Master of Divinity

Program: Master of Divinity (M.Div.)

School(s):  School of Ministry

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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What Can I Do With This Degree?

  • Pastor
  • Ministry
  • Missionary
  • Education
  • Leadership
  • Community organizing

Program Details

Distinctively PBA 

The School of Ministry is all about equipping. We equip passionate young people with the earthly tools and spiritual perspective needed to create positive change in the world guided by the Word of God. We promise a connected, engaging and fulfilling learning experience that will equip you to use your gifts for His Glory. Our programs prepare students through expert instruction in Bible, theology, history and real-world application. The multi-cultural, multi-faith environment of South Florida is the perfect location to prepare our seminary students for dynamic gospel ministries in an ever-changing world. 

As a student majoring in any of the programs offered in the School of Ministry, you’ll wade into an ocean of diverse learning opportunities designed to prepare you to positively impact lives.

  • Gain specialized training in ministry
  • Receive sponsorship to attend key missional conferences around the nation
  • Practice your ministry abilities through internships, practicum experiences and field service activities
  • And travel on any of PBA’s more than 20 annual mission trips

Courses 

Learn more about your classes and requirements in the course catalog

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 

Admission Requirements

  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. 

Tuition & Fees

PBA awards over three million dollars in scholarships every year and 97% of PBA undergraduate students receive financial aid. 

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