2016 Most Affordable Online Colleges for Religious Studies Degrees

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These 25 online schools offer the most affordable degrees in religious studies, all with annual tuitions under $13,000. Our #1 ranked school is Graceland University, which offers a Master of Arts in Religion for just $4,150. Southern California Seminary offers nine different affordable religious studies degree options, with specialties ranging from pastoral ministry to apologetics.

All schools considered for this ranking were required to offer an online religious studies degree at the bachelor's degree level or higher. View our methodology or learn more about SR Education Group.

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Rank College Annual Tuition Religious Studies Degree Levels Offered
#1 #1 Graceland University Annual Tuition $4,150 Religious Studies Degrees: Master's
#2 #2 Amberton University Annual Tuition $4,500 Religious Studies Degrees: Master's
#3 #3 City Vision University Annual Tuition $6,000 Religious Studies Degrees: Bachelor's and Master's
#4 #4 University of the Cumberlands Annual Tuition $6,368 Religious Studies Degrees: Bachelor's and Master's
#5 #5 Luther Rice University & Seminary Annual Tuition $6,960 Religious Studies Degrees: Bachelor's, Master's, and Doctoral
#6 #6 Kansas Christian College Annual Tuition $7,905 Religious Studies Degrees: Associate and Bachelor's
#7 #7 Athens State University Annual Tuition $8,184 Religious Studies Degrees: Bachelor's and Master's
#8 #8 American Public University System Annual Tuition $8,370 Religious Studies Degrees: Bachelor's
#9 #9 Carolina College of Biblical Studies Annual Tuition $8,555 Religious Studies Degrees: Associate and Bachelor's
#10 #10 Southern California Seminary Annual Tuition $8,700 Religious Studies Degrees: Associate, Bachelor's, and Master's
#11 #11 California Southern University Annual Tuition $8,925 Religious Studies Degrees: Master's
#12 #12 Eastern New Mexico University-Main Campus Annual Tuition $9,340 Religious Studies Degrees: Bachelor's
#13 #13 Barclay College Annual Tuition $9,440 Religious Studies Degrees: Bachelor's, Master's, and Certificate
#14 #14 Trevecca Nazarene University Annual Tuition $9,480 Religious Studies Degrees: Bachelor's and Master's
#15 #15 Clarks Summit University Annual Tuition $9,765 Religious Studies Degrees: Associate, Bachelor's, Master's, and Certificate
#16 #16 Florida International University Annual Tuition $9,990 Religious Studies Degrees: Bachelor's
#17 #17 Grand Canyon University Annual Tuition $10,788 Religious Studies Degrees: Bachelor's, Master's, and Doctoral
#17 #17 Wayland Baptist University Annual Tuition $10,788 Religious Studies Degrees: Associate, Bachelor's, and Master's
#19 #19 Columbia International University Annual Tuition $10,920 Religious Studies Degrees: Master's
#20 #20 Truett-McConnell College Annual Tuition $11,000 Religious Studies Degrees: Bachelor's and Master's
#21 #21 Oral Roberts University Annual Tuition $11,168 Religious Studies Degrees: Bachelor's and Certificate
#22 #22 Liberty University Online Annual Tuition $11,250 Religious Studies Degrees: Associate, Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral, and Certificate
#23 #23 Grace Bible College Annual Tuition $11,850 Religious Studies Degrees: Associate, Bachelor's, and Master's
#23 #23 Regent University Online Annual Tuition $11,850 Religious Studies Degrees: Bachelor's, Master's, and Doctoral
#25 #25 Southeastern University Annual Tuition $12,090 Religious Studies Degrees: Associate, Bachelor's, and Master's
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  • Annual Tuition: $4,150
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCACSTHLC
  • Graceland University is an affordable choice for online graduate education seekers. Priced at just $4,150 per year, students can earn a Master of Arts (M.A.) in Religion in less than three years. Courses in this program include Introduction to the Hebrew Bible, Community of Christ I: 1820-1914, History-Scripture-Theology, and Advanced Topics in Practical Ministry.

