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Graduate Certificate in Theological & Ministerial Studies

861 Yearly Graduations
$36,100 Median Salary
$27,961 Median Debt
A graduate certificate in theology is offered at 97 colleges in the United States. Among those who recently graduated from the schools offering this degree, the majority were men, and 12% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group. Also, 3.1% of theology graduates were international students.

Education Levels of Theology Majors

In 2018-2019, 861 graduate certificate were awarded to theology majors. This makes it the 21st most popular graduate certificate 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 Graduate Certificate

The median salary for graduates holding a graduate certificate in theology is $36,100. However, this can depend on a number of factors, such as where you live and the number of years experience you have.

To get a better picture, earnings for this category of people can range from a low of $33,250 to a high of $38,950.

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Student Debt

The median student debt for graduates holding a graduate certificate in theology is $27,961. 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, $36,306 is the debt load, and the debt load on the low side is $19,616.

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Those students who are paying back their debt on a 10-year repayment plan have a median monthly payment of $326.

Student Diversity

More men than women pursue graduate certificate in theology. About 76.2% of graduates in this field are male.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 656
Women 205
Gender Diversity of Graduate Certificate in Theology

The racial-ethnic distribution of theology graduate certificate students is as follows:

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 20
Black or African American 33
Hispanic or Latino 28
White 673
International Students 27
Other Races/Ethnicities 80
Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Theology Graduate Certificate Students

There are 97 colleges that offer a graduate certificate in theology. Learn more about the most popular 20 below:

#1

Beth Medrash Govoha

Lakewood, New Jersey
333 Yearly Graduations
1% 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 graduate certificate. 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 333 graduate certificate during the 2018-2019 school year.

#2

Western Theological Seminary

Holland, Michigan
46 Yearly Graduations
30% Women
13% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 2nd most popular school in the country for theology majors who are seeking their graduate certificate is Western Theological Seminary. Roughly 300 attend the school each year. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 46 graduate certificate were handed out to theology majors at Western Theological Seminary. About 30% of this group were women, and 13% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#3

Liberty University

Lynchburg, Virginia
35 Yearly Graduations
54% Women
46% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Liberty University comes in at #3 on our list of the most popular colleges offering graduate certificate 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, 35 graduate certificate were handed out to theology majors at Liberty University. About 54% of this group were women, and 46% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

31 Yearly Graduations
3% Women
19% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 4th most popular school in the country for theology majors who are seeking their graduate certificate is Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. 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.

The theology program at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary awarded 31 graduate certificate during the 2018-2019 school year. About 3% of this group were women, and 19% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

30 Yearly Graduations
53% Women
3% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion comes in at #5 on our list of the most popular colleges offering graduate certificate in theology. Roughly 300 attend the school each year. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 30 graduate certificate were handed out to theology majors at HUC - JIR. Around 3% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 53% were women.

#6

Creighton University

Omaha, Nebraska
29 Yearly Graduations
76% Women
3% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 6th most popular school in the country for theology majors who are seeking their graduate certificate is Creighton University. Each year, around 8,600 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $39,630 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $16,128 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 29 people received their graduate certificate in theology from Creighton. About 76% of this group were women, and 3% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#7

Concordia Seminary

Saint Louis, Missouri
28 Yearly Graduations
29% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Concordia Seminary is the 7th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a graduate certificate in theology. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 28 graduate certificate were handed out to theology majors at Concordia Seminary.

#8

Rabbinical Seminary of America

Flushing, New York
25 Yearly Graduations

Rabbinical Seminary of America is the 8th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a graduate certificate in theology. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $9,800 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $9,800 per year.

The theology program at Rabbinical Seminary of America awarded 25 graduate certificate during the 2018-2019 school year.

#9

Calvin Theological Seminary

Grand Rapids, Michigan
24 Yearly Graduations
50% Women

Calvin Theological Seminary is the 9th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a graduate certificate in theology. Roughly 300 attend the school each year. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 24 graduate certificate were handed out to theology majors at Calvin Seminary.

