2021 Best Religious Studies Schools
Finding the Best Religious Studies School for You
In 2018-2019, 5,941 people earned a degree or certificate in religious studies, making the major the #137 most popular in the United States.
It's not easy to decide which program to enroll in when you have so many options available. You're no longer limited to schools in your local area, either, since online programs are becoming more prevalent. Or you may find the programs at a trade school to be a better alternative for you.
To help you arm yourself with the information you need to make your decision, Course Advisor has developed this Best Religious Studies Schools ranking. This report analyzed 44 schools in the United States to see which ones offered the best programs for students.
2021 Best Religious Studies Schools in the United States
Top 10 Best Religious Studies Schools
Our 2021 rankings named Jewish Theological Seminary of America the best school in the United States for religious studies students. Jewish Theological Seminary of America is a fairly small private not-for-profit school located in the large city of New York.
After completing their degree, religion graduates from Jewish Theological Seminary of America carry an average student debtload of $35,625. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $400, based on a 10-year repayment plan.Request Information
You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend University of Pennsylvania. The school came in at #2 on this year’s Best Religious Studies Schools list. UPenn is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Philadelphia.Request Information
A rank of #3 on this year’s list means University of Southern California is a great place for religious studies students. Located in the large city of Los Angeles, USC is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population.Request Information
A rank of #4 on this year’s list means Duke University is a great place for religious studies students. Duke is a large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Durham.
Religion majors at Duke take out an average of $21,910 in student loans while working on their egree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $255.Request Information
You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend University of Chicago. It ranked #5 on our 2021 Best Religious Studies Schools list. Located in the large city of Chicago, UChicago is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population.Request Information
Boston College ranked #6 on this year’s Best Religious Studies Schools list. Located in the small city of Chestnut Hill, Boston College is a private not-for-profit college with a large student population.Request Information
With a ranking of #7, Emory University did quite well on this year’s best schools for religious studies students. Emory is a large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Atlanta.
The average amount in student loans that religion majors at Emory take out is $50,000. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $583.Request Information
With a ranking of #8, University of Michigan - Ann Arbor did quite well on this year’s best schools for religious studies students. Located in the medium-sized city of Ann Arbor, U of Michigan is a public school with a very large student population.Request Information
American University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for religious studies students. It came in at #9 on the list. The American University is a large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Washington.Request Information
Arizona State University - Skysong did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for religious studies students. It came in at #10 on the list. ASU - Skysong is a fairly large public school located in the city of Scottsdale.Request Information
Religious Studies by Region
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Religious Studies Related Rankings by Major
Religious Studies is one of 3 different types of programs to choose from.
Most Popular Majors Related to Religion
|Related Major||Annual Graduates|
|Other Philosophy & Religious Studies||311|
|General Philosophy & Religious Studies||166|
Notes and References
*These averages are for the top 25 schools only.
- Read more about our ranking methodology.
- The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
- Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
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More about our data sources and methodologies.
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