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  • Catalog and Handbooks

    Below are links to the current ABSW Catalog, as well as student handbooks:

    ABSW2019-2020Revised Catalog

    Doctor of Ministry Program Manual 2019 – FINAL WITH APPENDICIES

    PolicyManual HANDBOOK -August 2019-Updates — FALL 2019–MDIV MCL MTS–PDF Version



  • Diversity the Hallmark of Summer DMin

    July 25, 2016 ~ ABSW

    The DMin cohort for the first core course taught summer 2016.  We were 8 people from four nations: Korea, Ethiopia, Colombia, and the United States.  Student projects include:

    • community organizing in Ethiopia against the genocide of the Orumo people;
    • teaching models of biblical interpretation that encourage peace in Colombia;
    • creating communities of faith for Korean international students;
    • developing a model that mimics Jesus’ incarnational listening leadership in Korean congregations;
    • developing a spiritual formation program for Korean immigrants;
    • and creating a Prison Chaplain’s Handbook for California State Prisons.

    We’d love to hear from you today. Email us at for information about our Doctor of Ministry program.

    2016 Summer DMin Cohort

  • Financing a Seminary Education


    Students who answer God’s call to the Christian ministry make a serious commitment of their time, talents and finances. It is important for a student to consider his/her ability to fund a seminary education which includes tuition, books, and living expenses and other related costs. ABSW shares the conviction of the Association of Theological Schools that the individual student must pull together many resources to cover the cost of seminary education: personal savings and assets, summer employment, part–time employment, scholarships from home churches and other organizations and family assistance (parents and spouse).

    The American Baptist Seminary of the West is committed to providing financial assistance to qualified students who enroll in the seminary’s degree programs. The following is a partial list of financial assistance that may be available to you depending upon your financial need, scholarship requirements, and availability of scholarship funds.

    •  ABSW grant in aid scholarships
    • Seminarian Support Program (American Baptist Churches of the USA)
    • American Baptist grants and scholarships
    • On campus student jobs
    • VA Yellow Ribbon Program
    • Federal Student Loans

    Sources of Financial Aid and Scholarships



    All students (new and returning) who are enrolled at least half-time are eligible to apply for financial aid, which includes both scholarships and federal financial aid (loans). Students must apply annually to be eligible for institutional grant in aid/scholarships and Federal Student Aid.

    Domestic applicants (U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents):

    Additional Requirements:

    • Students who apply for financial aid after April 15 will be awarded on a first come basis and as funds are available. Priority is given to new students who are enrolling for the first time in the seminary.
    • Student must be enrolled at least half-time.
    • Students must be in good standing and maintain a GPA of 2.5 to receive financial assistance. Students who are placed on probation will be denied Government Guaranteed Student Loans until the probation has been removed. Students should refer to the American Baptist Seminary of the West Financial Aid Handbook for additional information regarding Financial Aid policies.


    For eligibility for ABSW Summer aid, the following conditions apply:

    • You must be enrolled in the MDiv, MCL, MTS, or DMin programs. Common MA students: up to two (2) three (3.0) unit academic intersession or summer session  courses may be counted toward the MA Program course requirements with the approval of your advisor or the dean.
    • For federal Direct Loans, you must be enrolled at least half-time (6.0 credits for ABSW MDiv, MCL and MTS degree students, 3.0 credits for DMin students, and 6.0 credits for Common MA students) over the course of the summer session and you must complete a Summer Aid Application.
    • For ABSW Scholarship Aid you must be enrolled in at least one ABSW Summer Session course. There is no minimum enrollment requirement for scholarship aid eligibility.


    Financial Aid Handbook July.2016

    Tuition and Fees

    Paying Student Accounts

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  • Paying Student Accounts

    All bills are due and payable at the time of registration. Payment plans are available upon approval by the Chief Financial Officer. All financial obligations and/or agreements must be fulfilled prior to enrollment in the next term. Grades are issued, degrees conferred and transcripts issued only after all accounts are settled.

    Enrolled students have the convenience of paying their student account balances (tuition, fees, insurance, housing and other charges) through Populi, our student information system. This means you will be able to pay your tuition bill or payment plan at any time of the day or night. Personal financial information is captured through an offsite, secure location and is not stored by the school. ABSW has contracted with Official Payments Corporation (OPC) to process Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express credit card payments as well as electronic check (e-check) payments. OPC is the leading provider of electronic payment options for higher education institutions.

    To make your payment online, log in to your Populi account. Click the “My Profile” tab in the purple area, and then click the gray “Financial” tab underneath your name. Your balance due will appear on the right side, and click the “Make a Payment” button to be directed to the payment screen.

    Payment of tuition and fees may be done through one of the following methods:

    • Online through Populi by E-Check or Credit Card
    • By mailing check or money order (made payable to “ABSW”) to
      ABSW c/o Business Office, 2606 Dwight Way, Berkeley, CA 94704
    • In person by check or money order at the Business Office (2nd floor of Hobart Hall). No credit cards will be accepted in person.

    Refund Policy:

    1. Prior to the end of General Registration: Full Tuition
    2. During late registration:  Full Tuition
    3. 3rd week of classes:  80% of Tuition
    4. 4th and 5th week of classes: 50% of Tuition
    5. After the 5th week of classes:  No Refund


    Financial Aid information for degree programs:

    Financing A Seminary Education

    Financial Aid Handbook. March 2016