2018 Most Affordable Online Christian Colleges

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These 24 schools are the most affordable online Christian colleges of 2018. These universities have annual tuition under $7,500, and the average tuition cost is $6,075. Religious denominations include Baptist, Protestant, and Mennonite, among others, and the degree levels range from associate to doctoral. Baptist Missionary Association Theological Seminary holds the first-place rank and has the lowest tuition per credit hour as allowed by the A.T.S. at $190 per hour for a total of $4,020 each year. Ranked second is Howard Payne University, also a Baptist affiliate, which offers a M.Ed. in Instructional Leadership and a M.S. in Criminal Justice for only $275 per credit hour or $4,125 per year.

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Rank College Annual Tuition Religious Affiliation
#1 #1 Baptist Missionary Association Theological Seminary Annual Tuition $4,020 Religious Affiliation Baptist
#2 #2 Howard Payne University Annual Tuition $4,125 Religious Affiliation Baptist
#3 #3 Shiloh University Annual Tuition $4,800 Religious Affiliation Other
#4 #4 Virginia Baptist College Annual Tuition $5,400 Religious Affiliation Baptist
#5 (tie) #5 (tie) Martin Luther College Annual Tuition $5,670 Religious Affiliation Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod
#5 (tie) #5 (tie) South Florida Bible College and Theological Seminary Annual Tuition $5,670 Religious Affiliation Interdenominational
#7 #7 Grace College of Divinity Annual Tuition $5,700 Religious Affiliation Other Protestant
#8 #8 Hobe Sound Bible College Annual Tuition $5,800 Religious Affiliation Wesleyan
#9 #9 Ohio Christian University Annual Tuition $5,940 Religious Affiliation Other Protestant
#10 (tie) #10 (tie) Augustana University - SD Annual Tuition $6,150 Religious Affiliation Evangelical Lutheran Church
#10 (tie) #10 (tie) Georgetown College Annual Tuition $6,150 Religious Affiliation Baptist
#12 #12 Southeastern University Annual Tuition $6,200 Religious Affiliation Assemblies of God Church
#13 #13 Lubbock Christian University Annual Tuition $6,288 Religious Affiliation Churches of Christ
#14 #14 God's Bible School and College Annual Tuition $6,300 Religious Affiliation Other Protestant
#15 #15 University of the Cumberlands Annual Tuition $6,368 Religious Affiliation Baptist
#16 #16 Apex School of Theology Annual Tuition $6,400 Religious Affiliation Interdenominational
#17 #17 Northwestern College - IA Annual Tuition $6,500 Religious Affiliation Reformed Church in America
#18 #18 Kansas Christian College Annual Tuition $6,600 Religious Affiliation Church of God
#19 #19 Spring Hill College Annual Tuition $6,630 Religious Affiliation Roman Catholic
#20 #20 Queens University of Charlotte Annual Tuition $6,715 Religious Affiliation Presbyterian Church (USA)
#21 #21 Faith International University Annual Tuition $6,831 Religious Affiliation Other Protestant
#22 #22 Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary Annual Tuition $7,000 Religious Affiliation Mennonite Church
#23 (tie) #23 (tie) The Baptist College of Florida Annual Tuition $7,200 Religious Affiliation Southern Baptist
#23 (tie) #23 (tie) Ohio Valley University Annual Tuition $7,200 Religious Affiliation Churches of Christ
  • Annual Tuition: $4,020
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Affiliation: Baptist
  • Baptist Missionary Association Theological Seminary is Christ-Centered, with a focus on discipleship and preaching. It's teaching and practice of ministry are centered on Christ, and faculty members disciple every student to be disciple-makers and train students to preach in a way that is true to the text. BMA offers two fully online degrees, Master of Arts in Pastoral Theology and Master of Arts in Religion, which are both accredited by the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada.

  • Annual Tuition: $4,125
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Affiliation: Baptist
  • Founded in 1889, Howard Payne University is a Christian liberal arts college in Texas, having the affirmation of traditional Christian and Baptist beliefs in its core values. With more than 100 program options, Howard Payne University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges and offers two fully online degrees, Master of Education in Instructional Leadership and Master of Science in Criminal Justice. Taking a Christ-centered academic approach, Howard Payne University aims to equip the whole person for intellectual inquiry, personal and professional integrity.

