Cost Summary

Theological Education is a Significant Investment

Perkins attracts high-achieving students who are called to ministry and seek a solid preparation to answer the call to serve. We offer financial resources to help you answer your call. Our financial aid coordinator partners with you to explore scholarships, grants, loans and payment plans so that you can focus on studying and preparing to leverage your skills and education.

Perkins funds are allocated on a first-come, first-serve basis, so we advise you to submit your completed application as early as possible. We strongly encourage you to look for outside funding early as well, as application deadlines vary extensively.

Questions? Contact Christina Rhodes, Financial Aid Coordinator, at 214-768-3411 or csrhodes@smu.edu.

Tuition for Academic Year 2020-21

Perkins School of Theology

Per Credit Hour 

Dallas Campus Graduate Program
$754 + general student fee
Houston-Galveston Graduate Program
$754 + general student fee
Doctor of Ministry Program
$862 + general student fee
Doctor of Pastoral Music Program
$793 + general student fee

Course Fees

Perkins School of Theology

Per Term

Immersion Course for International Trips $1,000
Immersion Course Cancellation for International Trips $1,500

Students who register with the Global Theological Education office will be responsible for all costs incurred on their behalf should they withdraw from the course. Students will be advised before any expenses are incurred on their behalf so that they have the opportunity to withdraw their application.

General Student Fee

  • General student fee is $277 per term credit hour, $3,291 maximum, for students enrolled in Dallas courses.
  • General student fee is $100 per term credit hour for students enrolled in the Hybrid Houston-Galveston Extension Program

Note that your completed also serves as your application for financial aid, including SMU Perkins merit scholarships. Need-based grants are determined by your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Estimated Family Contribution. All students should complete the FAFSA application.

Your application for admission and financial aid is evaluated holistically. A strong series of recommendations, essay, GPA and résumé are all heavily considered as decisions are made to award scholarships and grants.

Other Resources

We encourage you to explore other financial resources early in the application process, including:

  • Your local church
  • Family contribution and support from individuals
  • General Board of Higher Education for Ministry Scholarships (GBHEM)
  • Outside scholarships and grants
  • Student loans

Questions? Contact Christina Rhodes, Financial Aid Coordinator, at 214-768-3411 or csrhodes@smu.edu.