2022 Best Colleges for Christian Studies

485

Graduates Per Year

$43K

Average Salary

#282

Most Popular Major

Popularity

Somewhat Unpopular

485

92% NATIONAL AVG

Diplomas Received Last Year

67

65% NATIONAL AVG

Colleges Offering this Degree

Most Popular Degrees

281

Recording Arts Technology

502

282

Christian Studies

485

283

Interior Architecture

484

Cost

Somewhat Affordable

$27,575

14% NATIONAL AVG

Median Degree Cost

Most Expensive Degrees

244

Commercial and Advertising Art

$27,612

245

Christian Studies

$27,575

246

Systems Engineering

$27,436

Salary

Very Low Salary

$20,828

46% NATIONAL AVG

Average Salary Two Years Out of School

Average Salary

396

Religious Studies

$20,828

397

Christian Studies

$20,828

398

Agricultural and Domestic Animal Services

$20,491

Professors

Good

4.2/5

5% NATIONAL AVG

Median Student Rating

Highest Student Rated Professors

122

Music Technology

123

Christian Studies

124

Italian Studies

Students

Not Very Diverse

3.3/5

10.41% NATIONAL AVG

Student Diversity Index

Most Diverse

290

Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography

291

Christian Studies

292

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SUMMARY

Studying Christian Studies is a valuable choice and often a critical first step for pupils endeavoring to enter a career as a theologian, a pastor, or a preacher. In fact, christian studies is an uncommon major ranking as the 282nd most popular major. Last year, there were 485 christian studies degrees conferred. In-state tuition for christian studies at private universities is, on average, Infinity times more expensive than their public counterparts.

With only 67 schools offering this degree there might be limited options as to the institutions which will have a degree program for you. If you are hoping to immerse yourself with other christian studies undergraduates, look at universities in Louisiana which have the most undergraduates admitted to christian studies annually. More generally, the best region to major in christian studies is in the Southeast region with New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, Charleston Southern University, and Liberty University best representing the region. Interestingly, our selection for the best conference to study christian studies is the Big South Conference with Campbell University, Charleston Southern University, and Liberty University representing the conference. That being said, our choice for the best university for christian studies is Point Loma Nazarene University. You may also want to check out our list of the best colleges.

The objectively 'best' school does not have to be the best school for you. There are lots more angels to weigh when selecting institution. External stuff like campus amenities, transportation services, and food would refashion your thoughts of which university to attend. Here at Authority, we have evaluated the pros and cons for you. If, as an example, you are interested in which christian studies university has the best campus, the winner is Liberty University. If you are very interested in which school is home to the best campus, we have a whole list dedicated to that. We have carefully pored through student reviews, government databases, professor reviews, and more so we can evaluate every major in an unbiased and informative way. You can explore our well researched list for the schools with the best student life here and from that list, our choice of the university with the best student life for christian studies is Point Loma Nazarene University. Curious why? Keep scrolling to find out more about Authority's top selections. Many of our conclusions will probably surprise you.

If price is a major factor in your decisions, you might consider avoiding Whitworth University. Whitworth University appears to be the most expensive school for christian studies, at least for out of state attendance. We have a page for the most expensive schools that could put the expense at Whitworth University into perspective. You could also be interested to know that christian studies is the 245th most expensive program in the nation, with an average expense of $27,600. On a broader scale, the most costly state for christian studies in the country is Washington demonstrated with a tuition of $43,800 at the main college in the state Whitworth University. To zoom out even further, the most costly region for christian studies is unfortunately unavailable due to missing data.

Our cheapest region for christian studies is the Southeast region which is represented by Mississippi College with a cost of $17,550, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary with a cost of $8,784, and Liberty University with a cost of $15,417. More optimistically, the most affordable school for christian studies is Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Our full list of the most affordable universities can be explored here.

In-state learners can anticipate paying about $0 for a degree in christian studies. That cost swells by a lot to an average of $0 for an out-of-state public-school undergrad. As such, you might be interested in our pick for the college constituting the best value for christian studies: Point Loma Nazarene University. On this page you will see our comprehensive list on the colleges we see as being the best value overall. That being said, this list is predicated on being an out-of-state student. A discussion of value changes when it comes to in-state tuition, but as we do not know what state(s) you might qualify for in-state tuition, we are approaching this discussion through out-of-state tuition costs.

