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2022 Most Popular Master's Degree Colleges for Philosophy & Religious Studies

293 Colleges in the United States
2,198 Master's Degrees
Philosophy & Religious Studiesmaster's programs are on the lower end of the spectrum in terms of popularity. In fact, the major degree program ranks #29 out of the 37 majors we look at each year. This may make is a little harder to find a school that is a good fit for you.

For its 2022 ranking, College Factual looked at 293 schools in the United States to determine which ones were the most popular for philosophy and religious studies students pursuing a master's degree. When you put them all together, these colleges and universities awarded 2,198 master's degrees in philosophy and religious studies during the 2019-2020 academic year.

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Choosing a Great Philosophy & Religious Studies School for Your Master's Degree

Most Popular Master's Degree Colleges for Philosophy & Religious Studies Your choice of school for getting your master's degree in philosophy and religious studies matters. We created our Most Popular Master's Degree Colleges for Philosophy & Religious Studies ranking to make it a little easier to choose the right one for you.

A high popularity ranking isn't always a sign that a school has a great overall quality ranking for philosophy and religious studies, but it does mean that many students are choosing the school for some reason. This may be due to it being a great value, it offering a stellar educational experience, or the subject is a major focus of the school.

One Size Does Not Fit All

We have also developed a number of other rankings to help guide you in your decision-making process. To begin with, if this is not the degree level you are most interested in, you may want to check out one of the others noted above. If you would prefer to limit your search to a specific state or region of the county, see our rankings by location. Plus, you can view our other rankings for philosophy and religious studies.

The following list ranks the most popular colleges and universities for pursuing a master's degree in philosophy and religious studies. Only those schools that rank in the top 15% of all the schools we analyze get awarded with a place on this list.

25 Most Well Attended Schools for Philosophy & Religious Studies Students Working on Their Master's

#1

Biola University

La Mirada, CA
57 Annual Master's Degrees
#1 Most Popular In CA
#1 Best Quality In CA

You'll be surrounded by many like-minded peers at Biola University if you wish to pursue a master's degree in philosophy and religious studies. Located in the suburb of La Mirada, Biola is a private not-for-profit university with a moderately-sized student population. Potential students might also be interested to know that the school ranks #1 in quality for master's degrees in philosophy and religious studies in California.

There were approximately 57 philosophy and religious studies individuals who graduated with this degree at Biola in the most recent data year.

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47 Annual Master's Degrees
#1 Most Popular In NC
#2 Best Quality In NC

Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary is one of the most popular schools in the United States for getting a master's degree in philosophy and religious studies. SEBTS is a small private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Wake Forest. You also may be intersted to know that the school ranks #2 in quality for master's degrees in philosophy and religious studies in North Carolina.

There were roughly 47 philosophy and religious studies students who graduated with this degree at SEBTS in the most recent data year.

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#3

Yale University

New Haven, CT
39 Annual Master's Degrees
#1 Most Popular In CT
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type

Every student who is interested in a master's degree in philosophy and religious studies has to look into Yale University. Located in the city of New Haven, Yale is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population.

There were about 39 philosophy and religious studies students who graduated with this degree at Yale in the most recent data year.

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34 Annual Master's Degrees
#2 Most Popular In NC
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type

You'll be surrounded by many like-minded peers at Piedmont International University if you wish to pursue a master's degree in philosophy and religious studies. Piedmont International University is a fairly small private not-for-profit university located in the medium-sized city of Winston-Salem. More information about a master’s in philosophy and religious studies from Piedmont International University

#5

Duke University

Durham, NC
32 Annual Master's Degrees
#3 Most Popular In NC
#1 Best Quality In NC

Located in the large city of Durham, Duke is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population. This isn't the only ranking where the school placed. It's also #1 in quality for master's degrees in philosophy and religious studies in North Carolina.

There were roughly 32 philosophy and religious studies individuals who graduated with this degree at Duke in the most recent data year.

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30 Annual Master's Degrees
#1 Most Popular In GA
#3 Best Quality In GA

Located in the large city of Atlanta, Georgia State is a public university with a fairly large student population. Potential students might also be interested to know that the school ranks #3 in quality for master's degrees in philosophy and religious studies in Georgia.

There were roughly 30 philosophy and religious studies students who graduated with this degree at Georgia State in the most recent year we have data available.

