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2021 Most Popular Online Religious Education Schools

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

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 Most Popular Online Religious Education Schools ranking. This report analyzed 25 schools in the United States to see which ones were the most popular online programs for students. To create this ranking we looked at how many students graduated from schools with online programs.

The following schools top our list of the Most Popular Online Religious Education Colleges.

#1

Grand Canyon University

Phoenix, AZ

Our analysis found Grand Canyon University to be the most popular school for religious education students who want to pursue an online degree in the United States. Located in the large city of Phoenix, Grand Canyon University is a private for-profit college with a fairly 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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You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Franciscan University of Steubenville. It ranked #2 on our 2021 Most Popular Online Religious Education Schools list. 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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#3

Biola University

La Mirada, CA

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Biola University. The school came in at #3 on this year’s Most Popular Online Religious Education Schools list. Located in the large suburb of La Mirada, Biola is a private not-for-profit college with a moderately-sized student population.

The average amount in student loans that religious ed majors at Biola take out is $25,000. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $259, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#4

Crown College

Saint Bonifacius, MN

Out of the 25 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, Crown College landed the # 4 spot on the 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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#4

Crossroads Bible College

Indianapolis, IN

Out of the 25 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, Crossroads Bible College landed the # 4 spot on the list. Located in the city of Indianapolis, Crossroads Bible College is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly small student population.

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Dallas Baptist University ranked #6 on this year’s Most Popular Online Religious Education Schools list. DBU is a small private not-for-profit school located in the city of Dallas.

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Trinity International University - Illinois did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for religious education students. It came in at #7 on the list. TIU Illinois is a small private not-for-profit school located in the 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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#8

University of the Cumberlands

Williamsburg, KY

University of the Cumberlands landed the #8 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best religious education programs. Cumberlands is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the town of Williamsburg.

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Carolina College of Biblical Studies ranked #9 on this year’s Most Popular Online Religious Education Schools list. Located in the medium-sized city of Fayetteville, Carolina College of Biblical Studies is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly small student population.

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#9

Virginia Baptist College

Fredericksburg, VA

Virginia Baptist College landed the #9 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best religious education programs. VBC is a fairly small private not-for-profit school located in the rural area of Fredericksburg.

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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.

  • 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 RichardF.

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