2020 Most Affordable Master's in Religious Studies Online

2020 Most Affordable Religious Studies Masters Degrees Badge

All 25 of these colleges and universities offer affordable online master's in religious studies programs, with each school offering a tuition rate under $12,000 per year. Belhaven University, ranked #1, offers an online Master of Arts in Biblical and Theological Studies for only $3,582 per year. Ranked #2, the Baptist Missionary Association Theological Seminary offers a Master of Arts in Religion at a tuition rate of $3,960 annually.

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Rank School Annual Tuition
# 1 #1 $3,582
# 2 #2 $3,960
# 3 #3 $4,335
# 4 #4 $4,725
# 5 #5 $4,800
# 6 #6 $5,400
# 7 #7 $5,500
# 8 (tie) #8 (tie) $6,300
# 8 (tie) #8 (tie) $6,300
# 10 #10 $6,480
# 11 #11 $6,675
# 12 #12 $7,650
# 13 #13 $7,920
# 14 #14 $8,100
# 15 #15 $8,154
# 16 #16 $8,640
# 17 #17 $8,910
# 18 #18 $8,964
# 19 #19 $9,145
# 20 #20 $9,230
# 21 #21 $9,900
# 22 #22 $10,890
# 23 #23 $10,980
# 24 #24 $11,340
# 25 #25 $11,697
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  • Annual Tuition: $3,582
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,898
  • Example Classes: Authority, Power and Decision Making; Biblical Shepherding; Crafting Thriving Culture; Education Ministry of the Church; Navigating Ministry Conflict; Visioning: Shaping the Church's Future

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Arts in Biblical and Theological Studies
  • Master of Science in Leadership - Ministry
  • Annual Tuition: $3,960
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 81
  • Example Classes: Church Administration; General Church History; Hermeneutics in Preaching; History & Philosophy of Christian Education; Theological Foundations for Biblical Counseling; Theology of Discipleship

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Arts in Pastoral Theology
  • Master of Arts in Religion
  • Annual Tuition: $4,335
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 159
  • Example Classes: Age of the Reformation; Christian Thought in Early Centuries; Jesus, Muhammad, and Buddha; Problems of Evil and Suffering; Psalms and Wisdom Literature; Social Change and Transformational Leadership – A Comparison of Martin Luther King Jr. and Ghandi

Online Master's Degrees

  • M.A. in Religious Studies
  • M.A. in Religious Studies - Non-Thesis Option
  • M.A. in Religious Studies - Thesis Option
  • Annual Tuition: $4,725
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 10,210
  • Example Classes: Christian Leadership Development; Christian Missions and Evangelism; Focused Study of the New Testament; Planting High Impact Churches; The Church and Contemporary Culture; Youth and Family Ministry

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Arts in Christian Studies
  • Master of Arts in Christian Studies - Biblical Studies
  • Master of Arts in Christian Studies - Christian Education
  • Master of Arts in Christian Studies - Christian Missions and Evangelism
  • Master of Arts in Christian Studies - Church Planting
  • Master of Arts in Christian Studies - Pastoral Ministry
  • Annual Tuition: $4,800
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 812
  • Example Classes: Advanced Topics in Practical Ministry; Christian Theology; Community of Christ II: 1914-Present, History-Scripture-Theology; Contemporary Culture and Theologies; History of Christian Thought; New Testament - Letters and Apocalypse

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Arts in Religion
  • Master of Arts in Religion - Christian Theology
  • Master of Arts in Religion - Peace and Justice
  • Master of Arts in Religion - Spiritual Leadership
  • Annual Tuition: $5,400
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 19
  • Example Classes: Christian Apologetics; Contemporary Theological Issues for Ministry; Emerging Homiletical Methods; History of Southern Baptists; Ministry Ethics; Theological/ministry Integration

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Arts in Christian Studies
  • Master of Arts in Christian Studies - Non-thesis Option
  • Master of Arts in Christian Studies - Thesis Option
  • Master of Arts in Music and Worship Leadership
  • Annual Tuition: $5,500
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 33,217
  • Example Classes: Crisis Intervention in Pastoral Counseling; Healthcare Chaplaincy; Leading the Healthy, Growing, Multiplying Church; Miracles; Music Resources & Literature for Worship Leading; The Role of the Pastor with the Worship Leader

