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MASTER OF DIVINITY DEGREE

You've heard God's call. PBA will provide you the foundation for advanced study and a successful career in church leadership

Our Master of Divinity program was created from scratch with twenty-first-century ministry in view. After consulting with innovative pastors and scholars and reflecting on the gaps in seminary education, we decided to move beyond the isolated silos of traditional seminary approaches in our delivery method and curriculum. We did this in five ways that are unique among seminaries:

A cohort model with classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays because we learn best in constant community.

Students learn in co-taught, paired courses across disciplines because real-life ministry requires integrated thinking.

We have an engaging flipped classroom approach for biblical languages because we learn best in safe spaces of trial and error.

Students apply their learning in four apprenticeships, serving with a ministry leader and gaining over 600 hours of hands-on experience because practitioners need practice.

We have been able to develop an MDiv with 72 hours because we have cleared away redundant introductory coursework for those with an undergraduate degree in theology or ministry.

Gospel of John, for example, is co-taught with Worship and Discipleship.

** In 2020, for example, the course Lament: Then and Now brought together senior scholars, local ministers, counselors, and community leaders, to reflect theologically in the areas of worship, discipleship, counseling, and community engagement. In 2015, the course Epistle of James and an “Urban Plunge” brought together New Testament studies and theological reflection, as students traveled to Miami to explore how ministries are serving the disadvantaged, displaced, and vulnerable.

Dual and Joint Masters Degrees

  • Master of Divinity/Master of Business Administration
  • Master of Divinity/M.S., Mental Health Counseling

Two Master of Divinity Concentrations:

  • Bible Translation
  • Intercultural Studies

CAREER OUTCOMES

  • Bivocational ministry
  • Volunteer leadership in churches or non-profit ministries
  • Further graduate work in biblical studies or theology

SCHOLARSHIPS

  • New annual $2,000 scholarship you may be eligible to receive
  • Graduate student worker opportunities 

Paracurricular Initiatives

Our learning community comes together for an annual Faith and Culture Forum. For this daylong event, we invite scholars and leaders to our campus to address important contemporary issues. The 2020 forum was “A Dialogue on Racism: Looking Back, Looking Forward.” We welcomed Jemar Tisby (author of The Color of Compromise), Rev Dr John Nunes (President, Concordia College, NY), and Dr Oscar Garcia-Johnson (Assistant Provost for the Center of the Study of Hispanic Church, Fuller Theological Seminary). 

The final evening was a panel discussion held at the historic Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church and included community leaders and pastors. The 2020 forum was “War and Peace.” We welcomed Professor Nigel Biggar (University of Oxford), Dr J. Daryl Charles (Acton Institute), Dr Janna Hunter-Bowman (Mennonite Biblical Seminary), and Dr Myles Werntz (Logsdon Seminary). Breakout lectures covered topics such as immigration, humanitarian intervention, drone warfare, and peacemaking.

At the heart of what we do each week, however, is community chapel and lunch. Chapel is led by a student chapel team, and we draw in local community leaders to speak into the lives of our students. Following worship, we continue in our fellowship with community lunch, which is provided by the school (at a subsidized price). Students and faculty share their lives with one another around the table.

Faculty Members Doing Cutting-Edge Work in the Real World

Dr. Brittany N. Melton

Assistant Professor of Biblical and Theological Studies

Dr. Brittany N. Melton (PhD, Cambridge) is delivering the 2020 Tyndale Old Testament Lecture, “Towards an Old Testament Theology of Hospitality.” She is currently writing the New Handbook on the Wisdom Books and Psalms (Baker Academic) and a commentary on Esther (Bible in God’s World Series; Cascade). Dr Melton serves as Co-Chair of the Tyndale Fellowship Old Testament Group, is on the ETS Wisdom Committee, and is an elder at Providencia Church (ECO Presbyterian). 

http://cambridge.academia.edu/BrittanyMelton

Dr. Ryan Gladwin

Associate Professor of Ministry and Theology

Dr. Ryan Gladwin (PhD, Edinburgh) is the author of Streams of Latin American Protestant Theology (Brill) and the forthcoming Towards a Liberating Latin American Ecclesiology: The Local Church as a Transformative Historical Project (Pickwick). He has numerous chapters in edited books and has broad research interests that include Latin American and Latinx religion and theology, Anabaptism, Pentecostalism, Christian ethics, and practical theology. He has served with the Mennonite USA South Eastern Conference among the Latinx community and in activism for issues of immigration and racial reconciliation. He is a member of the American Academy of Religion, the Society of Christian Ethics, and the Latin American Theological Fraternity. Dr Gladwin is also the Coordinator of the BA, Ministry (Spanish) and the Christian Social Ministry Program.

Dr. Kathy Maxwell

Associate Professor of Biblical and Theological Studies

Dr. Kathy Maxwell (PhD, Baylor) teaches students the biblical storytelling technique as a fresh approach to critical study, as well as for reaching a wide range of people with the story of God. She is a member of the Network of Biblical Storytellers International, for which she was the annual keynote speaker in 2019, and she contributes to Biblical Performance Criticism. For eight years, she served on the Steering Committee for the SBL Section on Performance Criticism and the Bible and Other Ancient Texts. Locally, she is on the planning committee for PBA’s national Art of Storytelling Conference, in its third year, which focuses on different modes of storytelling (e.g. fiction, non-fiction, painting, sculpture, dance, journalism). Area churches and community groups regularly invite Dr. Maxwell to tell biblical stories and to train others to do the same. She attends Community of Hope, the fastest growing UMC church in America.

PROGRAM DETAILS

The Master of Divinity Degree is a 72 credit-hour degree.

Undergraduate Requirements:

  1. Earn a baccalaureate degree in Christian Ministry or Biblical Studies from a regionally accredited institution or a baccalaureate degree in another major with successful completion of 24 hours of specified, pre-requisite coursework on the undergraduate or graduate level
  2. Achieve cumulative undergraduate minimum GPA of 2.75 or above on a 4.0 scale

The estimated tuition for the entire M.Div. program is $41,580*. This includes tuition for 72 credit hours ($575 per credit) and the Resource Fee ($135 per semester). This is based on the two-year full-time accelerated degree plan.

*Cost based on 2019-2020 fee schedule and is subject to change. Additional fees may apply.

Financial aid may include work study programs and student loans. Students must apply for financial aid each year at www.fafsa.ed.gov to determine eligibility. Contact finaid@pba.edu with all financial questions.

Classes are available on-campus in West Palm Beach and also as a hybrid platform, combining synchronous online with periodic study weeks in West Palm Beach.

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