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28 Annual Master's Degrees
#2 Most Popular In CA
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type

Claremont School of Theology is a fairly small private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Claremont.

There were roughly 28 philosophy and religious studies students who graduated with this degree at Claremont School of Theology in the most recent year we have data available.

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#7

Fordham University

Bronx, NY
28 Annual Master's Degrees
#1 Most Popular In NY
#4 Best Quality In NY

Located in the large city of Bronx, Fordham U is a private not-for-profit university with a large student population. Potential students might also be interested to know that the school ranks #4 in quality for master's degrees in philosophy and religious studies in New York.

There were approximately 28 philosophy and religious studies students who graduated with this degree at Fordham U in the most recent data year.

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27 Annual Master's Degrees
#2 Most Popular In NY
#3 Best Quality In NY

Located in the large city of New York, Columbia is a private not-for-profit university with a very large student population. Potential students might also be interested to know that the school ranks #3 in quality for master's degrees in philosophy and religious studies in New York.

There were about 27 philosophy and religious studies students who graduated with this degree at Columbia in the most recent data year.

More information about a master’s in philosophy and religious studies from Columbia University in the City of New York

#10

American University

Washington, DC
26 Annual Master's Degrees
#1 Most Popular In DC
#1 Best Quality In DC

The American University is a large private not-for-profit university located in the large city of Washington. You also may be intersted to know that the school ranks #1 in quality for master's degrees in philosophy and religious studies in District of Columbia.

There were roughly 26 philosophy and religious studies individuals who graduated with this degree at The American University in the most recent data year.

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#11

Wayland Baptist University

Plainview, TX
25 Annual Master's Degrees
#1 Most Popular In TX
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type

Wayland Baptist University is a small private not-for-profit university located in the town of Plainview.

There were roughly 25 philosophy and religious studies individuals who graduated with this degree at Wayland Baptist University in the most recent year we have data available.

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#12

Friends University

Wichita, KS
24 Annual Master's Degrees
#1 Most Popular In KS
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type

Friends University is a small private not-for-profit university located in the city of Wichita.

There were roughly 24 philosophy and religious studies individuals who graduated with this degree at Friends University in the most recent data year.

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#12

Boston College

Chestnut Hill, MA
24 Annual Master's Degrees
#1 Most Popular In MA
#1 Best Quality In MA

Boston College is a large private not-for-profit college located in the small city of Chestnut Hill. Potential students might also be interested to know that the school ranks #1 in quality for master's degrees in philosophy and religious studies in Massachusetts.

There were roughly 24 philosophy and religious studies students who graduated with this degree at Boston College in the most recent year we have data available.

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#14

Harvard University

Cambridge, MA
22 Annual Master's Degrees
#2 Most Popular In MA
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type

Harvard is a very large private not-for-profit university located in the city of Cambridge.

There were approximately 22 philosophy and religious studies individuals who graduated with this degree at Harvard in the most recent year we have data available.

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22 Annual Master's Degrees
#2 Most Popular In CT
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type

Located in the suburb of Cromwell, Holy Apostles College and Seminary is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly small student population.

There were about 22 philosophy and religious studies students who graduated with this degree at Holy Apostles College and Seminary in the most recent data year.

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#14

The New School

New York, NY
22 Annual Master's Degrees
#3 Most Popular In NY
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type

New School University is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the city of New York.

There were roughly 22 philosophy and religious studies individuals who graduated with this degree at New School University in the most recent year we have data available.

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#17

Spertus College

Chicago, IL
21 Annual Master's Degrees
#1 Most Popular In IL
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type

Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies is a fairly small private not-for-profit college located in the city of Chicago.

There were approximately 21 philosophy and religious studies students who graduated with this degree at Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies in the most recent data year.

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21 Annual Master's Degrees
#1 Most Popular In IA
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type

Located in the town of Fairfield, MIU is a private not-for-profit university with a small student population. More information about a master’s in philosophy and religious studies from Maharishi International University

#19

New York University

New York, NY
20 Annual Master's Degrees
#4 Most Popular In NY
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type

Located in the large city of New York, NYU is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population.

There were approximately 20 philosophy and religious studies individuals who graduated with this degree at NYU in the most recent year we have data available.

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20 Annual Master's Degrees
#4 Most Popular In NY
#1 Best Quality In NY

Jewish Theological Seminary of America is a fairly small private not-for-profit school located in the city of New York. Potential students might also be interested to know that the school ranks #1 in quality for master's degrees in philosophy and religious studies in New York.

