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Non-SBC cost per credit hour

Students who are not members of SBC churches receive this online tuition rate.


SBC cost per credit hour

Members of Southern Baptist Churches receive this discounted tuition rate.

9 credit hour

Tuition cap for on-campus M.Div. students

Residential Master of Divinity students will only pay for the first 9 credit hours per semester and can take an additional 2 classes for free.*

The chart below show Master’s tuition and fee rates for the 2024-2025 Academic Year

Estimate Your Cost

  • View the 2024-2025 fee chart for all Southern Seminary programs here.
  • View the 2023-2024 fee chart for all Southern Seminary programs here.
  • Southern Seminary scholarships are based on financial need and subject to approval

*The Residential M.Div. Tuition Reduction may not be combined with other SBTS tuition reductions. If you have any questions regarding your expected tuition cost, please contact Admissions.

Frequently Asked Questions

Students leaving Alumni Chapel

Thanks to the generosity of Southern Baptists in contributing to the Cooperative Program, students who are members of Southern Baptist Churches receive a discounted tuition rate.

Residential students pursuing the Master of Divinity degree will not be charged for tuition beyond 9 credit hours per fall/spring semester for up to 15 hours.

Meaning: residential M.Div. students can take up to 2 courses per semester for no extra cost. During the duration of the degree, this leads to a 40% savings in tuition.

*Please note the tuition cap cannot be combined with other instituitional tuition reductions.

With few exceptions*, there are no per-class fees charged at Southern Seminary.

On-campus students will be charged a $100 health services fee and a $375 student enrollment fee per semester.

Online students will be charged a $150 enrollment fee per semester.

*Some courses, such as courses requiring mentoring or clinical supervision, non-credit language courses, and music courses require additional course fees. See the fee schedule for more information.

Click here to view our financial aid webpage to learn about our financial aid options.

Categories of financial assistance include:
– Institutional scholarships (main campus students only)
– Military benefits
– Private loans

Southern Seminary allows students to take as few as 1, or as many as 6 courses per term. Allowing for maximum flexibility for those paying their way through the degree.

Please note that students receiving institutional scholarships must be enrolled in a full-time course load (9 credit hours).

No. Southern Seminary does not participate in any federal or state student aid programs involving loans or grants. Financial Aid at Southern consists of Cooperative Program funding, scholarships awarded through endowed aid, and a private loan opportunity. Therefore, it is not necessary for Southern Seminary students to complete the FAFSA.

While Southern is eligible to participate in federal loan and grant programs funded by Title IV, the institution chooses not to accept such funding in order to maintain independence from federal oversight.

Campus housing charges vary by location. You can find more information about on-campus residence halls and apartments here.


The Office of Financial Aid will assist you in financing your education by offering institutional scholarships, connecting you with outside sources of aid, and answering questions about the financial aid process.

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