Graduate School
For Real Life
If you're looking for a graduate school experience that goes beyond classroom learning - one that will actually prepare you for the life you want to live - Palm Beach Atlantic University is for you.

Master of Divinity

This program has been developed for the pastor, missionary, church planter, bi-vocational minister, and rising theologian. We've been there. We know your needs. And we want to help you get to where you feel God is leading you both professionally and spiritually.  


Where is God Leading You? If it is to a Master of Divinity, we can help at Palm Beach Atlantic University (PBA, PBAU). PBA is a Christ-centered college in West Palm Beach, Florida, USA.

Key Elements of Our Program

  • Integrating knowledge, skills, and character for effective training of Kingdom ministers.
  • Integrating academics and experiential learning through apprenticeships.
  • Learning to minister in a real-life setting is essential. PBA’s M.Div. requires an on-going, substantive 10-15 hrs./week apprenticeship, under the direct supervision of a practicing minister. Classroom and active ministry continually form and inform the other.

Rigorous Academics; Quality Faculty

  • In PBA’s Master of Divinity, there are no foundational classes, no Old Testament Survey, no introductions. This advanced program builds on your solid undergraduate preparation in theology and ministry by providing graduate-level training held to a high academic standard.
  • A multi-denominational, multi-cultural and widely experienced faculty join their efforts and expertise working toward one purpose: preparing students for effective, transformative ministry. Our faculty have earned Ph.D.s and are published authorities in their fields.


Effective preparation of ministers is the goal of the M.Div. at PBA. To that end, students complete four semesters of an on-going, structured apprenticeship with qualified partnering practitioners in ministry to provide hands-on experience that is integrally connected with their academic pursuits.


Our 72-hour M.Div. may be completed on your schedule. Choose from a traditional three-year plan, an accelerated 2 year plan, or a part-time 4+ year plan. 


Accelerated Plan

2 years

15 hours/semester + 12 hours/summer

Traditional Plan

3 years

10-13 hours/semester

Part-time Plan

4+ year

5+ hours/semester


You also may be able to complete your bachelor’s degree and M.Div. in as little as 5 years. Ask a counselor about our our 3 + 2 plan.



Note: Our Master of Divinity program has been approved by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). Click here to read our complete accreditation statement located on PBA's primary (undergraduate) Web site.


What Pastors Are Saying ...

PBA’s Master of Divinity program is equipping the next generation of pastors and church leaders, building on the university’s solid Christian foundation. The M.Div. program’s partnership with local churches provides the practical hands-on training, that when combined with the excellence in PBA academics, prepares the students for God’s call upon their lives.

- J. Todd Mullins, Lead Pastor, Christ Fellowship Church, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

"PBA's seminary will be cutting edge in every way.  Their emphasis on integration of practice and learning, their missional focus, their global perspective and their unwavering evangelical stance make their M.Div. tremendously useful for ministry situations in the 21st century. Their location in southeast Florida places their students in one of America's central gateways to the world. I give them my wholehearted support."

- Jimmy Scroggins, Senior Pastor/First Baptist Church, West Palm Beach, Fla.

"I am so excited about the direction of PBA's M. Div. program. Their desire to integrate the academic disciplines along with engagement in practical ministry experience is what is most needed to prepare students for future ministry. We are excited to partner with them in any capacity we can."

- Jarrett Stephens, Teaching Pastor, Prestonwood, Plano, Texas Campus

“I am enthusiastic in my support of the M.Div. program at PBA. I believe it will make accessible theological education to ministers and ministerial candidates in South Florida in a very helpful way.”

- Rev. Walter B. Arnold III, pastor of First Presbyterian of North Palm Beach, Fla.

For more information on the Master of Divinity, contact or 561-803-2122.

*NOTE: This is PBA's online, evening, graduate and Orlando campus Web site. Click here to return to our undergraduate site.


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West Palm Beach, FL 33401
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