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Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry (MA)

NOTE: This program is not accepting applications at this time.

Program Highlights: 

  • Provides lay ministers and others with theological foundations, basic ministerial skills, and resources for ministry 
  • 39 credit hour cohort model program that meets over five weekends during the fall/spring semesters and four weekends in the summer session
  • MAPM students are eligible for a 50% tuition reduction and other scholarships
  • All courses take place at the Griffin Center with weekend accommodations available 
  • Graduates of the program have gone on to hold positions as directors of religious education, pastoral associates, music directors, youth ministers, deacons, and high school religion teachers

For additional program specific information, visit the College of Arts and Sciences: Theology.

Graduate School Application

Admission Requirements: 

  • Statement of Goals
  • Current Resume
  • Three Letters of Recommendation 
    • All completed recommendation forms and letters should either be emailed as a signed attachment to or sent via mail to ATTN: Graduate School, 5000 N. Willamette Blvd., Portland, Oregon, 97203, directly by the reference  
  • Official Transcripts (from all previously attended academic institutions)
    • Must be submitted directly from the institution or in a sealed envelope given to the applicant directly from the academic institution
    • A bachelor's degree or its equivalent from an accredited college or university recognized by the University of Portland is required
      • International Applicants: All foreign degrees will be evaluated by International Student Services prior to an admissions decision  
    • International Applicants: Transcripts from foreign universities must follow the above guideline as well as be in English or be accompanied by an English translation certified as authentic 
  • Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher (on a 4.0 scale)
  • International Applicants: An official score from either the TOEFL (minimum score of 80) and IELTS (minimum score of 7.0) exam is required  
  • International Applicants: Proof of financial support will be required to attend the University of Portland, but is not required for application review 

Application Timeline:

 Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis until the following deadline: 

  • Fall Semester: July 19 

Program Contact: 

International Applicants: 

  • Please note the additional application requirements listed above in the "Admission Requirements" section
  • For additional information, please visit International Student Services