Online Master's Degrees

  • MA in Divinity - Biblical Languages
  • MA in Religion
  • MA in Worship Studies
  • MA: Divinity: Christian Apologetics
  • MA: Divinity: Church History
  • MA: Divinity: Global Studies
  • Annual Tuition: $6,300
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 125
  • Example Classes: Apologetics and Evangelism; Christian Responses to Postmodernism and Relativism; Christian Worldview; Leadership and Ministry to Families; Spiritual Formation; Teaching and Discipleship

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Arts in Christian Studies
  • Master of Arts in Christian Studies - Apologetics
  • Master of Arts in Christian Studies - Leadership
  • Master of Arts in Intercultural Studies - Christian Studies
  • Annual Tuition: $6,300
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,063
  • Example Classes: Biblical Interpretation; Christian Leadership; Communicating Biblical Truth; Evangelism and Missions; Old Testament; Spiritual Formation

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Christian Studies
  • Annual Tuition: $6,480
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NECHE
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 380
  • Example Classes: Christology; Fundamental Moral Theology; God: One and Triune; Philosophy for Theologians; Synoptic Gospels

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies
  • Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies - Apologetics
  • Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies - Catechetical Ministry
  • Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies - General Studies
  • Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies - Marriage and Family Studies
  • Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies - Pastoral Counseling
  • Annual Tuition: $6,675
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 237
  • Example Classes: Children’s Ministries in the Church; Communicating the Scripture to Today’s Youth; Family Ministries in the Church; Methods of Teaching & Communication in the Church; Philosophy of Youth Ministries Leadership; Revitalizing the Plateaued Church

Online Master's Degrees

  • Accelerated Master of Divinity
  • Master of Arts
  • Master of Arts in Bible Concentration
  • Master of Arts in Counseling Concentration
  • Master of Arts in Literature
  • Master of Arts in Literature Concentration
  • Annual Tuition: $7,650
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 5
  • Example Classes: Acts; Gospel of Matthew; New Testament Research Methods; New Testament Theology; Romans; World of the New Testament

Online Master's Degrees

  • MA in Intercultural Studies
  • MA in Intercultural Studies - Community Development
  • MA in Intercultural Studies - Cross-Cultural Church Planting
  • MA in Intercultural Studies - Cross-Cultural Engagement
  • MA in Intercultural Studies - Customized
  • MA in Intercultural Studies - Translation
  • Annual Tuition: $7,920
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 15
  • Example Classes: Biblical Hermeneutics; Biblical Languages & Technology; Biblical Theology of Holiness; Church Planting & Discipleship; Expository Preaching/Teaching; Wesleyan Historical Theology Elective

Online Master's Degrees

  • M.A. in Biblical Studies
  • M.A. in Ministry
  • M.A. in Ministry - Christian Counseling
  • M.A. in Ministry - Church Planting & Discipleship
  • M.A. in Ministry - Evangelism and apologetics
  • M.A. in Ministry - Expository preaching & teaching
  • Annual Tuition: $8,100
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 335
  • Example Classes: Acts; Gospel of Matthew; History of New Testament Interpretation; New Testament Theology; Romans; World of the New Testament

Online Master's Degrees

  • MA in Intercultural Studies
  • MA in Intercultural Studies - Community Development
  • MA in Intercultural Studies - Cross-Cultural Engagement
  • MA in Intercultural Studies - Customized
  • MA in Intercultural Studies - Translation
  • MA in New Testament
  • Annual Tuition: $8,154
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 299
  • Example Classes: Christian Worldview Studies; Contemporary Religious Movements; Exegesis of a Prophet; Interpreting the Bible; Second Temple Judaism; Theology and Film

Online Master's Degrees

  • MA in Bible & Theology
  • Annual Tuition: $8,640
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 404
  • Example Classes: Hermeneutics; Homiletics; Introduction to Pastoral Counseling; Spiritual Leadership; Synthesis of Biblical Studies; The Life and Teachings of Christ

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Arts in Christian Education
  • Master of Arts in New Testament Studies 
  • Master of Arts in Old Testament Studies 
  • Master of Divinity
  • Master of Divinity in Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Master of Divinity in Ministerial Leadership
  • Annual Tuition: $8,910
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 506
  • Example Classes: Biblical Hermeneutics; Christian Spiritual Formation; Global Impact; New Testament Biblical Theology; Old Testament Biblical Theology; Systematic Theology I, II and III

