Theology & Religious Vocations

2023 Best Theology & Religious Vocations Schools

142 Colleges in the United States
27,459 Theology & Religious Vocations Degrees Awarded
$36,020 Avg Early-Career Salary
If you're seeking a degree in theology and religious vocations, you will have fewer peers than average since the major degree program is the #26 one in the country in terms of popularity.While this may limit the number of schools that offer the degree program, there are still top-quality ones to be found.

For its 2023 ranking, College Factual looked at 142 schools in the United States to determine which ones were the best for theology and religious vocations students pursuing a degree. When you put them all together, these colleges and universities awarded 27,459 degrees in theology and religious vocations during the 2020-2021 academic year.

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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.

21 Top Schools in Theology & Religious Vocations

#1

Duke University

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

It's difficult to beat Duke University if you wish to pursue a degree in theology and religious vocations. Duke is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the large city of Durham. A Best Colleges rank of #3 out of 2,241 colleges nationwide means Duke is a great university overall.

There were about 191 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 program at Duke University earn $15,477 more than the average college grad with the same degree when they enter the workforce.

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

Any student pursuing a degree in theology and religious vocations has to look into Fuller Theological Seminary. Fuller is a small private not-for-profit school located in the midsize city of Pasadena.

There were about 492 theology and religious vocations students who graduated with this degree at Fuller in the most recent year we have data available. Those theology and religious vocations students who get their degree from Fuller Theological Seminary earn $8,746 more than the average theology and religious vocations grad.

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#3

University of Notre Dame

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

University of Notre Dame is a wonderful decision for students interested in a degree in theology and religious vocations. Notre Dame is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the large suburb of Notre Dame. A Best Colleges rank of #16 out of 2,241 colleges nationwide means Notre Dame is a great university overall.

There were approximately 150 theology and religious vocations students who graduated with this degree at Notre Dame in the most recent data year. Students who receive their degree from the theology and religious vocations program earn about $31,667 in the first couple years of their career.

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

Any student who is interested in theology and religious vocations has to look into Southeastern University. SEU is a medium-sized private not-for-profit university located in the city of Lakeland. This university ranks 11th out of 77 colleges for overall quality in the state of Florida.

There were about 515 theology and religious vocations students who graduated with this degree at SEU in the most recent data year. Soon after graduation, theology and religious vocations degree recipients generally earn around $29,173 in the first five years of their career.

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

UChicago is a large private not-for-profit university located in the city of Chicago. A Best Colleges rank of #7 out of 2,241 schools nationwide means UChicago is a great university overall.

There were approximately 99 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 get an earnings boost of approximately $7,151 over the average income of theology and religious vocations majors.

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#6

Yale University

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

Yale is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the city of New Haven. A Best Colleges rank of #15 out of 2,241 schools nationwide means Yale is a great university overall.

There were roughly 133 theology and religious vocations students who graduated with this degree at Yale in the most recent year we have data available. Students who receive their degree from the theology and religious vocations program make around $35,088 in the first couple years of working.

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

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

There were roughly 706 theology and religious vocations students who graduated with this degree at Moody Theological Seminary and Graduate School in the most recent data year. Graduates who receive their degree from the theology and religious vocations program earn an average of $36,242 for their early career.

More information about a degree in theology and religious vocations from Moody Bible Institute

#8

Emory University

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

Emory is a large private not-for-profit university located in the large city of Atlanta. A Best Colleges rank of #35 out of 2,241 schools nationwide means Emory is a great university overall.

There were approximately 152 theology and religious vocations students who graduated with this degree at Emory in the most recent data year. Theology & Religious Vocations degree recipients from Emory University receive an earnings boost of approximately $5,184 above the typical income of theology and religious vocations graduates.

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

Loyola Chicago is a large private not-for-profit university located in the large city of Chicago. A Best Colleges rank of #147 out of 2,241 colleges nationwide means Loyola Chicago is a great university overall.

There were roughly 63 theology and religious vocations students who graduated with this degree at Loyola Chicago in the most recent data year. Those theology and religious vocations students who get their degree from Loyola University Chicago earn $3,907 more than the average theology and religious vocations grad.

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

CUA is a medium-sized private not-for-profit university located in the city of Washington. A Best Colleges rank of #136 out of 2,241 colleges nationwide means CUA is a great university overall.

There were roughly 128 theology and religious vocations students who graduated with this degree at CUA in the most recent year we have data available. Degree recipients from the theology and religious vocations major at Catholic University of America get $21,647 above the typical college graduate with the same degree shortly after graduation.

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

Located in the city of Kansas City, MBTS is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

There were roughly 594 theology and religious vocations students who graduated with this degree at MBTS in the most recent year we have data available. Graduates who receive their degree from the theology and religious vocations program make about $34,478 in the first couple years of working.

More information about a degree in theology and religious vocations from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

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

CCU is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit university located in the medium-sized city of Lakewood. This university ranks 11th out of 34 colleges for overall quality in the state of Colorado.

