2018 Most Affordable Online Colleges for a Master's in Religious Studies

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All 25 of these online colleges and universities offer affordable master's in religious studies programs, with annual tuition rates under $9,000. Ranked first, The Baptist College of Florida offers an online Master of Arts in Music and Worship Leadership and an online Master of Arts in Christian Studies with the option to specialize in biblical studies or Christian ministry. Tuition for these programs is only $3,600 per year. Baptist Missionary Association Theological Seminary, ranked second, is also highly affordable, offering a Master of Arts in Pastoral Theology or a Master of Arts in Religion for only $4,020 annually.

You can read more about our ranked schools below or browse our 2018 rankings of the most affordable online master's programs. View our methodology or learn more about SR Education Group.

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Rank College Annual Tuition
#1 #1 The Baptist College of Florida Annual Tuition $3,600
#2 #2 Baptist Missionary Association Theological Seminary Annual Tuition $4,020
#3 #3 God's Bible School and College Annual Tuition $4,230
#4 #4 Graceland University Annual Tuition $4,676
#5 #5 University of the Cumberlands Annual Tuition $4,725
#6 #6 Holy Apostles Annual Tuition $5,760
#7 #7 Campbellsville University Annual Tuition $5,985
#8 #8 Clarks Summit University Annual Tuition $6,000
#9 #9 Union University Annual Tuition $6,120
#10 #10 Lubbock Christian University Annual Tuition $6,288
#11 #11 Huntington University Annual Tuition $6,600
#12 #12 Newman University Annual Tuition $6,660
#13 #13 Bryan College-Dayton Annual Tuition $7,020
#14 #14 Anderson University - SC Annual Tuition $7,035
#15 #15 Moody Bible Institute Annual Tuition $7,560
#16 #16 Cedarville University Annual Tuition $7,581
#17 #17 Grace College and Theological Seminary Annual Tuition $7,626
#18 #18 Southwestern College - KS Annual Tuition $7,640
#19 #19 Johnson University Annual Tuition $7,650
#20 #20 Eastern University Annual Tuition $7,790
#21 #21 Loyola University New Orleans Annual Tuition $7,812
#22 #22 Lincoln Christian University Annual Tuition $7,920
#23 #23 New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary Annual Tuition $8,450
#24 #24 Northwest University Annual Tuition $8,580
#25 #25 Northwest Nazarene University Annual Tuition $8,670
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  • Annual Tuition: $3,600
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 16
  • Example Classes:
    Christian Apologetics; Contemporary Theological Issues for Ministry; Emerging Homiletical Methods; History of Southern Baptists; Ministry Ethics; Theological/ministry Integration
  • Annual Tuition: $4,020
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 91
  • Example Classes:
    Church Administration; General Church History; Hermeneutics in Preaching; History & Philosophy of Christian Education; Theological Foundations for Biblical Counseling; Theology of Discipleship
  • Annual Tuition: $4,230
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC and ABHE
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 9
  • Example Classes:
    Biblical Hermeneutics; Biblical Languages & Technology; Biblical Theology of Holiness; Church Planting & Discipleship; Expository Preaching/Teaching; Wesleyan Historical Theology Elective

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  • Annual Tuition: $4,676
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 784
  • 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

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  • Annual Tuition: $4,725
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 4,611
  • 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
  • Annual Tuition: $5,760
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NEASC CIHE
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 329
  • Example Classes:
    Christology; Fundamental Moral Theology; God: One and Triune; Philosophy for Theologians; Synoptic Gospels
  • Annual Tuition: $5,985
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 943
  • Example Classes:
    Baptist History and Heritage; Christian Evangelism and the Church; Christian Theology; Intergenerational Ministries; Journey into Christ-likeness; Pastoral Care & Counseling
  • Annual Tuition: $6,000
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE and ABHE
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 229
  • 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
  • Annual Tuition: $6,120
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,180
  • Example Classes:
    Biblical Interpretation; Christian Leadership; Communicating Biblical Truth; Evangelism and Missions; Old Testament; Spiritual Formation

