2020 Most Affordable Master's in Religious Studies Online

By the OnlineU team | Updated 3/13/2020
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By the OnlineU team | Updated 3/13/2020

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.

You can read more about our ranked schools below or browse our rankings of the most affordable online master's programs. View our methodology or learn more about OnlineU.

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Rank School Annual Tuition
# 1 #1 Belhaven University $3,582
# 2 #2 Baptist Missionary Association Theological Seminary $3,960
# 3 #3 Athens State University $4,335
# 4 #4 University of the Cumberlands $4,725
# 5 #5 Graceland University $4,800
# 6 #6 The Baptist College of Florida $5,400
# 7 #7 Liberty University $5,500
# 8 (tie) #8 (tie) Oklahoma Baptist University $6,300
# 8 (tie) #8 (tie) Union University $6,300
# 10 #10 Holy Apostles $6,480
# 11 #11 Clarks Summit University $6,675
# 12 #12 Johnson University Florida $7,650
# 13 #13 God's Bible School and College $7,920
# 14 #14 Johnson University $8,100
# 15 #15 Lincoln Christian University $8,154
# 16 #16 Amridge University $8,640
# 17 #17 Cornerstone University $8,910
# 18 #18 Pentecostal Theological Seminary $8,964
# 19 #19 Dallas Theological Seminary $9,145
# 20 #20 New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary $9,230
# 21 #21 Colorado Christian University $9,900
# 22 #22 Salve Regina University $10,890
# 23 #23 Faulkner University $10,980
# 24 #24 Crown College $11,340
# 25 #25 Cairn University $11,697
#1
#1

Belhaven University

Jackson (MS)
Annual Tuition: $3,582
Annual Tuition: $3,582
Annual Tuition: $3,582
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 95%
  • Graduation Rate: 50%
  • Acceptance Rate: 59%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 426
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 1,405
  • School Type: Nonprofit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Arts in Biblical and Theological Studies
  • Master of Science in Leadership - Ministry
#2
#2
Annual Tuition: $3,960
Annual Tuition: $3,960
Annual Tuition: $3,960
  • Graduation Rate: 0%
  • Acceptance Rate: 100%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 49
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 42
  • School Type: Nonprofit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Arts in Pastoral Theology
  • Master of Arts in Religion
#3
#3
Annual Tuition: $4,335
Annual Tuition: $4,335
Annual Tuition: $4,335
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,833
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 163
  • School Type: Nonprofit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Arts in Religious Studies
  • Master of Arts in Religious Studies - Non-Thesis Option
  • Master of Arts in Religious Studies - Thesis Option
#4
#4

University of the Cumberlands

Williamsburg (KY)
Annual Tuition: $4,725
Annual Tuition: $4,725
Annual Tuition: $4,725
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 99%
  • Graduation Rate: 44%
  • Acceptance Rate: 74%
  • Average SATs: 930 -1140
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,640
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 7,852
  • School Type: Nonprofit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC

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
#5
#5

Graceland University

Lamoni (IA)
Annual Tuition: $4,800
Annual Tuition: $4,800
Annual Tuition: $4,800
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 100%
  • Graduation Rate: 46%
  • Acceptance Rate: 56%
  • Average SATs: 920 -1120
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 65
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 624
  • School Type: Nonprofit
  • School Accreditation: HLC

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Arts in Religion
  • Master of Arts in Religion - Concentration in Christian Theology
  • Master of Arts in Religion - Concentration in Peace and Justice
  • Master of Arts in Religion - Concentration in Spiritual Leadership
#6
#6
Annual Tuition: $5,400
Annual Tuition: $5,400
Annual Tuition: $5,400
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 100%
  • Graduation Rate: 47%
  • Acceptance Rate: 62%
  • Average SATs: 858 -1155
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 280
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 11
  • School Type: Nonprofit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC

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
#7
#7

Liberty University

Lynchburg (VA)
Annual Tuition: $5,500
Annual Tuition: $5,500
Annual Tuition: $5,500
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 99%
  • Graduation Rate: 47%
  • Acceptance Rate: 30%
  • Average SATs: 1040 -1260
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 34,092
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 36,337
  • School Type: Nonprofit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC

Online Master's Degrees

  • MA: Pastoral Counseling: Theology
  • MA: Religion: Christian Apologetics
  • MA: Religion: Global Studies
  • MA: Religion: Theology
  • MA: Theological Studies
  • MA: Worship Studies
#8
#8
Annual Tuition: $6,300
Annual Tuition: $6,300
Annual Tuition: $6,300
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 100%
  • Graduation Rate: 55%
  • Acceptance Rate: 65%
  • Average SATs: 990 -1220
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 2
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 40
  • School Type: Nonprofit
  • School Accreditation: HLC

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Arts in Christian Studies
  • Master of Arts in Christian Studies - Apologetics
  • Master of Arts in Christian Studies - Leadership
#8
#8

Union University

Jackson (TN)
Annual Tuition: $6,300
Annual Tuition: $6,300
Annual Tuition: $6,300
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 100%
  • Graduation Rate: 68%
  • Acceptance Rate: 60%
  • Average SATs: 1060 -1280
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 234
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 171
  • School Type: Nonprofit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Christian Studies
#10
#10

Holy Apostles

Cromwell (CT)
Annual Tuition: $6,480
Annual Tuition: $6,480
Annual Tuition: $6,480
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 50%
  • Graduation Rate: 50%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 156
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 344
  • School Type: Nonprofit
  • School Accreditation: NECHE

