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Master’s Degrees in Religious Education

523 Yearly Graduations
$42,800 Median Salary
$53,516 Median Debt
There are 64 schools in the United States where you can get your master's degree in religious ed. This degree is more popular with female students, and about 32% of recent graduates were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group. Also, 4.6% of religious ed graduates were international students.

Education Levels of Religious Ed Majors

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 523 students earned their master's degree in religious ed. This earns it the #147 spot on the list of the most popular master's degree programs in the nation.

The following table shows the number of diplomas awarded in religious ed at each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Bachelor’s Degree 843
Master’s Degree 523
Doctor’s Degree 67
Associate’s Degree 30
Graduate Certificate 18
Undergraduate Certificate 15
Basic Certificate 1

Earnings of Religious Ed Majors With Master’s Degrees

The median salary for graduates holding a master's degree in religious ed is $42,800. This number may vary for a lot of reasons. For instance, you may decide to move to a location where people with your degree are rare and make more money.

A better approximation of salary is to look at the typical range of salaries. In this case the low is $37,150 and the high is $43,600.

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Student Debt

The median student debt for graduates holding a master's degree in religious ed is $53,516. The length of time it takes you to graduate and what college you attend can affect this number quite a bit.

The chart below shows the range of accumulated debt loads. On the high side of the range, $60,064 is the debt load, and the debt load on the low side is $44,418.

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Those students who are paying back their debt on a 10-year repayment plan have a median monthly payment of $624.

Student Diversity

More women than men pursue their master's degree in religious ed. About 53.0% of graduates with this degree are female.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 246
Women 277
Gender Diversity of Master's Degrees in Religious Ed

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

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 35
Black or African American 81
Hispanic or Latino 38
White 306
International Students 24
Other Races/Ethnicities 39
Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Religious Ed Master's Degree Students

There are 64 colleges that offer a master’s degree in religious ed. Learn more about the most popular 20 below:

#1

Grand Canyon University

Phoenix, Arizona
111 Yearly Graduations
46% Women
61% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The most popular school in the United States for religious ed students seekinga master's degree is Grand Canyon University. Roughly 96,200 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $16,419 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $10,175 per year.

The religious ed program at Grand Canyon University awarded 111 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 46% were women and 61% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

44 Yearly Graduations
48% Women
41% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 2nd most popular school in the country for religious ed majors who are seeking their master's degree is Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Each year, around 2,900 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $8,280 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $5,310 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 44 people received their master's degree in religious ed from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Around 41% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 48% were women.

38 Yearly Graduations
53% Women
24% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 3rd most popular school in the country for religious ed majors who are seeking their master's degree is Dallas Theological Seminary. Each year, around 2,400 students seeking various degrees attend the university. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 38 people received their master's degree in religious ed from DTS Dallas. About 53% of this group were women, and 24% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

28 Yearly Graduations
43% Women
4% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary is the 4th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in religious ed. Each year, around 2,500 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $8,460 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $6,165 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 28 people received their master's degree in religious ed from NOBTS. About 43% of this group were women, and 4% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#5

Liberty University

Lynchburg, Virginia
25 Yearly Graduations
48% Women
20% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Liberty University comes in at #5 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in religious ed. Roughly 85,500 attend the school each year. 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 religious ed program at Liberty University awarded 25 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 48% were women and 20% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#5

Crown College

Saint Bonifacius, Minnesota
25 Yearly Graduations
28% Women
16% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 5th most popular school in the country for religious ed majors who are seeking their master's degree is Crown College. Each year, around 1,500 students seeking various degrees attend the university. 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.

The religious ed program at Crown College awarded 25 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 28% of this group were women, and 16% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

25 Yearly Graduations
68% Women
20% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Franciscan University of Steubenville comes in at #5 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in religious ed. Each year, around 3,000 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $28,420 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $12,600 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 25 people received their master's degree in religious ed from Franciscan U. About 68% of this group were women, and 20% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#8

Wheaton College Illinois

Wheaton, Illinois
19 Yearly Graduations
63% Women
26% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Wheaton College Illinois comes in at #8 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in religious ed. Each year, around 3,000 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $37,700 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $16,800 per year.

