West Palm Beach

Master of Divinity

You've heard God's call and you 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.

Our program will help you serve at a higher level as a pastor, missionary, church planter, bivocational minister, or a theologian. We offer guidance that focuses on biblical, historical, theological and practical studies. Combined with our thriving community connections, we help you develop skills to reach your potential.

Our program delivers specific benefits such as:

  • Flexible degree programs that will earn you 72 graduate credits that you can complete in an accelerated two-year plan, traditional three-year plan or part-time in 4+ years (Click here for a complete degree plan***)
  • An advanced program that builds on your solid undergraduate preparation in theology and ministry by providing graduate-level training held to a high academic standard – no biblical or ministerial introductory or survey courses
  • An on-going, substantive 10 –15 hours/week apprenticeship, under the direct supervision of a practicing minister
  • An integration of knowledge, skills, and character for effective training of Kingdom ministers
  • Two program entry points are fall (August) and spring (January) with application deadlines of August 1 and December 1

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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/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 nonrefundable 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/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, no later than 30 days before classes begin, submit:

  • A non-refundable $100 deposit, which is applied to tuition upon enrollment


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.

Use our Adult Tuition Calculator to plan your college expenses.

*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. Primary funding for graduate study is provided on the basis of demonstrated financial need in the form of work study awards and student loans. 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.


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.

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