For Students Admitted in 2010 and Subsequently
Tuition* $16,595
Continuance Fee** $895
Non ADC student per 3 credit hour course $1,383
Audit – ADC Doctor of Ministry Alumni*** $99
Audit $370

* Students are billed each term over the course of their four-year program.

** The continuance fee is payable when a student’s program extends beyond four years. It is an annual fee, payable each September until the degree is complete.

***Graduates of the Acadia Doctor of ministry program or those who hold a doctoral degree in ministry or theology from another recognized school, are welcome to audit classroom-based courses, subject to available space. The audit fee is $370.

Updated Aug 2020

Scholarships & Bursaries

Unlike most other DMin programs, Acadia offers qualifying DMin students generous financial assistance. According to the Association of Theological Schools, Acadia has the highest per-student endowment of any seminary in Canada. Because of this, and the generosity of supporters, DMin students are able to apply to receive significant financial assistance.

Acadia Doctoral Scholarship:

The Acadia Doctoral Scholarship is currently valued at up to $3,000 (up to $750 for each of four years). The scholarship requires that students complete at least 12 credit hours toward their degree each of the first three years and that they make significant progress on their thesis in the fourth year. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic record, ministry track record, application letter, and financial need. If you miss the deadline for your first year of studies it is possible to apply to receive funding for years two, three, and four of your program. If, for some reason, you need to take a leave of absence from the program for a year you can request to have your scholarship suspended and reinstated at a later date.

To apply for a scholarship, simply include a carefully written application letter along with your program application letting us know how much you are applying for, your means of support for the program, and your track record in ministry. This information, combined with your academic transcript and date of application, will help the admissions committee determine recipients and the amounts they are awarded.

International Student Scholarship:

Students from outside North America may apply for an International Student Scholarship at the same time they apply for an Acadia Doctoral Scholarship. This scholarship is valued at $1,000 and is awarded on the same basis as the Acadia Doctoral Scholarship.

MacRae Prize:

The DMin graduate who has written the best thesis in an academic year is honored with the MacRae Prize. The prize is named in honor of Dr. Andrew MacRae, former Principal of Acadia Divinity College and Dean of Theology at Acadia University, and long-time Director of Doctoral Studies at Acadia Divinity College. The winner is determined by vote of the DMin staff.

Sample Budget

$16,595 D.Min. program fee *
– $3,000 scholarship **
– $6,000 continuing education allowance from church or ministry (4 years @ $1,500)
= $7,595 personal cost over 4 years

*Based on 2020 Tuition. Fees are subject to change each year.
**Please note: students must maintain a regular course load, as well as a “B” average, to continue receiving their scholarship.

When considering the cost of completing a Doctor of Ministry degree, students should consider the following categories of expenses:

  • Tuition
  • Travel to Acadia (number of trips and cost varies between students; up to 8 trips including defence of thesis and graduation)
  • Accommodations (some students share accommodations or are billeted to decrease costs)
  • Meals
  • Books
  • Special outings or entertainment (some students enrich their experiences by travelling to special spots in Atlantic Canada, or enjoying local entertainment, or participating in special activities during visits)
  • Printing (students are responsible for the cost of printing their thesis)
  • Application to graduate fee
  • Cost of Regalia – students are responsible to rent or buy their regalia for the graduation ceremony. (Information is sent to students during their defence year how to purchase or rent and the associated cost).

Additional Financial Information

Many students can use their continuing education allowance from their church or ministry to further reduce personal costs. Canadian students whose ministries are unable to help them with a continuing education allowance should note that you can claim both the tuition amount and the educational amount on your income tax.