Best Online Master’s in Theology

Find top-ranked online master’s in theology degree programs for students who want to further their career in areas such as teaching, pastoral roles or writers.

Best Online Master’s in Theology

Frequently Asked Questions About Theology Degrees

A master’s degree in theology is an excellent degree for students who feel called to serve God in their life and career. Students with an interest in Christian Leadership can focus their graduate study through concentrations like the Biblical Witness, Practical Theology, and Religion and Society.

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Credits vary greatly by program, but on average, about 50 are needed for graduation.

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Students will explore the sacred scriptures from a scholarly perspective and, depending on the nature of their program, may also learn divinity leadership skills. Before graduation, students will likely need to compile a portfolio or write a thesis.

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Once completed, graduates can continue on to earn a doctoral degree in theology, or they can hold pastoral roles in their churches, work as chaplains, or author influential writings.

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Learn more about what you can do with a master’s religious studies.

Best Online Master's in Theology

How do we determine the best online theology master's degree programs?

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Pursing your degree online doesn’t mean you need to settle for a inferior school. Today, most universities and colleges offer online degrees, and many respected schools are seeing significant growth in their numbers of online students.

The people affiliated with a school are ultimately what make it great. This is why influence — i.e., the academic impact of faculty and alumni associated with a school — gets at the heart of what is truly best in education. The combined influence score of a college or university’s top academic influencers is the best indicator of academic excellence. For our online degree rankings, we focus on the academic influence of faculty and alumni in the specific disciplines we’re ranking.

If you are serious about finding the best online colleges, you should be asking where the most influential professors are teaching, and whether their graduates themselves are advancing the school’s reputation for academic excellence. Most ranking sites rely on an opaque combination of reputation surveys and arbitrary performance metrics. Influence, as measured by our InfluenceRanking engine, provides a ranking that is free from bias, insulated from manipulation, and reflective of real-world educational outcomes.

Best Online Master’s in Theology Degree Programs

  1. #1

    Fuller Theological Seminary

    #889 institution's historical influence

    Student body

    1K

    Pasadena, CA

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    Online Degrees

    MA in Theology
    • Required Credits: 80
    • Completion time: 4-5 years
    • Format: Online
    MA in Theology and Ministry
    • Required Credits: 80
    • Completion time: 4-5 years
    • Format: Online
  2. #2

    Biola University

    #866 institution's historical influence
    #1377 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $44K

    Acceptance

    64%

    Graduation

    71%

    Student body

    5K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1195/24

    La Mirada, CA

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    Online Degrees

    MA in Theology

    Concentrations

    • Greek and Non-Greek Tracks
    • Required Credits: 49
    • Completion time: 2.5-3.5 years
    • Format: Online
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  3. #3

    Liberty University

    #1070 institution's historical influence
    #116 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $15K

    Acceptance

    50%

    Graduation

    54%

    Student body

    75K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1150/24

    Lynchburg, VA

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    Online Degrees

    ThM in Theology

    Concentrations

    • Biblical Studies
    • Christian Apologetics
    • Church History
    • Global Studies
    • Homiletics
    • Theology
    • Required Credits: 30
    • Completion time: 1 year
    • Format: Online
  4. #4

    Calvin Theological Seminary

    #2139 institution's historical influence

    Student body

    <1K

    Grand Rapids, MI

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    Online Degrees

    MA in Bible and Theology
    • Required Credits: 39
    • Completion time: 2-3 years
    • Format: Online
  5. #5

    Asbury Theological Seminary

    #2913 institution's historical influence

    Student body

    1K

    Wilmore, KY

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    Online Degrees

    ThM in Theology

    Concentrations

    • Biblical Studies
    • Intercultural Studies
    • Theological Studies
    • Required Credits: 30
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  6. #6

    Catholic Theological Union

    #3116 institution's historical influence

    Student body

    <1K

    Chicago, IL

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    Online Degrees

    MA in Hispanic Theology and Ministry
    • Required Credits: 36
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  7. #7

    Regent University

    #1722 institution's historical influence
    #554 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $19K

    Acceptance

    50%

    Graduation

    61%

    Student body

    6K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1105/22

    Virginia Beach, VA

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    Online Degrees

    ThM in Christian Theology
    • Required Credits: 24
    • Completion time: 1.5 years
    • Format: Online
    ThM in Practical Theology
    • Required Credits: 24
    • Completion time: 1.5 years
    • Format: Online
    ThM in Theology
    • Required Credits: 24
    • Completion time: 2 years
    • Format: Online
    MTS in Christian Theology
    • Required Credits: 48
    • Completion time: 2 years
    • Format: Online
    MA in Practical Theology

    Concentrations

    • Interdisciplinary Studies
    • Missiology
    • Church And Ministry
    • Marketplace Ministry
    • Worship And Media
    • Required Credits: 48
    • Completion time: 2 years
    • Format: Online
  8. #8

    Mercer University

    #698 institution's historical influence
    #1052 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $29K

    Acceptance

    78%

    Graduation

    73%

    Student body

    7K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1255/27

    Macon, GA

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    Online Degrees

    MA in Theology

    Concentrations

    • Christian Ministry
    • Required Credits: 38
    • Completion time: 36 months
    • Format: Online
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  9. #9

