Cost

Understanding Cost

Beginning in the 2015-16 academic year, the ACU Graduate School of Theology will move to a program pricing plan for master's programs to reduce cost for students. This model allows us to help students better plan for the costs associated with graduate education, as well as reduce the cost of attaining an advanced ministry education. 

The plan will reduce the cost of the Master of Divinity, Master of Arts in Christian Ministry, Master of Arts in Global Service, and other Master of Arts programs by approximately 41 percent from the 2014-2015 tuition. 

Under the program pricing model, tuition will be calculated as a fixed price for each degree program. Additionally, students will lock in a fixed program tuition rate for their degree that will not increase as long as students are continuously enrolled. 

ACU is able to reduce cost because of our deep commitment to serve the church and to serve our students. We are committed to helping ministers graduate with less debt. Doing so helps reduce the financial burden and allows ministers to better serve the church and other ministry contexts. 

 

Tuition & Fees

For students who enter the GST in 2015-16, the program price for the 72-hour Master of Divinity is $43,200 or $14,400 a year for three years. The program price for the 48-hour Master of Arts in Christian Ministry, Master of Arts in Global Service, and other Master of Arts programs is $28,800 or $14,400 a year over two years. The program price for the 33-hour Doctor of Ministry is $12,000 or $4,000 a year over three years. Part-time students will pay the same rate, spread over more years, paying the same program prices as full-time students who enter the same program in the same year. 

 

 Program Length Program Price Annual Cost
Master of Divinity 36 months$43,200$14,400
Master of Arts in Christian Ministry 24 months$28,800$14,400
Master of Arts in Global Service 24 months$28,800$14,400

Master of Arts Degree

Tracks in Theology, Old Testament, New Testament, Ancient and Oriental Christianity, and Modern and American Christianity.
24 months$28,800$14,400
Doctor of Ministry 36 months$12,000$4,000
The costs listed above do not include scholarship support.

 

Scholarships

Students in the Graduate School of Theology may qualify eligible to receive generous scholarship support. Here are a few examples of what your total cost may look like after scholarships are applied. 

Master of Divinity (M.Div.) 

72 hours I 36 Month Program  

 25% Scholarship 50% Scholarship 75% Scholarship
Cost $43,200$43,200$43,200
GST Scholarship $10,800$21,600$32,400
Net Cost $29,900$21,600$10,800
Annual Cost $9,966 per year for three years$7,200 per year for three years$3,600 per year for three years

Your individual financial situation may vary based on the amount of scholarship, church support, or outside assistance you receive. 

 

Master of Arts in Christian Ministry, Master of Arts in Global Service, and other Master of Arts programs. 

48 hours I 24 Month Program 

 25% Scholarship 50% Scholarship 75% Scholarship
Cost $28,800$28,800$28,800
GST Scholarship $7,200$14,400$21,600
Net Cost $21,600$14,400$7,200
Annual Cost $10,800 per year for two years$7,200 per year for two years$3,600 per year for two years

Your individual financial situation may vary based on the amount of scholarship, church support, or outside assistance you receive. 

Students invited into ACU's Graduate School of Theology are eligible for generous scholarship support. Every applicant must submit a scholarship application to be considered for scholarship. Scholarships  are based on prior academic achievement, financial need and potential for ministry. The combination of generous scholarships helping cover graduate educational costs and a program pricing plan allow students to finish their programs without the stress of unmanageable debt. 

For information about scholarships, graduate assistantships, and ways to pay, visit our affordability page below. 

Affordability: Ways to Pay for your GST Education



Featured Video
Careers-In-Ministry
Careers in Ministry
Ministry-Preparation
Ministry Preparation
Why-the-Graduate-School-of-Theology
Alumni of Abilene Christian University's Graduate School of Theology describe their experience in the program and why ACU was their choice for theological studies.
Graduate School Online