2018 Most Affordable Online Colleges for a Master's in Theology

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With annual tuition rates under $12,000, the following 26 online colleges and universities offer the most affordable master's programs in theology. Ranked #1, Baptist Missionary Association Theological Seminary's Master of Arts in Pastoral Theology is highly affordable at a tuition rate of $4,020 per year. Liberty University, ranked in second place, offers 11 online master's programs in theology including an MA in Theology with concentrations in Biblical Studies and Church History. Tuition for Liberty's master's programs starts at $5,500 annually.

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Rank College Annual Tuition
#1 #1 Baptist Missionary Association Theological Seminary Annual Tuition $4,020
#2 #2 Liberty University Annual Tuition $5,500
#3 #3 Ohio Christian University Annual Tuition $5,610
#4 #4 Holy Apostles Annual Tuition $5,760
#5 #5 Campbellsville University Annual Tuition $5,985
#6 #6 Newman University Annual Tuition $6,960
#7 #7 Sioux Falls Seminary Annual Tuition $7,200
#8 #8 Columbia International University Annual Tuition $7,425
#9 #9 Eastern University Annual Tuition $7,790
#10 #10 New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary Annual Tuition $8,125
#11 #11 Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary Annual Tuition $8,395
#12 #12 Bethel University - MN Annual Tuition $8,466
#13 #13 Saint Leo University Online Annual Tuition $8,640
#14 #14 University of Northwestern - St. Paul Annual Tuition $8,982
#15 #15 Franciscan University of Steubenville Annual Tuition $9,000
#16 #16 Colorado Christian University Annual Tuition $9,900
#17 #17 Concordia University-Irvine Annual Tuition $10,080
#18 #18 Luther Seminary Annual Tuition $10,200
#19 #19 Truett McConnell University Annual Tuition $10,350
#20 #20 Southwestern Assemblies of God University Annual Tuition $10,530
#21 #21 University of Holy Cross Annual Tuition $10,890
#22 (tie) #22 (tie) Lexington Theological Seminary Annual Tuition $11,520
#22 (tie) #22 (tie) Phillips Theological Seminary Annual Tuition $11,520
#24 #24 Pentecostal Theological Seminary Annual Tuition $11,664
#25 (tie) #25 (tie) Covenant Theological Seminary Annual Tuition $11,880
#25 (tie) #25 (tie) Regent University Online Annual Tuition $11,880
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  • Annual Tuition: $4,020
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 68
  • Example Classes:
    Hermeneutics in Preaching; Survey of Baptist Heritage; Theology of Disciple-Making
  • Annual Tuition: $5,610
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC and ABHE
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 357
  • Example Classes:
    Biblical Preaching; Mission in the Western World; Pastoral Leadership; Spiritual Disciplines
  • Annual Tuition: $5,760
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NEASC CIHE
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 330
  • Example Classes:
    Bioethics in the Post-Christian Culture; Biology and Biotechnologies for Ethicists; Catholic Bioethics; Christology; Church History; Humanities in Early Christian World
  • Annual Tuition: $5,985
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 431
  • Example Classes:
    Baptist History and Heritage; Christian Theology; Ethics of the Christian Faith; Gospel and Postmodernism; Old Testament Prophets; Pre-Reformation History of the Church
  • Annual Tuition: $6,960
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 841
  • Example Classes:
    Controversies in Church History; Foundations of Moral Theology; Liturgy and the RCIA; The Four-Fold Gospel; The God Who Pursues
  • Annual Tuition: $7,200
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 201
  • Example Classes:
    Christian Discipleship; Creation, the Spirit, and the Church; God, Christ, and Humanity; Old Testament Literature; Spirituality Formation & Vocation; Tools for Biblical Interpretation
  • Annual Tuition: $7,425
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC and ABHE
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 450
  • Example Classes:
    Acts to Revelation: God's People Proclaiming Redemption Globally; Genesis to Song of Solomon: God's Plan of Creation and Redemption; Gospels: God's Means of Providing Redemption; Missions and Evangelism in the Twenty-first Century; Prophets: God's Message of Redemption and Judgement
  • Annual Tuition: $7,790
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,321
  • Example Classes:
    Church Renewal & Evangelism; Nurturing Spiritual Life and Character 1; Systematic Theology and Ethics: Reign of God; Systematic Theology and Ethics: Vision of Community

