Theology & Religious Vocations

2022 Best Theology & Religious Vocations Schools

198 Colleges in the United States
24,907 Theology & Religious Vocations Degrees Awarded
$34,203 Avg Early-Career Salary
Theology & Religious Vocations degree programs are on the lower end of the spectrum in terms of popularity. In fact, the major ranks #25 out of the 38 majors we look at each year. While this may limit the number of schools that offer the degree program, there are still top-quality ones to be found.

College Factual reviewed 198 schools in the United States to determine which ones were the best for degree seekers in the field of theology and religious vocations. Combined, these schools handed out 24,907 degrees in theology and religious vocations to qualified students.

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Choosing a Great Theology & Religious Vocations School

Best Theology & Religious Vocations Schools Your choice of theology and religious vocations school matters, so we have put together these rankings to help you make your decision. For our Best Overall Theology & Religious Vocations School rankings, we roll up the results of our degree-level rankings, weighted by the number of degrees awarded at that level.

In order to find the schools that are the best fit for you, you may want to filter to one of the degree levels below.

Pick Your Theology & Religious Vocations Degree Level

Since picking the right college can be one of the most important decisions of your life, we've developed the Best Theology & Religious Vocations Schools ranking, along with many other major-related rankings, to help you make that decision. More interested in schools in a specific area of the country? Filter this list by region or state.

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Best Schools for Theology & Religious Vocations in the United States

Although we recommend filtering by degree level first, you can view the list below to see which schools give the educational experience for the theology and religious vocations degree levels they offer. 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 Theology & Religious Vocations

#1

Concordia Seminary

Saint Louis, MO
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
90 Theology & Religious Vocations Degrees Awarded

It's difficult to beat Concordia Seminary if you wish to pursue a degree in theology and religious vocations. Located in the large suburb of Saint Louis, Concordia Seminary is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

There were about 90 theology and religious vocations students who graduated with this degree at Concordia Seminary in the most recent data year. Theology & Religious Vocations degree recipients from Concordia Seminary get an earnings boost of around $44,997 above the average income of theology and religious vocations graduates.

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#2

University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame, IN
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
149 Theology & Religious Vocations Degrees Awarded

University of Notre Dame is a good choice for students pursuing a degree in theology and religious vocations. Notre Dame is a large private not-for-profit university located in the suburb of Notre Dame. A Best Schools rank of #15 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means Notre Dame is a great university overall.

There were about 149 theology and religious vocations students who graduated with this degree at Notre Dame in the most recent data year. Those theology and religious vocations students who get their degree from University of Notre Dame receive $3,197 more than the typical theology and religious vocations graduate.

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#3

Duke University

Durham, NC
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
167 Theology & Religious Vocations Degrees Awarded

It's hard to beat Duke University if you wish to pursue a degree in theology and religious vocations. Duke is a large private not-for-profit university located in the large city of Durham. A Best Schools rank of #9 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means Duke is a great university overall.

There were roughly 167 theology and religious vocations students who graduated with this degree at Duke in the most recent year we have data available. Degree recipients from the theology and religious vocations degree program at Duke University get $3,297 more than the typical graduate with the same degree shortly after graduation.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
67 Theology & Religious Vocations Degrees Awarded

Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion is one of the finest schools in the country for getting a degree in theology and religious vocations. Located in the city of New York, HUC - JIR is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly small student population.

There were about 67 theology and religious vocations students who graduated with this degree at HUC - JIR in the most recent data year. Those theology and religious vocations students who get their degree from Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion make $62,397 more than the standard theology and religious vocations grad.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
39 Theology & Religious Vocations Degrees Awarded

Located in the city of Chicago, LSTC is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly small student population.

There were about 39 theology and religious vocations students who graduated with this degree at LSTC in the most recent year we have data available. Theology & Religious Vocations degree recipients from Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago get an earnings boost of approximately $34,397 above the average income of theology and religious vocations graduates.

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#6

Yale University

New Haven, CT
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
119 Theology & Religious Vocations Degrees Awarded

Yale is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the midsize city of New Haven. A Best Schools rank of #8 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means Yale is a great university overall.

There were approximately 119 theology and religious vocations students who graduated with this degree at Yale in the most recent year we have data available. Theology & Religious Vocations degree recipients from Yale University get an earnings boost of about $6,047 above the typical income of theology and religious vocations majors.

