West Palm Beach


Master of Divinity/ Master of Business Administration

Joint Degree

Earn a joint Master’s in Divinity and MBA from PBA University

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. 

Being on the leadership team of many churches today requires both theological education and business acumen. Ministers must understand how the church fits into the broader community and how to address complex business challenges. 

The Master of Divinity (M.Div.)/Master of Business Administration (MBA) joint degree at PBA will expand your capacity for serving as an executive or administrative minister in a church or parachurch ministry. 

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

  • A concentrated 82-credit-hour M.Div./MBA joint degree that consists of 52 credits in the M.Div., 27 credits in the MBA and three credits in an integrated course (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

[NOTE: M.Div./MBA joint degree requires prerequisite course work in ministry (24 credits) and business (12 credits).]

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Admissions Requirements*

  1. An earned 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. An earned baccalaureate degree in business administration from a regionally accredited institution or a baccalaureate degree in another major with successful completion of foundational business courses in financial accounting, managerial accounting, microeconomics and statistics 
  3. Achieve cumulative undergraduate minimum GPA of 2.75 or above on a 4.0 scale
  4. Submit:
  • A completed online application and $45 nonrefundable fee at pba.apply-online (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

     5.  Faculty interview – Once your application for admission is complete by meeting all the admission requirements and providing the required documents, you will be invited to an interview with the Graduate Admissions Committee.

* 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 will be applied to tuition upon enrollment, no later than 30 days before classes begin. 

The estimated tuition for the entire Joint M.Div./MBA program is $47,240***. This includes tuition for 82 credit hours ($560/credit) and the Resource Fee ($220/semester).

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. For any 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 grad@pba.edu.

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

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