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2021 Best Religious Education Schools

37 Colleges
$28,662 Avg Salary
$31,603 Avg Student Debt

Finding the Best Religious Education School for You

Religious Education is the #231 most popular major in the country with 1,497 degrees and certificates awarded in 2018-2019.

It's not easy to decide which program to enroll in when you have so many options available. You can choose a traditional brick and mortar school, or with the growth of online education, you can attend a school half-way across the country without even leaving your house. Also there are many trade schools that offer short-term programs that open up more career options.

To help you arm yourself with the information you need to make your decision, Course Advisor has developed this Best Religious Education Schools ranking. Our analysis looked at 37 schools in the United States to see which programs offered the best educational experiences for students.

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2021 Best Religious Education Schools in the United States

The colleges and universities below are the best for religious ed majors pursuing a .

Top 10 Best Religious Education Schools

Our analysis found Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion to be the best school for religious education students who want to pursue a degree in the United States. Located in the large city of New York, HUC - JIR is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly small student population.

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A rank of #2 on this year’s list means Franciscan University of Steubenville is a great place for religious education students. Located in the city of Steubenville, Franciscan U is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

While working on their degree, religious ed majors at Franciscan U accumulate an average of around $23,834 in student debt. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $247.

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A rank of #3 on this year’s list means Trinity International University - Illinois is a great place for religious education students. TIU Illinois is a small private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Deerfield.

Religious Ed majors at TIU Illinois take out an average of $30,130 in student loans while working on their egree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $313.

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You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Indiana Wesleyan University-National & Global. The school came in at #4 on this year’s Best Religious Education Schools list. IWU is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the rural area of Marion.

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A rank of #5 on this year’s list means Trinity International University - Florida is a great place for religious education students. Trinity International University - Florida is a fairly small private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Miramar.

While working on their degree, religious ed majors at Trinity International University - Florida accumulate an average of around $30,130 in student debt. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $313.

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#6

Grand Canyon University

Phoenix, AZ

Grand Canyon University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for religious education students. It came in at #6 on the list. Located in the city of Phoenix, Grand Canyon University is a private for-profit college with a very large student population.

On average, religious ed graduates from Grand Canyon University take out $33,598 in student loans while working on their degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $372, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Nazarene Bible College

Colorado Springs, CO

Nazarene Bible College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for religious education students. It came in at #7 on the list. Located in the city of Colorado Springs, Nazarene Bible College is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly small student population.

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Crown College

Saint Bonifacius, MN

Crown College ranked #8 on this year’s Best Religious Education Schools list. Crown is a small private not-for-profit school located in the rural area of Saint Bonifacius.

On average, religious ed graduates from Crown take out $30,000 in student loans while working on their degree. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $311.

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Loyola University Chicago landed the #9 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best religious education programs. Loyola Chicago is a large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Chicago.

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Boston College

Chestnut Hill, MA

Boston College came in at #10 in this year’s edition of the Best Religious Education Schools ranking. Located in the small city of Chestnut Hill, Boston College is a private not-for-profit school with a large student population.

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

Religious Education is one of 6 different types of programs to choose from.

Related Major Annual Graduates
Theological & Ministerial Studies 19,838
Biblical Studies 4,551
Pastoral Counseling & Specialized Ministries 3,055
Missionary Studies 1,379
Theology & Religious Vocations (Other) 1,375

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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