Philosophy & Religious Studies

2023 Best Philosophy & Religious Studies Schools

82 Colleges in the United States
19,993 Philosophy & Religious Studies Degrees Awarded
$31,946 Avg Early-Career Salary
If you're seeking a degree in philosophy and religious studies, you will have fewer peers than average since the major degree program is the #28 one in the country in terms of popularity.This may make is a little harder to find a school that is a good fit for you.

College Factual reviewed 82 schools in the United States to determine which ones were the best for degree seekers in the field of philosophy and religious studies. Combined, these schools handed out 19,993 degrees in philosophy and religious studies to qualified students.

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Choosing a Great Philosophy & Religious Studies School

Best Philosophy & Religious Studies Schools Your choice of philosophy and religious studies school matters, so we have put together these rankings to help you make your decision. In order to come up with a best overall ranking for philosophy and religious studies schools, we combine our degree-level rankings, weighting them by the number of degrees awarded at each level.

You may want to choose one of the degree levels below to find the schools of most interest to you.

Philosophy & Religious Studies Rankings by Degree Level

The philosophy and religious studies school you choose to invest your time and money in matters. To help you make the decision that is right for you, we've developed a number of major-specific rankings, including this list of the Best Philosophy & Religious Studies Schools. If you'd like to restrict your choices to just one part of the country, you can filter this list by location.

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Best Schools for Philosophy & Religious Studies in the United States

If you aren't interested in a particular degree level and want to know which schools are the overall best at delivering an education for the philosophy and religious studies degrees they offer, see the list below. Only those schools that rank in the top 15% of all the schools we analyze get awarded with a place on this list.

12 Top Schools in Philosophy & Religious Studies

#1

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
214 Philosophy & Religious Studies Degrees Awarded

University of Pennsylvania is a wonderful choice for students pursuing a degree in philosophy and religious studies. Located in the city of Philadelphia, UPenn is a private not-for-profit university with a very large student population. A Best Colleges rank of #4 out of 2,241 colleges nationwide means UPenn is a great university overall.

There were approximately 214 philosophy and religious studies students who graduated with this degree at UPenn in the most recent data year. Philosophy & Religious Studies degree recipients from University of Pennsylvania earn a boost of approximately $29,385 above the typical income of philosophy and religious studies majors.

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#2

Duke University

Durham, NC
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
49 Philosophy & Religious Studies Degrees Awarded

Every student pursuing a degree in philosophy and religious studies needs to take a look at Duke University. Located in the large city of Durham, Duke is a private not-for-profit university with a large student population. A Best Colleges rank of #3 out of 2,241 colleges nationwide means Duke is a great university overall.

There were approximately 49 philosophy and religious studies students who graduated with this degree at Duke in the most recent year we have data available. Philosophy & Religious Studies degree recipients from Duke University get an earnings boost of approximately $17,323 over the typical earnings of philosophy and religious studies graduates.

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#3

University of Chicago

Chicago, IL
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
73 Philosophy & Religious Studies Degrees Awarded

It is hard to beat University of Chicago if you wish to pursue a degree in philosophy and religious studies. Located in the large city of Chicago, UChicago is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population. A Best Colleges rank of #7 out of 2,241 colleges nationwide means UChicago is a great university overall.

There were about 73 philosophy and religious studies students who graduated with this degree at UChicago in the most recent data year. Graduates who receive their degree from the philosophy and religious studies program make around $28,698 in their early career salary.

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#4

Emory University

Atlanta, GA
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
86 Philosophy & Religious Studies Degrees Awarded

It's difficult to beat Emory University if you wish to pursue a degree in philosophy and religious studies. Located in the large city of Atlanta, Emory is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population. A Best Colleges rank of #35 out of 2,241 schools nationwide means Emory is a great university overall.

There were roughly 86 philosophy and religious studies students who graduated with this degree at Emory in the most recent data year. Degree recipients from the philosophy and religious studies program at Emory University earn $10,873 more than the typical graduate with the same degree shortly after graduation.

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#5

Boston College

Chestnut Hill, MA
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
100 Philosophy & Religious Studies Degrees Awarded

Boston College is a large private not-for-profit college located in the city of Chestnut Hill. This college ranks 6th out of 63 schools for overall quality in the state of Massachusetts.

