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2021 Best Theological & Ministerial Studies Schools

117 Colleges
$36,911 Avg Salary
$41,597 Avg Student Debt

Finding the Best Theological & Ministerial Studies School for You

Theological & Ministerial Studies is the #61 most popular major in the country with 19,838 degrees and certificates awarded in 2018-2019.

There are so many programs in today's world that it can tough to figure out which one is the right one for you. Along with traditional schools that require in-person attendence, you can attend one of many reputable online schools. Some programs even offer a hybrid experience. Alternatively, you may choose a trade school that prepares you to enter the workforce with knowledge in a specific field.

Along with in-depth profiles of schools and the programs they offer, Course Advisor has created the Best Theological & Ministerial Studies Schools to help you in your search for the best school for you. This report analyzed 117 schools in the United States to see which ones offered the best programs for students.

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2021 Best Theological & Ministerial Studies Schools in the United States

The colleges and universities below are the best for theology majors pursuing a .

Top 15% Best Theological & Ministerial Studies Schools

#1

Concordia Seminary

Saint Louis, MO

Our 2021 rankings named Concordia Seminary the best school in the United States for theological and ministerial studies students. Concordia Seminary is a small private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Saint Louis.

While working on their degree, theology majors at Concordia Seminary accumulate an average of around $32,468 in student debt. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $378.

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You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Sewanee - The University of the South. The school came in at #2 on this year’s Best Theological & Ministerial Studies Schools list. Sewanee is a small private not-for-profit school located in the rural area of Sewanee.

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The excellent programs at Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion helped the school earn the #3 place on this year’s ranking of the best theological and ministerial studies schools in the United States. Located in the large city of New York, HUC - JIR is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

After completing their degree, theology graduates from HUC - JIR carry an average student debtload of $106,374. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $1,239.

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A rank of #4 on this year’s list means Concordia Theological Seminary is a great place for theological and ministerial studies students. Concordia Theological Seminary is a small private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Fort Wayne.

Theology majors at Concordia Theological Seminary take out an average of $56,401 in student loans while working on their egree. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $657.

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A rank of #5 on this year’s list means Wartburg Theological Seminary is a great place for theological and ministerial studies students. Wartburg Seminary is a fairly small private not-for-profit school located in the city of Dubuque.

On average, theology graduates from Wartburg Seminary take out $24,500 in student loans while working on their degree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $285, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#6

Luther Seminary

Saint Paul, MN

Luther Seminary came in at #6 in this year’s edition of the Best Theological & Ministerial Studies Schools ranking. Luther Seminary is a fairly small private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Saint Paul.

Theology majors at Luther Seminary take out an average of $40,717 in student loans while working on their egree. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $474.

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Northwest University-College of Adult and Professional Studies did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for theological and ministerial studies students. It came in at #7 on the list. Located in the large suburb of Kirkland, Northwest University-College of Adult and Professional Studies is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

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#8

University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame, IN

University of Notre Dame came in at #8 in this year’s edition of the Best Theological & Ministerial Studies Schools ranking. Notre Dame is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Notre Dame.

While working on their degree, theology majors at Notre Dame accumulate an average of around $19,500 in student debt. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $202, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago ranked #9 on this year’s Best Theological & Ministerial Studies Schools list. Located in the large city of Chicago, LSTC is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

On average, theology graduates from LSTC take out $31,000 in student loans while working on their degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $361, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Pontifical College Josephinum landed the #10 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best theological and ministerial studies programs. Pontifical College Josephinum is a small private not-for-profit school located in the city of Columbus.

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#11

Freed - Hardeman University

Henderson, TN

With a ranking of #11, Freed - Hardeman University did quite well on this year’s best schools for theological and ministerial studies students. Located in the distant town of Henderson, Freed - Hardeman is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

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Mid - America Christian University ranked #12 on this year’s Best Theological & Ministerial Studies Schools list. Located in the city of Oklahoma City, Mid - America Christian University is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

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Trinity International University - Illinois came in at #13 in this year’s edition of the Best Theological & Ministerial Studies Schools ranking. TIU Illinois is a small private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Deerfield.

The average amount in student loans that theology majors at TIU Illinois take out is $49,200. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $573.

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#14

Palm Beach Atlantic University

West Palm Beach, FL

Palm Beach Atlantic University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for theological and ministerial studies students. It came in at #14 on the list. Palm Beach Atlantic is a small private not-for-profit school located in the midsize city of West Palm Beach.

Theology majors at Palm Beach Atlantic take out an average of $25,000 in student loans while working on their egree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $259, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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With a ranking of #15, Franciscan University of Steubenville did quite well on this year’s best schools for theological and ministerial studies students. Located in the city of Steubenville, Franciscan U is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

Theology majors at Franciscan U take out an average of $31,407 in student loans while working on their egree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $350, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#16

Nazarene Bible College

Colorado Springs, CO

With a ranking of #16, Nazarene Bible College did quite well on this year’s best schools for theological and ministerial studies students. Located in the large city of Colorado Springs, Nazarene Bible College is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

After completing their degree, theology graduates from Nazarene Bible College carry an average student debtload of $32,057. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $333, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#17

Yale University

New Haven, CT

Yale University landed the #17 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best theological and ministerial studies programs. Yale is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the medium-sized city of New Haven.

On average, theology graduates from Yale take out $32,582 in student loans while working on their degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $380, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Honorable Mentions

Here are some additional great schools for Theological & Ministerial Studies students that almost earned our Best Theological & Ministerial Studies Schools award.

Rank College Location
18 Clarks Summit University South Abington Township, PA
19 North Central University Minneapolis, MN
20 Duke University Durham, NC
21 Northwest University Kirkland, WA
22 Loyola University Chicago Chicago, IL
23 Brite Divinity School Fort Worth, TX

Theological & Ministerial Studies by Region

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Region
Southeast
New England
Rocky Mountains
Plains States
Middle Atlantic
Far Western US
Southwest
Great Lakes

One of 6 majors within the area of study, theological and ministerial studies has other similar majors worth exploring.

Majors Similar to Theology

Related Major Annual Graduates
Biblical Studies 4,551
Pastoral Counseling & Specialized Ministries 3,055
Religious Education 1,497
Missionary Studies 1,379
Theology & Religious Vocations (Other) 1,375

Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 25 schools only.

  • Read more about our ranking methodology.
  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
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