There were roughly 20 philosophy and religious studies students who graduated with this degree at Jewish Theological Seminary of America in the most recent year we have data available.

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19 Annual Master's Degrees
#2 Most Popular In IL
#3 Best Quality In IL

Located in the large city of Chicago, Loyola Chicago is a private not-for-profit university with a large student population. Potential students might also be interested to know that the school ranks #3 in quality for master's degrees in philosophy and religious studies in Illinois.

There were about 19 philosophy and religious studies individuals who graduated with this degree at Loyola Chicago in the most recent year we have data available.

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#21

Cairn University

Langhorne, PA
19 Annual Master's Degrees
#1 Most Popular In PA
#5 Best Quality In PA

Located in the suburb of Langhorne, Cairn is a private not-for-profit university with a small student population. Potential students might also be interested to know that the school ranks #5 in quality for master's degrees in philosophy and religious studies in Pennsylvania.

There were roughly 19 philosophy and religious studies students who graduated with this degree at Cairn in the most recent year we have data available.

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#23

San Francisco State University

San Francisco, CA
18 Annual Master's Degrees
#3 Most Popular In CA
#7 Best Quality In CA

SFSU is a fairly large public university located in the large city of San Francisco. Potential students might also be interested to know that the school ranks #7 in quality for master's degrees in philosophy and religious studies in California.

There were approximately 18 philosophy and religious studies individuals who graduated with this degree at SFSU in the most recent data year.

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#23

Florida State University

Tallahassee, FL
18 Annual Master's Degrees
#1 Most Popular In FL
#1 Best Quality In FL

Located in the city of Tallahassee, Florida State is a public university with a very large student population. You also may be intersted to know that the school ranks #1 in quality for master's degrees in philosophy and religious studies in Florida.

There were approximately 18 philosophy and religious studies individuals who graduated with this degree at Florida State in the most recent data year.

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18 Annual Master's Degrees
#6 Most Popular In NY
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type

Glasgow Caledonian New York College is a fairly small private not-for-profit college located in the city of New-York. More information about a master’s in philosophy and religious studies from Glasgow Caledonian New York College

#26

Mount Vernon Nazarene University

Mount Vernon, OH
#28

Johnson University

Knoxville, TN
#30

Princeton University

Princeton, NJ

#30

Rice University

Houston, TX

#30

Western Michigan University

Kalamazoo, MI
#37

Crown College

Saint Bonifacius, MN
#39

Denver Seminary

Littleton, CO

#41

Hartford Seminary

Hartford, CT

#41

Pfeiffer University

Misenheimer, NC

Additional Noteworthy Schools

Here are some additional great schools for Philosophy & Religious Studies students that almost earned our Most Popular Master's Degree Colleges for Philosophy & Religious Studies award.

Rank College Location
45 University of Denver Denver, CO
45 The Graduate Center, CUNY New York, NY
45 University of Virginia - Main Campus Charlottesville, VA
45 George Washington University Washington, DC
49 Brandeis University Waltham, MA
49 Tufts University Medford, MA
49 Texas Tech University Lubbock, TX
49 University of Colorado Boulder Boulder, CO
49 Texas State University San Marcos, TX
49 California Institute of Integral Studies San Francisco, CA
55 Naropa University Boulder, CO
55 Amridge University Montgomery, AL
55 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC
55 Santa Clara University Santa Clara, CA
55 Pacific Rim Christian University Honolulu, HI
55 Kent State University at Kent Kent, OH
55 Carnegie Mellon University Pittsburgh, PA

Philosophy & Religious Studies by Region

View the Most Popular Master's Degree Colleges for Philosophy & Religious Studies for a specific region near you.

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

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Philosophy & Religious Studies Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Religious Studies 1,290
Philosophy 804
Other Philosophy & Religious Studies 86
General Philosophy & Religious Studies 18

Related Major Annual Graduates
Visual & Performing Arts 16,654
Theology & Religious Vocations 13,427
English Language & Literature 7,906
Foreign Languages & Linguistics 2,964
Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities 1,990

Notes and References

  • The bars on the spread charts above show the distribution of the schools on this list +/- one standard deviation from the mean.
  • 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). More about our data sources and methodologies.

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