2020 Most Affordable Master's in Theology Online

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

These 24 colleges offer the most affordable online master's in theology programs. Belhaven University, our top-ranked school, has the lowest tuition on the list at only $3,582 per year. Classes for Belhaven's Master of Arts in Biblical and Theological Studies include Biblical Themes, New Testament: Hebrews to Revelation, and Systematic Theology II: God and Humanity. Baptist Missionary Association Theological Seminary comes in second place, with an affordable tuition rate of $3,960 per year.

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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 Campbellsville University $4,485
# 4 #4 Evangel University $4,500
# 5 #5 Dallas Theological Seminary $5,310
# 6 #6 Liberty University $5,500
# 7 #7 Ohio Christian University $5,746
# 8 #8 University of Mobile $6,000
# 9 #9 Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary $6,240
# 10 #10 Holy Apostles $6,480
# 11 #11 Maranatha Baptist University $7,225
# 12 #12 Newman University $7,230
# 13 #13 Regent University Online $7,500
# 14 #14 New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary $7,810
# 15 #15 Lincoln Christian University $8,154
# 16 #16 Concordia University-Irvine $8,190
# 17 #17 Eastern University $8,280
# 18 #18 Barclay College $8,295
# 19 #19 Gonzaga University $8,400
# 20 #20 University of Valley Forge $8,640
# 21 #21 Saint Leo University Online $8,910
# 22 #22 University of Northwestern - St. Paul $8,982
# 23 #23 Life Pacific University $9,000
# 24 #24 Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary $9,085
#1
#1

Belhaven University

Jackson (MS)
Annual Tuition: $3,582
Annual Tuition: $3,582
Annual Tuition: $3,582
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • 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: Biblical Themes, New Testament: Hebrews to Revelation, New Testament: Paul and His Letters, Systematic Theology II: God and Humanity, Systematic Theology III: Jesus Christ, Systematic Theology IV: The Holy Spirit, Soteriology, and Eschatology

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Arts in Biblical and Theological Studies
#2
#2
Annual Tuition: $3,960
Annual Tuition: $3,960
Annual Tuition: $3,960
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • 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: Hermeneutics in Preaching, Survey of Baptist Heritage, Theology of Disciple-Making

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Arts in Pastoral Theology
#3
#3

Campbellsville University

Campbellsville (KY)
Annual Tuition: $4,485
Annual Tuition: $4,485
Annual Tuition: $4,485
  • Online Degrees: 5
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 94%
  • Graduation Rate: 36%
  • Acceptance Rate: 69%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 913
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 944
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (270) 789-5000 x5000

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

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Theology
  • Master of Theology in Biblical Studies
  • Master of Theology in Pastoral Leadership
  • Master of Theology in Theological Studies
  • Master of Social Work - Faith Based Track
#4
#4

Evangel University

Springfield (MO)
Annual Tuition: $4,500
Annual Tuition: $4,500
Annual Tuition: $4,500
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 100%
  • Graduation Rate: 56%
  • Acceptance Rate: 99%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 250
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 159
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (417) 865-2815

Example Classes: Biblical Theology of the Holy Spirit, Hermeneutical Frameworks, Studies in the Pentateuch and Historical Books, Studies in the Psalms and Wisdom Literature, Studies in the Synoptic Gospels and Acts, Studies in the Writings of Paul

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Arts in Theological Studies
#5
#5
Annual Tuition: $5,310
Annual Tuition: $5,310
Annual Tuition: $5,310
  • Online Degrees: 3
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 649
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (214) 887-5000

Example Classes: Bible Study Methods and Hermeneutics, Evangelism, Spiritual Life, The Kingdom & Covenants, The Story of Scripture: Genesis to Revelation The Story of Scripture, Theological Method and Bibliology

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Biblical and Theological Studies
  • Master of Biblical and Theological Studies (Chinese)
  • Master of Biblical and Theological Studies (Spanish)
#6
#6

Liberty University

Lynchburg (VA)
Annual Tuition: $5,500
Annual Tuition: $5,500
Annual Tuition: $5,500
  • Online Degrees: 11
  • 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: Intercultural Communication and Engagement, Research, Writing & Ministry Preparation, Survey of the History of Christianity

Online Master's Degrees

  • MA in Worship Studies
  • MA: Divinity: Theology
  • MA: Pastoral Counseling: Theology
  • MA: Religion: Theology
  • MA: Theological Studies
  • MA: Theology: Biblical Studies (Non-Thesis)
#7
#7

Ohio Christian University

Circleville (OH)
Annual Tuition: $5,746
Annual Tuition: $5,746
Annual Tuition: $5,746
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 94%
  • Graduation Rate: 32%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,264
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 246
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (740) 474-8896

Example Classes: Biblical Preaching, Mission in the Western World, Pastoral Leadership, Spiritual Disciplines

