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Bachelor’s Degrees in Theological & Ministerial Studies

4,767 Yearly Graduations
$21,800 Median Salary
$23,804 Median Debt
There are 325 colleges and univerities across the nation that offer a bachelor's degree in theology. This degree is more popular with male students, and about 12% of recent graduates were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group. Also, 2.1% of theology graduates were international students.

Education Levels of Theology Majors

In 2018-2019, 4,767 bachelor's degrees were awarded to theology majors. This earns it the #79 spot on the list of the most popular bachelor's degree programs in the nation.

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

Education Level Number of Grads
Master’s Degree 11,230
Bachelor’s Degree 4,767
Doctor’s Degree 1,464
Graduate Certificate 861
Undergraduate Certificate 746
Associate’s Degree 646
Basic Certificate 124

Earnings of Theology Majors With Bachelor’s Degrees

The median salary for graduates holding a bachelor's degree in theology is $21,800. 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.

To get a better picture, earnings for this category of people can range from a low of $13,650 to a high of $30,750.

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Student Debt

The median student debt for graduates holding a bachelor's degree in theology is $23,804. The school you go to and how long it takes you to graduate, among other things, can cause this number to vary.

The chart below shows the range of accumulated debt loads. On the high side of the range, $25,516 is the debt load, and the debt load on the low side is $20,981.

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Those students who are paying back their debt on a 10-year repayment plan have a median monthly payment of $247.

Student Diversity

More men than women pursue bachelor's degrees in theology. About 80.5% of graduates in this field are male.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 3,837
Women 930
Gender Diversity of Bachelor's Degrees in Theology

The racial-ethnic distribution of theology bachelor’s degree students is as follows:

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 87
Black or African American 182
Hispanic or Latino 243
White 4,016
International Students 102
Other Races/Ethnicities 137
Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Theology Bachelor's Degree Students

There are 325 colleges that offer a bachelor’s degree in theology. Learn more about the most popular 20 below:

#1

Beth Medrash Govoha

Lakewood, New Jersey
465 Yearly Graduations
0% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Beth Medrash Govoha tops the list of the most popular school in the U.S. for theology majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $22,108 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $4,360 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 465 bachelor's degrees were handed out to theology majors at Beth Medrash Govoha.

#2

Uta Mesivta of Kiryas Joel

Monroe, New York
383 Yearly Graduations

Uta Mesivta of Kiryas Joel is the 2nd most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in theology. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 383 people received their bachelor's degree in theology from Uta Mesivta of Kiryas Joel.

#3

United Talmudical Seminary

Brooklyn, New York
335 Yearly Graduations

The 3rd most popular school in the country for theology majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is United Talmudical Seminary. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $14,000 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $3,000 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 335 people received their bachelor's degree in theology from United Talmudical Seminary.

#4

Southeastern University

Lakeland, Florida
195 Yearly Graduations
50% Women
39% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Southeastern University is the 4th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in theology. Roughly 8,700 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $25,620 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $12,810 per year.

The theology program at Southeastern University awarded 195 bachelor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 50% were women and 39% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#5

Moody Bible Institute

Chicago, Illinois
108 Yearly Graduations
42% Women
16% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 5th most popular school in the country for theology majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is Moody Bible Institute. Roughly 3,000 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $11,200 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $8,010 per year.

The theology program at Moody Bible Institute awarded 108 bachelor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 42% were women and 16% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#6

Yeshivath Viznitz

Monsey, New York
107 Yearly Graduations

Yeshivath Viznitz is the 6th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in theology. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $10,100 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $1,000 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 107 bachelor's degrees were handed out to theology majors at Yeshivath Viznitz.

107 Yearly Graduations

The 6th most popular school in the country for theology majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is Central Yeshiva Tomchei Tmimim Lubavitz. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $7,700 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $6,200 per year.

The theology program at Central Yeshiva Tomchei Tmimim Lubavitz awarded 107 bachelor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year.

