SUM offers one of the most affordable tuition packages in the nation. 

2017-18 Schedule of Charges

Item Cost
Full-Time BA Tuition (10.00-16.34 Credits) $2,800 Block Discount Rate (beginning Fall 2018-19)
Part-Time BA Tuition (less than 10 Credits) $280 Per Credit Hour (beginning Fall 2018-19)
MABS / MACL / MDiv Tuition $240 Per Credit Hour (beginning Fall 2018-19)
Audit Class $130 Per Credit Hour
Textbooks $300 Per Term
Mardi Gras $560 Per Year

Full-Time Status

Degree Full-Time Credits
Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies 10
Master of Arts in Biblical Studies 9
Master of Arts in Christian Leadership 6
Master of Divinity 9-11


Item Frequency Cost
Application Fee One-Time $20
Registration Fee Per Term $35
Late Registration Fee Per Term $75
Online Course Fee Per Course $25
Technology Fee Per Term $100
Mardi Gras Fee* Per Year $200
Questia Online Library Fee Annual $99
Directed Research Fee Per Credit Hour $100
Graduation Fee One-Time $75
Transcript Fee** Per Institution $10

* Mardi Gras is required for two years; a third year is optional but is not covered by Financial Aid since it is not a degree requirement.
** The first transcript request is complimentary.

Main Campus

Student living on the Main Campus in Oakland should anticipate the following fees.

Item Cost
Dormitory Housing $800
Dormitory Deposit (One-Time) $100
Personal Dorm Refrigerator $25
Parking Pass $25

Typical Expenses Per Term

Unless otherwise stated, all costs are per trimester. Cost of Attendance will vary among International Cohorts. Prices subject to change.


SUM provides generous aid to full-time undergraduate students by billing only for the first 10 credits per term up to 16.34 with the exception of billing for two Mardi Gras credits. Anything above 16.34 credits will be billed at $260/credit hour rate.

Master's Program Payment Plan Options

Because no financial aid is available for our graduate degree students, we offer a payment plan which is available to assist students with their education. Payments are scheduled as recurring payments by debit or credit card and  post to the student portal. 

Page Last Updated: January 5, 2018