2017 Most Affordable Online Christian Colleges

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These 26 schools are the most affordable online Christian colleges of 2017. All have annual tuitions under $10,000, and the average tuition cost is only $7,800. Religious affiliations include Baptist, Roman Catholic, and United Methodist, among others, and the degree levels offered span from associate to doctoral. Ranked first is Columbia College, which is affiliated with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) but welcomes students of all denominations. Columbia College has the lowest annual tuition rate on the list, only $5,280 at the undergraduate level. Ranked second is Evangelical Lutheran Church affiliated Augustana University - SD, offering a master's program in education for only $5,925 per year.

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Rank College Annual Tuition Religious Affiliation
#1 #1 Columbia College Annual Tuition $5,280 Religious Affiliation Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
#2 #2 Augustana University - SD Annual Tuition $5,925 Religious Affiliation Evangelical Lutheran Church
#3 #3 God's Bible School and College Annual Tuition $6,000 Religious Affiliation Other Protestant
#4 #4 The Baptist College of Florida Annual Tuition $6,300 Religious Affiliation Southern Baptist
#5 #5 Queens University of Charlotte Annual Tuition $6,715 Religious Affiliation Presbyterian Church (USA)
#6 #6 Gonzaga University Annual Tuition $7,000 Religious Affiliation Roman Catholic
#7 #7 Georgetown College Annual Tuition $7,110 Religious Affiliation Baptist
#8 #8 Southeastern University Annual Tuition $7,500 Religious Affiliation Assemblies of God Church
#9 #9 Union College - KY Annual Tuition $7,500 Religious Affiliation United Methodist
#10 #10 Central Methodist University Annual Tuition $7,750 Religious Affiliation United Methodist
#11 #11 University of Valley Forge Annual Tuition $7,800 Religious Affiliation Assemblies of God Church
#12 #12 Amberton University Annual Tuition $7,950 Religious Affiliation Undenominational
#13 #13 William Woods University Annual Tuition $8,266 Religious Affiliation Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
#14 #14 Freed-Hardeman University Annual Tuition $8,400 Religious Affiliation Churches of Christ
#15 #15 Evangel University Annual Tuition $8,835 Religious Affiliation Assemblies of God Church
#16 #16 William Peace University Annual Tuition $8,850 Religious Affiliation Presbyterian Church (USA)
#17 (tie) #17 (tie) Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College Annual Tuition $8,910 Religious Affiliation Roman Catholic
#17 (tie) #17 (tie) Seton Hill University Annual Tuition $8,910 Religious Affiliation Roman Catholic
#19 #19 Franciscan University of Steubenville Annual Tuition $9,000 Religious Affiliation Roman Catholic
#20 #20 University of Dayton Annual Tuition $9,300 Religious Affiliation Roman Catholic
#21 #21 Wiley College Annual Tuition $9,470 Religious Affiliation United Methodist
#22 #22 Holy Apostles College and Seminary Annual Tuition $9,600 Religious Affiliation Roman Catholic
#23 #23 University of Mary Annual Tuition $9,610 Religious Affiliation Roman Catholic
#24 #24 Messiah College Annual Tuition $9,675 Religious Affiliation Interdenominational
#25 (tie) #25 (tie) Indiana Wesleyan University Online - Adult Education Annual Tuition $9,750 Religious Affiliation Wesleyan
#25 (tie) #25 (tie) Tennessee Wesleyan University Annual Tuition $9,750 Religious Affiliation United Methodist
  • Annual Tuition: $5,280
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Affiliation: Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
  • Columbia College is warmly welcomes students of all religious denominations. Founded in 1851 as Christian Female College, it offers classes in religion, but does not require religious study in its curriculum. This college has 36 physical campuses in locations ranging from New York, to Alabama, to California, and also offers both undergraduate and graduate online classes. Military students receive reduced pricing and qualified trainings or service experience may count as course credit. Nearly 16,000 students take online courses every year at Columbia College, choosing from over 350 accredited classes and over 30 accredited online degree programs including computer science, criminal justice, education, and literature.

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  • Annual Tuition: $5,925
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Affiliation: Evangelical Lutheran Church
  • Augustana University is a comprehensive, liberal arts university affiliated with the Lutheran Church. Degree programs at the University are inspired by Lutheran scholarly tradition and aim to provide an education that challenges the intellect, and integrates faith with knowledge and service to the global community. Augustana offers an online Master of Arts in Education designed for bachelor’s degree holders who are eligible for teacher licensure. M.Ed students can choose from five areas of concentration: instructional strategies, reading, special populations, STEM and technology.

