Tuition & Fees
Cohort 1 (Fall 2018) Tuition and Fees:
Term 1 (6 credits) — $4,200 tuition + $ 500 residency and technology fee
Term 2 (6 credits) — $4,200 tuition + $ 500 residency and technology fee
Term 3 (6 credits) — $4,200 tuition + $ 500 residency and technology fee
Term 4 (6 credits) — $4,350 tuition + $ 510 residency and technology fee
Term 5 (6 credits) — $4,350 tuition + $ 510 residency and technology fee
Term 6 (0 credits) — $500 comprehensive examination fee
Term 7 (4.5 credits) — $3,375 tuition + $ 260 residency and technology fee
Term 8 (4.5 credits) — $3,375 tuition + $ 260 residency and technology fee + $ 500 graduation fee
Total with 10% discount* (39 credits) — $28,881 (includes program tuition and fees)
*A 10% across-the-board discount applies to students who remain continuously enrolled in the default course of study for the program (as reflected in the credit loads above). With the discount applied, the total program cost (tuition and fees) is $28,881. Students who depart from or continue beyond the three-year course of study may not be further eligible for this discount and/or be asked to pay a continuation fee, depending on circumstances.
Students are also responsible for travel to and from residencies (including one residency in the program that will be offered internationally) and housing, as well as books and related resources. The student will need to own or have access to a computer and an internet service with appropriate bandwidth for learning (see “Requirements and Opportunities” document for more information). It should be noted that incidental costs related to student learning are appropriate uses of federal financial aid, as defined by Title IV regulations.
Evangelical Seminary is responsible for all instructional costs, whether in a cohort, small group, or individualized, and the vetting and assessment of all faculty. Evangelical will provide appropriate, confidential learning environment for synchronous online, asynchronous online, and physical classroom and mentoring needs, including appropriate technology platforms for learning and assessment. Evangelical will cover the costs of all residency meals that are included in the learning plan for each day (typically lunch and dinner). Evangelical will provide access to library resources, both onground and online, to enable student learning at the doctoral level, through its own collection and through relationship with other libraries and learning centers. And Evangelical will provide appropriate student support services to assist ThD students, wherever located, to flourish in an energetic, challenging, and meaningful learning experience.
Doctoral-level education in the United States is heavily regulated, particularly by the premier accrediting agencies. This, and the ethical obligation of an institution to deliver a credible, high-quality learning environment to enrolled students, along with a new wave of for-profit “junior doctorates,” has driven up the cost of doctoral education significantly in the past decade. It is not uncommon now to pay over $1000/credit at even a second-tier school. Interestingly, the market has seemed to bear this surprisingly well, particularly for programs in which there is a strong value proposition—that is, that the graduate has a reasonable chance of recovering that investment through increased opportunities for promotion or entrepreneurship.
In other contexts, student financial aid provided by or through the institution has provided some relief for doctoral students. In traditional programs (in which the student was expected to be enrolled on a full-time basis while on residence at a traditional campus), such costs were sometimes offset through fellowships, graduate assistantships, etc. The growth of hybrid and online programs, targeted primarily to working professionals engaging in their studies on a part-time basis, has made reduced the opportunities for this option. Institutions that now charge less than what the market will bear either recoup their losses through the solicitation of gifts, or simply allow their doctoral programs to be loss leaders in terms of revenue in exchange for the other benefits such programs offer the institution.
Evangelical Seminary has strategically chosen a financial model for the Doctor of Theology program that avoids these pitfalls in both directions. It consists of the following components:
- The base tuition and related fees are set so that the program pays its own way. It will be neither a loss leader nor a significant profit generator for the seminary.
- The program is built upon an existing infrastructure, heritage, and mission of graduate theological education; therefore, it can be offered a considerable less cost here than at an institution without that context.
- As the program is situated academically between a Doctor of Ministry (DMin) and a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), it is priced between them as well.
- The default program schedule has been carefully built so that students qualify for federal financial aid (what is called Title IV funding) for every term in which they pay tuition.
- Evangelical is setting aside funds from our own institutional financial aid for ThD students, although such funds will be limited and access will be competitive.
- An additional database of external financial aid opportunities is being created by Evangelical to provide students with additional resourcing opportunities.