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Payne Theological Seminary

Payne Theological Seminary Quick Facts

Denominational Affiliation
African Methodist Episcopal


Theological Orientation

Degrees Offered
MDiv; DMin

Number of Students
c. 135

Tuition Costs for 2018 - 2019
$550/hr (MDiv)

Wilberforce, OH

School URL

Introduction to Payne Theological Seminary

Named after Bishop Daniel A. Payne and originally part of Wilberforce University, Payne Seminary was founded in 1871, specifically to be an agent of theological education in the African Methodist Episcopal Church. One of the oldest African-American seminaries in the US, Payne has consistently upheld its commitment to theological education and social justice from an Afrocentric perspective.

Academic Life

Payne offers the MDiv and DMin degrees, with the primary emphasis on the MDiv. While the seminary breaks the curriculum into Biblical, Historical, Theological, and Practical Studies, in-line with the seminary's history and mission, there are many courses that have a decidedly African-American focus. A "blended" MDiv program is available to interested students, where most of the MDiv curriculum is presented online. However, there are several courses that must be attended onsite.

Student Life

Payne offers many different ways for students to get involved in the life of the campus. Chapel Services are held in the Chapel of the Living Savior, with students often taking the lead. The chapel is also open for prayer and meditation, and students are encouraged to take advantage of this time. Interestingly, students enrolled in Payne Seminary's online courses may attend chapel services online. The Student Government Association is another vital part of the Payne community, serving as a liaison between students and the administration.

Many students appreciate the small-town atmosphere of Wilberforce, OH during their time at Payne. A town of fewer than 2,000 people, Wilberforce is a town rich with African-American history and provides a beautiful home to Payne Seminary and other historically African-American schools. For students who desire a taste of the "big city," however, the state capital Columbus is less than an hour away, providing numerous opportunities for visitors, including museums, parks, theaters, and sporting events.


Payne offers on-campus housing options for both single and married students. Single students may elect to live in Payne Village with other students in a two, three, or four bedroom apartment with most utilities provided. Married students may elect the Gomez Apartments, which are two bedrooms, also with most utilities provided. For students who are enrolled in intensive courses, temporary housing is available at a reasonable price.

Financial Aid

Payne offers several ways for students to finance their education. AME students may receive funds from the AME's General Scholarship Fund as well as from AME Episcopal Districts. In addition to these AME funds, there are numerous scholarships and awards that are based on both achievement and other considerations for continuing students. Criteria include everything from grade point average to service to the community. Payne Seminary students are also eligible for Federal Funds, including the Federal Stafford Loan.


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