Earnings for christian studies majors vary a lot, but two years after finishing the degree graduates will typically make around $43,100. There is a lot of variation in earnings potential; top earners can make up to $90,800. Even right out of school, the minimum earning positions within the christian studies field earn $19,900, which could be worse. The top earning grads from christian studies have come from University of Mary and if you want to find the universities with all of the highest earning graduates, Authority has that too.

The prevailing diversity of christian studies stands subpar, coming within the 27th percentile of majors nationally. The college with the most composite diversity for christian studies is Liberty University and here you can find our general list of the colleges with the most diversity. The financial diversity of the Christian Studies major sits only in the 62nd percentile of all majors. Racial diversity is even lower in the 21st percentile. White undergraduates compose the largest proportion, 74%, of students studying christian studies. Additionally, 64% of undergraduates seeking a christian studies degree are men.

The median rating of christian studies professors is 4.2 stars, which is 5% higher than the median score for all majors; which is a good ranking. If you want the most popular christian studies instructor in the country, consider looking up Bill Viser from Ouachita Baptist University. It might be surprising, but the best ranked instructors of christian studies according to students are found at Biola University. If we incorporate data beyond simply rankings it becomes clear that the university possessing the best instructors for christian studies is Point Loma Nazarene University. You can find more detail on our evolving ranking methodology of the best overall professors here, along with many of the finest examples of instructors nationwide.

Finally, the most difficult college to get into for christian studies is Mississippi College. While we think of this list more as a novelty, we do have an extensive list of the hardest colleges to get into. With that said, we hope you understand that approaching the higher education world with a lens mainly informed by superlatives can create issues. We at Authority hope you look at some of our more focused pages on individual schools and explore some of Authority's helpful background articles on essential things to consider as your university search continues.

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Gordon College

#1 Best Colleges for Christian Studies

Gordon College is a small private liberal arts college located in Wenham, MA ranked 38th in Massachusetts. It has a total of 1,771 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 74.05% of applicants. Gordon College offers 75 different majors and is best known for its Christian Studies, Pastoral Counseling, and Linguistics programs (nationally ranked 1st, 2nd, and 21st respectively). With an annual tuition of $37,000 per year, Gordon College is quite costly. 57.61% of students graduate moving on to the next chapter of their lives, joining the workforce. After college, alumni go on to earn about $41,700 per year, which is 0% above the national median.

Wenham, MA

www.gordon.edu

B

Rating

74%

Acceptance

2,397

Students

#466

Ranking

$37,000

Tuition

Ouachita Baptist University

#2 Best Colleges for Christian Studies

Ouachita Baptist University is a small private college located in Arkadelphia, AR ranked 6th in Arkansas. It has a total of 1,768 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, with a 61.43% acceptance rate. Ouachita Baptist University offers 74 different majors and is best known for its Christian Studies, Pastoral Counseling, and Bible Studies programs (nationally ranked 2nd, 10th, and 12th respectively). With an annual tuition of $27,280 per year, Ouachita Baptist University is somewhat moderately expensive. 58.82% of students graduate beginning the next stage of their lives, employment. After graduation, alumni go on to draw roughly $41,200 per year, which is 1% below the national median.

Arkadelphia, AR

www.obu.edu

B-

Rating

61%

Acceptance

1,768

Students

#556

Ranking

$27,280

Tuition

Mississippi College

#3 Best Colleges for Christian Studies

Mississippi College is a small private college located in Clinton, MS ranked 1st in Mississippi. It has a total of 3,640 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting just about 3 out of 7 applicants. Mississippi College offers 144 different majors and is best known for its Christian Studies, Pre-Occupational Therapy Studies, and Legal Support Services programs (nationally ranked 3rd, 3rd, and 7th respectively). With an annual tuition of $17,550 per year, Mississippi College is moderately priced. 49.81% of students graduate starting the next chapter of their lives, employment. After graduation, alumni go on to make close to $38,300 per year, which is 8% under the national median.