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Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
9th Most Popular In PA

Located in the suburb of Wynnewood, Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary - Overbrook is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

There were roughly 28 theology and religious vocations students who graduated with this degree at Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary - Overbrook in the most recent data year.

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#8

Harvard University

Cambridge, MA
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
117 Theology & Religious Vocations Degrees Awarded

Located in the medium-sized city of Cambridge, Harvard is a private not-for-profit university with a very large student population. A Best Schools rank of #10 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means Harvard is a great university overall.

There were approximately 117 theology and religious vocations students who graduated with this degree at Harvard in the most recent data year. Theology & Religious Vocations degree recipients from Harvard University earn a boost of around $2,797 over the average earnings of theology and religious vocations graduates.

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#9

Luther Seminary

Saint Paul, MN
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
98 Theology & Religious Vocations Degrees Awarded

Luther Seminary is a small private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Saint Paul.

There were about 98 theology and religious vocations students who graduated with this degree at Luther Seminary in the most recent data year. Degree recipients from the theology and religious vocations program at Luther Seminary get $32,297 more than the average college grad with the same degree when they enter the workforce.

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#10

University of Chicago

Chicago, IL
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
77 Theology & Religious Vocations Degrees Awarded

UChicago is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the large city of Chicago. A Best Schools rank of #7 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means UChicago is a great university overall.

There were approximately 77 theology and religious vocations students who graduated with this degree at UChicago in the most recent data year. Theology & Religious Vocations degree recipients from University of Chicago earn a boost of around $4,497 over the average income of theology and religious vocations majors.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In CA
482 Theology & Religious Vocations Degrees Awarded

Fuller is a small private not-for-profit school located in the midsize city of Pasadena.

There were about 482 theology and religious vocations students who graduated with this degree at Fuller in the most recent data year.

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#12

Bethel University Minnesota

Saint Paul, MN
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
115 Theology & Religious Vocations Degrees Awarded

Bethel University Minnesota is a small private not-for-profit university located in the suburb of Saint Paul. This university ranks 14th out of 63 colleges for overall quality in the state of Minnesota.

There were about 115 theology and religious vocations students who graduated with this degree at Bethel University Minnesota in the most recent year we have data available. Those theology and religious vocations students who get their degree from Bethel University Minnesota earn $10,647 more than the average theology and religious vocations grad.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In TX
471 Theology & Religious Vocations Degrees Awarded

Located in the large city of Dallas, DTS Dallas is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

There were approximately 471 theology and religious vocations students who graduated with this degree at DTS Dallas in the most recent year we have data available.

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#14

Boston College

Chestnut Hill, MA
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
108 Theology & Religious Vocations Degrees Awarded

Located in the city of Chestnut Hill, Boston College is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population. A Best Schools rank of #45 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means Boston College is a great college overall.

There were roughly 108 theology and religious vocations students who graduated with this degree at Boston College in the most recent data year. Theology & Religious Vocations degree recipients from Boston College receive an earnings boost of around $8,597 over the typical earnings of theology and religious vocations majors.

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#15

Vanderbilt University

Nashville, TN
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
4th Most Popular In TN
65 Theology & Religious Vocations Degrees Awarded

Located in the large city of Nashville, Vanderbilt is a private not-for-profit university with a large student population. A Best Schools rank of #37 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means Vanderbilt is a great university overall.

There were roughly 65 theology and religious vocations students who graduated with this degree at Vanderbilt in the most recent year we have data available.

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#16

Santa Clara University

Santa Clara, CA
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
10th Most Popular In CA
57 Theology & Religious Vocations Degrees Awarded

SCU is a medium-sized private not-for-profit university located in the midsize city of Santa Clara. This university ranks 12th out of 203 schools for overall quality in the state of California.

There were about 57 theology and religious vocations students who graduated with this degree at SCU in the most recent data year.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
66 Theology & Religious Vocations Degrees Awarded

Located in the large city of Fort Wayne, Concordia Theological Seminary is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

There were about 66 theology and religious vocations students who graduated with this degree at Concordia Theological Seminary in the most recent data year. Those theology and religious vocations students who get their degree from Concordia Theological Seminary earn $42,397 more than the average theology and religious vocations grad.

