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2021 Best Religious Studies Schools

44 Colleges
$32,163 Avg Salary
$28,712 Avg Student Debt

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.

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2021 Best Religious Studies Schools in the United States

The following schools top our list of the Best Religious Studies Colleges.

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.

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#2

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA

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.

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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.

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#4

Duke University

Durham, NC

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.

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#5

University of Chicago

Chicago, IL

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.

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#6

Boston College

Chestnut Hill, MA

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.

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#7

Emory University

Atlanta, GA

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.

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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.

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#9

American University

Washington, DC

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.

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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.

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Religious Studies by Region

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Southeast
New England
Rocky Mountains
Plains States
Middle Atlantic
Far Western US
Southwest
Great Lakes

Religious Studies is one of 3 different types of programs to choose from.

Related Major Annual Graduates
Philosophy 9,834
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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