91 Yearly Graduations
57% Women
14% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 8th most popular school in the country for theology majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is Franciscan University of Steubenville. Roughly 3,000 attend the school each year. 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.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 91 bachelor's degrees were handed out to theology majors at Franciscan U. Of these students, 57% were women and 14% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

69 Yearly Graduations

Mesivta Torah Vodaath Rabbinical Seminary is the 9th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in theology. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $11,000 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,350 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 69 people received their bachelor's degree in theology from Mesivta Torah Vodaath Rabbinical Seminary.

68 Yearly Graduations

Rabbinical College of Ohr Shimon Yisroel is the 10th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in theology. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 68 people received their bachelor's degree in theology from Rabbinical College of Ohr Shimon Yisroel.

#11

Yeshiva of Machzikai Hadas

Brooklyn, New York
66 Yearly Graduations

Yeshiva of Machzikai Hadas comes in at #11 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degrees in theology. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 66 bachelor's degrees were handed out to theology majors at Yeshiva of Machzikai Hadas.

66 Yearly Graduations

Rabbinical College Bobover Yeshiva Bnei Zion comes in at #11 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degrees in theology. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $7,850 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $3,450 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 66 people received their bachelor's degree in theology from Rabbinical College Bobover Yeshiva Bnei Zion.

#13

Talmudical Seminary of Bobov

Brooklyn, New York
65 Yearly Graduations

Talmudical Seminary of Bobov is the 13th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in theology. The theology program at Talmudical Seminary of Bobov awarded 65 bachelor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year.

#14

Ohio Christian University

Circleville, Ohio
60 Yearly Graduations
40% Women
42% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Ohio Christian University comes in at #14 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degrees in theology. Each year, around 3,600 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $13,533 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $10,765 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 60 bachelor's degrees were handed out to theology majors at OCU. Of these students, 40% were women and 42% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

60 Yearly Graduations
38% Women
37% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 14th most popular school in the country for theology majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is Northwest University-College of Adult and Professional Studies. Roughly 1,100 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $15,600 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $15,423 per year.

The theology program at Northwest University-College of Adult and Professional Studies awarded 60 bachelor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 38% were women and 37% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

56 Yearly Graduations
36% Women
4% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary comes in at #16 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degrees in theology. Each year, around 4,100 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $20,112 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,124 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 56 bachelor's degrees were handed out to theology majors at SBTS. Around 4% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 36% were women.

#17

Be'er Yaakov Talmudic Seminary

Spring Valley, New York
53 Yearly Graduations

Be'er Yaakov Talmudic Seminary is the 17th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in theology. The theology program at Be'er Yaakov Talmudic Seminary awarded 53 bachelor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year.

#18

Ner Israel Rabbinical College

Baltimore, Maryland
50 Yearly Graduations

Ner Israel Rabbinical College comes in at #18 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degrees in theology. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $12,900 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $12,900 per year.

The theology program at Ner Israel Rabbinical College awarded 50 bachelor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year.

#19

Oral Roberts University

Tulsa, Oklahoma
48 Yearly Graduations
58% Women
38% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 19th most popular school in the country for theology majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is Oral Roberts University. Roughly 4,000 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $28,998 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $12,960 per year.

The theology program at Oral Roberts University awarded 48 bachelor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 58% of this group were women, and 38% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#20

The Master's College and Seminary

Santa Clarita, California
47 Yearly Graduations
28% Women
19% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The Master's College and Seminary is the 20th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in theology. Each year, around 2,000 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $24,950 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $10,440 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 47 bachelor's degrees were handed out to theology majors at The Master's College. Of these students, 28% were women and 19% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

Below are some popular majors that are similar to theology that offer bachelor’s degrees.

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Biblical Studies 2,888
Pastoral Specialized Ministries 1,323
Religious Education 843
Missionary Studies 510
Other Theology & Religion 327

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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