Graduate Cost of Attendance

Driven by a passion to educate tomorrow’s Christian leaders without requiring them to take on crippling debt, the University offers tuition that is significantly lower than other options: University tuition is over five times less expensive than the national average!*

Graduate Tuition Rate

2020-2021 Graduate courses: $200 per credit hour

Shiloh University tuition is calculated on a per-credit basis. Enrollment status achieved (part-time or full-time) does not affect the amount charged; students who enroll for a more-than-full-time load will still be charged the standard per-credit rate.

Degree Program Total Costs

The following tables provide total program cost for Graduate degrees at the 2020-2021 per-credit rate with associated books, supplies, and fees. Federal Student Aid recipients must refer to the Annual Cost of Attendance figures below.

Master of Arts in Theological Studies
Tuition ($200 x 36 credits) $7,200
Textbook costs ($100 per course estimate)[2] $1,200
Program total cost $8,400
Master of Divinity
Tuition ($200 x 74 credits) $14,800
Textbook costs ($100 per course estimate)[2] $2,400
Program total cost $17,200

Degree Program Annual Cost of Attendance

The following tables provide the Graduate Annual Cost of Attendance for the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 Academic Years.

Costs include full-time tuition, books, supplies, and fees in addition to housing and meals estimates and other qualifying expenses. Federal Student Aid Cost of Attendance calculations are based on this information.

2019-2020 Graduate Annual Cost of Attendance
Tuition ($190 x 18 credits per year)[1] $3,420
Books and Supplies ($100 per course estimate)[2] $600
Housing and Meals[3] $15,251
Other Expenses[4] $2,939
2019-2020 Total Cost $22,209

2020-2021 Graduate Annual Cost of Attendance
Tuition ($200 x 18 credits per year)[1] $3,600
Books and Supplies ($100 per course estimate)[2] $600
Housing and Meals[3] $11,780
Other Expenses[4] $2,546
2020-2021 Total Cost $18,526

Certificate Program Total Costs

The following tables provide total program cost for Graduate certificates at the current per-credit rate with associated books, supplies, and fees.

Graduate Biblical Languages Certificate
Tuition ($200 x 16 credits) $3,200
Textbook costs ($100 per course estimate)[2] $400
Certificate program total cost $3,600
Graduate Biblical Studies Certificate
Tuition ($200 x 18 credits) $3,600
Textbook costs ($100 per course estimate)[2] $600
Certificate program total cost $4,200
Graduate Christian Studies Certificate
Tuition ($200 x 18 credits) $3,600
Textbook costs ($100 per course estimate)[2] $600
Certificate program total cost $4,200
Graduate Ministry Practice Certificate
Tuition ($200 x 18 credits) $3,600
Textbook costs ($100 per course estimate)[2] $600
Certificate program total cost $4,200

Note: Enrollment in University certificate programs does not qualify students to receive Federal Student Aid or active military Tuition Assistance. Enrollment in University certificate programs does qualify students to receive Veteran’s Assistance benefits.


1. Graduate full-time status is 18 credits per year (6 credits per trimester). See Satisfactory Academic Progress policy for more information about enrollment status.

2. Students may purchase textbooks from the vendor of their choice. Therefore, the cost listed above is only a best estimate. When purchased, students own these materials permanently. See Textbook Information for vendor recommendations.

3. This is an estimate of personal living expenses for the 12-month period covered by the 2020-2021 academic year. Actual expenses will vary considerably depending on student’s location and spending habits. Any financial aid refund (aid in excess of tuition and fee costs) should be used to pay for books, supplies, and living expenses.

Despite being a 100% online institution, Shiloh University is required to choose a specific location on which it bases housing and meals costs. The University selected the closest urban center to its administrative offices, Iowa City. Housing cost (2020-2021: $8,474) is based on a survey of various rental options in the area. Meal cost (2020-2021: $3,306) is based on USDA Cost of Food at Home average determined by the Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion.

4. Other Expenses is an estimate of miscellaneous personal costs including but not limited to clothing, personal hygiene, entertainment, and laundry. Transportation expenses are not included because transportation is not needed for online course work.

* Based on a comparison of Shiloh University tuition and fee costs with undergraduate tuition and fees (private colleges) and graduate tuition and fees (private and public colleges) averages published by the National Center for Educational Statistics.