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Associate’s Degrees in Religious Studies

779 Yearly Graduations
$37,150 Median Salary
$26,776 Median Debt
An associate's degree in religion is offered at 49 colleges in the United States. In recent years, the majority of the students getting degrees in this area were male, and 10 were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group. Also, 3.9% of religion graduates were international students.

Education Levels of Religion Majors

In 2018-2019, 779 earned their associate's degree in religion. This earns it the #99 spot on the list of the most popular associate's degree programs in the nation.

The following table shows the number of diplomas awarded in religion at each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Bachelor’s Degree 3,941
Master’s Degree 828
Associate’s Degree 779
Doctor’s Degree 238
Basic Certificate 76
Undergraduate Certificate 46
Graduate Certificate 33

Earnings of Religion Majors With Associate’s Degrees

The median salary for graduates holding an associate's degree in religion is $37,150. However, this can depend on a number of factors, such as where you live and the number of years experience you have.

A better approximation of salary is to look at the typical range of salaries. In this case the low is $34,625 and the high is $39,675.

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Student Debt

The median student debt for graduates holding an associate's degree in religion is $26,776. The school you go to and how long it takes you to graduate, among other things, can cause this number to vary.

The chart below shows the range of accumulated debt loads. On the high side of the range, $27,689 is the debt load, and the debt load on the low side is $25,864.

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Those students who are paying back their debt on a 10-year repayment plan have a median monthly payment of $278.

Student Diversity

More men than women pursue associate's degrees in religion. About 53.3% of graduates in this field are male.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 415
Women 364
Gender Diversity of Associate's Degrees in Religion

The racial-ethnic distribution of religion associate’s degree students is as follows:

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 0
Black or African American 42
Hispanic or Latino 29
White 607
International Students 30
Other Races/Ethnicities 71
Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Religion Associate's Degree Students

There are 49 colleges that offer an associate’s degree in religion. Learn more about the most popular 20 below:

#1

Yeshiva University

New York, New York
507 Yearly Graduations
46% Women
1% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Yeshiva University tops the list of the most popular school in the U.S. for religion majors who are seeking their associate's degree. Roughly 5,300 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $42,200 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $34,800 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 507 associate's degrees were handed out to religion majors at Yeshiva. Around 1% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 46% were women.

#2

Liberty University

Lynchburg, Virginia
91 Yearly Graduations
33% Women
22% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Liberty University is the 2nd most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in religion. Each year, around 85,500 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $15,417 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $7,980 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 91 associate's degrees were handed out to religion majors at Liberty University. About 33% of this group were women, and 22% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#3

Elyon College

Brooklyn, New York
44 Yearly Graduations
100% Women

Elyon College comes in at #3 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate's degrees in religion. The religion program at Elyon College awarded 44 associate's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year.

40 Yearly Graduations
2% Women
2% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary comes in at #4 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate's degrees in religion. Roughly 2,500 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $8,460 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $6,165 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 40 associate's degrees were handed out to religion majors at NOBTS. About 2% of this group were women, and 2% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

29 Yearly Graduations
66% Women
45% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Southwestern Assemblies of God University is the 5th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in religion. Each year, around 2,000 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $20,496 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $10,710 per year.

The religion program at Southwestern Assemblies of God University awarded 29 associate's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 66% were women and 45% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#6

Regent University

Virginia Beach, Virginia
10 Yearly Graduations
70% Women
60% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 6th most popular school in the country for religion majors who are seeking their associate's degree is Regent University. Each year, around 10,300 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $17,220 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $15,552 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 10 people received their associate's degree in religion from Regent. Around 60% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 70% were women.

