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The following information can help you make an estimate of usual expenses. This table assumes a full-time enrollment (9 credits each for Fall and Spring Semesters, and 6 for Summer: 24 credit hours in total)* and a modest lifestyle. It is also used in calculating financial aid, including grants and loans.

*Many students take more than 9 credits in Fall or Spring, and 27 credit hours will be necessary for MDiv students who are planning to complete the program in three years; please be sure to modify the tuition and registration fees as you estimate.

2018/2019 tuition rates: $821/credit hour

Course Registration Fee: $75/course/semester

2018/2019 Tuition and Fees

Tuition $19,704
Registration Fees $600
Comprehensive Fee $300
Convocation Fee $150
Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) Fee $150
Student Activity Fee $70
Loan Fees (if applicable) $213
Tuition and Fees TOTAL $21,187

Living Expenses

Books & Supplies $3,780
Room & Board (12-month, in your home) $9,219
Travel Expenses (to/from Chicago, lodging) $3,574
Personal / Miscellaneous (includes health insurance) $10,185
Living Expenses TOTAL $26,758

Estimated Total Cost of Attendance: $47,945

Average Completion Time of Our Degree Programs

To plan for the cost of attendance, below is the average time spent by our students to complete their degree programs.

  • If you are enrolling in the Master of Divinity degree program, you should plan on averaging 27 tuition-based credits for each of the three years. The MDiv is a 90-credit degree program, 9 of which are not tuition-based units (Clinical Pastoral Education). The cost of CPE is not included in the MLTS tuition.
  • The Master of Arts in Religion degree program is a 48-credit program, which you can complete in two years, averaging 24 credits per year.
  • The Master of Arts in Leadership Studies degree program is a 36-credit program, which you can complete in 18 months.

We are here to help you if you need more information and one-on-one assistance. Please do not hesitate to contact us.