M.Div. – Master of Divinity

Marylhurst University in Portland, Oregon

Earn your Master of Divinity (M.Div.) from Marylhurst

Marylhurst University’s exceptional M.Div. graduate religious studies program prepares you to work as an effective leader and spiritual care provider who can serve with wisdom and skill. The Master of Divinity is the definitive degree in the field of professional ministry, whether you are called to serve as a professional chaplain, a lay or an ordained minister.

The next opportunity to enroll is Fall 2018.

Upon successful completion of the M.Div. program, you will have a strong foundation for professional ministry. Various traditions then offer their own polity and denominational formation to complete the ordination process.

For those pursuing a chaplain career path, you will fulfill the academic M.Div. requirements to proceed with professional certifications for chaplaincy. Your studies prepare you for training with the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE) toward professional certification with the Association of Professional Chaplains National Association of Catholic Chaplains.

The Master of Divinity program prepares you to provide spiritual service within various settings including churches, synagogues, hospitals, schools and more.

Explore the professional opportunities available to M.Div. graduates and the service they’re providing to in-need communities across the nation.

The next opportunity to start in the Master of Divinity program is Fall 2018. Review admissions requirements, application deadlines and the process to formally apply to this graduate program at Marylhurst University.

In addition to holding advanced degrees from prestigious colleges and universities, Marylhurt’s M.Div. faculty are experienced spiritual care providers within diverse professional environments including parishes, private practice counseling and throughout the education system. Our faculty offer an immense depth of knowledge, guidance and perspective as you reflect on your call, identify your vision and embark on your path as a spiritual care provider.

  • Current graduate tuition for the Applied Pastoral Theology program is $618 per credit. Most courses are four credits.
  • The Master’s program in Applied Pastoral Theology is 112-120 credits in length for an approximate total program cost (based on current tuition) of $69,216 – $74,160.

Marylhurst has little-to-no fees (for example, parking is free on campus) and most students complete this degree within three years. Explore our financial aid management services, including helpful advisors and scholarship opportunities.


  • Regionally accredited (NWCCU accredited)
  • Associate member of the Association of Theological Schools (ATS).
  • Small class sizes with renowned faculty who focus on you
  • Team-orientated coursework with opportunities to network and form connections
  • Beautiful classroom environment located on our tranquil campus just 10 minutes south of Portland (even has free parking).
  • More than 122-year history of academic excellence

“Marylhurst changed my life. I looked deeper into my theology and into my spirit than ever before. Currently, I teach World Religions at a local community college, a position and ministry I could not have achieved without my training in religious studies at Marylhurst. The discovery, development, encouragement and support of my skills in ministry that I received at Marylhurst has led me to moving forward into the ordination path for my church. I strongly encourage anyone feeling a call to service to look into the dynamic, interfaith, self-directed style of the Marylhurst program.”
~ Joanna Hart, M.Div. 2011

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