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Arts in Ministry - Practical Theology
#8
#8

University of Mobile

Mobile (AL)
Annual Tuition: $6,000
Annual Tuition: $6,000
Annual Tuition: $6,000
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 96%
  • Graduation Rate: 54%
  • Acceptance Rate: 47%
  • Average SATs: 1010 -1160
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 132
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 63
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (251) 675-5990

Example Classes: Greek Exegetical Tools, Historical Theology I, New Testament: Gospels & Acts, Systematic Theology I

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Arts in Biblical & Theological Studies
#9
#9
Annual Tuition: $6,240
Annual Tuition: $6,240
Annual Tuition: $6,240
  • Online Degrees: 2
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 28
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (574) 295-3726

Example Classes: Anabaptist Approaches to Scripture, Christian Theology, Global Anabaptist Mennonite History and Theology, Leadership Education in an Anabaptist Perspective, Strange New World of the Bible, The Religious Other in the Bible

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Arts in Theology and Global Anabaptism
  • Master of Divinity in Chaplaincy
#10
#10

Holy Apostles

Cromwell (CT)
Annual Tuition: $6,480
Annual Tuition: $6,480
Annual Tuition: $6,480
  • Online Degrees: 10
  • 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: Bioethics in the Post-Christian Culture, Biology and Biotechnologies for Ethicists, Catholic Bioethics, Christology, Marriage and Theology of the Body, Synoptic Gospels

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies - Apologetics
  • Master of Arts in Theology
  • Master of Arts in Theology - Bioethics (With NCBC Certificate)
  • Master of Arts in Theology - Bioethics (Without NCBC Certificate)
  • Master of Arts in Theology - Church History
  • Master of Arts in Theology - Dogmatic Theology
#11
#11
Annual Tuition: $7,225
Annual Tuition: $7,225
Annual Tuition: $7,225
  • Online Degrees: 2
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 93%
  • Graduation Rate: 55%
  • Acceptance Rate: 73%
  • Average SATs: 1006 -1205
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 147
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 123
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (920) 261-9300

Example Classes: Apologetics and Worldviews, Logic for Theology, Prolegomena, Reformation Theology, The Pastor and the Law, Theology of the Kingdom

Online Master's Degrees

  • M.Div. in Pastoral Theology
  • M.Div. in Theology
#12
#12

Newman University

Wichita (KS)
Annual Tuition: $7,230
Annual Tuition: $7,230
Annual Tuition: $7,230
  • Online Degrees: 2
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 97%
  • Graduation Rate: 52%
  • Acceptance Rate: 64%
  • Average SATs: 985 -1190
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 121
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 135
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (316) 942-4291

Example Classes: Controversies in Church History, Foundations of Moral Theology, Liturgy and the RCIA, The Four-Fold Gospel, The God Who Pursues

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Arts in Theology
  • Master of Theological Studies
#13
#13

Regent University Online

Virginia Beach (VA)
Annual Tuition: $7,500
Annual Tuition: $7,500
Annual Tuition: $7,500
  • Online Degrees: 21
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 99%
  • Graduation Rate: 57%
  • Acceptance Rate: 78%
  • Average SATs: 990 -1220
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 3,146
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 5,092
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (757) 352-4127

Example Classes: African Pentecostalism, Biblical Aramaic & Other Semitic Languages, Bonhoeffer and Life Together, Charismatic Renewal Theology, Eastern Christianity, Lutheran Christianity, Origins of the Cosmos, Pauline Theology, Philosophy of Science, Pulpit Ministry, Synoptic Gospels, The Charismatic Movement Today, The Psalms, Theological German

Online Master's Degrees

  • M.A. in Practical Theology - Missiology
  • Master of Divinity - Christian Theology
  • Master of Theology
  • Master of Theology - Christian Theology
  • Master of Theology - Practical Theology
  • M.A. in Apologetics and Cosmogony
#14
#14
Annual Tuition: $7,810
Annual Tuition: $7,810
Annual Tuition: $7,810
  • Online Degrees: 3
  • 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: Christian Apologetics, Christian Ethics, History of Christianity: Early-Medieval, History of Christianity: Reformation-Modern, Systematic Theology

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Arts in Theology
  • Master of Theological Studies
  • Master of Theological Studies (Spanish)
#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, Interpreting the Bible, Introduction to Christian Theology, Introduction to the New Testament, Introduction to the Old Testament

Online Master's Degrees

  • MA in Bible & Theology
#16
#16
Annual Tuition: $8,190
Annual Tuition: $8,190
Annual Tuition: $8,190
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 100%
  • Graduation Rate: 63%
  • Acceptance Rate: 58%
  • Average SATs: 990 -1210
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 96
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 1,860
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: WSCUC
  • Phone #: (949) 854-8002

