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.

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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
  • Online Degrees: 2
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 95%
  • Graduation Rate: 50%
  • Acceptance Rate: 59%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 426
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 1,405
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (601) 968-5940

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
#2
#2
Annual Tuition: $3,960
Annual Tuition: $3,960
Annual Tuition: $3,960
  • Online Degrees: 2
  • Graduation Rate: 0%
  • Acceptance Rate: 100%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 49
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 42
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (903) 586-2501

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
#3
#3
Annual Tuition: $4,335
Annual Tuition: $4,335
Annual Tuition: $4,335
  • Online Degrees: 3
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,833
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 163
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (256) 233-8100

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
#4
#4

University of the Cumberlands

Williamsburg (KY)
Annual Tuition: $4,725
Annual Tuition: $4,725
Annual Tuition: $4,725
  • Online Degrees: 7
  • 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: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (606) 549-2200

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
#5
#5

Graceland University

Lamoni (IA)
Annual Tuition: $4,800
Annual Tuition: $4,800
Annual Tuition: $4,800
  • Online Degrees: 4
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 100%
  • Graduation Rate: 46%
  • Acceptance Rate: 56%
  • Average SATs: 920 -1120
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 65
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 624
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (641) 784-5000

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
#6
#6
Annual Tuition: $5,400
Annual Tuition: $5,400
Annual Tuition: $5,400
  • Online Degrees: 4
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 100%
  • Graduation Rate: 47%
  • Acceptance Rate: 62%
  • Average SATs: 858 -1155
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 280
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 11
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (850) 263-3261

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
#7
#7

Liberty University

Lynchburg (VA)
Annual Tuition: $5,500
Annual Tuition: $5,500
Annual Tuition: $5,500
  • Online Degrees: 75
  • 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: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (434) 582-2000

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
#8
#8
Annual Tuition: $6,300
Annual Tuition: $6,300
Annual Tuition: $6,300
  • Online Degrees: 4
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 100%
  • Graduation Rate: 55%
  • Acceptance Rate: 65%
  • Average SATs: 990 -1220
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 2
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 40
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (405) 275-2850

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 - Intercultural
#8
#8

Union University

Jackson (TN)
Annual Tuition: $6,300
Annual Tuition: $6,300
Annual Tuition: $6,300
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 100%
  • Graduation Rate: 68%
  • Acceptance Rate: 60%
  • Average SATs: 1060 -1280
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 234
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 171
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (731) 668-1818

Example Classes: Biblical Interpretation, Christian Leadership, Communicating Biblical Truth, Evangelism and Missions, Old Testament, Spiritual Formation

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
  • Online Degrees: 23
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 50%
  • Graduation Rate: 50%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 156
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 344
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NECHE
  • Phone #: (860) 632-3010

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
#11
#11

Clarks Summit University

Clarks Summit (PA)
Annual Tuition: $6,675
Annual Tuition: $6,675
Annual Tuition: $6,675
  • Online Degrees: 8
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 100%
  • Graduation Rate: 88%
  • Acceptance Rate: 55%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 238
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 235
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Phone #: (570) 586-2400

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
  • 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
  • Online Degrees: 14
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 100%
  • Graduation Rate: 32%
  • Acceptance Rate: 93%
  • Average SATs: 855 -1090
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 0
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (407) 847-8966

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
#13
#13
Annual Tuition: $7,920
Annual Tuition: $7,920
Annual Tuition: $7,920
  • Online Degrees: 5
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 100%
  • Graduation Rate: 49%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 147
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 16
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (513) 721-7944

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 - 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
  • Online Degrees: 10
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 97%
  • Graduation Rate: 63%
  • Acceptance Rate: 98%
  • Average SATs: 1008 -1206
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 134
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 215
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (865) 573-4517

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
#15
#15
Annual Tuition: $8,154
Annual Tuition: $8,154
Annual Tuition: $8,154
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 97%
  • Graduation Rate: 58%
  • Acceptance Rate: 62%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 56
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 71
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (217) 732-3168

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
#16
#16

Amridge University

Montgomery (AL)
Annual Tuition: $8,640
Annual Tuition: $8,640
Annual Tuition: $8,640
  • Online Degrees: 9
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 100%
  • Graduation Rate: 33%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 365
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 468
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (334) 387-3877 x7550

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
#17
#17

Cornerstone University

Grand Rapids (MI)
Annual Tuition: $8,910
Annual Tuition: $8,910
Annual Tuition: $8,910
  • Online Degrees: 3
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 99%
  • Graduation Rate: 60%
  • Acceptance Rate: 67%
  • Average SATs: 950 -1190
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 242
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 220
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (616) 949-5300

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 Clinical Mental Health Counseling
  • Master of Arts in Ministry Leadership
#18
#18
Annual Tuition: $8,964
Annual Tuition: $8,964
Annual Tuition: $8,964
  • Online Degrees: 25
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 109
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 272
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (423) 478-7037

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
#19
#19
Annual Tuition: $9,145
Annual Tuition: $9,145
Annual Tuition: $9,145
  • Online Degrees: 6
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 649
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (214) 887-5000

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)
#20
#20
Annual Tuition: $9,230
Annual Tuition: $9,230
Annual Tuition: $9,230
  • Online Degrees: 10
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 29%
  • Graduation Rate: 26%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 157
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 414
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (504) 282-4455

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
#21
#21
Annual Tuition: $9,900
Annual Tuition: $9,900
Annual Tuition: $9,900
  • Online Degrees: 8
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 100%
  • Graduation Rate: 55%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 3,040
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 837
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (303) 963-3000

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
#22
#22
Annual Tuition: $10,890
Annual Tuition: $10,890
Annual Tuition: $10,890
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 100%
  • Graduation Rate: 78%
  • Acceptance Rate: 72%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 46
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 241
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NECHE
  • Phone #: (401) 847-6650

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
#23
#23

Faulkner University

Montgomery (AL) (and 2 others)
Annual Tuition: $10,980
Annual Tuition: $10,980
Annual Tuition: $10,980
  • Online Degrees: 4
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 99%
  • Graduation Rate: 33%
  • Acceptance Rate: 57%
  • Average SATs: 1000 -1160
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 648
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 499
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC

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
#24
#24

Crown College

Saint Bonifacius (MN)
Annual Tuition: $11,340
Annual Tuition: $11,340
Annual Tuition: $11,340
  • Online Degrees: 86
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 97%
  • Graduation Rate: 49%
  • Acceptance Rate: 51%
  • Average SATs: 980 -1200
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 601
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 362
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (952) 446-4100

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
#25
#25

Cairn University

Langhorne (PA)
Annual Tuition: $11,697
Annual Tuition: $11,697
Annual Tuition: $11,697
  • Online Degrees: 2
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 96%
  • Graduation Rate: 60%
  • Acceptance Rate: 99%
  • Average SATs: 1000 -1247
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 12
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 172
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Phone #: (215) 752-5800

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