  • Annual Tuition: $6,000
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC and ABHE
  • Affiliation: Other Protestant
  • God's Bible School and College (GBS) has been training church planters and missionaries since 1900. The college’s mission is to send well trained, professional, and biblically-minded graduates into the world. To achieve this goal, all online degrees offered at GBS are specially designed to train church leaders for local and global missions. Associate level students at GBS can earn degrees in Bible and theology or ministerial studies. Online majors available for bachelor’s level students include church and family ministries and ministerial education with various tracks such as intercultural studies and world missions. Graduate online students can earn master’s degrees in ministry or biblical studies. GBS is accredited by the Association for Biblical Higher Education and the Higher Learning Commission.

  • Annual Tuition: $6,300
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Affiliation: Southern Baptist
  • The mission of The Baptist College of Florida (BCF) is to educate leaders in diverse fields from a Christian worldview. One of the benefits of attending BCF is that all of the school’s undergraduate degrees and graduate degree programs are available online. At the graduate level, students can earn master's degrees in music and worship leadership or Christian studies. Bachelor’s level students interested in a religiously-focused degree can major in ministry, biblical studies, Christian education or in mission studies with an optional concentration in aviation. Non-religious majors offered by the college include English, music, psychology and business leadership. All students take 18 hours of courses in Biblical or theological studies as part of the foundational curriculum of the school.

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  • Annual Tuition: $6,715
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Affiliation: Presbyterian Church (USA)
  • The Queens University of Charlotte retains close ties to its Presbyterian heritage through its emphasis on community service. The online degrees offered at Queens are primarily master’s level programs. The University’s online MBA is committed to helping students develop leadership abilities and skills through emphasis on core values of “competence, character and commitment to community.” The other online graduate degrees at Queens are the MA in Communication, Master of Science in Nursing, MA in Educational Leadership and Master of Health Administration. Online programs at Queens are optimized to enable students to benefit from virtual education without feeling disconnected from teachers and classmates. For example, technology such as instant messaging, video conferencing and real-time collaboration exercises are features of Queens courses.

  • Annual Tuition: $7,000
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NWCCU
  • Affiliation: Roman Catholic
  • Gonzaga University’s mission is to prepare the mind, body and spirit of each student for lives of Christian leadership and service. The University is affiliated with the Jesuit order of the Roman Catholic Church. Gonzaga offers a Master of Arts in Theology and Leadership that combines a core curriculum in Christian studies with leadership electives. Other online degrees at Gonzaga include a Master of Sport and Athletic Administration and a Master’s in Organizational Leadership. Gonzaga’s non-religious programs incorporate Jesuit philosophy, but students don’t have to take specific courses in Christian studies as part of their degree requirements.

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  • Annual Tuition: $7,110
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Affiliation: Baptist
  • With its Center for Christian Discernment and Academic Leadership, and its Christian Scholars Program, Kentucky-based Georgetown College provides an educational experience in a strong Christian environment. Its online graduate program is offers 7-week off-campus courses in blended or online format for nontraditional students. Master's programs exist for both certified teachers and students without teaching licenses, and online classes are also offered for undergraduate students during the academic year and during the summer sessions. Course subjects range from education, to music, to world languages. For added flexibility students are also allowed to create their own major to specifically meet their needs and interests.

  • Annual Tuition: $7,500
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Affiliation: Assemblies of God Church
  • Southeastern University’s mission is to equip students to serve the world through Christian-centered education. The school’s programs are designed to nurture and grow the divine design of each student through the Spirit of Christ. The University is a member of the Christian Colleges and Universities and the Association of Christian Schools International. Christian studies degrees offered at Southeastern include an associate, bachelor’s and master’s degree in ministry leadership. The University also offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees in business administration. MBA students can choose a concentration in missional leadership. Undergraduates can expect to take between 9 to 15 credits of religious studies as a part of their degree program.

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  • Annual Tuition: $7,500
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Affiliation: United Methodist
  • Union College is committed to serving the needs of their diverse learning community by promoting spiritual and intellectual enrichment and contributing the economic growth in the region. Values that guide the college include lifelong learning, integrity and global responsibility. The college is affiliated with the United Methodist Church. Union’s online undergraduate programs feature a liberal arts core curriculum, and students do not have to take religious studies courses as a part of their degree requirements. Online undergraduate majors offered at Union include general studies, general management, business administration, substance abuse and RN to BSN. Online graduate students can earn degrees in business administration, education, psychology and athletic administration. Union online also offers a certificate in chemical dependency counseling.

  • Annual Tuition: $7,750
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Affiliation: United Methodist
  • Central Methodist University is a liberal arts institution of higher learning affiliated with the United Methodist Church. The University fosters a learning community that emphasizes academic excellence, social responsibility and ethical leadership. Over 4,000 distance learning students take courses through the University’s College of Graduate and Extended Studies. CMU offers a variety of online degree programs for bachelor’s degree students. Undergraduate majors offered include accounting, computer science, criminal justice, elementary education, applied behavior analysis, RN to BSN and sports management. Undergraduate students take one course in religion as a part of the university’s core curriculum requirements. The school also offers master’s degrees in mathematics and nursing.

