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Bachelor’s Degrees in Religious Studies

3,941 Yearly Graduations
$25,050 Median Salary
$25,575 Median Debt
A bachelor's degree in religion is offered at 639 colleges in the United States. This degree is more popular with male students, and about 25% of recent graduates were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group. Also, 1.5% of religion graduates were international students.

Education Levels of Religion Majors

In 2018-2019, 3,941 earned their bachelor's degree in religion. This earns it the #89 spot on the list of the most popular bachelor'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 Bachelor’s Degrees

The median salary for graduates holding a bachelor's degree in religion is $25,050. 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 $23,150 and the high is $29,175.

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Student Debt

The median student debt for graduates holding a bachelor's degree in religion is $25,575. 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, $27,000 is the debt load, and the debt load on the low side is $22,593.

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Those students who are paying back their debt on a 10-year repayment plan have a median monthly payment of $266.

Student Diversity

More men than women pursue bachelor's degrees in religion. About 53.0% of graduates in this field are male.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 2,090
Women 1,851
Gender Diversity of Bachelor's Degrees in Religion

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

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 139
Black or African American 335
Hispanic or Latino 348
White 2,513
International Students 60
Other Races/Ethnicities 546
Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Religion Bachelor's Degree Students

There are 639 colleges that offer a bachelor’s degree in religion. Learn more about the most popular 20 below:

#1

Liberty University

Lynchburg, Virginia
795 Yearly Graduations
31% Women
21% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Liberty University tops the list of the most popular school in the U.S. for religion majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree. 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.

The religion program at Liberty University awarded 795 bachelor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 21% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 31% were women.

148 Yearly Graduations
11% Women
15% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary comes in at #2 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor'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.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 148 people received their bachelor's degree in religion from NOBTS. About 11% of this group were women, and 15% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#3

University of St Thomas Minnesota

Saint Paul, Minnesota
41 Yearly Graduations
32% Women
7% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 3rd most popular school in the country for religion majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is University of St Thomas Minnesota. Each year, around 9,800 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $44,780 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $24,766 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 41 bachelor's degrees were handed out to religion majors at UST MN. Of these students, 32% were women and 7% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#4

University of Virginia - Main Campus

Charlottesville, Virginia
38 Yearly Graduations
68% Women
24% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Virginia - Main Campus is the 4th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in religion. Roughly 25,000 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $14,970 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $16,578 per year.

The religion program at University of Virginia - Main Campus awarded 38 bachelor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 68% of this group were women, and 24% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

37 Yearly Graduations
41% Women

Jewish Theological Seminary of America comes in at #5 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degrees in religion. Roughly 300 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $56,128 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $32,980 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 37 people received their bachelor's degree in religion from Jewish Theological Seminary of America.

#5

Wayland Baptist University

Plainview, Texas
37 Yearly Graduations
38% Women
41% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Wayland Baptist University comes in at #5 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degrees in religion. Roughly 4,000 attend the school each year. 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 37 bachelor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 41% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 38% were women.

#7

Gratz College

Melrose Park, Pennsylvania
36 Yearly Graduations
100% Women

The 7th most popular school in the country for religion majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is Gratz College. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $19,648 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $16,452 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 36 bachelor's degrees were handed out to religion majors at Gratz College.

#7

American Public University System

Charles Town, West Virginia
36 Yearly Graduations
31% Women
36% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

American Public University System is the 7th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in religion. Each year, around 45,200 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $6,804 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $6,615 per year.

The religion program at American Public University System awarded 36 bachelor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 36% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 31% were women.

#9

Baylor University

Waco, Texas
35 Yearly Graduations
57% Women
17% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 9th most popular school in the country for religion majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is Baylor University. Each year, around 18,000 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $42,842 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $32,130 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 35 people received their bachelor's degree in religion from Baylor. About 57% of this group were women, and 17% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

30 Yearly Graduations
17% Women
40% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Vanguard University of Southern California comes in at #10 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degrees in religion. Roughly 2,100 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $34,500 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $15,693 per year.

The religion program at Vanguard University of Southern California awarded 30 bachelor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 17% of this group were women, and 40% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#11

Cairn University

Langhorne, Pennsylvania
29 Yearly Graduations
38% Women
38% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 11th most popular school in the country for religion majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is Cairn University. Roughly 1,200 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $28,328 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $12,762 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 29 people received their bachelor's degree in religion from Cairn. About 38% of this group were women, and 38% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#11

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Chapel Hill, North Carolina
29 Yearly Graduations
69% Women
28% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is the 11th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in religion. Roughly 29,800 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $7,019 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $10,552 per year.

The religion program at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill awarded 29 bachelor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 28% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 69% were women.

#13

Saint Leo University

Saint Leo, Florida
27 Yearly Graduations
30% Women
48% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 13th most popular school in the country for religion majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is Saint Leo University. Each year, around 10,900 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $23,100 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $7,296 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 27 people received their bachelor's degree in religion from St. Leo University. Of these students, 30% were women and 48% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#14

Hebrew Theological College

Skokie, Illinois
26 Yearly Graduations
100% Women
8% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 14th most popular school in the country for religion majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is Hebrew Theological College. The religion program at Hebrew Theological College awarded 26 bachelor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 8% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 100% were women.

#15

California Baptist University

Riverside, California
25 Yearly Graduations
16% Women
36% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

California Baptist University is the 15th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in religion. Each year, around 11,000 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $32,942 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $12,830 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 25 bachelor's degrees were handed out to religion majors at Cal Baptist. Around 36% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 16% were women.

#15

University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Charlotte, North Carolina
25 Yearly Graduations
36% Women
56% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of North Carolina at Charlotte is the 15th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in religion. Each year, around 29,600 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $3,812 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $4,337 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 25 people received their bachelor's degree in religion from UNC Charlotte. Of these students, 36% were women and 56% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#15

University of California - Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara, California
25 Yearly Graduations
48% Women
60% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of California - Santa Barbara comes in at #15 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degrees in religion. Each year, around 26,300 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $11,442 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,442 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 25 bachelor's degrees were handed out to religion majors at UCSB. Of these students, 48% were women and 60% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#15

Furman University

Greenville, South Carolina
25 Yearly Graduations
76% Women
8% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Furman University comes in at #15 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degrees in religion. Roughly 2,800 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $50,464 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $6,225 per year.

The religion program at Furman University awarded 25 bachelor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 76% were women and 8% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#19

California State University - Northridge

Northridge, California
24 Yearly Graduations
46% Women
71% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

California State University - Northridge comes in at #19 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degrees in religion. Roughly 39,900 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $5,742 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $7,176 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 24 people received their bachelor's degree in religion from CSUN. Of these students, 46% were women and 71% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#20

Fordham University

Bronx, New York
23 Yearly Graduations
74% Women
35% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 20th most popular school in the country for religion majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is Fordham University. Each year, around 16,900 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $52,980 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $34,608 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 23 people received their bachelor's degree in religion from Fordham U. Of these students, 74% were women and 35% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

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

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Philosophy 8,093
Other Philosophy & Religion 214
General Philosophy & Religion 124

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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