Theology & Religious Vocations

2021 Best Value Colleges for Theology & Religious Vocations

40 Colleges
10,962 Bachelor's Degrees
$23,405 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Value Theology & Religious Vocations School for You

Best Value Colleges for Theology & Religious VocationsTheology & Religious Vocations is the #27 most popular major in the country with 10,962 bachelor's degrees awarded in 2018-2019.

For this year's Best Value Colleges for Theology & Religious Vocations ranking, we looked at 40 colleges that offer a bachelor's in theology and religious vocations. Note that the phrase 'best value' does not mean the absolute lowest-priced. Instead, we are looking at those theology and religious vocations schools that offer a high quality educational experience at a price lower than expected.

Average cost figures start with estimating tuition, fees, room and board, books, and other related expenses. We then subtract the average amount of financial aid that a student receives. You can use this as a gauge to estimate how much you may need to pay out of pocket to cover costs when financial aid isn't enough. Keep in mind that the net cost for you may be higher or lower, depending on your income and other factors.

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2021 Best Value Theology & Religious Vocations Schools in the United States

The following schools top our list of the Best Theology & Religious Vocations Colleges for the Money.

Top 10 Best Value Theology & Religious Vocations Schools

Ozark Christian College earned the #1 spot in our 2021 rankings. Ozark Christian College is a fairly small private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Joplin. As a testament to the quality of education offered at Ozark Christian College, the school also landed the #1 rank in our Best Colleges for Theology & Religious Vocations ranking.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Ozark Christian College is 4.6 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $16,510. This means that the average student pays around $75,946 to get a bachelor’s degree from Ozark Christian College. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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#2

Johnson University

Knoxville, TN

Johnson University earned the #2 spot in our 2021 rankings. Johnson University is a small private not-for-profit school located in the rural area of Knoxville. Johnson University did well in our quality rankings, too. It placed #3 on our Best Colleges for Theology & Religious Vocations list.

At Johnson University, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.3 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $19,729. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from Johnson University is $83,848. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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Columbia International University landed the #3 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value theology and religious vocations schools. Located in the midsize city of Columbia, CIU is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population. As a testament to the quality of education offered at CIU, the school also landed the #7 rank in our Best Colleges for Theology & Religious Vocations ranking.

At CIU, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.1 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $23,251. Putting this cost and the average time to graduate together, we find that the average amount you’ll pay to get a bachelor’s degree from CIU is $94,399. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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Freed - Hardeman University landed the #4 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value theology and religious vocations schools. Located in the distant town of Henderson, Freed - Hardeman is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Freed - Hardeman is 4.2 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $21,207. Putting this cost and the average time to graduate together, we find that the average amount you’ll pay to get a bachelor’s degree from Freed - Hardeman is $88,645. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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Franciscan University of Steubenville landed the #5 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value theology and religious vocations schools. Located in the small city of Steubenville, Franciscan U is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population. Franciscan U not only placed well in our value rankings. It is also #2 on our Best Colleges for Theology & Religious Vocations list.

It takes about 4.1 years for the average student at Franciscan U to complete their degree, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $29,132. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the Franciscan U is $119,441. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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#6

Appalachian Bible College

Mount Hope, WV

Appalachian Bible College landed the #6 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value theology and religious vocations schools. Appalachian Bible College is a small private not-for-profit school located in the rural area of Mount Hope.

It takes the average student at Appalachian Bible College about 4.1 years to graduate, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $14,374. Putting this cost and the average time to graduate together, we find that the average amount you’ll pay to get a bachelor’s degree from Appalachian Bible College is $59,077. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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The Baptist College of Florida landed the #7 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value theology and religious vocations schools. Located in the town of Graceville, BCF is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

The average student at BCF graduates in less than 4.4 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $13,961. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from BCF is about $61,708. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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Liberty University

Lynchburg, VA

The #8 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Liberty University. Located in the city of Lynchburg, Liberty University is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population. Liberty University also made our Best Colleges for Theology & Religious Vocations list, coming in at #9.

The average student at Liberty University graduates in less than 4.5 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $26,839. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from Liberty University is $119,970. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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Our rankings recognize SUM Bible College and Theological Seminary as the #9 school in this year's rankings. School of Urban Missions is a fairly small private not-for-profit school located in the rural area of El Dorado Hills.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at School of Urban Missions is 4.2 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $17,947. This means that the average student pays around $75,736 to get a bachelor’s degree from School of Urban Missions. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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Lancaster Bible College

Lancaster, PA

Lancaster Bible College landed the #10 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value theology and religious vocations schools. Lancaster Bible College is a small private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Lancaster. In addition to being on our best value list, Lancaster Bible College has also earned the #5 rank in our Best Colleges for Theology & Religious Vocations ranking.

It takes about 4.2 years for the average student at Lancaster Bible College to complete their degree, and it costs about $29,899 per year to attend the school. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the Lancaster Bible College is $125,576. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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Theology & Religious Vocations by Region

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Theology & Religious Vocations Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Theological & Ministerial Studies 4,767
Biblical Studies 2,888
Pastoral Counseling & Specialized Ministries 1,323
Religious Education 843
Missionary Studies 510

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Majors Similar to Theology & Religious Vocations

Related Major Annual Graduates
Visual & Performing Arts 94,501
Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities 45,514
English Language & Literature 42,686
Foreign Languages & Linguistics 24,008
Philosophy & Religious Studies 12,372

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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).
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