M.Div. – Master of Divinity

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

Marylhurst’s Master of Divinity

Marylhurst University’s Master of Divinity is a professional degree designed specifically to meet the needs of people called to ordination, those seeking entrance into a CPE—chaplaincy program, students looking toward a Doctor of Ministry, and for professional lay ministers who desire to enrich their ministry through further education and reflection. Through this highly-regarded divinity program, you will develop your theological, pastoral, personal, and spiritual skills within the context of a community of faith.

Faith, Vision, Courage.

You will be welcomed into a tradition of ministry reaching back to 1859 when the first Sisters of the Holy Names arrived in Oregon and creatively met the needs of the people they encountered with faith, vision, and courage. The needs of today may be different, but they require just as much passion, creativity, and hope as they did in past generations. This legacy is upheld with a program grounded in the Catholic-Christian tradition with a strong emphasis on social justice and building bridges of understanding between people of all faiths.

At Marylhurst you’ll find a program of theological studies, applied ministry, and opportunities to integrate what you learn into your spiritual life, as you prepare to follow your call and meet the needs of God’s people.


  • Fall term 2018. Classes begin Sept. 24.
  • Priority application deadline is April 30, 2018

Accessible, Low-Residency Program

Online courses combined with face-to-face sessions on campus just twice each year

Our program allows you to live your life while you follow your passion! The Master of Divinity is a low-residency program meaning you will be able to complete the program while continuing to work in your local community.

Low-residency format

Take advantage of the program’s low-residency format as you maintain your busy life. Combine online studies with time on campus while you continuously engage within a supportive community of faculty and peers.

  • Six-day residency: each fall term
  • Four-day residency: each spring term
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Why Choose the Master of Divinity Program at Marylhurst?

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Marylhurst is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU), and our religious studies program is an Associate member of the Association of Theological Schools (ATS) and is actively working to ensure full membership in the association.


Courses are offered online with two on-campus sessions per year in Portland. Each session lasts four-to-six days.


More than 90% of our graduates find relevant career placements in the field working in parishes or synagogues, pursuing chaplain residency programs, leading retreats and spiritual leaderships ministries or teaching religious education in churches and schools.


Clear pathway to graduation means no guessing on which courses to take. Complete the program in three years.


Small classes with expert faculty who have served, or currently serve as ministers and educators in the field. Plus, supportive alumni services to help you seek placement after graduation.


Marylhurst is committed to the financial-well being of our students. The university has little-to-no fees and offers extensive financial aid support.

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Divinity Courses

Upon successful completion of the Marylhurst Master of Divinity 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. Request information to learn more about the coursework preparing you to make a difference as a pastoral care provider.

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Careers in Pastoral Ministry

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

Connect with our admissions team to discuss your professional goals, explore the professional opportunities available to M.Div. graduates and the service they’re providing to in-need communities across the nation.

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Admissions Requirements

  • You will need a conferred bachelor’s degree before starting the program.
  • A minimum GPA for graduate program admission at Marylhurst is 3.0. If you have a GPA lower than 3.0, you will need to take the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) or the GRE and earn a score in the 50th percentile.
  • Two recommendations

For detailed application instructions and what you will need to complete our online application, please connect with our Office of Admissions through our Request Information form.

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Cost of the Program

Current graduate tuition for the Master of Divinity program is $505 per credit. Most courses are four credits. The Master of Divinity program is 116 credits in length for an approximate total program cost (based on current tuition) of $58,580.

Little-to-no Fees

Marylhurst has little-to-no fees (for example, parking is free on campus) and offers extensive financial aid management services.

Take the next step.

Connect with us to discuss your goals and the benefits of completing this Master of Divinity Program.