The following information can help you estimate the standard expenses of being a Meadville Lombard student in the Master of Divinity (MDiv) program. Cost of Attendance is used in calculating financial aid, including grants and loans.
The charts below use the 2023/2024 Tuition and Fees in the calculations.
Student course loads and academic plans vary. The Net Price Calculator is a great resource for estimating tuition and fees based on your specific degree and course plans.
The Master of Divinity program is a 3-year, 90-credit degree program. Of those 90 credits, 6 are non-tuition-based credits usually taken in the first year. The chart below estimates the cost of attendance for the first year, and the second/third years of the MDiv Program.
|First Year Only
24 Tuition-Based Credits,
6 Credits for CPE
|2nd & 3rd Year each
|Student activity fee||$70||$70|
|Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) registration fee (if applicable)||$150|
|Loan fees (if applicable)||$300||$300|
|Estimated tuition & fees TOTAL||$24,022||$29,710|
|Books & Supplies||$1,000||$1,000|
|Travel to/from Chicago, plus food & lodging||$2,000||$2,000|
|Estimated living expenses TOTAL||$28,140||$28,140|
|First Year||2nd & 3rd Year each|
*Includes housing, transportation (including to/from community internship sites), utilities, food, health insurance, and personal miscellaneous expenses.
Source: Moderate 9-Month Budget, developed by the College Board based on data from the Consumer Expenditure Survey by the US Bureau of Labor and Statistics
In addition to the standard expenses of being a student, Master of Divinity students seeking ordination within their particular religious tradition will need to plan for the costs of the credentialing process, which are the same regardless of the school the student attends. These expenses may include, but are not limited to, the following:
We are here to help if you need more information or one-on-one assistance. Please do not hesitate to contact us.
For students seeking credentialing within the Unitarian Universalist Association, please see the Credentialing page for more information.