West Palm Beach


Master of Divinity

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 and our thriving seminary community engenders lifelong friendships and pioneering partnerships in gospel ministry. 

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

  • A concentrated 72 credit-hour M.Div. degree that can be completed in two years (accelerated), three years (traditional) or 4+ years (part-time) (Click here for a complete degree plan***)
  • 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 per week) under the direct supervision of a practicing minister, which provides valuable hands-on experience 

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Master of Divinity Admission Requirements*:Campus pastor teaching in PBA's Master of Divinity degree program

  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/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 within two weeks after completing the interview. To secure a spot in the program, accepted students must submit a non-refundable $100 deposit, which is applied to tuition upon enrollment, no later than 30 days before classes begin. 


Our Adult Tuition calculator can help you plan your college expenses.

The estimated tuition for the entire M.Div. program is $41,200*. This includes tuition for 72 credit hours ($560/credit) and the Resource Fee ($220/semester). This is based on the two-year full-time accelerated degree plan.

*Cost based on 2017-2018 fee schedule and is subject to change. Additional fees may apply.

Financial Aid

Palm Beach Atlantic makes every effort to offer financial assistance through a variety of programs (federal and institutional) to deserving students. Scholarships are available for qualified students ranging from $1,000 - $4,000 based on full-time status. In addition, Federal Work-study awards and student loans may also be available. Students must apply for financial aid each year by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Assistance (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.

Click here for the faculty directory**

**NOTE: Clicking this link will take you to the University's primary website.


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 561-803-2122.

Faculty directory ***

***NOTE: By clicking on this link you will be taken to PBA's primary website. 

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