Master's Program 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 15.3% less. Average tuition at 10 peer institutions* in 2022-23 was $20,226, compared with $17,138 at Beeson Divinity School.
*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 2022-23 Annual Data Table, the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada.
The tuition for the 2023-24 academic year for full-time students is $8,488 per semester. Full-time enrollment is 9-12 credit hours (M.Div.; M.A.C.C.; Th.M.) and 9-13 credit hours (M.A.T.S.).
The tuition rate for students taking fewer than 9 credit hours is $808 per credit hour. Students taking more than 12 credit hours (M.Div.; M.A.C.C.; Th.M.) or 13 credit hours (M.A.T.S.) are charged $808 for each credit hour above those limits.The summer tuition rate is $399 per credit hour.
The university fee per semester (fall/spring) is $320. The university fee for an interterm or summer term is $200. Vehicle registration fee per semester is $30.
Following a student's acceptance of an offer, Beeson requires a non-refundable $200 deposit as confirmation of the student's intention to enroll for the coming semester. The deposit will be applied toward the student's account upon enrollment.
|Application fee (non-refundable)||$35*|
|Enrollment confirmation deposit||$200|
|Tuition rate for students enrolled in 9-12 (9-13 for M.A.T.S.) credit hours**||$8,488/semester|
|Tuition rate for students enrolled in more than 12 or less than 9 credit hours||$808/credit hour|
|Summer tuition rate||$399/credit hour|
|University fee for fall/spring term||$320|
|University fee for Jan/summer term||$200|
*Waived for graduates of Samford University and for those who attend a preview day or an official campus visit.
**Th.M. students will pay the doctoral program per-credit-hour tuition rate for any Ph.D. seminars in which they enroll. Additionally, the Ralph Waldo Beeson scholarship will be prorated for any full-time Th.M. students enrolled in less than 9 master’s-level credit hours during a fall or spring semester.
Federal Student 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 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 Samford OneStop at 205-726-2905.
Master's Program Scholarships
All full-time master’s-level students at Beeson receive scholarship assistance due to the generosity of Mr. Beeson’s endowment.
Scholarships for M.A.T.S., M.A.C.C. and Th.M. Students
Full-time students enrolled in the Master of Arts in Theological Studies (M.A.T.S.), Master of Arts in Christian Counseling (M.A.C.C.) and Master of Theology (Th.M.) programs will receive the Ralph Waldo Beeson scholarship in the amount of $2,500 per semester.* The number of semesters the scholarship is awarded varies depending on the degree program.
*Th.M. students will pay the doctoral program per-credit-hour tuition rate for any Ph.D. seminars in which they enroll. Additionally, the Ralph Waldo Beeson scholarship will be prorated for any full-time Th.M. students enrolled in less than 9 master’s-level credit hours during a fall or spring semester.
Scholarships for M.Div. Students
The Beeson scholarships listed in the section below are designated for students enrolled full-time in Beeson’s flagship degree program, the Master of Divinity (M.Div.).
A student’s application for admission to Beeson is also an application for scholarships. Therefore, students should present their best writing and recommendations in the application process.
The amount of M.Div. scholarship assistance covers anywhere from 29% to 100% of the full-time tuition rate. On average, scholarships cover approximately half of the tuition cost for full-time students.
Tier one scholarships are the most competitive, covering anywhere from 55% to 100% of full-time tuition cost. Consideration for these scholarships requires an additional essay on the Apostles’ Creed.
To qualify for a tier one scholarship, students must have:
- An 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
Applicants who complete all requirements by the priority deadline (Feb. 1 for fall entry, Sept. 1 for spring entry) will be considered first for admission and scholarship.
The admission and scholarship committee will review all applications. If necessary, finalists for tier one scholarships will be invited to an additional interview with members of the admission and scholarship committee.
Scholarships for M.Div. Students
The following scholarships are awarded based on a student’s application to Beeson Divinity School's M.Div. program and on the availability of scholarship funds.
*Denotes a tier one scholarship. See above for criteria.
Beeson Advisory Board Annual and Endowed Scholarship: The board consists of men and women who are committed to the mission of Beeson Divinity School. This board supports the work of the faculty and administration of the school and, when called upon, provides advice, counsel and support for the school.
Beeson Divinity Alumni Scholarship Fund: This endowed scholarship was established by the first graduating class of Beeson Divinity School.
John Wesley Beeson Scholarship: Named after longtime Methodist minister and the father of Beeson’s founder, this endowed scholarship is awarded in the amount of $7000/year to students who demonstrate academic excellence when applying to Beeson Divinity School. Priority is given to students preparing for the M.Div. degree.