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#18

Emory University

Atlanta, GA
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
128 Theology & Religious Vocations Degrees Awarded

Emory is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the city of Atlanta. This university ranks 2nd out of 80 schools for overall quality in the state of Georgia.

There were roughly 128 theology and religious vocations students who graduated with this degree at Emory in the most recent year we have data available. Theology & Religious Vocations degree recipients from Emory University earn a boost of around $7,297 over the typical income of theology and religious vocations graduates.

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#19

Kuyper College

Grand Rapids, MI
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
6th Most Popular In MI
41 Theology & Religious Vocations Degrees Awarded

Located in the large suburb of Grand Rapids, Kuyper is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. This college ranks 3rd out of 67 schools for overall quality in the state of Michigan.

There were roughly 41 theology and religious vocations students who graduated with this degree at Kuyper in the most recent data year.

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#20

Moody Bible Institute

Chicago, IL
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
687 Theology & Religious Vocations Degrees Awarded

Located in the large city of Chicago, Moody Theological Seminary and Graduate School is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

There were approximately 687 theology and religious vocations students who graduated with this degree at Moody Theological Seminary and Graduate School in the most recent data year. Students who receive their degree from the theology and religious vocations program make an average of $29,480 in the first couple years of working.

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Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
3rd Most Popular In TN
77 Theology & Religious Vocations Degrees Awarded

TNU is a small private not-for-profit university located in the large city of Nashville. This university ranks 11th out of 50 schools for overall quality in the state of Tennessee.

There were approximately 77 theology and religious vocations students who graduated with this degree at TNU in the most recent data year.

More information about a degree in theology and religious vocations from Trevecca Nazarene University

Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
326 Theology & Religious Vocations Degrees Awarded

Gordon - Conwell Seminary is a small private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of South Hamilton.

There were approximately 326 theology and religious vocations students who graduated with this degree at Gordon - Conwell Seminary in the most recent year we have data available. Soon after graduation, theology and religious vocations degree recipients typically earn an average of $34,700 in the first five years of their career.

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Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
34 Theology & Religious Vocations Degrees Awarded

Located in the small city of Dubuque, Wartburg Seminary is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly small student population.

There were roughly 34 theology and religious vocations students who graduated with this degree at Wartburg Seminary in the most recent year we have data available. Theology & Religious Vocations degree recipients from Wartburg Theological Seminary get an earnings boost of approximately $35,797 over the average income of theology and religious vocations graduates.

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#24

American Jewish University

Los Angeles, CA
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
33rd Most Popular In CA

AJU is a small private not-for-profit university located in the large city of Los Angeles. This university ranks 36th out of 203 colleges for overall quality in the state of California.

There were approximately 10 theology and religious vocations students who graduated with this degree at AJU in the most recent year we have data available.

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#25

Harding University

Searcy, AR
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
58 Theology & Religious Vocations Degrees Awarded

Harding is a small private not-for-profit university located in the distant town of Searcy. This university ranks 1st out of 40 colleges for overall quality in the state of Arkansas.

There were about 58 theology and religious vocations students who graduated with this degree at Harding in the most recent data year. After graduating, theology and religious vocations degree recipients generally earn an average of $25,800 at the beginning of their careers.

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Rest of the Top Best Theology & Religious Vocations Schools

#25

Harding University

Searcy, AR
#27

Brite Divinity School

Fort Worth, TX

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 Best Theology & Religious Vocations Schools award.

Rank College Location
30 Lancaster Bible College Lancaster, PA
31 North Central University Minneapolis, MN
32 Freed-Hardeman University Henderson, TN
33 Garrett - Evangelical Theological Seminary Evanston, IL
34 Boston University Boston, MA
35 Southern Methodist University Dallas, TX
36 Saint Johns University Collegeville, MN
37 Andrews University Berrien Springs, MI
38 Loyola University Chicago Chicago, IL
39 University of Northwestern - St Paul Saint Paul, MN

Theology & Religious Vocations 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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Theology & Religious Vocations Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Theological & Ministerial Studies 14,312
Biblical Studies 3,896
Pastoral Counseling & Specialized Ministries 2,722
Religious Education 1,295
Theology & Religious Vocations (Other) 1,184
Missionary Studies 977
Sacred Music 489
Religious Institution Administration and Law 32

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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).
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