  • Annual Tuition: $4,800
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: DEAC
  • Affiliation: Other
  • All of Shiloh University’s courses are offered 100% online for students in all parts of the world to participate in. Shiloh University offers degree programs such as a Bachelor of Arts in new Testament Studies, a Master of Arts in Theological Studies, and a Master of Divinity. Shiloh University offers students the opportunity to study the Jewish roots of Christianity online. The courses within this program include Historical Geography of Israel, Introduction to the Old Testament, Introduction to the New Testament and The Early Church in Jerusalem.

  • Annual Tuition: $5,400
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: TRACS
  • Affiliation: Baptist
  • Virginia Baptist College is a member of the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (TRACS). Virginia Baptist College offers several options for online undergraduate degree programs including a one-year Bible certificate, an Associate of Ministry, an Associate of Christian Education, a Bachelor of Ministry and a Bachelor of Christian Education. Graduate degrees offered online include a Master of Divinity and a Master of Ministry. The institution also offers a dual-enrollment program to high school juniors and seniors who have a current GPA of 2.5 or higher.

  • Annual Tuition: $5,670
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Affiliation: Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod
  • Martin Luther College aims to train students in the Christian faith to meet the ministry needs of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS). It prepares men for pastoral training at Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary and prepares both men and women to serve as teachers and staff ministers in the synod’s churches, schools, and other institutions. Martin Luther College offers majors in several disciplines, including Education, Staff Ministry, and Parish Music, as well as Pre-Seminary education. They also have a new master’s program designed for teachers and staff ministers. The Master of Arts in Theological Studies is offered online and is designed for students who have attained an undergraduate degree from an accredited college and have completed college-level biblical studies.

  • Annual Tuition: $5,670
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: ABHE
  • Affiliation: Interdenominational
  • South Florida Bible College & Theological Seminary is dedicated to preparing students for service in Christian education. The college is accredited by the Association for Biblical Higher Education. Tuition is an affordable $265 per credit hour. They offer many flexible learning options, including online courses for both undergraduate and graduate students in subjects such as Bible studies, Christian counseling, and business. The degrees offered at South Florida Bible College & Theological Seminary include a Master of Arts in Biblical Studies and a Master of Divinity. Graduates of the college go on to careers as teachers, youth ministers, missionaries, pastors, and counselors.

  • Annual Tuition: $5,700
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: ABHE
  • Affiliation: Other Protestant
  • Grace College of Divinity is an institution focused on enhancing students’ knowledge of the Bible through bible study, ministry, and personal development. It is accredited through the Association for Biblical Higher Education and  offers online bible classes and degrees. They offer the Associate of Divinity and the Bachelor of Divinity degrees solely online. Other degrees that can be taken as a combination of online and on-campus classes include a Bachelor of Christian Leadership, a Certificate in Worship Leadership, and a Certificate in Missions Leadership.

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  • Annual Tuition: $5,800
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: ABHE
  • Affiliation: Wesleyan
  • Hobe Sound Bible College is a 4-year private institution that is centered on Christian, Bible-based education. They have several online degree programs, including an Associate’s degree in Ministerial Studies, a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education as well as Secondary Education, and a Bachelor’s in Counseling. They also offer Missionary Flight Training, which can be combined as a minor for any of the four-year Bachelor’s degrees or can be completed as a two-year Associate of Science degree in Aviation with a General Ed and Bible core. The school is accredited by ABHE (Association for Biblical Higher Education) and is a member of ACSI.

  • Annual Tuition: $5,940
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC and ABHE
  • Affiliation: Other Protestant
  • Ohio Christian University’s mission is to provide students with the skills and knowledge to become leaders in their careers, families, and society. Founded in 1948, its main purpose was to educate clergy for the Churches of Christ in Christian Union. OCU is now affiliated with the Association for Biblical Higher Education and the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities. It offers both undergraduate and graduate degree programs, including concentrations in business, emergency management, psychology, substance abuse counseling, and human services.

