M.Div./MATS Scholarships, Tuition & Fees

Tuition

Beeson offers a very competitive and affordable tuition to students. When compared with peer institutions, tuition and fees for the Beeson M.Div. are 14.7% less. Average tuition at 10 peer institutions* in 2019-20 was $18,507, compared with $15,790 at Beeson Divinity School.

Tuition for the 2020-21 academic year is $8,001 per semester.

Full-time enrollment is 9-12 credit hours (M.Div.) and 9-13 credit hours (M.A.T.S.). The tuition rate for students taking fewer than 9 credit hours is $761 per credit hour. Students taking more than 12 credit hours (M.Div.) or 13 credit hours (M.A.T.S.) are charged $761 for each credit hour above those limits.

*Peer institutions include: Asbury Theological Seminary, Covenant Theological Seminary, Denver Seminary, Duke Divinity School, Fuller Theological Seminary, Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary, Reformed Theological Seminary, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Trinity Episcopal School for Ministry and George W. Truett Theological Seminary. Tuition data derived from 2019-20 Annual Data Table, the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada.

Scholarships

All Full-time Master’s Level Students Receive a Scholarship

Due to the generosity of Ralph Waldo Beeson and many benefactors after him, Beeson is able to offer approximately 35% tuition coverage ($2,500) to all full-time Beeson students.

Competitive Academic Scholarships

Beginning fall 2021, incoming students to Beesons Master of Divinity program will also have the opportunity to apply for our academic scholarships: the Timothy George Scholarship for Excellence (max 100% of tuition) and the Deans Scholarship (max 85% of tuition).

Timothy George Scholarship for Excellence is named for Dr. Timothy George, Beeson Divinity School’s founding dean and world-renowned scholar. This full-tuition scholarship is awarded to one applicant annually who demonstrates academic excellence and a sincere calling to vocational ministry and the furthering of Christ’s kingdom throughout the world.

The Dean's Scholarship (max 85% of tuition) is awarded to several applicants who possess strong academic abilities and a call to full-time vocational ministry. 

To apply for Beeson’s academic scholarships above, students must meet the following requirements:

  1. Possess significant ministry, leadership, and academic experience, with an undergraduate GPA of 3.5 or above on a 4.0 scale.
  2. Commit to entering into full-time ministry in the local church or in a missions or ministry placement. (*Hutchens scholarship awardees must be called to military chaplaincy.)
  3. Complete all application requirements for the M.Div. degree, including the scholarship application (see tab on application for admission) by the deadline. For fall applicants, the deadline is the January 15 prior to the term of admission. For spring applicants, the deadline is the October 1 prior to the term of admission.

Of those who fulfill the above requirements, final candidates will be invited to participate in Beeson’s Scholarship Interview Day.

Other scholarships include:

The General James M. Hutchens Military Chaplain Scholarship is awarded to one or two recipients annually who are committed to pursuing a career in the active duty military as an officer and military chaplain. This scholarship provides 75% tuition coverage.

The John Wesley Beeson Scholarship is named for the father of our benefactor, Ralph Waldo Beeson, who was a revival preacher and president of Meridian College, a Methodist college in Meridian, Mississippi. The scholarship is awarded to several applicants who possess strong academic abilities and a call to full-time vocational ministry.

The Day-Sanders Scholarship is named for the mother and grandmother of retired Beeson professor, Dr. Norflete Day. This scholarship is awarded to one or more female students who demonstrate financial need.

The Antonio Smith Scholarship is named for the son of Dr. Robert Smith Jr., the Charles T. Carter Baptist Chair of Divinity and professor of Christian preaching at Beeson Divinity School. This scholarship is awarded to one African-American student annually who has demonstrated financial need.

The Gary Fenton Scholarship is named for Dr. Gary D. Fenton, retired pastor of Dawson Baptist Church in Birmingham and senior advancement officer of Beeson. This scholarship is awarded annually to one or more students who demonstrate academic excellence and a calling to ministry in the local church.

The Patricia Outlaw Scholarship is named for retired Beeson professor Dr. Patricia Outlaw. This scholarship is awarded to one African-American student annually who is engaged in full-time pulpit ministry.

The Mark Gignilliat Scholarship is named for Beeson Old Testament and Hebrew professor, Dr. Mark Gignilliat. This scholarship is awarded to a student who demonstrates academic excellence.

The Mathews-Thielman Scholarship is named for the two longest tenured professors at Beeson: Dr. Ken Mathews, professor of Old Testament, and Dr. Frank Thielman, professor of New Testament and Presbyterian Chair of Divinity. This scholarship is awarded to a student who demonstrates academic excellence.

Fees

University fee per semester is $320. Univeristy fee for a Jan or summer term is $200. Vehicle registration fee per semester is $30.

Deposit

Following the acceptance of a student, Beeson asks for a non-refundable $200 deposit as confirmation of your intention to enroll for the coming semester. The deposit will be applied toward your student account upon enrollment.

Financial Aid

Current and prospective divinity students are highly encouraged to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to determine their eligibility for need-based aid programs such as federal work-study jobs and federal student loans.

Processing time for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form is up to four weeks. The FAFSA report is necessary for all student loan programs available through Samford University.

If you have questions, please contact David Dockery at 205-726-2905.

D.Min. Tuition & Fees

Tuition & Fee Table
Charge Amount
Application fee (non-refundable) *
Enrollment confirmation deposit *
Per credit rate for 2020-21 $494
University Fee $320 per fall/spring term
University Fee   $200 per Jan/summer term
Proofreading fee (one time) $400
Continuation fee for each semester beyond seven semesters $1000

*The D.Min. program is closed and is no longer accepting new applicants.

Students are responsible for all expenses incurred for travel, lodging and meals, as well as for textbooks and other course materials.

Student loans are available through the Samford University's Office of Financial Aid, but no scholarships are available.