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ROOTED and READY

ROOTED: Christ centered and student focused

Portland Seminary is committed to your spiritual formation – the process of being conformed to the image of Christ for the sake of others. We are Christ-centered, church-focused, culturally relevant, spiritually intentional, biblically based, broadly evangelical and technologically integrated. We will challenge your mind, heart and will as you seek to follow God’s call on your life.

READY: Embrace your calling to lead

Portland Seminary prepares students for ministry inside and outside local church walls. They go on to work as pastors, church staff, hospice, military and hospital chaplains. Our graduates are engaged in church planting, including multi-ethnic congregations, and overseeing denominational and parachurch ministries in the United States and abroad. Other graduates go on to earn postgraduate degrees and teach in seminaries or colleges.


Programs

Portland Seminary is dedicated to serving the present and future church by developing ministry leaders and preparing Christian scholars. We are extending the kingdom of God by educating, training, mentoring and equipping men and women for leadership service in society and the church.

Master's Programs

  • Master of Divinity
  • MA in Intercultural Studies
  • MA in Spiritual Direction
  • MA in Theological Studies
  • MA in Ministry with a Specialization

Doctoral Programs

  • DMin in Leadership & Global Perspectives
  • DMin in Semiotics, Church & Culture
  • DMin in Leadership & Spiritual Formation

Certificate Programs

  • Spiritual Direction Certification
  • Spiritual Direction Supervisor Certification
  • Spiritual Formation and Discipleship Certificate

Specializations

  • Biblical Studies
  • Chaplaincy
  • Christian History & Theology
  • Creation Care
  • Intercultural Studies
  • Leadership
  • Spiritual Direction and Supervision
  • Spiritual Formation and Discipleship
  • Elective Studies

Online and In Portland

Portland Seminary now offers all programs online – from certificates to doctorates – for those students who cannot make the trek to our beautiful Portland, Oregon setting. Instead, you can take your learning and spiritual formation wherever you go while still receiving support and encouragement from your professors and peers. But if you love Portland (like we do!) and crave face-to-face interaction, you'll have plenty of options to choose from as well. No matter the format you choose, you'll have ready access to professors and a vibrant student community, and we'll stand by our commitment to journey with you at Portland Seminary.

Recent Initiatives

The seminary is known for its pursuit of a holistic evangelicalism that brings together compassion and justice, innovation and faithfulness, reflection and practice. In keeping with its distinctives, some key seminary initiatives include:

  • Establishing some of the first master's and doctoral programs in Spiritual Formation and Direction
  • Launching the first concentration in Christian earthkeeping among evangelical seminaries
  • Forging a partnership with the North American Institute for Indigenous Theological Studies to offer a MA in Intercultural Studies
  • Serving as a leader in delivering high quality online theological education

Accreditation

Portland Seminary is accredited by the Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools (ATS), and the following degree programs are approved:

  • Master of Divinity
  • Master of Arts in Intercultural Studies
  • Master of Arts in Ministry
  • Master of Arts in Spiritual Direction
  • Master of Arts in Theological Studies
  • Doctor of Ministry

The Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NCCU) also certifies the seminary's programs. This dual accreditation is maintained through George Fox University and assures students of the highest academic and professional standards.

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