Master of Divinity, Online
At a Glance:
Master of Divinity
|Average Completion Time||4 years|
|Cost per credit||$461* (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.
- 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.
- 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.