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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

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

    $10,400/Year


    Average Annual Tuition & Fees

    $12,423

    Average Student Aid

    United Aid - $5,342**
    External Aid - $870

    Average Annual Cost After Aid

    $6,210

  2. Doctor of Theology

    $815/Credit Hour


    Average Annual Tuition & Fees*

    $14,670

    Average Student Aid

    United Aid - $7,335**
    External Aid - $0

    Average Annual Cost After Aid

    $7,335

  3. Master of Divinity

    $815/Credit Hour


    Average Annual Tuition & Fees*

    $16,929

    Average Student Aid

    United Aid - $8,465**
    External Aid - $5,587

    Average Annual Cost After Aid

    $2,878

  4. All Other Master's

    $815/Credit Hour


    Average Annual Tuition & Fees*

    $15,510

    Average Student Aid

    United Aid - $8,065**
    External Aid - $931

    Average Annual Cost After Aid

    $6,514

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 $37,270 $18,635
Doctor of Theology $37,550 $18,775
Master of Divinity $67,715 $11,512
Master of Theological Studies $41,635 $17,487
Master of Arts in Christian Ministries $39,190 $16,460
Master of Ministry $31,295 $13,144
Master of Arts $31,295 $13,144

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

*While credit hours may vary by term, average annual tuition and fees are calculated based on 14 credit hours per year for the Doctor of Theology and 18 credit hours per year for master’s programs.

**Excludes special tuition aid for Hispanic and Korean Houses of Study.

***PLEASE NOTE: Information on this page is based on the 2024-2025 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

    Presidential Scholar

    Master's: $278/credit hour; Doctoral: $1,500/semester

    For new full-time master's and doctoral students.

    1. Featured
    2. Master's
    3. Doctoral

    House of Study Scholarship

    40% of tuition

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

    *Please see the Hispanic or the Korean 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

    Master's: $28/credit hour; Doctoral: $250/semester

    General scholarship for incoming master's and Doctoral students. Master's scholarship is based on fulltime enrollment.

    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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