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  • Annual Tuition: $6,150
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Affiliation: Evangelical Lutheran Church
  • Augustana University - SD offers many graduate and continuing education degree programs. It is affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church but its academic offerings are not focused solely on theological teachings. Augustana offers a Master of Arts in Education with many different options to specialize in. These Master of Arts concentrations include instructional strategies, reading, special populations, STEM, and technology. All faiths and religious backgrounds are welcome in the campus ministry which is managed by students and campus pastors.

  • Annual Tuition: $6,150
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Affiliation: Baptist
  • Georgetown College is a Christian college accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. The largest undergraduate majors include biology/pre-medical, business administration, and communication/media. They also offer programs in Athletic Training, Theatre and Film, and Sustainable Community Development. Georgetown has a 14:1 student/faculty ratio and most lower-level courses have no more than 20 students to maintain a close-knit learning environment. Georgetown’s graduate programs, which include teaching certifications and master’s degrees in education, are all offered online.

  • Annual Tuition: $6,200
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Affiliation: Assemblies of God Church
  • Southeastern University is a Christian university affiliated with the Assemblies of God and Pentecostal tradition. They offer both on-campus and online undergraduate and graduate degrees in a multitude of disciplines with a wide variety of programs to choose from. Examples of their online degree programs include a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Business Administration, a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice, and a Master of Divinity. They also offer an online Associate of Ministerial Leadership degree. The other areas of study for students to choose from include education, behavioral and social sciences, nursing, and design and communication.

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  • Annual Tuition: $6,288
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Affiliation: Churches of Christ
  • Lubbock Christian University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges or SACSCOC. It offers many different graduate programs, including Master of Arts in Biblical Interpretation, Master of Education in Educational Leadership, Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, and Master of Science in Human Services. The Rhodes Family Institute of Undergraduate Research within Lubbock Christian University fosters the research skills in undergraduate students across various majors. In the past, the LCU Choir participated in mission trips to present outreach concerts in different countries, including Russia, Ukraine, the Philippines, and Australia. Other programs, such as the School of Nursing and the School of Education, offer learning experiences to Rwanda or areas within the United States.

  • Annual Tuition: $6,300
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC and ABHE
  • Affiliation: Other Protestant
  • God’s Bible School and College is an affordable Christian institution with ABHE & regional accreditation. They offer associate’s degrees, bachelor’s degrees, and master’s degrees, with some degree programs offered both on-campus and online. Some of the associate’s programs offered include Intercultural Studies and World Missions, General Business, and Elementary Education. Bachelor’s degrees include Church and Family Ministry, Elementary and Secondary English Education, and Music Education. They also have master’s degrees in Ministry and Biblical Studies.

  • Annual Tuition: $6,368
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Affiliation: Baptist
  • The University of the Cumberlands was founded by Baptist ministers in 1888 and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. In addition to undergraduate degrees, they also have many options for graduate study, including a Master of Arts in Christian Studies, a Master of Science in Information Security Systems and Physician Assistant Studies. They also offer PhDs in Clinical Psychology or Leadership. Their online degree programs include a RN to BSN program and a Master of Science in Nursing - Family Nurse Practitioner.

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  • Annual Tuition: $6,400
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: TRACS
  • Affiliation: Interdenominational
  • The Apex School of Theology is in North Carolina and has a freshman retention rate of 97% and a graduation rate of 95%. Apex is accredited by the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools and was founded to increase and develop the African American religious experience. It is one of the few private, freestanding theological schools to offer its degree programs online. The programs offered at the school include Associate’s in Christian Education, Bachelor of Theology, Master of Christian Education, Master of Arts in Christian Counseling, Master of Divinity, and Doctor of Ministry. Apex’s mission is to prepare students for pastoral and lay leadership in their communities.

  • Annual Tuition: $6,500
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Affiliation: Reformed Church in America
  • Northwestern College in Iowa is a Christian institution. Some of the online programs offered students a Master’s degree in Education and a Master's in Teaching. They also offer an online RN to BSN program. Along with academics, offers a short-term mission trip for students through a 10-day Spring Service Partnership or a 6- to 10-week Summer of Service program. During these trips, students get the opportunity to visit other countries as well as other places in the United States and serve the community by repairing homes, visiting homeless shelters, and tutoring underserved youth.

