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Bachelor’s Degree 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 degree 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 Degree

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 degree 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 Degree 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.

The theology program at Beth Medrash Govoha awarded 465 bachelor's degree during the 2018-2019 school year.

#2

Uta Mesivta of Kiryas Joel

Monroe, New York
383 Yearly Graduations

The 2nd most popular school in the country for theology majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is Uta Mesivta of Kiryas Joel. 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

United Talmudical Seminary comes in at #3 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degree in theology. 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.

The theology program at United Talmudical Seminary awarded 335 bachelor's degree during the 2018-2019 school year.

#4

Southeastern University

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

The 4th most popular school in the country for theology majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is Southeastern University. Each year, around 7,100 students seeking various degrees attend the university. 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 degree 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*

Moody Bible Institute comes in at #5 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degree in theology. Roughly 3,400 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 degree 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.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 107 people received their bachelor's degree in theology from Yeshivath Viznitz.

107 Yearly Graduations

Central Yeshiva Tomchei Tmimim Lubavitz comes in at #6 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degree in theology. 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.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 107 people received their bachelor's degree in theology from Central Yeshiva Tomchei Tmimim Lubavitz.

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

Franciscan University of Steubenville is the 8th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in theology. Roughly 2,900 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.

The theology program at Franciscan University of Steubenville awarded 91 bachelor's degree during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 57% were women and 14% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

69 Yearly Graduations

The 9th most popular school in the country for theology majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is Mesivta Torah Vodaath Rabbinical Seminary. 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.

The theology program at Mesivta Torah Vodaath Rabbinical Seminary awarded 69 bachelor's degree during the 2018-2019 school year.

68 Yearly Graduations

Rabbinical College of Ohr Shimon Yisroel comes in at #10 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degree in theology. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 68 bachelor's degree were handed out to theology majors at Rabbinical College of Ohr Shimon Yisroel.

#11

Yeshiva of Machzikai Hadas

Brooklyn, New York
66 Yearly Graduations

Yeshiva of Machzikai Hadas is the 11th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in theology. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 66 bachelor's degree were handed out to theology majors at Yeshiva of Machzikai Hadas.

66 Yearly Graduations

Rabbinical College Bobover Yeshiva Bnei Zion is the 11th 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 $7,850 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $3,450 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 66 bachelor's degree were handed out to theology majors at Rabbinical College Bobover Yeshiva Bnei Zion.

#13

Talmudical Seminary of Bobov

Brooklyn, New York
65 Yearly Graduations

The 13th most popular school in the country for theology majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is Talmudical Seminary of Bobov. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 65 bachelor's degree were handed out to theology majors at Talmudical Seminary of Bobov.

#14

Ohio Christian University

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

Ohio Christian University is the 14th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in theology. Roughly 4,400 attend the school each year. 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.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 60 people received their bachelor's degree in theology from 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*

Northwest University-College of Adult and Professional Studies comes in at #14 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degree in theology. 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.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 60 people received their bachelor's degree in theology from Northwest University-College of Adult and Professional Studies. 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 is the 16th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in theology. Roughly 4,000 attend the school each year. 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 degree 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

The 17th most popular school in the country for theology majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is Be'er Yaakov Talmudic Seminary. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 53 people received their bachelor's degree in theology from Be'er Yaakov Talmudic Seminary.

#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 degree 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.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 50 people received their bachelor's degree in theology from Ner Israel Rabbinical College.

#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. Each year, around 3,900 students seeking various degrees attend the university. 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.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 48 people received their bachelor's degree in theology from ORU. 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. Roughly 1,900 attend the school each year. 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.

The theology program at The Master's College and Seminary awarded 47 bachelor's degree during the 2018-2019 school year. 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 degree.

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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