Multnomah University

Multnomah Biblical Seminary

Applied Theology


8435 Northeast Glisan Street

Portland, OR 97220

United States





Program Information

Degrees Offered:

M.A.- Pastoral Studies; Master of Divinity; M.A - Biblical Studies, Graduate Certificate in Bible;

Format: Campus

Program Description:

Make an impact wherever you go

Our MAAT program will help you cultivate your leadership qualities whether you’re called to the church, a nonprofit or a parachurch organization. We’ll help you build a foundation through biblical and theological studies, spiritual formation and cross-cultural engagement. And we’ll prepare you to make an impact in specialized settings through course work, practica and in-ministry learning opportunities. The three-year equivalent program (42 semester hour units) parallels the Doctor of Ministry program, and students take the same core seminars as the doctoral students.

Program structure

Students select a program concentration (also called a ministry track) upon admission. Framework Studies courses are available on campus or online.  The plan and schedule for concentration courses varies by track.

Courses in the Ministry Development tracks are offered in a cohort model. M.A. students join D.Min. students in the intensive courses of the ministry tracks. MAAT-only cohorts require a minimum of eight students to launch. Courses are offered in residence and online.  The intensive coursework is a weeklong intensive, two weeks out of a year.


View course descriptions for MAAT Framework Studies.

  • Bib 501 Genesis through Song of Solomon (3 units)
  • Bib 503 Acts, Pauline Epistles (3 units) OR Bib 504 Gospels, Hebrews through Revelation (3 units)
  • Bib 509 Biblical Interpretation (3 units)
  • Th 507 Christian Theology I (4 units) OR Th 508 Christian Theology II (4 units)
  • SF 511 Principles of Spiritual Formation I (2 units)
  • Additional Th or Th Elective (3 units)
    (See catalog for course descriptions)


  • Contextual Leadership (Dr. Chuck Bomar, supervisor)
  • Cross-Cultural Engagement (Dr. Paul Metzger, supervisor)
  • Global Evangelism (Dr. Tim Robnett, supervisor)
  • Affective Spirituality and Christian Formation (Dr. Ron Frost, supervisor)
  • Youth Ministry (Dr. Rob Hildebrand, supervisor)

Vocational options

This program prepares students for a variety of vocations in nonprofit settings, including:

  • Parachurch organizations and mission agencies
  • Community development organizations
  • Social justice and advocacy groups
  • Non-governmental organizations
  • Humanitarian aid and relief agencies
  • Program staff and vocational ministry at local churches
  • Pastoral ministry and pastoral leadership

Program outcomes

  • Articulate a basic understanding of the contents of the English Bible, and practice responsible biblical interpretation.
  • Acquire a working knowledge of the basic issues in Christian theology.
  • Exhibit a growing relationship with God through Christ that is grounded in scripture and nourished by the Holy Spirit through the commonly accepted practices of the spiritual life.
  • Evidence a capacity for cultural exegesis and ministry leadership that engages culture redemptively.
  • Graduates will demonstrate Christ-like servant leadership skills in specific areas of ministry leadership, including a theological understanding of ministry strategies and thorough understanding of best practices in their field.


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Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid: Yes

# of Credits Required: 42

Average Cost per Credit (Graduate): $560 USD

Classification: Specialized Institution—Theological seminary or other faith-related institution

Locale: Large City

Size & Settings: 0-999

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