#7

Beulah Heights University

Atlanta, Georgia
9 Yearly Graduations
78% Women
89% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 7th most popular school in the country for religion majors who are seeking their associate's degree is Beulah Heights University. Roughly 300 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $9,540 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $10,200 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 9 associate's degrees were handed out to religion majors at BHU. About 78% of this group were women, and 89% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#8

Grace College of Divinity

Fayetteville, North Carolina
6 Yearly Graduations
50% Women
50% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Grace College of Divinity comes in at #8 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate's degrees in religion. Roughly 100 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $6,000 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $5,040 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 6 people received their associate's degree in religion from Grace College of Divinity. About 50% of this group were women, and 50% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#8

Santa Rosa Junior College

Santa Rosa, California
6 Yearly Graduations
67% Women
17% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 8th most popular school in the country for religion majors who are seeking their associate's degree is Santa Rosa Junior College. Roughly 19,100 attend the school each year. The religion program at Santa Rosa Junior College awarded 6 associate's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 67% of this group were women, and 17% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#8

El Paso Community College

El Paso, Texas
6 Yearly Graduations
67% Women

The 8th most popular school in the country for religion majors who are seeking their associate's degree is El Paso Community College. Roughly 29,000 attend the school each year. The religion program at El Paso Community College awarded 6 associate's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 67% of this group were women, and 100% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#11

Union University

Jackson, Tennessee
4 Yearly Graduations
25% Women
25% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Union University is the 11th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in religion. Roughly 3,100 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $21,600 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $9,000 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 4 associate's degrees were handed out to religion majors at Union. About 25% of this group were women, and 25% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#12

Pacific Rim Christian University

Honolulu, Hawaii
3 Yearly Graduations
33% Women

Pacific Rim Christian University is the 12th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in religion. Roughly 100 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $10,800 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $9,900 per year.

The religion program at Pacific Rim Christian University awarded 3 associate's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 100% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 33% were women.

#12

Simmons College of Kentucky

Louisville, Kentucky
3 Yearly Graduations
33% Women

Simmons College of Kentucky comes in at #12 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate's degrees in religion. Roughly 200 attend the school each year. The religion program at Simmons College of Kentucky awarded 3 associate's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 100% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 33% were women.

#14

Wayland Baptist University

Plainview, Texas
2 Yearly Graduations

The 14th most popular school in the country for religion majors who are seeking their associate's degree is Wayland Baptist University. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $21,360 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $13,104 per year.

The religion program at Wayland Baptist University awarded 2 associate's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year.

#14

Thomas More College

Crestview Hills, Kentucky
2 Yearly Graduations

Thomas More College comes in at #14 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate's degrees in religion. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $30,550 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $9,180 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 2 people received their associate's degree in religion from TMC.

#14

Lindsey Wilson College

Columbia, Kentucky
2 Yearly Graduations
50% Women

Lindsey Wilson College comes in at #14 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate's degrees in religion. Roughly 2,500 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $25,080 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $8,735 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 2 people received their associate's degree in religion from Lindsey Wilson College.

#14

Community College of Philadelphia

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
2 Yearly Graduations
50% Women

Community College of Philadelphia is the 14th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in religion. Roughly 15,900 attend the school each year. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 2 people received their associate's degree in religion from Community College of Philadelphia. Around 100% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 50% were women.

#18

Campbell University

Buies Creek, North Carolina
1 Yearly Graduations
100% Women

The 18th most popular school in the country for religion majors who are seeking their associate's degree is Campbell University. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $32,380 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $13,330 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 1 associate's degrees were handed out to religion majors at Campbell.

#18

Spartanburg Methodist College

Spartanburg, South Carolina
1 Yearly Graduations

The 18th most popular school in the country for religion majors who are seeking their associate's degree is Spartanburg Methodist College. The religion program at Spartanburg Methodist College awarded 1 associate's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year.

#18

Amarillo College

Amarillo, Texas
1 Yearly Graduations

Amarillo College is the 18th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in religion. The religion program at Amarillo College awarded 1 associate's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year.

Below are some popular majors that are similar to religion that offer associate’s degrees.

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Philosophy 403
General Philosophy & Religion 3

References

*The racial-ethnic minority student count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the percentage of racial-ethnic minorities.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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