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  • Annual Tuition: $6,288
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 441
  • Example Classes:
    Christian History and Theology; Elementary Greek; Hermeneutics; Introduction to the New Testament; Introduction to the Old Testament; Restoration History and Theology
  • Annual Tuition: $6,600
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 299
  • Example Classes:
    Adolescent Culture and Development; Contextual Issues in Youth Ministry; Intergenerational Ministry; Pastoral Counseling; Qualitative and Ethnographic Research; Thinking Theologically
  • Annual Tuition: $6,660
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 635
  • Example Classes:
    Catechesis for the New Evangelization; Christian Rome; Controversies in Church History; Current Issues in Moral Theology; The Church in the New Testament; The God Who Pursues
  • Annual Tuition: $7,020
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 132
  • Example Classes:
    Christian Theology; Christian Worldview; History of Christianity; New Testament Literature and Interpretation; Old Testament Literature and Interpretation; Vocation of Ministry
  • Annual Tuition: $7,035
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 488
  • Example Classes:
    Faith and Life Through the Hebrew Scriptures; Hermeneutics and Critical Reflection in Theological Education; History of Christianity; Pastoral Care and Counseling; The Quest for Holiness and Unity: A History of a Reconciling People; Theological Ethics for Life in the Church and World

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  • Annual Tuition: $7,560
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC, ABHE, and TRACS
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 744
  • Example Classes:
    Church and Culture; Contextualized Preaching; Hermeneutics for Preaching; Preaching Poetic and Prophetic Literature; Theo. Foundations for Biblical Interpretation; Theology and Preaching
  • Annual Tuition: $7,581
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 334
  • Example Classes:
    Biblical Care & Counseling; Biblical Theology; Christian Apologetics; Contemporary Theology in Historical Context; The Church and God’s Mission; Trinitarian Implications for Practical Ministry

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  • Annual Tuition: $7,626
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 399
  • Example Classes:
    Historical Development Of Doctrine; Ministry and Cultural Diversity; Ministry Philosophy for Church; Ministry Preaching and Teaching; Principles and Practice of Prayer; Spiritual Formation
  • Annual Tuition: $7,640
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 241
  • Example Classes:
    Ethical Issues in Youth Ministry; Practicum in Specialized Ministry; Program Design & Development in the Local Church; Studies of the Old Testament; Survey of Church History; Theology
  • Annual Tuition: $7,790
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,338
  • Example Classes:
    Diakonia: Missional Service; Kerygma: Communicating the Gospel; Koinonia: Leading and Building Community; Leitourgia: Leading People in the Presence of God; Paideia: Spiritual Formation; Theologia: Doing Theology in Context

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  • Annual Tuition: $7,812
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,197
  • Example Classes:
    Church, Sacraments, and Liturgy; Foundations of Religious Education; Grace, Christ, and Spirit; Jewish Roots of Christian Faith; Religious Education across the Curriculum; Spirituality, Morality, and Ethics
  • Annual Tuition: $7,920
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC and ABHE
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 311
  • Example Classes:
    Christian Worldview Studies; Contemporary Religious Movements; Exegesis of a Prophet; Interpreting the Bible; Second Temple Judaism; Theology and Film

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  • Annual Tuition: $8,450
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,574
  • 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
  • Annual Tuition: $8,580
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NWCCU
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 288
  • Example Classes:
    Biblical Preaching and Teaching; Christian Theology: An Introduction; Ministry Essentials; Ministry Leadership and Administration; OT Introduction: Background and Theology; Reading the Bible: Exegesis and Interpretation
  • Annual Tuition: $8,670
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NWCCU
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 707
  • Example Classes:
    Christian Theology II: Contemporary Theology; Congregational Education & Formation; History of Christianity; Missiology & Contextualization; Philosophical Foundations of Ministry; Preaching & Worship
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