Ralph Waldo Beeson Scholarship: Named after Beeson’s founder and faithful Presbyterian layperson, this endowed scholarship is awarded in the amount or $5000/year to many full-time admitted students.
Brookwood Bryant Strain Divinity School Scholarship: This endowed scholarship was established in honor of the founding pastor of Brookwood Baptist Church.
Vaughn Burrell Scholarship: This scholarship was named for longtime Birmingham businessman Vaughn Burrell, who was an active member and leader in the First Nazarene Church of Birmingham.
Dr. Reginald Calvert Racial Reconciliation Annual and Endowed Scholarship: This scholarship was initially established by a gift from Mr. and Mrs. Eddie Wilson in honor of Beeson alumnus and pastor Dr. Reginald Calvert.
Dan International Student Scholarship: This endowed scholarship was named for Rev. Emmanuel Titus Dan and his wife, Fulga Pascu Dan, who served as cross-cultural missionaries among Romanians in the United States and Australia. They served with the IMB of the SBC in their retirement. They are the parents of Dr. Stefana Dan Laing of Beeson Divinity School.
Aletha Dawson Scholarship: This endowed scholarship was named for the late daughter-in-law of Rev. L. O. Dawson, the founding pastor of Dawson Memorial Baptist Church.
Day-Sanders Scholarship: This endowed scholarship was named for the mother and grandmother of retired Beeson professor, Dr. Norfleete Day.
*Dean’s Scholarship: This endowed scholarship is awarded to a select number of M.Div. students who have an undergraduate GPA of 3.5 or above (on a 4.0 scale), demonstrate strong Christian character and ministry leadership potential through previous roles of service in church and/or community, and who have an expressed commitment to enter vocational Christian service upon graduation. The dean scholarships range from $10,000 to $14,000 per year.
Lillian Payne Donahoo Scholarship: This endowed scholarship was established by J. W. Donahoo in honor of his late wife, Lillian Payne Donahoo.
Katherine M. Eakin, Phillip & Martha Inman Endowed Scholarship at Beeson Divinity School: This scholarship was established by Katherine Eakin in honor of Phillip & Martha Inman, supporters and friends of Beeson Divinity School.
Elaine Annual Scholarship: This annual scholarship was given in honor of Elaine Cook by her husband and Beeson Divinity School alumnus, Darrell Cook.
Banks and Evelyn Farris Scholarship: This endowed scholarship was given in honor of Banks and Evelyn Farris. Mr. Farris was the vice president for Alabama Power.
Gary and Alta Faye Fenton Scholarship: This endowed scholarship was named for Dr. Gary D. Fenton, retired pastor of Dawson Memorial Baptist Church in Birmingham, and his wife, Alta Faye.
Claude Heard Ford Scholarship: This endowed scholarship was given in honor of Claude Heard Ford, M.D. by his wife.
Fullman-Trott Scholarship: This endowed scholarship was funded in honor of Mr. and Mrs. John Fullman and Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Trott by their nephew Mr. Herschel H. Day.
*Timothy George Scholarship for Excellence: This endowed, full-tuition scholarship was named for the founding Dean of Beeson. It is usually awarded to one or two students annually. Recipient(s) must have an undergraduate GPA of 3.5 or above (on a 4.0 scale), demonstrate strong Christian character and ministry leadership potential through previous roles of service in church and/or community, and be preparing to serve in pastoral roles in a congregational context.
Mark Gignilliat Endowed Scholarship: This scholarship was named for Beeson Old Testament and Hebrew professor, Dr. Mark Gignilliat.
Rev. Robert Gladney, Jr. Scholarship: This endowed scholarship was named for Bob Gladney, former staff member at Dawson Memorial Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama; First Baptist Tuscaloosa, Alabama; First Baptist Jackson, Mississippi; Springhill Baptist Church in Mobile, Alabama; and Central Baptist in Decatur, Alabama.
*Lynn and Bill Hairston Annual Scholarship: This annual scholarship was named for Lynn and Bill Hairston, supporters and friends of Beeson Divinity School.
*Mary and Victor Hanson, III Beeson Divinity School Scholarship: This annual scholarship was established by Mary and Victor Hanson, longtime supporters and donors to Beeson Divinity School.
General Holle Military Chaplaincy Scholarship: This endowed scholarship was established in honor General Everett H. Holle for his outstanding leadership in the military and community.
Winfred Ann Turner Hull Scholarship: This endowed scholarship was given in honor of Mrs. Leland Hull, who served as very effective Bible teacher to groups of young mothers at St. Luke’s Episcopal, St. Peter’s Anglican and Cathedral of the Advent.
