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Doctor’s Degree in Theological & Ministerial Studies

1,464 Yearly Graduations
$40,000 Median Salary
$52,484 Median Debt
There are 157 schools in the United States where you can get your doctor's degree in theology. Among those who recently graduated from the schools offering this degree, the majority were men, and 32% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group. Also, 13.1% of theology graduates were international students.

Education Levels of Theology Majors

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 1,464 students earned their doctor's degree in theology. This makes it the 21st most popular doctor's degree program in the country.

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 Doctor’s Degree

The median salary for graduates holding a doctor's degree in theology is $40,000. However, this can depend on a number of factors, such as where you live and the number of years experience you have.

A better approximation of salary is to look at the typical range of salaries. In this case the low is $37,200 and the high is $41,400.

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Student Debt

The median student debt for graduates holding a doctor's degree in theology is $52,484. 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, $65,926 is the debt load, and the debt load on the low side is $32,272.

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Those students who are paying back their debt on a 10-year repayment plan have a median monthly payment of $612.

Student Diversity

More men than women pursue doctor's degree in theology. About 75.4% of graduates in this field are male.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 1,104
Women 360
Gender Diversity of Doctor's Degree in Theology

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

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 92
Black or African American 295
Hispanic or Latino 71
White 734
International Students 192
Other Races/Ethnicities 80
Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Theology Doctor's Degree Students

There are 157 colleges that offer a doctor’s degree in theology. Learn more about the most popular 20 below:

#1

Fuller Theological Seminary

Pasadena, California
109 Yearly Graduations
13% Women
18% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The most popular school in the United States for theology students seekinga doctor's degree is Fuller Theological Seminary. Roughly 2,400 attend the school each year. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 109 doctor's degree were handed out to theology majors at Fuller. Of these students, 13% were women and 18% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#2

Regent University

Virginia Beach, Virginia
105 Yearly Graduations
32% Women
43% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 2nd most popular school in the country for theology majors who are seeking their doctor's degree is Regent University. Roughly 9,400 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $17,220 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $15,552 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 105 people received their doctor's degree in theology from Regent. About 32% of this group were women, and 43% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

88 Yearly Graduations
2% Women
5% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary is the 3rd most popular school in the nation for students seeking a doctor'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.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 88 people received their doctor's degree in theology from SBTS. About 2% of this group were women, and 5% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#4

Gordon - Conwell Theological Seminary

South Hamilton, Massachusetts
50 Yearly Graduations
26% Women
22% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Gordon - Conwell Theological Seminary is the 4th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a doctor's degree in theology. Each year, around 1,700 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The theology program at Gordon - Conwell Theological Seminary awarded 50 doctor's degree during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 26% were women and 22% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#5

New York Theological Seminary

New York, New York
47 Yearly Graduations
49% Women
79% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

New York Theological Seminary is the 5th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a doctor's degree in theology. Roughly 300 attend the school each year. The theology program at New York Theological Seminary awarded 47 doctor's degree during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 79% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 49% were women.

39 Yearly Graduations
3% Women
23% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary is the 6th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a doctor's degree in theology. Each year, around 2,200 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $7,920 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $5,904 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 39 doctor's degree were handed out to theology majors at MBTS. Of these students, 3% were women and 23% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#7

Liberty University

Lynchburg, Virginia
38 Yearly Graduations
13% Women
42% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Liberty University is the 7th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a doctor's degree in theology. Roughly 75,000 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.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 38 doctor's degree were handed out to theology majors at Liberty University. Of these students, 13% were women and 42% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#8

Asbury Theological Seminary

Wilmore, Kentucky
35 Yearly Graduations
9% Women
11% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Asbury Theological Seminary comes in at #8 on our list of the most popular colleges offering doctor's degree in theology. Roughly 1,600 attend the school each year. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 35 people received their doctor's degree in theology from Asbury Seminary. Of these students, 9% were women and 11% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#9

Andrews University

Berrien Springs, Michigan
34 Yearly Graduations
3% Women
59% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 9th most popular school in the country for theology majors who are seeking their doctor's degree is Andrews University. Each year, around 3,300 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $28,992 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $27,216 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 34 doctor's degree were handed out to theology majors at Andrews. Around 59% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 3% were women.

