Philosophy & Religious Studies

2022 Best Philosophy & Religious Studies Schools

183 Colleges in the United States
19,082 Philosophy & Religious Studies Degrees Awarded
$30,177 Avg Early-Career Salary
You'll be studying one of the lesser sought-after majors if you pursue a degree in philosophy and religious studies. It is ranked #29 out of 38 major degree programs in terms of popularity. This may make is a little harder to find a school that is a good fit for you.

College Factual looked at 183 colleges and universities when compiling its 2022 Best Philosophy & Religious Studies Schools ranking. Combined, these schools handed out 19,082 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.

25 Top Schools in Philosophy & Religious Studies

#1

University of Pennsylvania

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

University of Pennsylvania is a wonderful decision for students pursuing a degree in philosophy and religious studies. Located in the large city of Philadelphia, UPenn is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population. A Best Schools rank of #13 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means UPenn is a great university overall.

There were approximately 176 philosophy and religious studies students who graduated with this degree at UPenn in the most recent data year. Degree recipients from the philosophy and religious studies degree program at University of Pennsylvania earn $33,423 above the average graduate in this field when they enter the workforce.

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#2

Dartmouth College

Hanover, NH
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In NH

Dartmouth College is one of the finest schools in the country for getting a degree in philosophy and religious studies. Dartmouth is a medium-sized private not-for-profit college located in the remote town of Hanover. A Best Schools rank of #6 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means Dartmouth is a great college overall.

There were about 23 philosophy and religious studies students who graduated with this degree at Dartmouth in the most recent data year.

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

It's difficult to beat Jewish Theological Seminary of America if you want to pursue a degree in philosophy and religious studies. Jewish Theological Seminary of America is a fairly small private not-for-profit school located in the large city of New York.

There were roughly 59 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 about $20,023 over the average income of philosophy and religious studies majors.

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#4

James Madison University

Harrisonburg, VA
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
6th Most Popular In VA

James Madison University is one of the finest schools in the United States for getting a degree in philosophy and religious studies. JMU is a fairly large public university located in the small city of Harrisonburg. This university ranks 5th out of 73 colleges for overall quality in the state of Virginia.

There were roughly 26 philosophy and religious studies students who graduated with this degree at JMU in the most recent data year.

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#5

Duke University

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

Located in the large city of Durham, Duke is a private not-for-profit university with a large student population. A Best Schools rank of #9 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means Duke is a great university overall.

There were about 68 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 about $6,123 above the average income of philosophy and religious studies graduates.

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#6

University of Chicago

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

Located in the large city of Chicago, UChicago is a private not-for-profit university with a large student population. A Best Schools rank of #7 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means UChicago is a great university overall.

There were about 79 philosophy and religious studies students who graduated with this degree at UChicago in the most recent data year. Degree recipients from the philosophy and religious studies degree program at University of Chicago make $9,123 above the standard college grad in this field shortly after graduation.

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#7

Wake Forest University

Winston-Salem, NC
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
5th Most Popular In NC
48 Philosophy & Religious Studies Degrees Awarded

Wake Forest University is a medium-sized private not-for-profit university located in the midsize city of Winston-Salem. This university ranks 2nd out of 113 colleges for overall quality in the state of North Carolina.

There were roughly 48 philosophy and religious studies students who graduated with this degree at Wake Forest University in the most recent data year.

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#8

Boston College

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

Boston College is a fairly large private not-for-profit college located in the small city of Chestnut Hill. This college ranks 8th out of 72 colleges for overall quality in the state of Massachusetts.

There were approximately 116 philosophy and religious studies students who graduated with this degree at Boston College in the most recent data year. Those philosophy and religious studies students who get their degree from Boston College receive $8,423 more than the standard philosophy and religious studies grad.

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#9

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
8th Most Popular In NY
37 Philosophy & Religious Studies Degrees Awarded

Cornell is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the city of Ithaca. A Best Schools rank of #16 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means Cornell is a great university overall.

There were about 37 philosophy and religious studies students who graduated with this degree at Cornell in the most recent data year.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
2nd Most Popular In NY
126 Philosophy & Religious Studies Degrees Awarded

Located in the city of New York, Columbia is a private not-for-profit university with a very large student population. A Best Schools rank of #22 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means Columbia is a great university overall.

There were about 126 philosophy and religious studies students who graduated with this degree at Columbia in the most recent year we have data available.

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#11

American University

Washington, DC
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
41 Philosophy & Religious Studies Degrees Awarded

The American University is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the city of Washington. This university ranks 3rd out of 9 schools for overall quality in the state of District of Columbia.

There were approximately 41 philosophy and religious studies students who graduated with this degree at The American University in the most recent year we have data available. Philosophy & Religious Studies degree recipients from American University get an earnings boost of around $11,723 above the average income of philosophy and religious studies graduates.

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#12

Carnegie Mellon University

Pittsburgh, PA
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
7th Most Popular In PA

Located in the large city of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population. A Best Schools rank of #20 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means Carnegie Mellon is a great university overall.

There were roughly 26 philosophy and religious studies students who graduated with this degree at Carnegie Mellon in the most recent year we have data available.