General James M. Hutchens Military Chaplaincy Scholarship: This annual scholarship was established in honor of General James M. Hutchens, the first chaplain wounded in Vietnam. He later was awarded the Purple Heart and two Bronze Star Medals for valor. By the time he retired in 1994, General Hutchens had earned the rank of Brigadier General.
Mathews-Thielman Scholarship: This endowed scholarship was established to honor two of the longer tenured professors at Beeson: Dr. Ken Mathews, retired professor of Old Testament, and Dr. Frank Thielman, professor of New Testament and Presbyterian Chair of Divinity.
F. Frederick Moss and Mary Della Moss Endowed International Scholarship in Biblical Theology and Applied Evangelism: This scholarship was named in memory of F. Frederick and Mary Della Moss, who were members of Dawson Memorial Baptist Church. While in the Navy, Frederick would conduct Chapel services if a chaplain was not available. Both Fred and Mary Della were strong advocates of missions.
Dolores Emanuel Nation Endowed Scholarship: This scholarship was named in memory of the mother of Beeson alumnus Philip Nation, who serves as the vice president for Thomas Nelson Bibles at HarperCollins Christian Publishing.
Nancy Norton Scholarship: This endowed scholarship was established by Mr. John Norton in memory of his late wife, Nancy.
Dr. Patricia Outlaw Endowed Scholarship: This scholarship was named for retired Beeson professor Dr. Patricia Outlaw.
Joe Nix Quin Scholarships: This scholarship was named for Samford graduate and successful pharmacist, Joe Nix Quin.
The Jennifer Davis Rash Scholarship: Jennifer is a Beeson graduate and has served on search committees for both the Beeson Dean and the Samford President. The scholarship was established on the 25th anniversary of her employment at The Alabama Baptist, where she is now president and editor-in-chief.
James V. K. Ratliff Scholarship: This endowed scholarship was established by the family of Mr. Ratliff, a longtime Birmingham business leader and active member of Mountain Brook Baptist Church.
Allen Ross Scholarship: This scholarship was given in honor of longtime professor of Old Testament, Dr. Allen Ross. The scholarship is awarded to a rising third year Beeson Divinity School student.
Schultz Family Endowed Scholarship: This scholarship was established by the Schultz family to help share with others what God has provided for their family and to advance the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Antonio Smith Scholarship: This scholarship was 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.
*Robert Smith Jr. Scholarship: This scholarship was established in honor of longtime faculty member Dr. Robert Smith Jr. for his more than 20 years at Beeson and more than 50 years of preaching God’s Word.
Lucille Burgess Walls Endowed Scholarship: This scholarship was named in honor of the mother of James Walls, a friend of Beeson and attendee of Lay Academy.
T. Andrew Westmoreland Scholarship: This scholarship was named in honor of the eighteenth president of Samford University, who was a strong supporter and advocate for Beeson Divinity School.
Roger Willmore Endowed Scholarship: This scholarship was given in honor of Dr. Roger Willmore, former Alabama pastor and Director of Missions for Calhoun County Baptist Association.
Woodward Scholarships: South Roebuck established and endowed this scholarship to help candidates for international missions. Students interested in missions should see the Director of Academic Support Services for more information.
Doctoral Program Tuition & Fees
Ph.D. Tuition & Fees
The tuition rate for the Ph.D. program is $900 per credit hour (2023-24). Students will be billed on a program fee basis, at the rate of 3.5 credit hours per term enrolled, for a maximum of 12 terms (3.5 credit hours x 12 terms = 42 credit hours). A continuation fee of $1,000 will be charged for each additional term of enrollment beyond the 12.
The program fee will be calculated using the tuition rate in place in a student's first term of enrollment. The program fee will not change if a student maintains continuous enrollment throughout the program. If a student does not maintain continuous enrollment, the balance of the program fee will be recalculated using the per-credit tuition rate in place at the time he or she resumes enrollment.
Students will pay applicable university fees charged to doctoral students. For 2023-24, the university fee is $320 for fall and spring terms and $200 for summer terms.
Students will pay a dissertation fee of $500 in the term in which the dissertation is submitted and the oral defense conducted, to offset costs for proofreading and binding.
|Application fee (non-refundable)||$35*|
|Enrollment confirmation deposit||$200|
|Tuition rate||$900 per credit hour|
|Continuation fee (beyond 12 terms of enrollment)||$1,000|
|University Fee for fall/spring term||$320|
|University Fee per Jan/summer term||$200|
*Waived for graduates of Beeson Divinity School
D.Min. Tuition & Fees
The D.Min. program is closed and is no longer accepting new applicants.
|Application fee (non-refundable)||Closed|
|Enrollment confirmation deposit||Closed|
|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|
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.