studies II: Indigenous Peoples and the North American Church 2
CHTH 550 Indigenous Studies I: Indigenous Spiritualities 2
CHTH 551 Indigenous Studies II: Theology and Place 2
MLDR 568 Specialized Apprenticeship I 2
MLDR 569 Specialized Apprenticeship II 2
Leadership Specialization (12 hours)
MLDR 558 Advanced Leadership I 2
MLDR 559 Advanced Leadership II 2
MLDR 555 Seminar in Ministry Leadership I 2
MLDR 565 Seminar in Ministry Leadership II 2
MLDR 568 Specialized Apprenticeship I 2
MLDR 569 Specialized Apprenticeship II 2
Spiritual Direction Specialization (12 hours)
PSTD 521 Pastoral Counseling and Ethics I 2
PSTD 522 Pastoral Counseling and Ethics II 2
SFAD 551 Awareness and Identity I 2
SFAD 552 Awareness and Identity II 2

And

SFAD 571 Becoming a Spiritual Director I 2
SFAD 572 Becoming a Spiritual Director II 2

Or

*SFAD 573 Spiritual Direction Supervision I 2
*SFAD 574 Spiritual Direction Supervision II 2

*For students with spiritual direction experience. Requires faculty/advisor permission.

Spiritual Formation and Discipleship Specialization (12 hours)
SFAD 551 Awareness and Identity I 2
SFAD 552 Awareness and Identity II 2
SFAD 555 Seminar in Spiritual Formation and Discipleship I 2
SFAD 565 Seminar in Spiritual Formation and Discipleship II 2
MLDR 568 Specialized Apprenticeship I 2
MLDR 569 Specialized Apprenticeship II 2

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