West Palm Beach

Complete Bachelor & Master Degrees in Five Years

Our 3+2 option makes it possible!Earn your B.A. and Masters in Divinity in five years with Palm Beach Atlantic's 3 + 2 program.

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 Master of Divinity (M.Div.) is the "gold standard" for ministry 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. Our thriving seminary community engenders lifelong friendships and pioneering partnerships in gospel ministry. 

4 + 3 = 5!

A traditional undergraduate degree usually takes four years to complete, and a standard M.Div. degree takes an additional three years, for a total of seven years. At PBA, you can earn a B.A. and a M.Div. in as few as five years, just one year beyond a traditional bachelor's degree. This streamlined M.Div. degree is possible because PBA does not repeat introductory courses from the undergraduate level (as most seminaries do). Instead, we offer advanced-level courses from the very beginning of the M.Div. degree. Because our M.Div. also includes a substantial apprenticeship, students finish seminary confident in their education and experience and eager to launch out into the ministry to which God has called them. 

Our 3+2 program is on the cutting edge of undergraduate and seminary education in several ways: 

  • A combined B.A. (in the School of Ministry) and M.Div. that came be completed in as few as five years, thus being a very time and cost-effective solution to the challenge of student debt
  • 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

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Why Study Ministry in Florida?

PBA is located in one of the most beautiful places in the world. But don't only apply here for our location. There are many reasons why South Florida is the ideal location to live, learn, serve and experience your spiritual growth: 

  • Variety of churches to learn from and to serve - small churches; mega churches; many denominations; urban, suburban, and rural churches; multi-cultural churches; and variety of ethnic churches
  • An unreached region- a large mission field where 80% of the 1.3 million residents in Palm Beach County do not attend a Christian church
  • Expansive ministry network- through which we have partnerships with more than 60 churches and parachurch ministries, providing platforms for combining academics and experience
  • The cities of Palm Beach and West Palm Beach- where you'll thrive in an environment full of healthful living, unparalleled activities and events and yes, what we feel is the most beautiful weather and the most inspirational geographic climate in the country 

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Scholarships

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 grad@pba.edu or 561-803-2122. 

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Learn more by calling (561) 803-2000 or emailing admit@pba.edu.

FAQ

How does the M.Div. 3+2 Program really work? : A student majors in either Biblical & Theological Studies, Cross-Cultural Studies or Ministry Leadership Studies and completes the 91 prescribed undergraduate credits during their first three years at PBA. Upon successful completion of these credits and a GPA of 3.25 or more, a student begins M.Div. courses during his/her fourth year. 

What do I get with my B.A. degree? : You will graduate once you complete all 91 prescribed undergraduate credits for your major, plus accumulate a total of 120 undergraduate and/or graduate credits. For most students, this occurs at the end of their fourth year. 

What is PBA School of Ministry's doctrinal stance? : The Master of Divinity Program teaches the spectrum of strong conservative evangelical thought, as reflected by the World Evangelical Alliance. The program challenges students to wrestle with what they believe, articulate and defend what they believe and effectively apply their beliefs to life and ministry. Read about Palm Beach Atlantic's guiding principles here

Did you know?

Your professors at PBA's School of Ministry wrote the book(s)!

You’ll learn from respected scholars and theologians, many of whom wrote the textbooks you’ll use in your studies (and that are used extensively at other colleges and universities).

Speaking of PBA

“The respectful and professional discussions fostered critical thinking, humility and the ability to recognize common ground with students from a variety of backgrounds. I left more equipped as a pastor and more aware of who I am in Christ. As I work with the pastors at my local church, I contribute more, serve more and continue to grow.'"
-- Ty McMillian, M.Div. '15 and alumnus of the 3+2 program


For more information about our basic Master of Divinity program, click here.