The Kern Family Foundation has awarded Palm Beach Atlantic University a $450,000 grant over five years to support the start-up and implementation of Palm Beach Atlantic University’s Master of Divinity program, which begins this fall.
Specifically, the grant will support offering some students the ability to obtain both a bachelor’s and a Master of Divinity degree by following a five-year course of study. Traditionally, this requires four years of undergraduate study plus three years of graduate level coursework.
“In a day and age where student debt is an issue, this new program provides students significant cost and time savings without sacrificing the academic quality and rigor of their ministerial training,” said Dr. Jonathan Grenz, director of the M.Div. program.
“Palm Beach Atlantic’s program will provide young, aspiring pastors with high-quality and practical education at a much more affordable cost. The Kern Family Foundation is excited to be a partner in this endeavor,” said Kyle Bode, program director for the Kern Family Foundation.
Palm Beach Atlantic University President William M.B. Fleming Jr. said he considers it an honor for PBA to be included among the handful of schools chosen for the grant. “It is an affirmation of what we are trying to accomplish through the five-year model,” President Fleming said. “We are grateful for the Kern Family Foundation’s entrepreneurial philanthropy.”
In addition, the Master of Divinity program will be offered in the traditional three-year format, an accelerated two-year format and a part-time four-plus year format to meet the needs of students. The degree includes a required apprenticeship in ministry.
The program will be Palm Beach Atlantic’s fourth master’s degree program offering. The University presently confers master’s degrees in counseling psychology, business administration (M.B.A.) and leadership. In addition, PBA offers a professional degree in pharmacy (Pharm.D.).
For more information on the Master of Divinity degree program, call Graduate Admissions at 561-803-2122 or visit learn-well.pba.edu.