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2021 Most Popular Online Religious Studies Schools

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

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 Most Popular Online Religious Studies Schools ranking. Our analysis looked at 63 schools in the United States to see which online programs were the most popular for students. To create this ranking we looked at how many students graduated from schools with online programs.

Check out the online religion programs at these schools if you want to attend one of the most popular in the United States.

#1

Liberty University

Lynchburg, VA

Our 2021 rankings named Liberty University the most popular online school in the United States for religious studies students. Located in the small city of Lynchburg, Liberty University is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

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A rank of #2 on this year’s list means New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary is a great place for religious studies students pursuing an online degree. NOBTS is a small private not-for-profit school located in the city of New Orleans.

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#3

Wayland Baptist University

Plainview, TX

Out of the 63 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, Wayland Baptist University landed the # 3 spot on the list. Wayland Baptist University is a small private not-for-profit school located in the remote town of Plainview.

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A rank of #4 on this year’s list means American Public University System is a great place for religious studies students pursuing an online degree. Located in the town of Charles Town, American Military University is a private for-profit college with a very large student population.

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#4

Gratz College

Melrose Park, PA

A rank of #4 on this year’s list means Gratz College is a great place for religious studies students pursuing an online degree. Located in the large suburb of Melrose Park, Gratz College is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly small student population.

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Southwestern Assemblies of God University ranked #6 on this year’s Most Popular Online Religious Studies Schools list. Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a small private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Waxahachie.

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#6

Cairn University

Langhorne, PA

With a ranking of #6, Cairn University did quite well on this year’s best schools for religious studies students. Cairn is a small private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Langhorne.

While working on their degree, religion majors at Cairn accumulate an average of around $28,875 in student debt. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $300.

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Vanguard University of Southern California came in at #8 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Online Religious Studies Schools ranking. Vanguard is a small private not-for-profit school located in the midsize city of Costa Mesa.

The average amount in student loans that religion majors at Vanguard take out is $27,000. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $280, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#9

Saint Leo University

Saint Leo, FL

Saint Leo University landed the #9 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best religious studies programs. St. Leo University is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the small suburb of Saint Leo.

On average, religion graduates from St. Leo University take out $30,875 in student loans while working on their degree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $320, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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California Baptist University ranked #10 on this year’s Most Popular Online Religious Studies Schools list. Cal Baptist is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Riverside.

Religion majors at Cal Baptist take out an average of $29,000 in student loans while working on their egree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $301.

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Honorable Mentions

These are some additional schools worth mentioning that are also great but just didn't quite make the cut to earn our top Most Popular Online Religious Studies Schools award.

Rank College Location
11 Faith International University Tacoma, WA
12 Beulah Heights University Atlanta, GA

View the Most Popular Online Religious Studies Schools for a specific region near you.

Region
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 26 schools only.

  • 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).
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to Sowlos.

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