West Palm Beach

Complete Bachelor & Master Degrees in Five Years

Our 3+2 option makes it possible!

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. At PBA, you can streamline your education,Earn your B.A. and Masters in Divinity in five years with Palm Beach Atlantic's 3 + 2 program. earning a B.A. and an M.Div. in as little as five years, just one more year than a traditional bachelor program. 

The M.Div. at PBA integrates academic study with real-life, hands-on-ministry throughout the program. Students apply why they learn in classes by serving in local Christian communities under the mentorship of an experienced minister. 

4 + 3 = 5 ?

A traditional undergraduate degree usually takes four years to complete and a standard M.Div degree takes three years. With our 3+2 program, you can save time and money and earn your undergraduate and masters in just five years. With the five-year program, PBA has streamlined any over-lapping courses in Bible, theology and spiritual formation in order for you to reach your ministry calling as soon as possible. 

Our program delivers specifics benefits such as: 

  • Earning two degrees, B.A. in Ministry and M.Div in five year, as opposed to the traditional seven it would usually take
  • Learn and grow in a community of Christ's disciples
  • The 3+2 program streamlines any over-lapping classes that would typically occur when you get your undergraduate degree and masters separately such as in Bible, theology and spiritual formation.
  • Hands-on and practical experience in local ministries and apprenticeships with expert ministers and evangelical scholars with broad ministry experience
  • Enter a full-time ministry sooner, saving money
  • Prepares you for a multitude of careers in ministry, including a pastor, church leader or a director of Christian Ministry or mission organization

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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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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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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.