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2024 Best Divinity/Ministry Schools

101 Colleges in the United States
6,777 Divinity Studies Degrees Awarded
If you pursue a degree in divinity/ministry, you won't be alone. The field of study is the #113 most popular program in the country. This makes choosing the right school a hard decision.

In 2024, College Factual analyzed 101 schools in order to identify the top ones for its Best Divinity/Ministry Schools ranking. When you put them all together, these colleges and universities awarded 6,777 degrees in divinity/ministry during the 2021-2022 academic year.

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Choosing a Great Divinity/Ministry School

Best Divinity/Ministry Schools Your choice of divinity/ministry 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 divinity/ministry 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.

Pick Your Divinity/Ministry Degree Level

Associate Degrees in Divinity Studies
Bachelor's Degrees in Divinity Studies
Master's Degrees in Divinity Studies
Doctor's Degrees in Divinity Studies

Since picking the right college can be one of the most important decisions of your life, we've developed the Best Divinity/Ministry Schools ranking, along with many other major-related rankings, to help you make that decision. You can also filter this list by location to find schools closer to you.

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More information on how we come up with our rankings can be found here: College Factual's Data Methodology.

Best Schools for Divinity/Ministry 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 divinity studies 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.

16 Top Schools in Divinity Studies

1
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In CA
87 Divinity Studies Degrees Awarded

It is difficult to beat Fuller Theological Seminary if you wish to pursue a degree in divinity/ministry. Located in the midsize city of Pasadena, Fuller is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

There were approximately 87 divinity/ministry students who graduated with this degree at Fuller in the most recent data year.

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2
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In MO
206 Divinity Studies Degrees Awarded

Any student pursuing a degree in divinity/ministry has to check out Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. MBTS is a small private not-for-profit school located in the city of Kansas City.

There were approximately 206 divinity/ministry students who graduated with this degree at MBTS in the most recent year we have data available.

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3
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
4th Most Popular In IN

It is hard to beat University of Notre Dame if you wish to pursue a degree in divinity/ministry. Located in the suburb of Notre Dame, Notre Dame is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population. A Best Colleges rank of #20 out of 2,217 schools nationwide means Notre Dame is a great university overall.

There were approximately 8 divinity/ministry students who graduated with this degree at Notre Dame in the most recent year we have data available.

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Yale University
New Haven, CT
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In CT
59 Divinity Studies Degrees Awarded

It is hard to beat Yale University if you want to pursue a degree in divinity/ministry. Located in the medium-sized city of New Haven, Yale is a private not-for-profit university with a large student population. A Best Colleges rank of #8 out of 2,217 colleges nationwide means Yale is a great university overall.

There were approximately 59 divinity/ministry students who graduated with this degree at Yale in the most recent year we have data available.

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5
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In FL
425 Divinity Studies Degrees Awarded

SEU is a large private not-for-profit university located in the city of Lakeland. This university ranks 12th out of 77 colleges for overall quality in the state of Florida.

There were roughly 425 divinity/ministry students who graduated with this degree at SEU in the most recent year we have data available.

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Duke University
Durham, NC
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
4th Most Popular In NC

Located in the city of Durham, Duke is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population. A Best Colleges rank of #7 out of 2,217 schools nationwide means Duke is a great university overall.

There were roughly 16 divinity/ministry students who graduated with this degree at Duke in the most recent year we have data available.

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Emory University
Atlanta, GA
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In GA
114 Divinity Studies Degrees Awarded

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 #28 out of 2,217 colleges nationwide means Emory is a great university overall.

There were approximately 114 divinity/ministry students who graduated with this degree at Emory in the most recent data year.

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8
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
10th Most Popular In IL

Located in the city of Chicago, UChicago is a private not-for-profit university with a large student population. A Best Colleges rank of #2 out of 2,217 schools nationwide means UChicago is a great university overall.

There were approximately 11 divinity/ministry students who graduated with this degree at UChicago in the most recent year we have data available.

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Harvard University
Cambridge, MA
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
2nd Most Popular In MA
39 Divinity Studies Degrees Awarded

Harvard is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the city of Cambridge. A Best Colleges rank of #6 out of 2,217 colleges nationwide means Harvard is a great university overall.

There were approximately 39 divinity/ministry students who graduated with this degree at Harvard in the most recent year we have data available.

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10
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
2nd Most Popular In KY
165 Divinity Studies Degrees Awarded

Asbury Seminary is a small private not-for-profit school located in the fringe town of Wilmore.

There were roughly 165 divinity/ministry students who graduated with this degree at Asbury Seminary in the most recent year we have data available.

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Concordia Seminary
Saint Louis, MO
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
2nd Most Popular In MO
45 Divinity Studies Degrees Awarded

Concordia Seminary is a small private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Saint Louis.

There were about 45 divinity/ministry students who graduated with this degree at Concordia Seminary in the most recent year we have data available.

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11
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In TX

DTS Dallas is a small private not-for-profit school located in the city of Dallas.

There were approximately 4 divinity/ministry students who graduated with this degree at DTS Dallas in the most recent data year.

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Luther Seminary
Saint Paul, MN
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In MN
91 Divinity Studies Degrees Awarded

Located in the city of Saint Paul, Luther Seminary is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

There were about 91 divinity/ministry students who graduated with this degree at Luther Seminary in the most recent year we have data available.

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13
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
2nd Most Popular In TN
31 Divinity Studies Degrees Awarded

Vanderbilt is a large private not-for-profit university located in the large city of Nashville. A Best Colleges rank of #19 out of 2,217 colleges nationwide means Vanderbilt is a great university overall.

There were approximately 31 divinity/ministry students who graduated with this degree at Vanderbilt in the most recent year we have data available.

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14
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
3rd Most Popular In IL
50 Divinity Studies Degrees Awarded

Moody Theological Seminary and Graduate School is a small private not-for-profit school located in the city of Chicago.

There were approximately 50 divinity/ministry students who graduated with this degree at Moody Theological Seminary and Graduate School in the most recent data year.

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Biola University
La Mirada, CA
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
3rd Most Popular In CA
56 Divinity Studies Degrees Awarded

Located in the large suburb of La Mirada, Biola is a private not-for-profit university with a medium-sized student population. This university ranks 58th out of 168 colleges for overall quality in the state of California.

There were approximately 56 divinity/ministry students who graduated with this degree at Biola in the most recent data year.

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Additional Noteworthy Schools

Here are some additional great schools for Divinity/Ministry students that almost earned our Best Divinity/Ministry Schools award.

RankCollegeLocation
16Boston CollegeChestnut Hill, MA
17Sewanee - The University of the SouthSewanee, TN
18Gordon - Conwell Theological SeminarySouth Hamilton, MA
19The Master’s University and SeminarySanta Clarita, CA
20Liberty UniversityLynchburg, VA
21Regent UniversityVirginia Beach, VA
22Southern Methodist UniversityDallas, TX
23Loyola University ChicagoChicago, IL
24Columbia International UniversityColumbia, SC
25Johnson UniversityKnoxville, TN

Divinity/Ministry by Region

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Region
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One of 5 majors within the Theological & Ministerial Studies area of study, Divinity/Ministry has other similar majors worth exploring.

Related MajorAnnual Graduates
Theology6,583
Other Theological & Ministerial Studies1,797
Pre-Theology/Pre-Ministerial Studies215
Rabbinical Studies155

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