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When God calls you to ministry, finances shouldn’t stand in the way. That’s why United Theological Seminary is committed to helping students pursue their calling through a high-quality, affordable education. Use the information on this page to help you estimate and budget for the total cost for your program.

If you have questions about your specific program, please contact [email protected].

Tuition and Fees

For the third year in a row, United is holding tuition rates steady. That means no increase for current or new students. In addition, United is pleased to continue offering its Tuition Guarantee that ensures the tuition rate you start with is the tuition rate you graduate with.

  1. Doctor of Ministry

    $10,000/Year


    Average Annual Tuition & Fees

    $11,740

    Average Student Aid

    United Aid - $3,165
    External Aid - $812

    Average Annual Cost After Aid

    $7,763

  2. Master of Divinity

    $790/Credit Hour


    Average Annual Tuition & Fees*

    $16,555

    Average Student Aid

    United Aid - $4,025
    External Aid - $2,678

    Average Annual Cost After Aid

    $9,852

  3. All Other Master's

    $790/Credit Hour


    Average Annual Tuition & Fees*

    $15,205

    Average Student Aid

    United Aid - $4,123
    External Aid - $2,515

    Average Annual Cost After Aid

    $8,567

Doctor of Ministry

Annual Tuition and Fees

$35,925

Annual Cost After Aid

$XX

Program Total**

Program Program Total Average Program Total After United & External Aid
Doctor of Ministry $35,925 $22,658
Master of Divinity $64,715 $36,242
Master of Theological Studies $39,545 $15,277
Master of Arts in Christian Ministries $36,905 $26,861
Master of Ministry $39,545 $17,639
Master of Arts $29,795 $15,943

Program Total***

Program # of Credits Program Total Program Total After Aid
Doctor of Ministry N/A $35,925 $x
Master of Divinity 78 $70,505 $x
Master of Theological Studies 48 $39,920 $x
Master of Arts in Christian Ministries 45 $37,205 $x
Master of Ministry 46 $29,750 $x
Master of Arts 36 $29,750 $x

*Based on 18 credit hours per year.

**PLEASE NOTE: Information on this page is based on the 2023-2024 tuition rates and estimated United and external student aid rates. This information is an estimate of tuition and fees. A student’s pace and course availability will have an impact on final cost and program length. For additional assistance with determining cost, please send student aid questions to [email protected] and student billing questions to [email protected].

Program Total***

Master of Divinity – $70,505
Master of Theological Studies – $39,920
Master of Arts in Christian Ministries – $37,205
Master of Arts – $29,750
Master of Ministry – $29,750
Doctor of Ministry – $35,925

Budgeting for Your First Year at United

Direct charges for tuition and fee rates are set on an annual basis by the Board of Trustees. Variable expenses such as books, transportation and personal living expenses are set by the Office of Financial Aid and are based on average student expenses and federal guidelines.

Scholarships & Financial Aid

United provides multiple scholarship opportunities to defray out-of-pocket costs for students. Learn more about available scholarships below, and complete your scholarship application.

Available Scholarships & Tuition Discounts

    1. Featured
    2. Master's
    3. Doctoral

    Academic Dean's Scholarship

    50% of tuition

    For eligible new students entering one of United’s degree programs.

    1. Featured
    2. Master's

    House of Study Scholarship

    50% of tuition

    For eligible new students entering a House of Study. Limited scholarships available for each House of Study.

    *Please see the Hispanic House of Study page for more information on special tuition rates.

    1. Master's

    Bishop Christian Newcomer

    $1,000 per semester

    The Bishop Christian Newcomer Academic Scholarship is named for the third bishop in the Church of the United Brethren in Christ. This scholarship is based on academic merit and promise for pastoral ministry.

    1. Master's
    2. Doctoral

    John & Mary Bonebrake Scholarship

    $500/semester

    General scholarship for incoming Master and Doctoral students.

    1. Master's
    2. Doctoral

    MMin to DMin

    12.5% - 25%

    Available to students who plan to enroll into the Doctor of Ministry program after completing the Master of Ministry program. The award will equal 25% of tuition for full-time enrollment (6 or more credits) and 12.5% for students enrolled part-time (3-5 credits).

    1. Master's

    The Rev. Ella Niswonger Scholarship

    Varies

    This award is available for new students who are certified candidates of the United Methodist Church. Applicants must be pursuing a Master of Divinity degree, Master of Arts in Christian Ministries degree, or Master of Ministry degree.

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