Florida is home to a variety of Christian graduate schools that are affiliated with different denominations. These schools also vary in their degree programs, size, tuition rates and other factors. Here we discuss a handful of the Christian grad schools in the state.
Several different cities in Florida have 4-year, Christian graduate schools. Compare some of these schools and their tuition rates in the table below.
|School Name||Institution Type||Denomination||Location||Graduate Tuition (2017-2018)*|
|Florida Southern College||4-year, private not-for-profit||United Methodist||Lakeland, FL||$16,426|
|Warner University||4-year, private not-for-profit||Church of God||Lake Wales, FL||$5,580|
|Florida Memorial University||4-year, private not-for-profit||Baptist||Miami Gardens, FL||$16,708|
|Southeastern University||4-year, private not-for-profit||Assemblies of God Church||Lakeland, FL||$12,360|
|Barry University||4-year, private not-for-profit||Roman Catholic||Miami, FL||$17,820|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)
Description of the Christian Graduate Schools in Florida
Students interested in attending a Christian graduate school in Florida can choose from several schools of varying sizes. Students may also want to consider what spiritual growth opportunities these schools offer, as well as what degree programs and subject areas are available. Learn more about a few of the schools here.
Florida Southern College
The NCES reported that Florida Southern College had about 380 graduate students in 2016. The school offers a few different master's degrees in areas like education, nursing, business administration and accountancy, a post-master's certificate in nursing and doctoral degree programs in education, educational leadership and physical therapy. The school also has a Wellness Center where students can participate in wellness activities, including aquatics, outdoor recreation programs and intramural sports, a Career Center and a Student Solution Center. For their spiritual lives, students may join religious groups on campus, such as the Upper Room (which facilitates prayer and worship activities), Wesley Fellowship or Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA).
Warner University offers four different master's degree programs in education, business administration, ministry and management, which are also available fully online. According to the school's website, there were a little over 200 graduate students in the fall of 2017. Students wishing to develop their spiritual lives can attend chapel services, Bible study and prayer groups and/or participate in Spiritual Life Week each semester that serves as a spiritual boot camp. The school does have a set of lifestyle expectations that include showing respect to others, following Biblical principles, respecting authority and standing for truth.
Florida Memorial University
Florida Memorial University is a historically black university that had about 60 graduate students in 2016, per the NCES. Students on campus can participate in spiritual organizations, such as the Gospel Choir and Youth Alive Bible Club, to build community. The school also celebrates many campus-wide traditions, including Religious Enrichment Week, Graduates Banquet and Founders' Day Convocation. The Religious Enrichment Week includes various activities with participation from local and regional congregations, pastors and choirs. The school offers three different master's degree programs, a Master of Business Administration, Master of Science in Exceptional Student Education and a Master of Science in Reading/ESOL (K-12).
Southeastern University offers a variety of master's and doctoral degree programs in areas like marriage and family counseling, social work, strategic leadership, divinity, education, ministry and international community development. Students can grow spiritually by attending weekly chapel services, including a prayer service and a monthly Athletic Chapel. Students can also participate in campus worship, the annual spiritual conference, missions and a mentoring program that pairs faculty and staff with students. Southeastern University had about 750 graduate students in 2016, according to the NCES.
The NCES reported that Barry University had a little more than 3,850 graduate students in 2016. Students can pursue a wide range of master's and doctoral degree programs, as well as post-master's certificate programs. Some areas of study include biomedical sciences, clinical biology, ministry, curriculum and instruction, law, finance, nursing, occupational therapy, reading, public administration and social work. Students can participate in an array of student organizations, including the religious organization, College for Christ, and other organizations, such as the Forensic Podiatry Club (which gathers medicine students interested in studying the foot and lower extremity), Black Student Union, Chemistry Club and Barry Lacrosse Club.