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#13

Northwestern University

Evanston, IL
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
3rd Most Popular In IL
31 Philosophy & Religious Studies Degrees Awarded

Northwestern is a very large private not-for-profit university located in the small city of Evanston. A Best Schools rank of #14 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means Northwestern is a great university overall.

There were roughly 31 philosophy and religious studies students who graduated with this degree at Northwestern in the most recent year we have data available.

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#14

Vanderbilt University

Nashville, TN
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In TN
49 Philosophy & Religious Studies Degrees Awarded

Vanderbilt is a large private not-for-profit university located in the large city of Nashville. This university ranks 1st out of 50 schools for overall quality in the state of Tennessee.

There were approximately 49 philosophy and religious studies students who graduated with this degree at Vanderbilt in the most recent year we have data available.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
2nd Most Popular In NC
61 Philosophy & Religious Studies Degrees Awarded

SEBTS is a small private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Wake Forest. This school ranks 3rd out of 113 colleges for overall quality in the state of North Carolina.

There were roughly 61 philosophy and religious studies students who graduated with this degree at SEBTS in the most recent year we have data available.

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

U-M is a fairly large public university located in the city of Ann Arbor. This university ranks 1st out of 67 schools for overall quality in the state of Michigan.

There were roughly 50 philosophy and religious studies students who graduated with this degree at U-M in the most recent data year. Students who graduate with their degree from the philosophy and religious studies program state that they receive average early career earnings of $30,200.

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

USC is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the large city of Los Angeles. This university ranks 9th out of 203 schools for overall quality in the state of California.

There were about 63 philosophy and religious studies students who graduated with this degree at USC in the most recent data year. Degree recipients from the philosophy and religious studies major at University of Southern California make $14,723 above the typical college grad with the same degree when they enter the workforce.

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#18

University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame, IN
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In IN
47 Philosophy & Religious Studies Degrees Awarded

Located in the suburb of Notre Dame, Notre Dame is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population. A Best Schools rank of #15 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means Notre Dame is a great university overall.

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

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#19

Emory University

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

Located in the large city of Atlanta, Emory is a private not-for-profit university with a large student population. This university ranks 2nd out of 80 colleges for overall quality in the state of Georgia.

There were roughly 77 philosophy and religious studies students who graduated with this degree at Emory in the most recent year we have data available. Philosophy & Religious Studies degree recipients from Emory University receive an earnings boost of approximately $18,123 over the typical income of philosophy and religious studies graduates.

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#20

Colgate University

Hamilton, NY
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
6th Most Popular In NY
42 Philosophy & Religious Studies Degrees Awarded

Colgate is a small private not-for-profit university located in the distant town of Hamilton. A Best Schools rank of #30 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means Colgate is a great university overall.

There were about 42 philosophy and religious studies students who graduated with this degree at Colgate in the most recent year we have data available.

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#21

William & Mary

Williamsburg, VA
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
3rd Most Popular In VA
45 Philosophy & Religious Studies Degrees Awarded

Located in the small suburb of Williamsburg, William & Mary is a public school with a moderately-sized student population. This school ranks 4th out of 73 schools for overall quality in the state of Virginia.

There were roughly 45 philosophy and religious studies students who graduated with this degree at William & Mary in the most recent data year.

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#22

Denver Seminary

Littleton, CO
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
9th Most Popular In CO

Located in the suburb of Littleton, Denver Seminary is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

There were approximately 12 philosophy and religious studies students who graduated with this degree at Denver Seminary in the most recent data year.

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#23

College of the Holy Cross

Worcester, MA
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
5th Most Popular In MA

Holy Cross is a small private not-for-profit college located in the medium-sized city of Worcester. A Best Schools rank of #32 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means Holy Cross is a great college overall.

There were approximately 26 philosophy and religious studies students who graduated with this degree at Holy Cross in the most recent data year.

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

Located in the large city of Los Angeles, UCLA is a public university with a fairly large student population. This university ranks 11th out of 203 schools for overall quality in the state of California.

There were approximately 152 philosophy and religious studies students who graduated with this degree at UCLA in the most recent data year. After graduation, philosophy and religious studies degree recipients usually make about $29,900 in the first five years of their career.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In NC
115 Philosophy & Religious Studies Degrees Awarded

UNC Chapel Hill is a fairly large public university located in the small city of Chapel Hill. This university ranks 4th out of 113 schools for overall quality in the state of North Carolina.

There were about 115 philosophy and religious studies students who graduated with this degree at UNC Chapel Hill in the most recent data year.

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Rest of the Top Best Philosophy & Religious Studies Schools

#27

University of Virginia - Main Campus

Charlottesville, VA

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
28 Boston University Boston, MA
29 Tufts University Medford, MA
30 Dickinson College Carlisle, PA
31 Catholic University of America Washington, DC
32 Trinity College Hartford, CT
33 Villanova University Villanova, PA
34 University of Wisconsin - Madison Madison, WI
35 Virginia Tech Blacksburg, VA
36 Fordham University Bronx, NY

Philosophy & Religious Studies by Region

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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
Philosophy 9,895
Religious Studies 8,722
Other Philosophy & Religious Studies 302
General Philosophy & Religious Studies 163

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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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