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Master’s Degree in Theological & Ministerial Studies

11,230 Yearly Graduations
$40,750 Median Salary
$45,114 Median Debt
There are 348 schools in the United States where you can get your master's degree in theology. In recent years, the majority of the students getting degrees in this area were male, and 27 were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group. Also, 7.1% of theology graduates were international students.

Education Levels of Theology Majors

In 2018-2019, 11,230 earned their master's degree in theology. This makes it the 20th most popular master'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 Master’s Degree

The median salary for graduates holding a master's degree in theology is $40,750. A lot of factors can contribute to this number, such as the location of your workplace and the availability of other perks and bonuses.

A better approximation of salary is to look at the typical range of salaries. In this case the low is $33,125 and the high is $47,475.

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Student Debt

The median student debt for graduates holding a master's degree in theology is $45,114. The length of time it takes you to graduate and what college you attend can affect this number quite a bit.

The chart below shows the range of accumulated debt loads. On the high side of the range, $57,653 is the debt load, and the debt load on the low side is $35,277.

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Those students who are paying back their debt on a 10-year repayment plan have a median monthly payment of $526.

Student Diversity

More men than women pursue master's degree in theology. About 69.7% of graduates in this field are male.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 7,828
Women 3,402
Gender Diversity of Master's Degree in Theology

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

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 495
Black or African American 1,557
Hispanic or Latino 703
White 6,643
International Students 795
Other Races/Ethnicities 1,037
Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Theology Master's Degree Students

There are 348 colleges that offer a master’s degree in theology. Learn more about the most popular 20 below:

#1

Liberty University

Lynchburg, Virginia
1,409 Yearly Graduations
32% Women
26% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Liberty University tops the list of the most popular school in the U.S. for theology majors who are seeking their master's degree. Each year, around 75,000 students seeking various degrees attend the university. 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, 1,409 master's degree were handed out to theology majors at Liberty University. About 32% of this group were women, and 26% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#2

Beth Medrash Govoha

Lakewood, New Jersey
489 Yearly Graduations

The 2nd most popular school in the country for theology majors who are seeking their master's degree is Beth Medrash Govoha. 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.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 489 people received their master's degree in theology from Beth Medrash Govoha.

317 Yearly Graduations
15% Women
42% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 3rd most popular school in the country for theology majors who are seeking their master's degree is Southwestern-Baptist-Theological-Seminary. Roughly 0 attend the school each year. 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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262 Yearly Graduations
7% Women
7% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary comes in at #4 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degree in theology. Each year, around 4,000 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.

The theology program at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary awarded 262 master's degree during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 7% were women and 7% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#5

Fuller Theological Seminary

Pasadena, California
240 Yearly Graduations
35% Women
37% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Fuller Theological Seminary is the 5th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in theology. Each year, around 2,400 students seeking various degrees attend the university. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 240 people received their master's degree in theology from Fuller. Of these students, 35% were women and 37% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#6

Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary

Wake Forest, North Carolina
218 Yearly Graduations
6% Women
11% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary is the 6th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in theology. Each year, around 2,600 students seeking various degrees attend the university. 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 218 master's degree during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 6% were women and 11% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#7

Gordon - Conwell Theological Seminary

South Hamilton, Massachusetts
214 Yearly Graduations
24% Women
29% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Gordon - Conwell Theological Seminary is the 7th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in theology. Roughly 1,700 attend the school each year. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 214 people received their master's degree in theology from Gordon - Conwell Seminary. Of these students, 24% were women and 29% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

194 Yearly Graduations
11% Women
15% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 8th most popular school in the country for theology majors who are seeking their master's degree is Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Roughly 2,200 attend the school each year. 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 194 master's degree during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 11% were women and 15% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#9

Duke University

Durham, North Carolina
179 Yearly Graduations
42% Women
23% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Duke University comes in at #9 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degree in theology. Roughly 16,100 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $55,880 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $55,680 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 179 people received their master's degree in theology from Duke. About 42% of this group were women, and 23% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#10

Asbury Theological Seminary

Wilmore, Kentucky
171 Yearly Graduations
32% Women
13% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 10th most popular school in the country for theology majors who are seeking their master's degree is Asbury Theological Seminary. Each year, around 1,600 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The theology program at Asbury Theological Seminary awarded 171 master's degree during the 2018-2019 school year. About 32% of this group were women, and 13% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#11

Princeton Theological Seminary

Princeton, New Jersey
160 Yearly Graduations
39% Women
31% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Princeton Theological Seminary is the 11th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in theology. Roughly 500 attend the school each year. The theology program at Princeton Theological Seminary awarded 160 master's degree during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 39% were women and 31% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#12

Dallas Theological Seminary

Dallas, Texas
143 Yearly Graduations
24% Women
27% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Dallas Theological Seminary is the 12th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in theology. Roughly 2,300 attend the school each year. The theology program at Dallas Theological Seminary awarded 143 master's degree during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 24% were women and 27% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#13

New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary

New Orleans, Louisiana
121 Yearly Graduations
12% Women
10% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 13th most popular school in the country for theology majors who are seeking their master's degree is New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Each year, around 2,800 students seeking various degrees attend the university. 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.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 121 people received their master's degree in theology from NOBTS. Around 10% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 12% were women.

#14

Virginia Union University

Richmond, Virginia
115 Yearly Graduations
52% Women
91% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Virginia Union University comes in at #14 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degree in theology. Each year, around 1,600 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $15,530 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $10,760 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 115 people received their master's degree in theology from VUU. About 52% of this group were women, and 91% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#14

Luther Rice College & Seminary

Lithonia, Georgia
115 Yearly Graduations
17% Women
44% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Luther Rice College & Seminary is the 14th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in theology. Roughly 1,000 attend the school each year. 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.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 115 master's degree were handed out to theology majors at Luther Rice. Around 44% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 17% were women.

#16

Emory University

Atlanta, Georgia
110 Yearly Graduations
50% Women
38% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Emory University is the 16th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in theology. Roughly 14,200 attend the school each year. 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 110 master's degree during the 2018-2019 school year. About 50% of this group were women, and 38% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#17

Andrews University

Berrien Springs, Michigan
107 Yearly Graduations
14% Women
75% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 17th most popular school in the country for theology majors who are seeking their master's degree is Andrews University. Roughly 3,300 attend the school each year. 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.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 107 people received their master's degree in theology from Andrews. Of these students, 14% were women and 75% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#18

Harvard University

Cambridge, Massachusetts
105 Yearly Graduations
62% Women
33% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Harvard University is the 18th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in theology. Each year, around 31,100 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $47,730 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $48,008 per year.

The theology program at Harvard University awarded 105 master's degree during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 62% were women and 33% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#19

Luther Seminary

Saint Paul, Minnesota
101 Yearly Graduations
60% Women
11% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Luther Seminary comes in at #19 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degree in theology. Roughly 400 attend the school each year. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 101 master's degree were handed out to theology majors at Luther Seminary. Around 11% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 60% were women.

#20

Boston College

Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts
99 Yearly Graduations
40% Women
17% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 20th most popular school in the country for theology majors who are seeking their master's degree is Boston College. Roughly 14,600 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $56,780 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $30,600 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 99 people received their master's degree in theology from Boston College. Around 17% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 40% were women.

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

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Pastoral Specialized Ministries 1,100
Biblical Studies 682
Other Theology & Religion 626
Religious Education 523
Missionary Studies 319

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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