#10

Denver Seminary

Littleton, Colorado
22 Yearly Graduations
64% Women
45% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Denver Seminary comes in at #10 on our list of the most popular colleges offering graduate certificate in theology. Each year, around 900 students seeking various degrees attend the university. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 22 people received their graduate certificate in theology from Denver Seminary. About 64% of this group were women, and 45% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

19 Yearly Graduations
47% Women
11% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities comes in at #11 on our list of the most popular colleges offering graduate certificate in theology. Each year, around 0 students seeking various degrees attend the university. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 19 graduate certificate were handed out to theology majors at United Theological Seminary. Of these students, 47% were women and 11% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

16 Yearly Graduations

The 12th most popular school in the country for theology majors who are seeking their graduate certificate 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.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 16 graduate certificate were handed out to theology majors at Mesivta Torah Vodaath Rabbinical Seminary.

#12

Regent University

Virginia Beach, Virginia
16 Yearly Graduations
44% Women
31% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 12th most popular school in the country for theology majors who are seeking their graduate certificate 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.

The theology program at Regent University awarded 16 graduate certificate during the 2018-2019 school year. About 44% of this group were women, and 31% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#14

Fuller Theological Seminary

Pasadena, California
15 Yearly Graduations
67% Women
40% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 14th most popular school in the country for theology majors who are seeking their graduate certificate is Fuller Theological Seminary. Roughly 2,400 attend the school each year. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 15 people received their graduate certificate in theology from Fuller. Of these students, 67% were women and 40% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#15

Aquinas Institute of Theology

Saint Louis, Missouri
14 Yearly Graduations
50% Women
21% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Aquinas Institute of Theology comes in at #15 on our list of the most popular colleges offering graduate certificate in theology. Roughly 100 attend the school each year. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 14 people received their graduate certificate in theology from Aquinas Institute Saint Louis. Of these students, 50% were women and 21% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#16

Western Seminary

Portland, Oregon
13 Yearly Graduations
54% Women
38% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 16th most popular school in the country for theology majors who are seeking their graduate certificate is Western Seminary. Each year, around 700 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The theology program at Western Seminary awarded 13 graduate certificate during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 38% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 54% were women.

#17

Yeshiva of Nitra Rabbinical College

Mount Kisco, New York
11 Yearly Graduations

Yeshiva of Nitra Rabbinical College comes in at #17 on our list of the most popular colleges offering graduate certificate in theology. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $11,500 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $300 per year.

The theology program at Yeshiva of Nitra Rabbinical College awarded 11 graduate certificate during the 2018-2019 school year.

#18

United Lutheran Seminary

Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
9 Yearly Graduations
22% Women
11% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

United Lutheran Seminary is the 18th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a graduate certificate in theology. Roughly 200 attend the school each year. The theology program at United Lutheran Seminary awarded 9 graduate certificate during the 2018-2019 school year. About 22% of this group were women, and 11% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#18

Bethany Theological Seminary

Richmond, Indiana
9 Yearly Graduations
33% Women

Bethany Theological Seminary is the 18th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a graduate certificate in theology. Each year, around 0 students seeking various degrees attend the university. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 9 graduate certificate were handed out to theology majors at Bethany Theological Seminary.

#20

Church Divinity School of the Pacific

Berkeley, California
8 Yearly Graduations
75% Women

Church Divinity School of the Pacific comes in at #20 on our list of the most popular colleges offering graduate certificate in theology. Each year, around 0 students seeking various degrees attend the university. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 8 graduate certificate were handed out to theology majors at CDSP.

Below are some popular majors that are similar to theology that offer graduate certificate.

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Pastoral Specialized Ministries 136
Biblical Studies 92
Other Theology & Religion 38
Missionary Studies 23
Religious Education 18

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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