There were roughly 100 philosophy and religious studies students who graduated with this degree at Boston College in the most recent year we have data available. Degree recipients from the philosophy and religious studies major at Boston College make $19,791 above the typical graduate with the same degree when they enter the workforce.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
124 Philosophy & Religious Studies Degrees Awarded

Located in the city of New York, Columbia is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population. A Best Colleges rank of #14 out of 2,241 schools nationwide means Columbia is a great university overall.

There were approximately 124 philosophy and religious studies students who graduated with this degree at Columbia in the most recent data year. Philosophy & Religious Studies degree recipients from Columbia University in the City of New York receive an earnings boost of about $6,600 over the average earnings of philosophy and religious studies graduates.

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#7

Vanderbilt University

Nashville, TN
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
51 Philosophy & Religious Studies Degrees Awarded

Vanderbilt is a large private not-for-profit university located in the city of Nashville. A Best Colleges rank of #21 out of 2,241 schools nationwide means Vanderbilt is a great university overall.

There were roughly 51 philosophy and religious studies students who graduated with this degree at Vanderbilt in the most recent data year. Students who receive their degree from the philosophy and religious studies program earn an average of $31,978 in their early career salary.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
83 Philosophy & Religious Studies Degrees Awarded

USC is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the city of Los Angeles. A Best Colleges rank of #18 out of 2,241 schools nationwide means USC is a great university overall.

There were approximately 83 philosophy and religious studies students who graduated with this degree at USC in the most recent year we have data available. Students who receive their degree from the philosophy and religious studies program make around $28,506 for their early career.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
56 Philosophy & Religious Studies Degrees Awarded

Jewish Theological Seminary of America is a fairly small private not-for-profit school located in the large city of New York.

There were about 56 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. Philosophy & Religious Studies degree recipients from Jewish Theological Seminary of America receive an earnings boost of approximately $34,371 above the typical income of philosophy and religious studies graduates.

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#10

University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame, IN
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
54 Philosophy & Religious Studies Degrees Awarded

Located in the large suburb of Notre Dame, Notre Dame is a private not-for-profit university with a large student population. A Best Colleges rank of #16 out of 2,241 colleges nationwide means Notre Dame is a great university overall.

There were approximately 54 philosophy and religious studies students who graduated with this degree at Notre Dame in the most recent year we have data available. Soon after graduation, philosophy and religious studies degree recipients typically make around $23,992 in the first five years of their career.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
71 Philosophy & Religious Studies Degrees Awarded

Located in the large city of Seattle, UW Seattle is a public university with a fairly large student population. This university ranks 1st out of 51 schools for overall quality in the state of Washington.

There were roughly 71 philosophy and religious studies students who graduated with this degree at UW Seattle in the most recent year we have data available. Those philosophy and religious studies students who get their degree from University of Washington - Seattle Campus earn $4,344 more than the average philosophy and religious studies student.

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#12

Boston University

Boston, MA
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
57 Philosophy & Religious Studies Degrees Awarded

Boston U is a very large private not-for-profit university located in the city of Boston. This university ranks 5th out of 63 schools for overall quality in the state of Massachusetts.

There were about 57 philosophy and religious studies students who graduated with this degree at Boston U in the most recent data year. Philosophy & Religious Studies degree recipients from Boston University receive an earnings boost of approximately $4,330 over the average income of philosophy and religious studies majors.

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Additional Noteworthy Schools

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

Rank College Location
13 Catholic University of America Washington, DC
14 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC
15 University of Wisconsin - Madison Madison, WI
16 University of California - Davis Davis, CA
17 University of California - Berkeley Berkeley, CA
18 University of Virginia - Main Campus Charlottesville, VA
19 American University Washington, DC
20 New York University New York, NY

Philosophy & Religious Studies by Region

View the Best Philosophy & Religious Studies Schools for a specific region near you.

Region
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New England
Rocky Mountains
Plains States
Middle Atlantic
Far Western US
Southwest
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Philosophy & Religious Studies Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Philosophy 10,054
Religious Studies 9,470
Other Philosophy & Religious Studies 285
General Philosophy & Religious Studies 184

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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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