Master of Divinity (M.Div.)

You've heard God's call and are eager to answer. At Palm Beach Atlantic University, we are eager to help prepare you for the great journey the Lord has in store for you.

The M.Div. is offered in a traditional day format on-ground at the West Palm Beach campus, or in a non-traditional weekend format at our Orlando campus.

The M.Div. is the "gold standard" for ministry degrees and will prepare you for a multitude of vocations, whether in a local church, an international context or a parachurch ministry. We deliver an innovative and rigorous seminary education anchored in the areas of Bible, languages, history, theology and hands-on practical ministry. Our apprenticeships afford students the opportunity to apply their learning in vital local ministries and our thriving seminary community engenders lifelong friendships and pioneering partnerships in gospel ministry. 

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Our M.Div. degree is on the cutting edge of seminary education in several ways:

  • A 72 credit-hour M.Div. degree delivered in a traditional day format on-ground at the West Palm Beach campus, or in a non-traditional weekend format at our Orlando campus.

  • An advanced seminary education that builds on solid undergraduate preparation in theology and ministry without repeating introductory courses

  • An innovative seminary education that integrates its curriculum (e.g. 1 Corinthians and Pastoral Leadership) and thus combines knowledge, skills and character for effective ministerial training 
  • An academic and practical degree that includes a substantive apprenticeship (10-15 hours/week) under the direct supervision of a practicing minister, which provides valuable hands-on experience 

 

  1. Earn a baccalaureate degree in Christian Ministry or Biblical Studies from a regionally accredited institution or a baccalaureate degree in another major with successful completion of 24 hours of specified, pre-requisite coursework on the undergraduate or graduate level
  2. Achieve cumulative undergraduate minimum GPA of 2.75 or above on a 4.0 scale
  3. Submit:
  • A completed online application and $45 non-refundable fee (Click on the drop-down arrow to select the Graduate application)
  • Official transcript from college or university where bachelor’s degree was conferred and from college or university where prerequisite courses were taken
  • Two specific confidential recommendations (academic and ministerial)
  • Two specific writing samples (requirements will be provided)
  • Informed consent form

     4.   Faculty interview – Once candidates submit all required documents, the complete application is reviewed by the Graduate Admissions Committee to determine invitations for an interview.

* International students should inquire about additional admission requirements.

Admissions decision and notification:

Applicants will be notified in writing of the Graduate Admissions Committee’s decision after completing the interview. To secure a spot in the program, accepted students must submit a non-refundable $100 depsit, which will be applied to tuition upon enrollment, no later thsn 30 days before classes begin. 

The estimated tuition for the entire M.Div. program is $41,580*. This includes tuition for 72 credit hours ($575 per credit) and the Resource Fee ($135 per semester). This is based on the two-year full-time accelerated degree plan.

*Cost based on 2019-2020 fee schedule and is subject to change. Additional fees may apply.

Palm Beach Atlantic makes every effort to offer financial assistance through a variety of programs (federal and institutional) to deserving students. Scholarships are available to qualified students based on merit and need. Students must apply for financial aid each year by completing the FAFSA online at www.fafsa.ed.gov.

Learn more about opportunities for Financial Aid; for questions on work-study or loan eligibility please contact finaid@pba.edu.

PBA’s growth in graduate and professional programs has provided additional scholarship opportunities to become available through faithful donors wanting to assist students in achieving their educational goals. For additional information about these scholarship opportunities for your program, please contact the School of Ministry at contact grad@pba.edu or 561-803-2623

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