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Arts in Biblical Studies
  • Master of Arts in Counseling
  • Master of Arts in Ministry Leadership
  • Annual Tuition: $8,964
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 280
  • Example Classes: Biblical Hermeneutics; Church of God History & Polity; Introduction to Christian Doctrine; Pentecostal Explorations of the New Testament; Pentecostal Explorations of the Old Testament; Pentecostal Spirituality-Theology

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Arts in Christian Studies
  • Master of Arts in Church Ministries
  • Master of Arts in Church Ministries - Congregational Care & Counseling
  • Master of Arts in Church Ministries - Discipleship & Ministry Leadership
  • Master of Arts in Church Ministries - Global Pentecostalism & Mission
  • Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
  • Annual Tuition: $9,145
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 2,322
  • Example Classes: Hebrew Exegesis & Old Testament Intro I; Humanity and Sin; Sanctification and the Church; The Church to the Modern Era; Theology of Suffering, Disability, and the Church; Trinitarianism

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Arts in Christian Studies
  • Master of Arts in Christian Studies (Chinese)
  • Master of Arts in Christian Studies (Spanish)
  • Master of Biblical and Theological Studies
  • Master of Biblical and Theological Studies (Chinese)
  • Master of Biblical and Theological Studies (Spanish)
  • Annual Tuition: $9,230
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,376
  • Example Classes: Baptist Heritage; Collegiate Ministry Leadership; Disciple Making through Small Group Ministry; Exploring the Old Testament; Foundations of Christian Education; Introduction to Biblical Hermeneutics

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Arts in Apologetics
  • Master of Arts in Biblical Studies
  • Master of Arts in Christian Education
  • Master of Arts in Discipleship
  • Master of Arts in Missiology
  • Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry
  • Annual Tuition: $9,900
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 948
  • Example Classes: Apologetics; Biblical Exegesis I: The Pentateuch and Historical Books; Biblical Exegesis II: The Gospels and Acts, History of the New Testament; Biblical Exegesis IV: The Pauline and General Epistles; Interpreting the Bible I; The Bible and Progressive Revelation

Online Master's Degrees

  • MA in Applied Apologetics with an emphasis in Cultural Engagement
  • MA in Applied Apologetics with an emphasis in Global Apologetics
  • MA in Applied Apologetics with an emphasis in Innovative Evangelism
  • MA in Applied Apologetics with an emphasis in Practical Evangelism
  • MA in Executive Leadership in Christian Ministry
  • MA in Biblical Studies
  • Annual Tuition: $10,890
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NECHE
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 626
  • Example Classes: Ethics and Modern Technology; Identity, Harmony and Conflict; Religion, Culture and Technology

Online Master's Degrees

  • MA in Humanities - Religion, Peace and Justice
  • Annual Tuition: $10,980
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 750
  • Example Classes: Advanced Introduction to the New Testament; Advanced Introduction to the Old Testament; Biblical Interpretation; New Testament Theology; Old Testament Theology; Studies in Biblical Backgrounds

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Arts in Biblical Studies
  • Master of Arts in Christian Counseling and Family Ministry
  • Master of Arts in Christian Ministry - Non-Thesis Option
  • Master of Arts in Christian Ministry - Thesis Option
  • Annual Tuition: $11,340
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 358
  • Example Classes: Alliance Distinctives; Biblical Theology; Hermeneutics & Theological Research; History of the Church; Social & Cultural Foundations for Ministry; Spiritual Formation for Ministry

Online Master's Degrees

  • Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Biblical Studies/Master of Arts in Christian Studies
  • Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Biblical Studies/Master of Divinity
  • Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Christian Ministry/Master of Arts in Christian Ministry
  • Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Christian Ministry/Master of Arts in Ministry Leadership
  • Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Christian Ministry/Master of Divinity
  • Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Psychology & Counseling/Master of Arts in Counseling
  • Annual Tuition: $11,697
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 352
  • Example Classes: General Epistles and Revelation; Gospels and Acts; Old Testament Narrative Literature; Pauline Epistles; Psalms and Wisdom Literature; The Pentateuch

Online Master's Degrees

  • Dual Degree Bachelor of Science in Bible & Master of Arts in Religion
  • Master of Arts in Religion