The religious ed program at Wheaton College Illinois awarded 19 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 63% were women and 26% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

19 Yearly Graduations
68% Women
11% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Jewish Theological Seminary of America comes in at #8 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in religious ed. Each year, around 300 students seeking various degrees attend the university. 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.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 19 master's degrees were handed out to religious ed majors at Jewish Theological Seminary of America. Of these students, 68% were women and 11% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#10

Princeton Theological Seminary

Princeton, New Jersey
17 Yearly Graduations
53% Women
35% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 10th most popular school in the country for religious ed majors who are seeking their master's degree is Princeton Theological Seminary. Each year, around 300 students seeking various degrees attend the university. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 17 master's degrees were handed out to religious ed majors at Princeton Seminary. Of these students, 53% were women and 35% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#11

Hebrew College

Newton Centre, Massachusetts
12 Yearly Graduations
67% Women

Hebrew College is the 11th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in religious ed. Each year, around 100 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $28,800 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $30,960 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 12 master's degrees were handed out to religious ed majors at Hebrew College.

#12

Union Presbyterian Seminary

Richmond, Virginia
11 Yearly Graduations
100% Women
18% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 12th most popular school in the country for religious ed majors who are seeking their master's degree is Union Presbyterian Seminary. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 11 master's degrees were handed out to religious ed majors at Union Presbyterian. About 100% of this group were women, and 18% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#12

Bethel University Minnesota

Saint Paul, Minnesota
11 Yearly Graduations
82% Women
9% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Bethel University Minnesota is the 12th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in religious ed. Each year, around 4,000 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $38,300 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,700 per year.

The religious ed program at Bethel University Minnesota awarded 11 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 82% of this group were women, and 9% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#12

Wesley Theological Seminary

Washington, District of Columbia
11 Yearly Graduations
55% Women
36% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Wesley Theological Seminary comes in at #12 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in religious ed. Roughly 400 attend the school each year. The religious ed program at Wesley Theological Seminary awarded 11 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 36% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 55% were women.

9 Yearly Graduations
56% Women
33% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Trinity International University - Illinois is the 15th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in religious ed. Roughly 1,700 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $32,398 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $17,280 per year.

The religious ed program at Trinity International University - Illinois awarded 9 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 56% were women and 33% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#16

Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary

Wake Forest, North Carolina
8 Yearly Graduations
50% Women

Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary comes in at #16 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in religious ed. Each year, around 3,100 students seeking various degrees attend the university. 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.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 8 master's degrees were handed out to religious ed majors at SEBTS.

#17

Azusa Pacific University

Azusa, California
6 Yearly Graduations
50% Women
67% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Azusa Pacific University is the 17th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in religious ed. Each year, around 9,200 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $39,640 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $17,592 per year.

The religious ed program at Azusa Pacific University awarded 6 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 67% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 50% were women.

#17

Fordham University

Bronx, New York
6 Yearly Graduations
67% Women
17% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Fordham University comes in at #17 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in religious ed. Roughly 16,900 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $52,980 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $34,608 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 6 master's degrees were handed out to religious ed majors at Fordham U. Around 17% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 67% were women.

#19

Biola University

La Mirada, California
5 Yearly Graduations
40% Women
40% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 19th most popular school in the country for religious ed majors who are seeking their master's degree is Biola University. Each year, around 6,100 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $41,976 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,394 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 5 people received their master's degree in religious ed from Biola. Of these students, 40% were women and 40% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#19

Shaw University

Raleigh, North Carolina
5 Yearly Graduations
100% Women

The 19th most popular school in the country for religious ed majors who are seeking their master's degree is Shaw University. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $11,808 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $10,404 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 5 master's degrees were handed out to religious ed majors at Shaw University. Of these students, 100% were women and 100% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

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

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Theological & Ministerial Studies 11,230
Pastoral Specialized Ministries 1,100
Biblical Studies 682
Other Theology & Religion 626
Missionary Studies 319

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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