There were roughly 176 theology and religious vocations students who graduated with this degree at CCU in the most recent data year. Theology & Religious Vocations degree recipients from Colorado Christian University receive an earnings boost of about $4,833 over the average earnings of theology and religious vocations majors.

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#13

Olivet Nazarene University

Bourbonnais, IL
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
83 Theology & Religious Vocations Degrees Awarded

Olivet Nazarene is a small private not-for-profit university located in the suburb of Bourbonnais. This university ranks 28th out of 87 colleges for overall quality in the state of Illinois.

There were about 83 theology and religious vocations students who graduated with this degree at Olivet Nazarene in the most recent data year. Theology & Religious Vocations degree recipients from Olivet Nazarene University get an earnings boost of about $11,280 over the typical earnings of theology and religious vocations majors.

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

Located in the large suburb of Saint Paul, Northwestern is a private not-for-profit university with a small student population. This university ranks 23rd out of 55 schools for overall quality in the state of Minnesota.

There were about 231 theology and religious vocations students who graduated with this degree at Northwestern in the most recent year we have data available. After graduating, theology and religious vocations degree recipients generally make an average of $34,692 in their early careers.

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#15

Boston College

Chestnut Hill, MA
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
116 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 Colleges rank of #45 out of 2,241 colleges nationwide means Boston College is a great college overall.

There were roughly 116 theology and religious vocations students who graduated with this degree at Boston College in the most recent data year. Degree recipients from the theology and religious vocations program at Boston College make $6,770 more than the typical college graduate with the same degree shortly after graduation.

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#16

Vanderbilt University

Nashville, TN
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
57 Theology & Religious Vocations Degrees Awarded

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

There were approximately 57 theology and religious vocations students who graduated with this degree at Vanderbilt in the most recent data year. Theology & Religious Vocations degree recipients from Vanderbilt University receive an earnings boost of approximately $4,834 over the typical income of theology and religious vocations majors.

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

Located in the large suburb of Santa Clarita, The Master's University is a private not-for-profit university with a small student population. This university ranks 35th out of 170 schools for overall quality in the state of California.

There were about 235 theology and religious vocations students who graduated with this degree at The Master's University in the most recent data year. Degree recipients from the theology and religious vocations program at The Master's University and Seminary earn $7,148 above the average college graduate with the same degree shortly after graduation.

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#18

Johnson University

Knoxville, TN
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
261 Theology & Religious Vocations Degrees Awarded

Johnson University is a fairly small private not-for-profit university located in the rural area of Knoxville.

There were about 261 theology and religious vocations students who graduated with this degree at Johnson University in the most recent year we have data available. Students who graduate with their degree from the theology and religious vocations program state that they receive average early career wages of $27,263.

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

Grand Canyon University is a very large private for-profit university located in the city of Phoenix. This university ranks 4th out of 26 schools for overall quality in the state of Arizona.

There were about 462 theology and religious vocations students who graduated with this degree at Grand Canyon University in the most recent data year. Theology & Religious Vocations degree recipients from Grand Canyon University get an earnings boost of about $4,064 over the typical income of theology and religious vocations graduates.

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#20

Crown College

Saint Bonifacius, MN
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
160 Theology & Religious Vocations Degrees Awarded

Located in the rural area of Saint Bonifacius, Crown is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. This college ranks 11th out of 55 colleges for overall quality in the state of Minnesota.

There were approximately 160 theology and religious vocations students who graduated with this degree at Crown in the most recent data year. After graduating, theology and religious vocations degree recipients typically make around $33,476 in the first five years of their career.

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#21

Harvard University

Cambridge, MA
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
94 Theology & Religious Vocations Degrees Awarded

Located in the midsize city of Cambridge, Harvard is a private not-for-profit university with a very large student population. A Best Colleges rank of #12 out of 2,241 colleges nationwide means Harvard is a great university overall.

There were about 94 theology and religious vocations students who graduated with this degree at Harvard in the most recent data year. Soon after graduating, theology and religious vocations degree recipients typically earn an average of $33,266 in their early careers.

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Rest of the Top Best Theology & Religious Vocations Schools

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
25 Lancaster Bible College Lancaster, PA
26 Concordia Seminary Saint Louis, MO
27 Luther Seminary Saint Paul, MN
28 Columbia International University Columbia, SC
22 Sewanee - The University of the South Sewanee, TN
23 Dallas Theological Seminary Dallas, TX
24 Drew University Madison, NJ
25 Lancaster Bible College Lancaster, PA

Theology & Religious Vocations by Region

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Region
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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 15,832
Biblical Studies 4,119
Pastoral Counseling & Specialized Ministries 3,116
Religious Education 1,417
Missionary Studies 1,220
Theology & Religious Vocations (Other) 1,166
Sacred Music 554
Religious Institution Administration and Law 35

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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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