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

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Arts in Theology
#17
#17

Eastern University

Saint Davids (PA)
Annual Tuition: $8,280
Annual Tuition: $8,280
Annual Tuition: $8,280
  • Online Degrees: 4
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 99%
  • Graduation Rate: 59%
  • Acceptance Rate: 66%
  • Average SATs: 1030 -1230
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 238
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 707
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Phone #: (610) 341-5800

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

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master in Online Theological Studies n Latino Ministries
  • Master of Arts in Theological and Cultural Anthropology
  • Master of Divinity
  • Master of Practical Theology
#18
#18

Barclay College

Haviland (KS)
Annual Tuition: $8,295
Annual Tuition: $8,295
Annual Tuition: $8,295
  • Online Degrees: 7
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 100%
  • Graduation Rate: 49%
  • Acceptance Rate: 67%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 57
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 36
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (620) 862-5252

Example Classes: Ministry of Community, Ministry of Family, Ministry of Marriage, Ministry of Self, New Testament Hermeneutics, The Missional Church

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Arts in Practical Theology
  • Master of Arts in Practical Theology - Family Ministries
  • Master of Arts in Practical Theology - Missional Multiplication
  • Master of Arts in Practical Theology - Pastoral Ministries
  • Master of Arts in Practical Theology - Quaker Studies
  • Master of Arts in Practical Theology - Sports Outreach
#19
#19

Gonzaga University

Spokane (WA)
Annual Tuition: $8,400
Annual Tuition: $8,400
Annual Tuition: $8,400
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 99%
  • Graduation Rate: 85%
  • Acceptance Rate: 65%
  • Average SATs: 1200 -1360
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 0
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 1,309
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NWCCU
  • Phone #: (509) 328-4220

Example Classes: Church History, Ignatian Spirituality, Ministry Leadership Seminar, Moral Theology

Online Master's Degrees

  • MA in Theology and Leadership
#20
#20

University of Valley Forge

Phoenixville (PA)
Annual Tuition: $8,640
Annual Tuition: $8,640
Annual Tuition: $8,640
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 98%
  • Graduation Rate: 45%
  • Acceptance Rate: 53%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 55
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 42
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Phone #: (610) 935-0450

Example Classes: Apologetics Classical to Contemporary, Cross-Cultural Theology, Echoes from the Journey: Systematic and Historical Theology, Ethics Classical to Contemporary, Sacred Voices: Advanced Biblical Theology, Spirituality and Philosophical Thought

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Arts in Theology
#21
#21
Annual Tuition: $8,910
Annual Tuition: $8,910
Annual Tuition: $8,910
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 100%
  • Graduation Rate: 49%
  • Acceptance Rate: 58%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 8,242
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 4,720
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (352) 588-8200

Example Classes: Christian Spirituality: History and Praxis, Christology, Ecclesiology, History of Christianity, Philosophical Foundations for Theology, Worship, Sacraments, and Liturgy

Online Master's Degrees

  • M.A. in Theology
#22
#22
Annual Tuition: $8,982
Annual Tuition: $8,982
Annual Tuition: $8,982
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 100%
  • Graduation Rate: 68%
  • Acceptance Rate: 93%
  • Average SATs: 1110 -1330
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,212
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 94
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (651) 631-5100

Example Classes: Apologetics, Biblical Hermeneutics, History of Christianity, Spiritual Formation, Theological Prolegomena

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Arts in Theological Studies
#23
#23

Life Pacific University

San Dimas (CA)
Annual Tuition: $9,000
Annual Tuition: $9,000
Annual Tuition: $9,000
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 94%
  • Graduation Rate: 45%
  • Acceptance Rate: 97%
  • Average SATs: 890 -1112
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 52
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 50
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: WSCUC
  • Phone #: (909) 599-5433

Example Classes: Biblical Theology of Leadership, Patristic to Late Medieval Theology, Reformation to Contemporary Theology, Spiritual Development & the Theological Scholar, Theology & Worldview

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Arts In Theological Studies
#24
#24
Annual Tuition: $9,085
Annual Tuition: $9,085
Annual Tuition: $9,085
  • Online Degrees: 8
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 90%
  • Graduation Rate: 79%
  • Acceptance Rate: 95%
  • Average SATs: 1030 -1200
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 300
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 803
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (816) 414-3700

Example Classes: Christian Ethics, Church Administration, Evangelism & Discipleship, History of Christianity I, Introduction to Apologetics, Introduction to Hermeneutics, Missiology

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Theological Studies
  • Master of Theological Studies in Biblical Counseling
  • Master of Theological Studies in Church Planting
  • Master of Theological Studies in Church Revitalization
  • Master of Theological Studies in Discipleship Ministries
  • Master of Theological Studies in Leadership

Common Master's in Theology Courses

Master's in theology programs often vary depending on a university's denomination and the program's goal. Some programs prepare students for a leadership role in the ministry, while others focus on the academic, spiritual, and historical study of the Bible. Students in graduate theology programs gain an in-depth understanding of biblical texts, examining them through a systematic theological lens.

