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Seminary Admissions

Cost of Attendance

While we strive to keep our tuition and fees low for Seminary students, it is important to consider that the cost of attending Seminary and earning a degree goes beyond direct education costs. As you are deciding where you might seek theological education, use the information below to help you estimate your costs of attendance for one year and for an entire Seminary degree.

Cost Per Year Estimate

Program Recommended Credits per Year Yearly Tuition
($575 per credit hour)
Community Service Fee Field Education Technology Fee
$10 per credit
Total Year Cost
Master of Divinity 20 $11,500 $500 $400 $200 $12,600
MA in Christian Formation 14 $8,050 $500 $400 $140 $9,090
MA in Christian Ministry $575 $7,475 $500 $200 $130 $8,305
MA in Theological Studies $575 $12,075 $500 $200 $210 $12,985

Variable and Indirect Costs

Regardless of which degree or certificate program you pursue, you will likely encounter costs beyond the tuition and fees noted above. These variable and indirect costs of attendance include:

  • Field Education — All degree-seeking students are required to complete between two and 11 credits of field education, which is a companion to your classroom work, and billed at $200 per field education credit. Talk with Seminary Admissions or your advisor about when is a good time to complete this component of your education.
  • Books and course materials
  • Housing — Rent for Seminary housing is charged on a monthly basis and varies based on apartment size and location. Learn more.
  • Transportation
  • Other personal expenditures

The FAFSA determines your financial need as the difference between the cost of your education and your financial ability to pay for it. Financial aid is available to cover, but cannot exceed, the cost of attendance, which includes tuition, books, supplies, housing and food, transportation, and some living expenses while enrolled at North Park. Some additional expenditures (i.e. childcare, disability, medical costs) may qualify for an increase in your calculated cost of attendance with the proper documentation, but the repayment of debt (e.g. car payments and credit card bills) cannot be included in this calculation.

Estimated Direct Costs for a Full Degree Program

Some students like to estimate how much their entire program of study at North Park will cost as they’re making a decision about attending. The table below gives some calculations of full program cost.

Please note, however, that the total tuition listed is based on the cost-per-credit-hour for the current year; it is typical for this amount to go up by a small percentage each August. Nearly all degree programs will stretch beyond one year, and total tuition will increase as the per-credit tuition rate increases.

Estimated Direct Cost of Program

Program Required Credits and Estimated Years Total Tuition
based on current cost ($575 per credit hour)
Total Standard Fees Total Program Cost
based on current cost
Master of Divinity 79 academic
11 Field Education
4 estimated years
$45,425 $5,140 $50,565
MA in Christian Formation 48 academic
7 Field Education
4 estimated years
$27,600 $4,030 $31,630
MA in Christian Ministry 36 academic 3 Field Education
3 estimated years
$20,700 $2,610 $23,310
MA in Theological Studies 60 academic 2 Field Education
3 estimated years
$34,500 $2,950 $37,450