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  • Annual Tuition: $7,800
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Affiliation: Assemblies of God Church
  • The University of Valley Forge is a private school offering undergraduate and master’s level degree programs centered in a Christian worldview. The University is a member of the network of Assemblies of God universities. The University’s online programs are designed for adult students with busy schedules. Full-time students who take one 7-week course at a time can complete their undergraduate degree in about three years. Undergraduate students can major in business administration or psychology. The university also offers associate level degrees including ministry leadership, youth studies and biblical studies.  Undergraduate students take courses in biblical Studies and Christian thought as a part of their core curriculum requirements. Graduate students can earn degrees in theology, worship studies, digital media and organizational leadership.

  • Annual Tuition: $7,950
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Affiliation: Undenominational
  • Amberton University accommodates nontraditional students who are returning to school or are working while attending classes. The University is committed to teaching students critical thinking skills while incorporating Christian values. There are a variety of bachelor's degree programs available online, including a B.S. in Applied Science, and a B.A. in Professional Development. Master's degree options include business/management, counseling, and social services programs. Amberton also offers specialization programs that can be completed stand-alone or with a degree program to further professional skills and development. 

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  • Annual Tuition: $8,266
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Affiliation: Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
  • William Woods University is a professional-oriented institution of higher learning dedicated to providing values-based education for students to share with the world community. Undergraduate students can earn a BS in Business Administration, BS in Interpretation Studies in ASL-English, BAS in Workforce Leadership or a Bachelor of Paralegal Studies. Online graduate programs include a Master of Business Administration and a Master of Education. MEd students can choose from several concentrations including teaching and technology, equestrian leadership, STEM and athletics.

  • Annual Tuition: $8,400
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Affiliation: Churches of Christ
  • Freed-Hardeman University’s mission is to empower students to develop their talents for use in a life of service to the local and global community. Core values that guide the university include racial harmony, religious unity, and focus on Jesus Christ as a personal role model. The University is associated with Churches of Christ. All of Freed-Hardeman’s online degrees are graduate degree programs. Students can earn a Master of Arts in Pastoral Care and Counseling, a Master of Arts in Ministry or a Master of Arts in New Testament. Freed-Hardeman also offers an MBA with a concentration in healthcare management and a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction. MEd students complete a course in Introduction to Christianity as a part of their degree.

  • Annual Tuition: $8,835
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Affiliation: Assemblies of God Church
  • Evangel University is a comprehensive Christian institution of higher learning affiliated with the General Council of the Assemblies of God. The school is committed to the pursuit of truth and equipping students to impact the Church and global society. EU offers a Bachelor of Science in Church Ministries, which incorporates Bible, theology, and a Christian worldview with church leadership and administration. The Bachelor of Science of Arts in Management prepares students to manage operations for a profit or non-profit organization. Management students take up to 12 credits in Christian studies requirements and electives as a part of their degree program.

  • Annual Tuition: $8,850
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Affiliation: Presbyterian Church (USA)
  • William Peace University was established in 1857 and is rooted in the liberal arts tradition. One of the core components of the University’s mission is meeting the needs of adult learners. The University’s School of Professional Studies offers accelerated degree programs specially designed for busy adults. The University is non-sectarian but has a historical affiliation the Presbyterian church. SPS offers degrees for online students at the undergraduate level. Students can earn their Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. The school also offers a Bachelor of Arts degrees in psychology, criminal justice, and liberal arts.

  • Annual Tuition: $8,910
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Affiliation: Roman Catholic
  • For over 40 years Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College has offered online degree programs for non-traditional students. The college now offers majors ranging from marketing to criminology. Founded with Catholic values and dedicated to integrating the power of Providence, students are encouraged to apply their spiritual practices to their career field; however, non-traditional students are not required to take religious courses. Online students can earn an associate degree in general business, paralegal studies, and accounting by completing the 30-41 credit hours required. Bachelor's degrees are offered in psychology, theology, humanities, and professional writing, among others. In addition, professionals can enhance their skills through the RN to BSN completion program, a certificate in Music Therapy Equivalency, or a teaching certificate. 

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  • Annual Tuition: $8,910
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Affiliation: Roman Catholic
  • Seton Hill University is a coeducational liberal arts institution founded in Catholic tradition. The University is open to peoples of all faiths and does not require religious courses for online students. Undergraduate students can earn their bachelor's in criminal justice, accounting, business, or human services or may customize a Bachelor of Arts in General Studies program tailored to their career goals. For students interested in pursuing a career of service in the Roman Catholic Church, an online Certificate in Pastoral Ministry is available, offering courses in moral theology, the Christian scriptures, and liturgy and sacrament. 