Clinton, MS

www.mc.edu

B

Rating

42%

Acceptance

6,068

Students

#438

Ranking

$17,550

Tuition

Whitworth University

#4 Best Colleges for Christian Studies

Whitworth University is a small private institution located in Spokane, WA ranked 12th in Washington. It has a total of 2,411 full-time undergraduate students and is not competitive, with a 91.38% acceptance rate. Whitworth University offers 69 different majors and is best known for its Christian Studies, Secondary Education and Teaching, and Biological and Physical Sciences programs (nationally ranked 4th, 8th, and 11th respectively). With an annual tuition of $43,800 per year, Whitworth University is rather pricey. 66.37% of students graduate moving on to the next phase of their lives, working. Open graduating, alumni go on to earn around $42,100 per year, which is 1% greater than the national median.

Spokane, WA

www.whitworth.edu

B

Rating

91%

Acceptance

2,984

Students

#503

Ranking

$43,800

Tuition

The Master's University and Seminary

#5 Best Colleges for Christian Studies

The Master's University and Seminary is a small private institution located in Santa Clarita, CA ranked 65th in California. It has a total of 1,644 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, with a 67.12% acceptance rate. The Master's University and Seminary offers 51 different majors and is best known for its Theological and Ministerial Studies, Christian Studies, and General Studies programs (nationally ranked 4th, 5th, and 32nd respectively). With an annual tuition of $24,950 per year, The Master's University and Seminary is reasonably costly. 52.99% of students graduate beginning the next phase of their lives, employment. After college, alumni go on to bring in more or less $41,700 per year, which is 0% over the national median.

Santa Clarita, CA

www.masters.edu

C+

Rating

67%

Acceptance

2,636

Students

#666

Ranking

$24,950

Tuition

Point Loma Nazarene University

#6 Best Colleges for Christian Studies

Point Loma Nazarene University is a small private institution located in San Diego, CA ranked 266th in the United States. It has a total of 3,449 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting narrowly south of 3/4ths of applicants. Point Loma Nazarene University offers 82 different majors and is best known for its Child Development, Office Management and Supervision, and Christian Studies programs (nationally ranked 3rd, 3rd, and 6th respectively). With an annual tuition of $36,350 per year, Point Loma Nazarene University is quite costly. 68.99% of students graduate moving on to the next chapter of their lives, working. After college, alumni go on to make near $50,900 per year, which is 23% greater than the national median.

San Diego, CA

www.pointloma.edu

A-

Rating

74%

Acceptance

5,383

Students

#266

Ranking

$36,350

Tuition

University of Mary

#7 Best Colleges for Christian Studies

University of Mary is a small private institution located in Bismarck, ND ranked 1st in North Dakota. It has a total of 2,957 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 73.55% of applicants. University of Mary offers 96 different majors and is best known for its Christian Studies, Radiography, and Respiratory Care Therapy programs (nationally ranked 7th, 15th, and 16th respectively). With an annual tuition of $17,350 per year, University of Mary is moderately priced. 47.57% of students graduate ready to the next stage of their lives, entering the labor market. After finishing college, alumni go on to make roughly $48,000 per year, which is 16% above the national median.

Bismarck, ND

https://www.umary.edu/

C+

Rating

74%

Acceptance

4,696

Students

#655

Ranking

$17,350

Tuition

Union University

#8 Best Colleges for Christian Studies

Union University is a small private institution located in Jackson, TN ranked 5th in Tennessee. It has a total of 2,400 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 52.72% of applicants. Union University offers 117 different majors and is best known for its Teaching English as a Second Language, Organizational Leadership, and Christian Studies programs (nationally ranked 6th, 7th, and 8th respectively). With an annual tuition of $32,650 per year, Union University is somewhat moderately high-priced. 63.3% of students graduate moving on to the next chapter of their lives, working. After graduation, alumni go on to earn about $43,200 per year, which is 4% greater than the national median.

Jackson, TN

www.uu.edu

B+

Rating

53%

Acceptance

3,718

Students

#387

Ranking

$32,650

Tuition

Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary

#9 Best Colleges for Christian Studies

Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary is a small private university located in Wake Forest, NC ranked 49th in North Carolina. It has a total of 1,631 full-time undergraduate students and is not competitive, accepting 92.46% of applicants. Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary offers 52 different majors and is best known for its Christian Studies and Theological and Ministerial Studies programs, which are respectively ranked 9th and 36th in America. With an annual tuition of $9,432 per year, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary is relatively inexpensive.