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  • Annual Tuition: $4,500
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Amberton University’s mission is to cater to working adults. The university lives up to the reputation with its array of affordable and flexible education options. The three-year Master of Arts (M.A.) in Christian Counseling program costs just less than $5,000 per year. Some of the classes offered with this program include Theory & Application of Research Methods, Family Life Ministry, and Practical Experience in Christian Counseling.
  • Annual Tuition: $6,000
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: DEAC
  • City Vision College has several options for students interested in pursuing a career in religious studies, including undergraduate and graduate degrees, as well as certificates. Students can earn a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Missions, Urban Ministry Emphasis and take courses in Theology & Strategies of Urban Missions, Social Entrepreneurship, and Technology, Cross-Cultural Ministry and the Poor. The Master in Technology and Ministry program can be completed in three years with a course load that includes Theology of Work & Personal Calling in the STEM Professions, Emerging Media Ministry, and Technology, Life Balance and Addiction. The two certificate programs, Missions and Technology and Ministry, include courses like Theology of Technology as well as Organizational Systems.
  • Annual Tuition: $6,368
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Students can earn either an online undergraduate or graduate degree in religious studies at University of the Cumberlands. The four-year Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Missions and Ministry program has classes such as Introducing Church History, Interpreting the Bible, and Exploring the Non-Canonical Works. The Master of Arts in Christian Studies takes less than one year to complete and offers classes such as Old Testament Survey I and Christian Theology I.
  • Annual Tuition: $6,960
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: ABHE and TRACS
  • At Luther Rice University and Seminary, students have many options while pursuing an education in religious studies. The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Religion has three concentration areas: Biblical Counseling, Christian Worldview, and Ministry. Several Master of Arts (M.A.) programs offer concentrations in areas such as Apologetics, Biblical Counseling, and Christian Studies. LRU also has an online Doctor of Ministry that includes courses such as Advanced Biblical Exposition, Church Evangelism in the 21st Century, and Advanced Biblical Counseling.
  • Annual Tuition: $7,905
  • School Type: N/A
  • School Accreditation: ABHE
  • Kansas Christian College offers a tuition rate of $7,905 annually and has flexible options for religious studies undergraduate degrees. The college’s associate degree in Religion, Leadership and Ministry takes two years to complete and includes classes in Christian Beliefs, Theology of Holiness, and Epistle to the Romans. The bachelor’s degree in Religion, Leadership and Ministry, is a four-year program and includes classes such as Pastoral Leadership, Homiletics, and Family Ministry in the Church.
  • Annual Tuition: $8,184
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Athens State University is an option for students seeking careers in religion. Students can enroll in a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) program and choose Religion as their major. The degree requires general education courses and specialized courses in religion. Coursework includes classes such as Introduction to Christian Thought, Problems of Evil and Suffering, and Religion in Life. Earning a degree at ASU is affordable, with an average annual tuition of just over $8,000.

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  • Annual Tuition: $8,370
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCACSTHLC
  • With a budget friendly average tuition cost of $8,370 per year, students can earn an undergraduate degree in four years at American Public University System. The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Religion includes courses such as Myth and Ritual, Catholicism and the Modern World, Religions of the Middle East, Celtic Christianity and Religious Cults.

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  • Annual Tuition: $8,555
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: ABHE
  • Carolina College of Biblical Studies offers affordably priced associate and bachelor’s degree programs of study in religion. The college offers Associate of Arts (A.A.) degrees in Biblical Studies and Leadership & Ministry. Students can enroll in the Carolina College’s Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) program and major in Leadership & Ministry and or Biblical Studies. The programs include options for minors in Apologetics, Biblical Counseling, Biblical Languages, Christian Education, Intercultural Studies, and Pastoral Studies.
  • Annual Tuition: $8,700
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: TRACS
  • Southern California Seminary has several options for religious studies, and is reasonably priced at just $8,700 per year. The seminary offers Associate of Arts (A.A.) degrees in Christian Ministry and Biblical Studies. Student can also enroll in a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Biblical Studies, which includes classes such as Inductive Bible Study and Apologetics and Evangelism. Southern California Seminary also offers Master of Arts (M.A.) degrees in Science and Religion, Biblical Studies, Christian Ministry, Divinity, and Theology. The seminary’s Doctor of Divinity program offers courses in ministry, theology, culture, and Christianity.
  • Annual Tuition: $8,925
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: WASC WSCUC and DEAC
  • California Southern University offers a fully online master’s degree in psychology with a concentration in pastoral counseling. Courses in this program include Psychology of Marriage and Family Systems, Psychology of Aging, Psychology of Religion, Human Sexuality, and more.
  • Annual Tuition: $9,340
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCACSTHLC
  • Eastern New Mexico University offers religion as a major for undergraduate students for under $10,000 per year. The university has a flexible learning program designed to meet the needs of adult learners. The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) or Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Religion is offered completely online and takes four years to complete. The program engages students with courses such Old Testament Survey, History of Religion in America, and Sociology of Religion.
  • Annual Tuition: $9,440
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCACSTHLC and ABHE
  • At Barclay College, students interested in religious studies can choose from a range of undergraduate, graduate, and certificate programs. The college has Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degrees in Biblical Studies and Christian Ministry Leadership. The Master of Arts (M.A.) in Transformational Leadership degree takes two years and includes classes in Old Testament Hermeneutics, the Missional Church, and Theological Perspectives on Transformational Leadership. Students can also enroll in certificate courses of study in Biblical Studies and Christian Ministry.
  • Annual Tuition: $9,480
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Trevecca Nazarene University offers associate, bachelors, and master’s degrees in religious studies. Associate in Arts (A.A.) in Christian Ministry takes two years to complete and includes course such as Compassionate Ministry, Shepherding the Congregation, and Leadership in the Christian Organization. TNU offers a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Christian Ministry and a Master of Arts (M.A.) in Religion. The master’s degree program can be completed in as few as 18 months.
  • Annual Tuition: $9,765
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE and ABHE
  • At Summit University, formerly Baptist Bible College & Seminary of Pennsylvania, students can earn an Associate of Arts (A.A.) in Integrated Studies before moving on to one of the four bachelor’s degree programs. Major options include Christian Ministries, Counseling Ministries, Integrated Studies, and Worldview Studies. The university offers a Master of Arts (M.A.) in areas such as ABWE/Missions, Bible, and Counseling. Summit University also offers doctoral programs in Ministry and Philosophy.