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  • Annual Tuition: $8,125
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,587
  • Example Classes:
    Christian Apologetics; Christian Ethics; History of Christianity: Early-Medieval; History of Christianity: Reformation-Modern; Systematic Theology
  • Annual Tuition: $8,395
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,094
  • Example Classes:
    Christian Ethics; Church Administration; Evangelism & Discipleship; History of Christianity I; Introduction to Apologetics; Introduction to Hermeneutics
  • Annual Tuition: $8,466
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 969
  • Example Classes:
    Christian Social Ethics; Senior Integrative Seminar; Systematic Theology I: God the Creator; Testament Survey: Law, Prophets and Writings; Testament: Exegetical Explorations
  • Annual Tuition: $8,640
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 3,779
  • Example Classes:
    Christian Spirituality: History and Praxis; Christology; Ecclesiology; History of Christianity; Philosophical Foundations for Theology; Worship, Sacraments, and Liturgy

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  • Annual Tuition: $8,982
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 219
  • Example Classes:
    Apologetics; Biblical Hermeneutics; History of Christianity; Spiritual Formation; Theological Prolegomena
  • Annual Tuition: $9,000
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 613
  • Example Classes:
    Christian Spirituality; Church History; Contemporary Moral Problems; Interpreting the Old Testament; Philosophy for Theology; The Church in the Modern World
  • Annual Tuition: $9,900
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 564
  • Example Classes:
    Apologetics; Exegetical Theology: Hermeneutic; Theological Aesthetics; Topics in Theology

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  • Annual Tuition: $10,080
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: WASC WSCUC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 2,566
  • Example Classes:
    A Survey of Historical Theology; Creeds & Confessions; Seminar in Biblical Theology & Exegetical Method; Seminar in Christianity, Ethics and Contemporary Culture; The Reformation Era II

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  • Annual Tuition: $10,200
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 546
  • Example Classes:
    Apostles to Reformers: Forming Christian Identity; Leading Christian Communities in Mission; Reform and Expansion of Christianity; Scripture and Its Witnesses I; Thinking Theologically and Confessing Publicly
  • Annual Tuition: $10,350
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 20
  • Example Classes:
    Christian Theology; Evangelism, Discipleship, & Church Planting; Foundations of Biblical Greek; Foundations of Biblical Hebrew; Ministry Administration & Leadership

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  • Annual Tuition: $10,530
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC and ABHE
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 313
  • Example Classes:
    Biblical Backgrounds; Biblical Hermeneutics; Doctrines of the Pentecostal Movement; Research Literature and Technology; Systematic Theology
  • Annual Tuition: $10,890
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 220
  • Example Classes:
    Modern and Postmodern Theology; Patristic and Medieval Theology; Philosophy for Theologians; The Catholic Tradition

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  • Annual Tuition: $11,520
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 81
  • Example Classes:
    Interpreting the Behavior of the Church; Interpreting the Faith For the Church; Interpreting the Past For the Church; Leading the Church Through Care; Leading the Church Through Mission; Succeeding in Seminary
  • Annual Tuition: $11,520
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 97
  • Example Classes:
    Clinical Pastoral Education; Context Matters; Conversation Matters; Foundations for Theological Praxis & Reflection; Interpretation Matters; Vocation Matters
  • Annual Tuition: $11,664
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 254
  • Example Classes:
    Church of God History and Polity; History of Holiness-Pentecostal Movement; Pentecostal Foundations for Christian Mnistry and Study
  • Annual Tuition: $11,880
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 535
  • Example Classes:
    Apologetics & Outreach; Calling, Vocation, & Work; Christ & Salvation; God's World Mission; Spirit, Church, & Last Things; Spiritual & Ministry Formation
  • Annual Tuition: $11,880
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 4,097
  • Example Classes:
    African Pentecostalism; Biblical Aramaic & Other Semitic Languages; Bonhoeffer and Life Together; Charismatic Renewal Theology; Eastern Christianity; Lutheran Christianity

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