  • Annual Tuition: $9,000
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Affiliation: Roman Catholic
  • This Catholic university prides itself on integrating faith and reason holistically throughout coursework and community. Boasting a student to faculty ratio of 15:1, students graduate from their programs and transition into traditional careers as well as the priesthood or religious life. Online students at Franciscan University of Steubenville are not required to take religious courses if they are majoring in traditional studies, including the MBA program and the Master of Science in Education program. Additional graduate degrees include a Master of Arts in Catechetics and Evangelization, which prepares students to serve in the Catholic church, or a Master of Arts in Theology and Christian Ministry. Undergraduate students can earn an associate in philosophy, or in theology. 

  • Annual Tuition: $9,300
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Affiliation: Roman Catholic
  • The University of Dayton is a Catholic university committed to the Marianist tradition of education. The University offers a variety of education degrees for both licensure-seeking and non-licensure-seeking professionals. Undergraduate students can earn a bachelor's in Early Childhood Leadership & Advocacy, or enhance their skills with a certificate or endorsement in computer technology, reading, and technology-enhanced learning, just to name a few. Graduate students have a variety of degree options available to suit their needs, ranging from a Master of Science in Education in Transdisciplinary Early Childhood Education to a MSE in Educational Leadership with a Catholic School Leadership Concentration. Undergraduate students take a course in philosophical and religious studies, graduate students do not have this same degree requirement. 

  • Annual Tuition: $9,470
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Affiliation: United Methodist
  • Wiley College, a historically black institution, was founded in 1873 on the principles of the United Methodist church. The school offers traditional online bachelor's programs for distance learners. Their mission is to support students in their academic and spiritual endeavors as they broaden their scope of knowledge and gain field experience. Students can earn a Bachelor of Business Administration Organizational, Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice, or a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies. One unique concentration available to students is Peacekeeping and Diplomacy, which offers courses such as Peace Studies, Mediation, and Linguistics. Religious courses are not required and work experience or prior learning may count as credits towards a degree. 

  • Annual Tuition: $9,600
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NEASC CIHE
  • Affiliation: Roman Catholic
  • Holy Apostles College and Seminary offers a range of fully online undergraduate and graduate degrees to prepare individuals for their future as priests and leaders in the Catholic community. Because the school is both a college and a seminary, it offers the unique opportunity for lay students and seminarians to attend many of the same classes. Students can earn a master's in philosophy, pastoral studies, or in theology with the option of seven concentrations. Graduate certificates are available in counseling, philosophy, and ministry, and doctoral programs in philosophy or humanities. Motivated students can earn their bachelor's in 2.6 years, while a master's can be earned in 1.3 years.

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  • Annual Tuition: $9,610
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Affiliation: Roman Catholic
  • Faculty at the University of Mary incorporate Catholic Benedictine values into each program. The University offers a wide range of bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees online. Some unique program offerings include a undergraduate minor in Catholic Studies, a Master of Project Management with a Virtuous Leadership Concentration, and a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree. Students are not required to take religious courses for traditional programs. With flexible, year-round start dates, students can complete their bachelor's in only 2.6 years. 

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  • Annual Tuition: $9,675
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Affiliation: Interdenominational
  • At Messiah College, a Christian liberal arts and sciences institution, students are encouraged to incorporate their faith into their education through classroom discussion and community engagement. Though religious courses are not required, faculty and staff ascribe to the Christian faith and teach curriculum with faith-based application. Asynchronous graduate programs, ranging from certificates to doctorate degrees, are available online with flexible start dates every 8 weeks. Available graduate certificates include nursing education, autism spectrum disorders, and bilingual education. 

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  • Annual Tuition: $9,750
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Affiliation: Wesleyan
  • Indiana Wesleyan University is a Christian, evangelical institution that offers online academic programs designed for adults. These programs include certificate, associate degree, bachelor's degree and master's degree level options. Online degrees range from a bachelor's in Biblical Studies, to a master's in Theological Studies, to a doctorate in Organizational Leadership. The Wesley Seminary also offers numerous online master's degrees, including a Master of Divinity and a Master of Arts in Ministry.

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  • Annual Tuition: $9,750
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Affiliation: United Methodist
  • Founded in 1857, Tennessee Wesleyan University (TWU) is a United Methodist-affiliated liberal arts university with educational offerings founded upon Judeo-Christian values. Online students at TWU at the undergraduate level can pursue a bachelor's degree completion program in management excellence. In order to help students save money on textbooks, TWU offers a textbook bundling option which is estimated to save students $1,000 over the course of their degree program. In addition to the Bachelor's in Management Excellence, TWU offers two other fully online programs: an RN to BSN program and an MBA.

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