  • Annual Tuition: $6,600
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: ABHE
  • Affiliation: Church of God
  • Kansas Christian College is affiliated with the Church of God and was formerly known as Kansas City College and Bible School prior to 2015. Kansas Christian College offers two degrees online. Students can choose from either an Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree in Religion with an emphasis in either leadership or ministry. Classes are taken one at a time, with each lasting five weeks, and all courses are focused on biblical study. Kansas Christian College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the Association for Biblical Higher Education (ABHE).

  • Annual Tuition: $6,630
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Affiliation: Roman Catholic
  • Spring Hill College is a liberal arts institution and it is the oldest Catholic college in the Southeast as well as the third oldest Jesuit college in the U.S. Each student is required to participate in Senior Seminar before graduation which will help them build career or graduate study plans. Popular undergraduate majors include biology, business, education, and nursing. Spring Hill College also offers master’s degrees in these disciplines. The institution is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Professional programs are accredited by the Alabama State Board of Education and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

  • Annual Tuition: $6,715
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Affiliation: Presbyterian Church (USA)
  • Queens University of Charlotte is a private, masters-level liberal arts university. It offers many online degree programs, including a Master of Business Administration degree, a Master of Science in Nursing degree, and a Master of Health Administration degree. They also offer an online Bachelor of Science in Nursing program. Students have the opportunity to participate in annual mission trips to Guatemala, New Orleans, and volunteer for non-profits during Martin Luther King Day of Service. Queens University of Charlotte is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

  • Annual Tuition: $6,831
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: TRACS
  • Affiliation: Other Protestant
  • Faith International University follows a Doctrinal Statement, also referred to as their Statement of Faith, which includes key biblical doctrines in evangelical Christian belief. The institution offers both undergraduate and graduate programs required for students to practice in Christian ministries and includes Korean and Chinese divisions. Faith International University offers a B.A. in Business and a B.A. in Education as well as a B.A. in Education and a B.A. in Business. Some of the master’s degrees offered are a Master’s in Christian Counseling and a Master’s in Leadership Ministry.

  • Annual Tuition: $7,000
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Affiliation: Mennonite Church
  • Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary is a small campus that gives students the opportunity to study Christian Scriptures and learn more about theology and ministry by integrating intercultural learning, worship and service. Incoming students are required to take the Intercultural Developmental Inventory (IDI) assessment. Students work closely with faculty advisors to create an individualized curriculum that prepares them for their future career. The seminary offers Master of Divinity programs, Master of Arts programs in Christian Formation and Theology and Peace Studies, and graduate certificates. Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary aims to equip students with the leadership skills for intercultural religious settings.

  • Annual Tuition: $7,200
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Affiliation: Southern Baptist
  • The Baptist College of Florida is a Christian Baptist college. They are accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. BCF is also licensed by the State of Florida Department of Education's Commission for Independent Education, or CIE. In addition to a wide array of Associate’s and Bachelor’s degrees, they also offer a Master of Arts in Christian Studies and a Master of Arts in Music and Worship Leadership. They offer Distance Education in both a fully online program and distance sites (off-campus instructional sites) for students who want to obtain their degree closer to home.

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  • Annual Tuition: $7,200
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Affiliation: Churches of Christ
  • Ohio Valley University is a Christian liberal arts university fully accredited by the West Virginia Board of Education. In addition to undergraduate programs, they offer many pre-professional tracks such as Pre-Chiropractic, Pre-Law, Pre-Pharmacy, and others. OVU also offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Forensic Investigative Accounting. Students in this program are taught by experienced agents and professionals who have worked for the CIA, the FBI and state and local law enforcement agencies. After graduation, students in the Forensic Investigative Accounting program are highly qualified to take the Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) exam and the Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) exam. The Master of Education degree in Curriculum and Instruction is offered in a flexible online format and is designed for people who already have a Bachelor’s degree in Education and/or are qualified teachers who want to increase their skills in teaching.

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