Wake Forest, NC

www.sebts.edu

C-

Rating

92%

Acceptance

4,547

Students

#2068

Ranking

$9,432

Tuition

Wayland Baptist University

#10 Best Colleges for Christian Studies

Wayland Baptist University is a small private college located in Plainview, TX with a student to faculty ratio of 6 to 1. It has a total of 4,877 full-time undergraduate students and is not competitive, accepting 97.48% of applicants. Wayland Baptist University offers 71 different majors and is best known for its Christian Studies program, which is ranked 10th in the United States. With an annual tuition of $21,360 per year, Wayland Baptist University is reasonably costly. 36.43% of students graduate ready to the next stage of their lives, entering the labor market. Open graduating, alumni go on to make near $41,300 per year, which is 1% below the national median.

Plainview, TX

www.wbu.edu

D+

Rating

97%

Acceptance

6,603

Students

#2235

Ranking

$21,360

Tuition

California Baptist University

#11 Best Colleges for Christian Studies

California Baptist University is a large private college located in Riverside, CA with a student to faculty ratio of 16 to 1. It has a total of 9,104 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 78.28% of applicants. California Baptist University offers 127 different majors and is best known for its Christian Studies, Behavioral Sciences, and Public Administration programs (nationally ranked 11th, 23rd, and 36th respectively). With an annual tuition of $32,942 per year, California Baptist University is reasonably costly. 54.04% of students graduate moving on to the next chapter of their lives, working. After graduation, alumni go on to generate roughly $42,600 per year, which is 3% above the national median.

Riverside, CA

www.calbaptist.edu

C+

Rating

78%

Acceptance

12,862

Students

#997

Ranking

$32,942

Tuition

Liberty University

#12 Best Colleges for Christian Studies

Liberty University is a very large private institution located in Lynchburg, VA ranked 32nd in Virginia. It has a total of 60,751 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 51.06% of applicants. Liberty University offers 229 different majors and is best known for its Music Pedagogy, Religious Music, and Music History, Literature, and Theory programs (nationally ranked 2nd, 4th, and 7th respectively). With an annual tuition of $21,361 per year, Liberty University is somewhat moderately high-priced. 29.77% of students graduate ready to the next phase of their lives, entering the workforce. Open graduating, alumni go on to draw more or less $36,700 per year, which is 12% less than the national median.

Lynchburg, VA

www.liberty.edu

C+

Rating

51%

Acceptance

111,084

Students

#1009

Ranking

$21,361

Tuition

Charleston Southern University

#13 Best Colleges for Christian Studies

Charleston Southern University is a small private college located in Charleston, SC ranked 19th in South Carolina. It has a total of 3,942 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 49.65% of applicants. Charleston Southern University offers 90 different majors and is best known for its Non-Profit Management, Christian Studies, and Child Development programs (nationally ranked 11th, 13th, and 45th respectively). With an annual tuition of $26,000 per year, Charleston Southern University is reasonably expensive. 33.98% of students graduate ready to the next chapter of their lives, joining the labor market. After finishing college, alumni go on to draw about $36,900 per year, which is 11% under the national median.

Charleston, SC

https://www.charlestonsouthern.edu

C

Rating

50%

Acceptance

4,796

Students

#1295

Ranking

$26,000

Tuition

Northwest Nazarene University

#14 Best Colleges for Christian Studies

Northwest Nazarene University is a small private college located in Nampa, ID ranked 3rd in Idaho. It has a total of 6,550 full-time undergraduate students and is not competitive, with a 85.53% acceptance rate. Northwest Nazarene University offers 80 different majors and is best known for its Physical Therapy and Christian Studies programs, which are respectively ranked 11th and 14th in the United States. With an annual tuition of $30,550 per year, Northwest Nazarene University is somewhat moderately high-priced. 62.25% of students graduate starting the next phase of their lives, working. Open graduating, alumni go on to bring in close to $39,600 per year, which is 5% less than the national median.

Nampa, ID

www.nnu.edu

C+

Rating

86%

Acceptance

7,442

Students

#1074

Ranking

$30,550

Tuition

Saint Mary's University of Minnesota

#15 Best Colleges for Christian Studies

Saint Mary's University of Minnesota is a mid-sized private college located in Winona, MN ranked 27th in Minnesota. It has a total of 1,665 full-time undergraduate students and is not competitive, accepting 91.99% of applicants. Saint Mary's University of Minnesota offers 145 different majors and is best known for its Pre-Physical Therapy Studies and Christian Studies programs, which are respectively ranked 10th and 15th in America. With an annual tuition of $36,050 per year, Saint Mary's University of Minnesota is reasonably expensive. 60.35% of students graduate moving on to the next phase of their lives, employment. After college, alumni go on to bring in around $47,800 per year, which is 15% over the national median.

