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Master’s Degrees in Religious Studies

828 Yearly Graduations
$38,350 Median Salary
$23,048 Median Debt
There are 171 schools in the United States where you can get your master'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, 8.3% of religion graduates were international students.

Education Levels of Religion Majors

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 828 students earned their master's degree in religion. This makes it the 120th most popular master's degree program in the country.

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 Master’s Degrees

The median salary for graduates holding a master's degree in religion is $38,350. 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 $35,700 and the high is $42,025.

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Student Debt

The median student debt for graduates holding a master's degree in religion is $23,048. 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, $29,791 is the debt load, and the debt load on the low side is $21,158.

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The median monthly payment of a religion graduate with a 10-year repayment plan is $268.

Student Diversity

More men than women pursue master's degrees in religion. About 56.5% of graduates in this field are male.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 468
Women 360
Gender Diversity of Master's Degrees in Religion

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

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 30
Black or African American 75
Hispanic or Latino 63
White 528
International Students 69
Other Races/Ethnicities 63
Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Religion Master's Degree Students

There are 171 colleges that offer a master’s degree in religion. Learn more about the most popular 20 below:

#1

Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary

Wake Forest, North Carolina
50 Yearly Graduations
36% Women
20% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary tops the list of the most popular school in the U.S. for religion majors who are seeking their master's degree. Roughly 3,100 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $8,784 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $5,472 per year.

The religion program at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary awarded 50 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 36% of this group were women, and 20% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#2

Crown College

Saint Bonifacius, Minnesota
36 Yearly Graduations
28% Women
25% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 2nd most popular school in the country for religion majors who are seeking their master's degree is Crown College. Roughly 1,500 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $26,480 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $9,720 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 36 master's degrees were handed out to religion majors at Crown. About 28% of this group were women, and 25% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#3

Yale University

New Haven, Connecticut
28 Yearly Graduations
54% Women
7% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 3rd most popular school in the country for religion majors who are seeking their master's degree is Yale University. Each year, around 13,600 students seeking various degrees attend the university. 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 28 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 7% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 54% were women.

#4

Mount Vernon Nazarene University

Mount Vernon, Ohio
25 Yearly Graduations
48% Women
12% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Mount Vernon Nazarene University comes in at #4 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in religion. Each year, around 2,200 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $21,047 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $8,964 per year.

The religion program at Mount Vernon Nazarene University awarded 25 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 48% were women and 12% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#5

Duke University

Durham, North Carolina
24 Yearly Graduations
62% Women
33% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 5th most popular school in the country for religion majors who are seeking their master's degree is Duke University. 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.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 24 master's degrees were handed out to religion majors at Duke. About 62% of this group were women, and 33% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#6

Hartford Seminary

Hartford, Connecticut
18 Yearly Graduations
33% Women
33% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 6th most popular school in the country for religion majors who are seeking their master's degree is Hartford Seminary. Roughly 100 attend the school each year. The religion program at Hartford Seminary awarded 18 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 33% were women and 33% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#6

Trinity Episcopal School for Ministry

Ambridge, Pennsylvania
18 Yearly Graduations
22% Women
11% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Trinity Episcopal School for Ministry comes in at #6 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in religion. Roughly 100 attend the school each year. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 18 master's degrees were handed out to religion majors at Trinity School for Ministry. About 22% of this group were women, and 11% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#6

Spertus College

Chicago, Illinois
18 Yearly Graduations
67% Women

Spertus College comes in at #6 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in religion. Roughly 100 attend the school each year. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 18 people received their master's degree in religion from Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies.

18 Yearly Graduations
33% Women
17% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Columbia University in the City of New York is the 6th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in religion. Each year, around 31,400 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $57,763 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $47,600 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 18 people received their master's degree in religion from Columbia. Around 17% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 33% were women.

#10

Memphis Theological Seminary

Memphis, Tennessee
15 Yearly Graduations
40% Women
40% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 10th most popular school in the country for religion majors who are seeking their master's degree is Memphis Theological Seminary. Roughly 200 attend the school each year. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 15 people received their master's degree in religion from Memphis Theological Seminary. Around 40% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 40% were women.

#11

Pfeiffer University

Misenheimer, North Carolina
14 Yearly Graduations
64% Women
29% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Pfeiffer University comes in at #11 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in religion. Roughly 1,200 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $29,800 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $12,600 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 14 people received their master's degree in religion from Pfeiffer University. Of these students, 64% were women and 29% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

14 Yearly Graduations
57% Women

Jewish Theological Seminary of America comes in at #11 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master'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.

The religion program at Jewish Theological Seminary of America awarded 14 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year.

#11

Friends University

Wichita, Kansas
14 Yearly Graduations
43% Women
14% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 11th most popular school in the country for religion majors who are seeking their master's degree is Friends University. Roughly 1,800 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $28,944 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,358 per year.

The religion program at Friends University awarded 14 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 14% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 43% were women.

#14

Denver Seminary

Littleton, Colorado
13 Yearly Graduations
46% Women
31% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Denver Seminary is the 14th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in religion. Each year, around 800 students seeking various degrees attend the university. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 13 master's degrees were handed out to religion majors at Denver Seminary. Around 31% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 46% were women.

#14

Yeshiva University

New York, New York
13 Yearly Graduations
23% Women
8% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Yeshiva University comes in at #14 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in religion. 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.

The religion program at Yeshiva University awarded 13 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 8% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 23% were women.

#16

Wayland Baptist University

Plainview, Texas
12 Yearly Graduations
17% Women
67% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 16th most popular school in the country for religion majors who are seeking their master's degree is Wayland Baptist University. 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.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 12 master's degrees were handed out to religion majors at Wayland Baptist University. Of these students, 17% were women and 67% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#17

California Graduate School of Theology

Garden-Grove, California
11 Yearly Graduations
64% Women
18% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

California Graduate School of Theology is the 17th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in religion. Each year, around 0 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $7,500 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $6,300 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 11 master's degrees were handed out to religion majors at California Graduate School of Theology. Around 18% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 64% were women.

#17

Cairn University

Langhorne, Pennsylvania
11 Yearly Graduations
55% Women
55% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Cairn University is the 17th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in religion. 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.

The religion program at Cairn University awarded 11 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 55% of this group were women, and 55% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

11 Yearly Graduations
36% Women
36% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Florida International University comes in at #17 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in religion. Each year, around 58,700 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $4,721 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $8,912 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 11 people received their master's degree in religion from FIU. Of these students, 36% were women and 36% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

11 Yearly Graduations
36% Women

Graceland University - Lamoni is the 17th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in religion. Each year, around 1,700 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $29,750 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $17,430 per year.

The religion program at Graceland University - Lamoni awarded 11 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year.

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

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Philosophy 811
Other Philosophy & Religion 82
General Philosophy & Religion 9

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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