M.Div./MATS Scholarships, Tuition & Fees
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 2020-21 was $18,507, compared with $16,507 at Beeson Divinity School.Tuition for the 2021-22 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.
All Full-time Students Receive a Scholarship
Due to the generosity of Ralph Waldo Beeson and many benefactors after him, Beeson offers scholarship assistance to every full-time student. There are two tiers of scholarship available.
Tier One Scholarships
Tier One scholarships cover 65-100% of tuition for students in the Master of Divinity (M.Div.) program. The scholarships in this tier include the Timothy George Scholarship for Excellence (max 100% tuition) and the Dean’s Scholarship (max 85% tuition). Qualifications for a Tier One scholarship include the following:
- Undergraduate GPA of 3.5 or above (on a 4.0 scale)
- Strong Christian character and ministry leadership potential, demonstrated in previous roles of service in church and/or community
- Expressed commitment to enter vocational Christian service upon graduation
- Candidacy for the Timothy George Scholarship is reserved for persons preparing to serve in pastoral roles in a congregational context
Applicants wishing to be considered for a Tier One scholarship must:
- Complete all application requirements for admission to the M.Div. degree program by February 15 (for admission to the following fall semester) or October 1 (for admission to the following spring semester).
Please note that this application deadline date differs from the standard application deadline date for fall admission.
- Write and submit an essay on the Apostles' Creed (also due by February 15 or October 1). See essay guidelines in the application portal.
The admission and scholarship committee will review all applications. Finalists for Tier One scholarships will be invited to participate in Beeson's Scholarship Day activities, including a personal interview with members of the admission and scholarship committee. The committee will then select Tier One scholarship recipients.
Tier Two Scholarships
Tier Two Scholarships cover 30-45% of tuition. The scholarships in this tier include the John Wesley Beeson Scholarship ($7000/year) and the Ralph Waldo Beeson Scholarship ($5000/year).
Incoming students to Beeson’s Master of Divinity and Master of Arts in Theological Studies programs who complete the application requirements by the general tuition deadline and who do not receive a tier one scholarship will receive one of these scholarships. For fall applicants, this deadline is March 1 prior to the term of admission. For spring applicants, the deadline is October 1 prior to the term of admission.
Based on a student’s application, the admission committee may also award the following scholarships to supplement* the tier one and tier two scholarships described above.
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 Hutchens Military Chaplain scholarship replaces the tiered scholarship amount.
Aletha Dawson Scholarship is named for the late daughter-in-law of Rev. L. O Dawson, the founding pastor of Dawson Memorial Baptist Church. The recipient must have demonstrated financial need, be of good character and good habits.
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.
Banks and Evelyn Farris Scholarship is in honor of Banks and Evelyn Farris. Mr. Farris was the Vice President for Alabama Power. The first preference is to students with a demonstrated financial need.
Brookwood Bryant Strain Divinity School Scholarship is in honor of the founding pastor of Brookwood Baptist Church. First consideration to Brookwood Baptist Church members and second to any qualified Baptist student.
Claude Heard Ford Scholarship is given in honor of Claude Heard Ford, M.D. by his wife. The recipient can be any Beeson Divinity School Scholarship.
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.
Donahoo Scholarship, established by J.W. Donahoo in honor of his late wife, shall be awarded to a full-time student who shows great promise for ministerial service.
Fullman Trott Scholarship was funded in honor of Mr. and Mrs. John Fullman and Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Trott by their nephew Mr. Herschel H. Day. Recipients who have demonstrated financial need with a preference for female students.
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.
James V. K. Ratliff Scholarship was established by the family of Mr. Ratliff, a long-time Birmingham business leader and active member of Mountain Brook Baptist Church. Open to all deserving Beeson Divinity school students.
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.
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.
Nancy Norton Scholarship was established by Mr. John Norton in memory of his late wife, Nancy. Recipients must be females who are interested in missions, church planting or church growth.
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.
Woodward Scholarship was established by South Roebuck to assist candidates for international missions. Preference is given for students preparing for international missions: males should be preparing for peaching ministry and women should be preparing for educational ministry.
University fee per semester is $320. Univeristy fee for a Jan or summer term is $200. Vehicle registration fee per semester is $30.
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.
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 Allie Picou at 205-726-2905.
D.Min. Tuition & Fees
|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.