Winona, MN

www.smumn.edu

C+

Rating

92%

Acceptance

7,590

Students

#1131

Ranking

$36,050

Tuition

Anderson University

#16 Best Colleges for Christian Studies

Anderson University is a small private college located in Anderson, SC ranked 12th in South Carolina. It has a total of 3,074 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 68.73% of applicants. Anderson University offers 99 different majors and is best known for its Pre-Physical Therapy Studies, Christian Studies, and Musical Theatre programs (nationally ranked 6th, 16th, and 35th respectively). With an annual tuition of $26,130 per year, Anderson University is somewhat moderately pricey. 52.76% of students graduate starting the next phase of their lives, employment. After finishing college, alumni go on to earn roughly $35,200 per year, which is 15% under the national median.

Anderson, SC

www.andersonuniversity.edu

C+

Rating

69%

Acceptance

3,828

Students

#932

Ranking

$26,130

Tuition

Dakota Wesleyan University

#17 Best Colleges for Christian Studies

Dakota Wesleyan University is a very small private college located in Mitchell, SD ranked 8th in South Dakota. It has a total of 958 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting in the neighborhood of two in every three applicants. Dakota Wesleyan University offers 63 different majors and is best known for its Christian Studies program, which is ranked 17th in the US. With an annual tuition of $27,700 per year, Dakota Wesleyan University is reasonably high-priced. 50.78% of students graduate moving on to the next chapter of their lives, working. After finishing college, alumni go on to generate around $37,200 per year, which is 10% under the national median.

Mitchell, SD

www.dwu.edu

C

Rating

67%

Acceptance

1,065

Students

#1506

Ranking

$27,700

Tuition

University of Mary Hardin-Baylor

#18 Best Colleges for Christian Studies

University of Mary Hardin-Baylor is a small private college located in Belton, TX ranked 74th in Texas. It has a total of 3,617 full-time undergraduate students and is not competitive, accepting 87.38% of applicants. University of Mary Hardin-Baylor offers 66 different majors and is best known for its Clinical Psychology, Pre-Physical Therapy Studies, and Christian Studies programs (nationally ranked 6th, 8th, and 18th respectively). With an annual tuition of $27,450 per year, University of Mary Hardin-Baylor is somewhat moderately costly. 45.65% of students graduate beginning the next stage of their lives, working. After finishing college, alumni go on to make approximately $44,200 per year, which is 6% above the national median.

Belton, TX

https://go.umhb.edu/

C

Rating

87%

Acceptance

4,198

Students

#1466

Ranking

$27,450

Tuition

Houston Baptist University

#19 Best Colleges for Christian Studies

Houston Baptist University is a small private institution located in Houston, TX ranked 64th in Texas. It has a total of 2,841 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, with a 71.05% acceptance rate. Houston Baptist University offers 106 different majors and is best known for its Medical Ethics, Christian Studies, and Legal Studies programs (nationally ranked 3rd, 19th, and 49th respectively). With an annual tuition of $31,400 per year, Houston Baptist University is reasonably high-priced. 41.65% of students graduate beginning the next chapter of their lives, working. Open graduating, alumni go on to earn around $45,800 per year, which is 10% greater than the national median.

Houston, TX

https://www.hbu.edu

C

Rating

71%

Acceptance

4,374

Students

#1333

Ranking

$31,400

Tuition

Campbell University

#20 Best Colleges for Christian Studies

Campbell University is a mid-sized private institution located in Buies Creek, NC ranked 22nd in North Carolina. It has a total of 4,973 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting hardly shy of 7/9ths of applicants. Campbell University offers 114 different majors and is best known for its Christian Studies, Homeland Security, and Pharmaceutical Sciences programs (nationally ranked 20th, 23rd, and 30th respectively). With an annual tuition of $32,380 per year, Campbell University is reasonably pricey. 50.62% of students graduate beginning the next chapter of their lives, employment. After college, alumni go on to bring home around $45,900 per year, which is 11% above the national median.

Buies Creek, NC

https://www.campbell.edu/

C+

Rating

78%

Acceptance

7,311

Students

#1026

Ranking

$32,380

Tuition