  • History of the Christian Church: This course will cover the history of Christianity from the development of the church to the 21st century. Students will learn about the foundations of the Christian religion, the Protestant Reformation, the spread of Christianity from Rome to the West, and other major historical events that shaped contemporary Christianity.
  • Hermeneutics: Hermeneutics is the formal study and interpretation of biblical texts. This course will explore the Bible through a historical and grammatical lens and use the text's original meaning as a framework for modern-day interpretations. Students will learn established practices, theories, and methodologies of interpreting Scripture.
  • New Testament History and Interpretation: Most theology programs include multiple classes on the New Testament. Introductory courses often explore the four gospels, the life of Jesus Christ, and gospel interpretation. Additional courses may cover the book of Revelation, the book of Acts, or the historical context surrounding the New Testament and the spread of Christianity.
  • New Testament Interpretation: The later books of the Christian Bible are examined in detail, with emphasis on their relevance to current theology and doctrine. Students learn the history of hermeneutics (biblical interpretation) and learn to apply it to their own reading of the books. Faculty may discuss questions of authorship alongside the historical context behind the books and their creation.
  • Old Testament History and Interpretation: Most programs also break up Old Testament studies into multiple courses. Students usually start with the Pentateuch and historical books before moving on to the poetic and prophetic books. Coursework will provide students with a deeper understanding of these religious texts from a theological perspective.
  • Systematic Theology: This course will introduce theology and the organized study and analysis of biblical doctrines. Students will learn how to develop a critical theological perspective and discuss theological concepts. Course topics may include God's nature and attributes, the eternal plan, the Trinity, the Holy Spirit, revelation and Scripture, salvation, and other areas of study.

Funding an Online Master's in Theology

Online master's students in theology can pursue several types of financial aid, and the best options are those that don't require repayment: grants, scholarships, work-study programs, and fellowships. Federal and state governments offer grants, scholarships, and work-study, while schools may offer all of these along with fellowships. Federal or private loans provide another funding option, though they eventually need to be repaid with interest.

To receive financial aid, most students first complete a Federal Application for Student Aid (FAFSA). This form determines a student's eligibility for federal aid, and most states and colleges also use it to determine eligibility for their funds. It's important to note that theology students may be ineligible for some federal or state financial aid depending on where they enroll. Some states — such as Florida — do not allow their programs to fund theology or divinity degrees because it may be construed as the government advocating for a religious point of view. There are also colleges that don't accept federal money or allow their students access to federal aid because doing so would require them to adopt the government's Title IX regulations, which guarantee equal treatment for all students regardless of gender, sexuality, and sexual history. Some institutions have been granted exemptions to certain Title IX regulations; check with your school's financial aid office and your state's department of higher education to determine your eligibility for government aid.

School websites are the best sources of information about financial aid for theology students. Some colleges offer institutional scholarships that may be endowed by alumni or the school's affiliated church. Below are some examples of scholarships specific to master's students in theology.

Is an Online Master's in Theology Worth It?

Most people pursue a master's in theology because they're passionate about their chosen field of study and the opportunity to explore theology and religious studies in depth. Whether the degree will be worth it will depend on your personal interests, career goals, finances, and other factors.

Master's in theology degrees are popular among students who plan to work in their religious community as pastors, chaplains, rabbis, spiritual counselors, or other religious leadership roles. According to O*NET OnLine, clergy members earn a median salary of $51,940 and have a projected job growth rate of 3-4%, as fast as the national average for all jobs. Some theology graduates also pursue roles in the nonprofit sector with religious organizations.

Those interested in the historical and academic aspects of the degree may go on to teach, do research, or write about subjects within theology as a topic expert. Philosophy and religion teachers earn a median salary of $76,160 and have a job growth rate of 5-7% through 2029, according to O*NET OnLine. While a doctorate is often required to become a tenured professor at most universities, graduates can become adjunct instructors or teach at a community college with a master's degree.

Master's in theology programs provide personal growth and academic opportunities to study what you love.

Master's in theology programs don't necessarily prepare you for a specific career path, which means it may be difficult to find employment after graduation, especially outside of religious organizations. However, the program will provide personal growth and academic opportunities to study what you love. It can be worth it even without a clear financial or professional payoff after graduation to those dedicated to the subject.

Students may also benefit from pursuing their degree online, especially if they're juggling work and family or other responsibilities on top of their studies. Online degrees are often more affordable than campus-based programs and provide a wider range of options for students who have specific interests or professional goals.