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Affordability initiative creates opportunities for theology students

Monday, November 24, 2014
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Affordability initiative creates opportunities for theology students

Paying for graduate school is often one of the biggest roadblocks for students pursuing an advanced degree. To help alleviate a portion of the financial burden, Abilene Christian University in Abilene, Texas, is offering reduced tuition for some of their graduate students in the summer of 2015. The Graduate School of Theology will launch an affordability initiative for those considering a career in ministry

The financial program will reduce the tuition of certain programs, including the Master of Divinity, Master of Arts in Christian Ministry and Master of Arts in Global Service. The rate of reduction will be based on projected earning potential, and the cost will be locked in throughout the program as long as the students remain continuously enrolled. 

"We know that ministers serve in contexts where they may earn less than other professions and we are committed to helping ministers graduate with less debt," Ken Cukrowski, dean of the College of Biblical Studies said in a press release. "Doing so helps reduce the burden of financial pressures and allows ministers to serve more effectively in churches and other ministry contexts."

There are a number of career paths these students can take. According to the educational resource Web site Theology degrees, students who graduate with a major in this field can pursue religious career paths, including ministry and teaching in a religious affiliated school, as well as pursuing a career in other fields of interest, such as writing and social work.

By Monique Smith

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