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2021 Most Popular Online Theological & Ministerial Studies Schools

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

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.

To assist you in seeing some of the education options that are available to you, Course Advisor has created its Most Popular Online Theological & Ministerial Studies Schools ranking. This report analyzed 116 schools in the United States to see which ones were the most popular online programs for students. To create this ranking we looked at how many students graduated from schools with online programs.

The following schools top our list of the Most Popular Online Theological & Ministerial Studies Colleges.

#1

Southeastern University

Lakeland, FL

Our 2021 rankings named Southeastern University the most popular online school in the United States for theological and ministerial studies students. SEU is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the city of Lakeland.

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#2

Regent University

Virginia Beach, VA

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Regent University. The school came in at #2 on this year’s Most Popular Online Theological & Ministerial Studies Schools list. Regent is a large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Virginia Beach.

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#3

Ohio Christian University

Circleville, OH

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Ohio Christian University. The school came in at #3 on this year’s Most Popular Online Theological & Ministerial Studies Schools list. Located in the distant town of Circleville, OCU is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

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#4

Moody Bible Institute

Chicago, IL

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Moody Bible Institute. It ranked #4 on our 2021 Most Popular Online Theological & Ministerial Studies Schools list. Located in the city of Chicago, Moody Theological Seminary and Graduate School is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

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#4

Liberty University

Lynchburg, VA

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Liberty University. It ranked #4 on our 2021 Most Popular Online Theological & Ministerial Studies Schools list. Located in the small city of Lynchburg, Liberty University is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

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Franciscan University of Steubenville landed the #6 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best theological and ministerial studies programs. 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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Northwest University - College of Adult and Professional Studies came in at #7 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Online Theological & Ministerial Studies Schools ranking. Northwest University CAPS is a small private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Kirkland.

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With a ranking of #8, Faith Theological Seminary and Christian College did quite well on this year’s best schools for theological and ministerial studies students. Located in the suburb of Tampa, Faith Theological Seminary and Christian College is a private not-for-profit school with a student population.

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Hope International University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for theological and ministerial studies students. It came in at #9 on the list. Located in the large suburb of Fullerton, Hope is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

After completing their degree, theology graduates from Hope carry an average student debtload of $24,526. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $270.

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#10

Johnson University

Knoxville, TN

With a ranking of #10, Johnson University did quite well on this year’s best schools for theological and ministerial studies students. Johnson University is a small private not-for-profit school located in the rural area of Knoxville.

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#11

Mid-America Christian University

Oklahoma City, OK

Mid-America Christian University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for theological and ministerial studies students. It came in at #11 on the list. Located in the city of Oklahoma City, MACU is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

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#12

Nazarene Bible College

Colorado Springs, CO

Nazarene Bible College came in at #12 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Online Theological & Ministerial Studies Schools ranking. Located in the city of Colorado Springs, Nazarene Bible College is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly 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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#13

The Master's College and Seminary

Santa Clarita, CA

With a ranking of #13, The Master’s College and Seminary did quite well on this year’s best schools for theological and ministerial studies students. The Master's College is a small private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Santa Clarita.

While working on their degree, theology majors at The Master's College accumulate an average of around $21,625 in student debt. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $224.

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#14

Piedmont International University

Winston-Salem, NC

Piedmont International University came in at #14 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Online Theological & Ministerial Studies Schools ranking. Located in the midsize city of Winston-Salem, Piedmont International University is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

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#15

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 #15 on the list. Palm Beach Atlantic is a small private not-for-profit school located in the 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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#16

Concordia Seminary

Saint Louis, MO

With a ranking of #16, Concordia Seminary did quite well on this year’s best schools for theological and ministerial studies students. Concordia Seminary is a fairly 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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#17

Epic Bible College

Sacramento, CA

Epic Bible College ranked #17 on this year’s Most Popular Online Theological & Ministerial Studies Schools list. Epic Bible College is a fairly small private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Sacramento.

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Honorable Mentions

These are some additional schools worth mentioning that are also great but just didn't quite make the cut to earn our top Most Popular Online Theological & Ministerial Studies Schools award.

Rank College Location
18 United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities New Brighton, MN
18 Point University West Point, GA
18 Luther Rice College & Seminary Lithonia, GA
21 The Baptist College of Florida Graceville, FL
21 Denver Seminary Littleton, CO
23 University of Valley Forge Phoenixville, PA
23 Catholic Distance University Charles Town, WV

View the Most Popular Online Theological & Ministerial Studies Schools for a specific region near you.

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.

  • 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).
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to Jonund.

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