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
#11
#11

Clarks Summit University

Clarks Summit (PA)
Annual Tuition: $6,675
Annual Tuition: $6,675
Annual Tuition: $6,675
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 100%
  • Graduation Rate: 88%
  • Acceptance Rate: 55%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 238
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 235
  • School Type: Nonprofit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE

Online Master's Degrees

  • Accelerated Master of Divinity
  • Master of Arts
  • Master of Arts in Bible
  • Master of Arts in Counseling
  • Master of Arts in Integrated Studies
  • Master of Divinity
#12
#12
Annual Tuition: $7,650
Annual Tuition: $7,650
Annual Tuition: $7,650
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 100%
  • Graduation Rate: 32%
  • Acceptance Rate: 93%
  • Average SATs: 855 -1090
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 0
  • School Type: Nonprofit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC

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
#13
#13
Annual Tuition: $7,920
Annual Tuition: $7,920
Annual Tuition: $7,920
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 100%
  • Graduation Rate: 49%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 147
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 16
  • School Type: Nonprofit
  • School Accreditation: HLC

Online Master's Degrees

  • M.A. in Biblical Studies
  • M.A. in Ministry
  • M.A. in Ministry - Apologetics
  • M.A. in Ministry - Christian Counseling
  • M.A. in Ministry - Muslim Studies Cognate
#14
#14

Johnson University

Knoxville (TN)
Annual Tuition: $8,100
Annual Tuition: $8,100
Annual Tuition: $8,100
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 97%
  • Graduation Rate: 63%
  • Acceptance Rate: 98%
  • Average SATs: 1008 -1206
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 134
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 215
  • School Type: Nonprofit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC

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
#15
#15
Annual Tuition: $8,154
Annual Tuition: $8,154
Annual Tuition: $8,154
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 97%
  • Graduation Rate: 58%
  • Acceptance Rate: 62%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 56
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 71
  • School Type: Nonprofit
  • School Accreditation: HLC

Online Master's Degrees

  • MA in Bible & Theology
#16
#16

Amridge University

Montgomery (AL)
Annual Tuition: $8,640
Annual Tuition: $8,640
Annual Tuition: $8,640
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 100%
  • Graduation Rate: 33%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 365
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 468
  • School Type: Nonprofit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC

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
#17
#17

Cornerstone University

Grand Rapids (MI)
Annual Tuition: $8,910
Annual Tuition: $8,910
Annual Tuition: $8,910
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 99%
  • Graduation Rate: 60%
  • Acceptance Rate: 67%
  • Average SATs: 950 -1190
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 242
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 220
  • School Type: Nonprofit
  • School Accreditation: HLC

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Arts in Biblical Studies
  • Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
  • Master of Arts in Ministry Leadership
#18
#18
Annual Tuition: $8,964
Annual Tuition: $8,964
Annual Tuition: $8,964
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 109
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 272
  • School Type: Nonprofit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC

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
#19
#19
Annual Tuition: $9,145
Annual Tuition: $9,145
Annual Tuition: $9,145
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 649
  • School Type: Nonprofit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC

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)
#20
#20
Annual Tuition: $9,230
Annual Tuition: $9,230
Annual Tuition: $9,230
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 29%
  • Graduation Rate: 26%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 157
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 414
  • School Type: Nonprofit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC

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
#21
#21
Annual Tuition: $9,900
Annual Tuition: $9,900
Annual Tuition: $9,900
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 100%
  • Graduation Rate: 55%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 3,040
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 837
  • School Type: Nonprofit
  • School Accreditation: HLC

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 Applied Apologetics - Cultural Engagement
  • MA in Applied Apologetics - Global Apologetics
#22
#22
Annual Tuition: $10,890
Annual Tuition: $10,890
Annual Tuition: $10,890
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 100%
  • Graduation Rate: 78%
  • Acceptance Rate: 72%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 46
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 241
  • School Type: Nonprofit
  • School Accreditation: NECHE

Online Master's Degrees

  • MA in Humanities - Religion, Peace and Justice
#23
#23

Faulkner University

Montgomery (AL) (and 2 others)
Annual Tuition: $10,980
Annual Tuition: $10,980
Annual Tuition: $10,980
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 99%
  • Graduation Rate: 33%
  • Acceptance Rate: 57%
  • Average SATs: 1000 -1160
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 648
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 499
  • School Type: Nonprofit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Arts in Biblical Studies
  • Master of Arts in Family Life Ministry
#24
#24

Crown College

Saint Bonifacius (MN)
Annual Tuition: $11,340
Annual Tuition: $11,340
Annual Tuition: $11,340
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 97%
  • Graduation Rate: 49%
  • Acceptance Rate: 51%
  • Average SATs: 980 -1200
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 601
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 362
  • School Type: Nonprofit
  • School Accreditation: HLC

Online Master's Degrees

  • Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Christian Ministry/Master of Arts in Ministry Leadership
  • Accelerated Bachelor's/Master of Arts in Christian Studies
  • Accelerated Bachelor's/Master of Arts in Counseling
  • Accelerated Bachelor's/Master of Divinity
  • Master of Arts in Christian Studies
  • Master of Arts in Christian Studies - Emphasis in Alcohol and Drug Counseling
#25
#25

Cairn University

Langhorne (PA)
Annual Tuition: $11,697
Annual Tuition: $11,697
Annual Tuition: $11,697
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 96%
  • Graduation Rate: 60%
  • Acceptance Rate: 99%
  • Average SATs: 1000 -1247
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 12
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 172
  • School Type: Nonprofit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE

Online Master's Degrees

  • Dual Bachelor of Science in Bible (Degree Completion)/Master of Arts in Religion
  • Dual Bachelor of Science in Bible/Master of Arts in Religion
  • Master of Arts in Religion
  • Master of Arts in Worship & Music

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