#10

New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary

New Orleans, Louisiana
31 Yearly Graduations
3% Women
10% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary is the 10th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a doctor's degree in theology. Roughly 2,800 attend the school each year. 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.

The theology program at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary awarded 31 doctor's degree during the 2018-2019 school year. About 3% of this group were women, and 10% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#11

Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary

Wake Forest, North Carolina
28 Yearly Graduations
7% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 11th most popular school in the country for theology majors who are seeking their doctor's degree is Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. 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.

The theology program at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary awarded 28 doctor's degree during the 2018-2019 school year.

28 Yearly Graduations
11% Women
61% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Southwestern-Baptist-Theological-Seminary is the 11th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a doctor's degree in theology. Each year, around 0 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.

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#13

Payne Theological Seminary

Wilberforce, Ohio
24 Yearly Graduations
58% Women

The 13th most popular school in the country for theology majors who are seeking their doctor's degree is Payne Theological Seminary. Roughly 100 attend the school each year. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 24 people received their doctor's degree in theology from Payne Theological Seminary. Around 100% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 58% were women.

#14

Drew University

Madison, New Jersey
23 Yearly Graduations
48% Women
48% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 14th most popular school in the country for theology majors who are seeking their doctor's degree is Drew University. Roughly 2,100 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $39,828 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $15,823 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 23 doctor's degree were handed out to theology majors at Drew. Of these students, 48% were women and 48% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#14

University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame, Indiana
23 Yearly Graduations
22% Women
17% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Notre Dame is the 14th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a doctor's degree in theology. Roughly 12,400 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $55,046 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $54,908 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 23 doctor's degree were handed out to theology majors at Notre Dame. Of these students, 22% were women and 17% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#14

Luther Rice College & Seminary

Lithonia, Georgia
23 Yearly Graduations
13% Women
43% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Luther Rice College & Seminary is the 14th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a doctor's degree in theology. Each year, around 1,000 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $7,080 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $5,130 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 23 people received their doctor's degree in theology from Luther Rice. Of these students, 13% were women and 43% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#14

Dallas Theological Seminary

Dallas, Texas
23 Yearly Graduations
9% Women
35% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Dallas Theological Seminary is the 14th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a doctor's degree in theology. Each year, around 2,300 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The theology program at Dallas Theological Seminary awarded 23 doctor's degree during the 2018-2019 school year. About 9% of this group were women, and 35% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#18

Emory University

Atlanta, Georgia
22 Yearly Graduations
50% Women
32% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Emory University comes in at #18 on our list of the most popular colleges offering doctor's degree in theology. Each year, around 14,200 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $53,070 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $42,800 per year.

The theology program at Emory University awarded 22 doctor's degree during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 32% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 50% were women.

#18

Boston University

Boston, Massachusetts
22 Yearly Graduations
45% Women
27% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Boston University comes in at #18 on our list of the most popular colleges offering doctor's degree in theology. Each year, around 33,300 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $54,720 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $54,720 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 22 people received their doctor's degree in theology from Boston U. Around 27% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 45% were women.

#20

University of Chicago

Chicago, Illinois
21 Yearly Graduations
33% Women
5% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Chicago comes in at #20 on our list of the most popular colleges offering doctor's degree in theology. Roughly 16,200 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $57,642 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $60,300 per year.

The theology program at University of Chicago awarded 21 doctor's degree during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 5% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 33% were women.

Below are some popular majors that are similar to theology that offer doctor’s degree.

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Other Theology & Religion 279
Pastoral Specialized Ministries 230
Missionary Studies 109
Religious Education 67
Biblical Studies 58

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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