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  • Annual Tuition: $9,990
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • With its reasonable tuition cost under $10,000 per year, Florida International University is a sensible option for students on a budget. Students enrolled in the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Religious Studies take classes covering global religious traditions such as Abrahamic Religions, Asian Religions, Indigenous and Other Religious Traditions, and Society, Culture, and Ethics. 

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  • Annual Tuition: $10,788
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCACSTHLC
  • Grand Canyon University offers both a Master of Arts (M.A.) in Christian Studies and a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Organizational Leadership in Christian Ministry. Graduate level courses include Systematic Theology I, Biblical Hermeneutics, and Christian Worldview and Contextualization, while doctoral-level courses include Introduction to Graduate Studies in Ministry and Theology, Christian Apologetics, and Worship Leadership.
  • Annual Tuition: $10,788
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Students pursuing an education in religious studies have plenty of options at Wayland Baptist University. Students can choose from associate, bachelor’s, and master’s degree programs. The Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S) in Religion takes two years to complete. The university’s Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degrees in Religion and Christian Ministry take four years to complete. The Master of Christian Ministry program offers a general concentration, and concentrations in Bible, Christian Ministry and Religious Education. WBU also offers a Master of Divinity program.
  • Annual Tuition: $10,920
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC and ABHE
  • Columbia International University offers several graduate programs in religious studies for an average annual tuitions of less than $11,000. The Master of Arts (M.A.) in Theological Studies is offered in two separate formats: One for previous religious education students and one designed for entry-level students. The M.A. in Theological Studies includes classes such as Systematic Theology I, Mission of God, and Understanding Cultures and Worldviews. The M.A. in Intercultural Studies/ ICS/ Muslim Studies includes classes such as Genesis to Song of Solomon: God's Plan of Creation and Redemption, Approaches to Muslims, and Doing Theology in Context.
  • Annual Tuition: $11,000
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Truett-McConnell College is a choice for students seeking an online education in religious studies. The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Christian Studies takes four years to complete and has three areas of concentration: Biblical and Theological Studies, Student Ministry, and World Missions. Some of the courses offered for this program include Baptist History, Into the Great Commission, and Christian Worldview.
  • Annual Tuition: $11,168
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCACSTHLC
  • With an average tuition rate of $11,168 per year, Oral Roberts University is an option for religious studies students. Students can enroll in the university’s Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) program and major in Biblical Literature or Church Ministries. In addition, a certificate program allows students to earn either a General Theological Studies Certificate or a Diploma of Theological Studies in just two years.
  • Annual Tuition: $11,250
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Liberty University offers a wealth of options for religious studies students. LU offers associate degrees in Psychology with an emphasis on Christian Counseling and Religion. Students can enroll in the university’s Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) program and choose majors such as Biblical Education and Leadership, Christian Counseling, and Evangelism. Religious studies graduate students have the most flexibility, with a wide range of concentrations available including Christian Apologetics, Global Studies, Homiletics, Crisis Response, and Ethnomusicology. LU offers doctoral and graduate certificate programs as well.

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  • Annual Tuition: $11,850
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCACSTHLC and ABHE
  • Grace Bible College offers both an associate and bachelor’s degree in religious studies. In the Associate of Arts (A.A.) in Leadership and Ministry program, students take classes such as Empowerment Coaching, Exploring God's World, and Sharing, and Defending in the Christian Faith. In the four-year Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Leadership and Ministry program, coursework includes Biblical Theology of Leadership, Life of Christ, and Studies in Dispensationalism.

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  • Annual Tuition: $11,850
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Regent University has several religious studies options from which to choose. RU offers several bachelor’s degree programs, with concentration areas such as Christian Ministry to Christian Leadership and Management. The university’s master’s degree programs offer concentrations in areas such as Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Chaplain Ministry, Marketplace Ministry, Christian Spiritual Formation, and Evangelism and Church Development. Students can also prepare for careers in scholarship through Regent’s doctoral programs in Christian education and leadership.

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  • Annual Tuition: $12,090
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • At Southeastern University, students can earn degrees in religious studies for under $13,000 per year. The Associate of Science (A.S.) in Ministerial Leadership includes classes such as Christian Spirituality, Pastoral Theology, and Church Business Administration. The university offers a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Practical Theory and Church Ministry. Students can also choose the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Missional Ministries. Graduate students can enroll in SU’s master’s degree programs and concentrate in areas such as Theological Studies, Ministerial Leadership, and Divinity.
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