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Doctor’s Degrees in Religious Studies

238 Yearly Graduations
$48,300 Median Salary
$49,148 Median Debt
There are 58 schools in the United States where you can get your doctor's degree in religion. Among those who recently graduated from the schools offering this degree, the majority were men, and 23% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group. Also, 13.9% of religion graduates were international students.

Education Levels of Religion Majors

In 2018-2019, 238 doctor's degrees were awarded to religion majors. This earns it the #82 spot on the list of the most popular doctor'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 Doctor’s Degrees

The median salary for graduates holding a doctor's degree in religion is $48,300. 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 $48,300 and the high is $48,300.

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Student Debt

The median student debt for graduates holding a doctor's degree in religion is $49,148. 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, $59,690 is the debt load, and the debt load on the low side is $48,097.

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The median monthly payment of a religion graduate with a 10-year repayment plan is $573.

Student Diversity

More men than women pursue doctor's degrees in religion. About 65.5% of graduates in this field are male.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 156
Women 82
Gender Diversity of Doctor's Degrees in Religion

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

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 13
Black or African American 20
Hispanic or Latino 14
White 135
International Students 33
Other Races/Ethnicities 23
Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Religion Doctor's Degree Students

There are 58 colleges that offer a doctor’s degree in religion. Learn more about the most popular 20 below:

#1

Emory University

Atlanta, Georgia
19 Yearly Graduations
47% Women
26% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The most popular school in the United States for religion students seekinga doctor's degree is Emory University. Roughly 14,400 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $53,070 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $42,800 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 19 doctor's degrees were handed out to religion majors at Emory. About 47% of this group were women, and 26% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#2

Claremont Graduate University

Claremont, California
15 Yearly Graduations
47% Women
20% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Claremont Graduate University is the 2nd most popular school in the nation for students seeking a doctor's degree in religion. Roughly 1,900 attend the school each year. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 15 doctor's degrees were handed out to religion majors at Claremont Graduate University. About 47% of this group were women, and 20% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#3

Claremont School of Theology

Claremont, California
12 Yearly Graduations
25% Women
50% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Claremont School of Theology is the 3rd most popular school in the nation for students seeking a doctor's degree in religion. Roughly 300 attend the school each year. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 12 doctor's degrees were handed out to religion majors at Claremont School of Theology. Around 50% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 25% were women.

#4

Boston University

Boston, Massachusetts
10 Yearly Graduations
40% Women

The 4th most popular school in the country for religion majors who are seeking their doctor's degree is Boston University. Each year, around 33,700 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $54,720 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $54,720 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 10 doctor's degrees were handed out to religion majors at Boston U.

#5

Liberty University

Lynchburg, Virginia
9 Yearly Graduations

The 5th most popular school in the country for religion majors who are seeking their doctor's degree is Liberty 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 9 doctor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year.

#5

University of Denver

Denver, Colorado
9 Yearly Graduations
22% Women
22% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Denver is the 5th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a doctor's degree in religion. Roughly 12,900 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $51,336 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $51,336 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 9 people received their doctor's degree in religion from DU. About 22% of this group were women, and 22% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#5

University of Virginia - Main Campus

Charlottesville, Virginia
9 Yearly Graduations
22% Women
11% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 5th most popular school in the country for religion majors who are seeking their doctor's degree is University of Virginia - Main Campus. 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.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 9 doctor's degrees were handed out to religion majors at University of Virginia. About 22% of this group were women, and 11% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#5

Duke University

Durham, North Carolina
9 Yearly Graduations
44% Women
22% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Duke University comes in at #5 on our list of the most popular colleges offering doctor's degrees in religion. Each year, around 16,600 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $55,880 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $55,680 per year.

The religion program at Duke University awarded 9 doctor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 44% of this group were women, and 22% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#9

Harvard University

Cambridge, Massachusetts
8 Yearly Graduations
50% Women
12% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 9th most popular school in the country for religion majors who are seeking their doctor's degree is Harvard University. Each year, around 31,600 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $47,730 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $48,008 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 8 people received their doctor's degree in religion from Harvard. Of these students, 50% were women and 12% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#10

Northwestern University

Evanston, Illinois
7 Yearly Graduations
57% Women

Northwestern University is the 10th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a doctor's degree in religion. Each year, around 22,400 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $56,232 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $56,067 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 7 people received their doctor's degree in religion from Northwestern.

#11

Syracuse University

Syracuse, New York
6 Yearly Graduations
100% Women

Syracuse University comes in at #11 on our list of the most popular colleges offering doctor's degrees in religion. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $50,616 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $38,880 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 6 people received their doctor's degree in religion from Syracuse.

#11

Georgetown University

Washington, District of Columbia
6 Yearly Graduations
17% Women
17% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Georgetown University comes in at #11 on our list of the most popular colleges offering doctor's degrees in religion. Roughly 19,500 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $55,440 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $51,336 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 6 doctor's degrees were handed out to religion majors at Georgetown. Of these students, 17% were women and 17% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#11

Marquette University

Milwaukee, Wisconsin
6 Yearly Graduations
17% Women
17% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Marquette University is the 11th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a doctor's degree in religion. Roughly 11,800 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $43,350 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $21,060 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 6 doctor's degrees were handed out to religion majors at Marquette. Of these students, 17% were women and 17% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#11

University of the West

Rosemead, California
6 Yearly Graduations
50% Women
33% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of the West comes in at #11 on our list of the most popular colleges offering doctor's degrees in religion. Roughly 200 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $11,928 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $10,998 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 6 doctor's degrees were handed out to religion majors at UWest. Around 33% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 50% were women.

#11

Virginia University of Lynchburg

Lynchburg, Virginia
6 Yearly Graduations
17% Women

The 11th most popular school in the country for religion majors who are seeking their doctor's degree is Virginia University of Lynchburg. Roughly 200 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $8,200 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $10,136 per year.

The religion program at Virginia University of Lynchburg awarded 6 doctor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 100% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 17% were women.

#11

Yale University

New Haven, Connecticut
6 Yearly Graduations
17% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Yale University comes in at #11 on our list of the most popular colleges offering doctor's degrees in religion. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $55,500 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $43,300 per year.

The religion program at Yale University awarded 6 doctor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year.

#11

Vanderbilt University

Nashville, Tennessee
6 Yearly Graduations
33% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Vanderbilt University is the 11th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a doctor's degree in religion. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $50,800 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $48,624 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 6 doctor's degrees were handed out to religion majors at Vanderbilt.

#18

Florida State University

Tallahassee, Florida
5 Yearly Graduations
20% Women

The 18th most popular school in the country for religion majors who are seeking their doctor's degree is Florida State University. Roughly 42,400 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $4,640 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $9,684 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 5 people received their doctor's degree in religion from Florida State.

#18

University of California - Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara, California
5 Yearly Graduations
20% Women

The 18th most popular school in the country for religion majors who are seeking their doctor's degree is University of California - Santa Barbara. 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, 5 doctor's degrees were handed out to religion majors at UCSB.

#20

Drew University

Madison, New Jersey
4 Yearly Graduations
50% Women
25% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Drew University comes in at #20 on our list of the most popular colleges offering doctor's degrees in religion. Each year, around 2,300 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $39,828 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $15,823 per year.

The religion program at Drew University awarded 4 doctor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 50% were women and 25% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

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

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Philosophy 425
General Philosophy & Religion 29
Other Philosophy & Religion 14

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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