    Roberts Wesleyan College

    #3438 institution's historical influence
    #1044 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $34K

    Acceptance

    76%

    Graduation

    59%

    Student body

    2K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1145/22

    Rochester, NY

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    Online Degrees

    MA in Theology and Social Justice
    • Required Credits: 44
    • Completion time: 2.5-3.5 years
    • Format: Online
  10. #10

    Trevecca Nazarene University

    #3608 institution's historical influence
    #1267 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $27K

    Acceptance

    63%

    Graduation

    56%

    Student body

    3K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1179/23

    Nashville, TN

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    Online Degrees

    MA in Theology and Biblical Studies
    • Required Credits: 32
    • Completion time: 18- 24 months
    • Format: Online
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  11. #11

    Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg

    #4532 institution's historical influence

    Student body

    <1K

    Gettysburg, PA

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    Online Degrees

    MA in Arts

    Concentrations

    • Bible
    • History
    • Theology
    • Pastoral Care
    • Interfaith Studies
    • Christian Education
    • Lutheran Studies
    • Liturgy and Music
    • Integrative Theology
    • Metropolitan/ Urban Ministry
    • Rural Ministry
    • Black Church
    • Required Credits: 51
    • Completion time: 2 years
    • Format: Online
  12. #12

    Luther Rice College & Seminary

    #6200 institution's historical influence
    #706 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $8K

    Acceptance

    39%

    Graduation

    25%

    Student body

    <1K

    Lithonia, GA

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    Online Degrees

    MA in Theology

    Concentrations

    • Apologetics
    • Biblical Counseling
    • Christian Studies
    • Leadership
    • Ministry
    • Required Credits: 36
    • Completion time: 18-24 months
    • Format: Online
  13. #13

    Catholic Distance University

    #5729 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $8K

    Student body

    <1K

    Charles Town, WV

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    Online Degrees

    MA in Theology
    • Required Credits: 36
    • Completion time: 8 weeks
    • Format: Online
    MA in Theology Accelerated Track
    • Required Credits: None Reported
    • Completion time: 8 weeks
    • Format: Online
  14. #14

    St. Mary's University, Texas

    #1408 institution's historical influence
    #282 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $34K

    Acceptance

    85%

    Graduation

    59%

    Student body

    3K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1130/23

    San Antonio, TX

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    Online Degrees

    MA in Theology
    • Required Credits: 36
    • Completion time: 2-3 years
    • Format: Online
  15. #15

    Campbellsville University

    #4039 institution's historical influence
    #459 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $25K

    Acceptance

    78%

    Graduation

    36%

    Student body

    8K

    Campbellsville, KY

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    Online Degrees

    MTh in Theology
    • Required Credits: 30
    • Completion time: 2 years
    • Format: Online
  16. #16

    Concordia University Irvine

    #5347 institution's historical influence
    #397 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $38K

    Acceptance

    78%

    Graduation

    59%

    Student body

    4K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1100/21

    Irvine, CA

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    Online Degrees

    MA in Theology

    Concentrations

    • Christian Education Leadership
    • Research in Theology
    • Servant Leadership
    • Theology and Culture
    • Youth Ministry
    • Required Credits: 32-38
    • Completion time: 2-3 years
    • Format: Online
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  17. #17

    Holy Apostles College and Seminary

    #6710 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $9K

    Graduation

    100%

    Student body

    <1K

    Cromwell, CT

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    Online Degrees

    MA in Theology

    Concentrations

    • Bioethics with NCBC Certification
    • Bioethics Non NCBC
    • Church History
    • Dogmatic Theology
    • General Studies
    • Moral Theology
    • Sacred Scripture
    • Thomistic Studies
    • Required Credits: 36
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  18. #18

    Wesley Biblical Seminary

    #8003 institution's historical influence

    Student body

    <1K

    Ridgeland, MS

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    Online Degrees

    MA in Theology
    • Required Credits: 50
    • Completion time: 2-3 years
    • Format: Online
  19. #19

    Southwestern Assemblies of God University

    #3597 institution's historical influence
    #92 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $21K

    Acceptance

    89%

    Graduation

    49%

    Student body

    2K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1010/19

    Waxahachie, TX

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    Online Degrees

    MA in Bible and Theology
    • Required Credits: 36
    • Completion time: 2-3 years
    • Format: Online
    MA in Practical Theology

    Concentrations

    • Children and Family
    • Intercultural Studies
    • Practical Theology
    • Required Credits: 36
    • Completion time: 2-3 years
    • Format: Online
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  20. #20

    Northeastern Seminary

    #9595 institution's historical influence

    Student body

    <1K

    Rochester, NY

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    Online Degrees

    MA in Theology and Social Justice
    • Required Credits: 44
    • Completion time: 2.5-3.5 years
    • Format: Online
  21. #21

    St. John Vianney College Seminary

    #9039 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $23K

    Acceptance

    85%

    Graduation

    100%

    Student body

    <1K

    Miami, FL

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    Online Degrees

    MA in Theology
    • Required Credits: 36
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  22. #22

    The King's University

    #7404 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $12K

    Acceptance

    91%

    Graduation

    45%

    Student body

    <1K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1046/22

    Southlake, TX

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    Online Degrees

    MA in Practical Theology
    • Required Credits: 48
    • Completion time: 2.5-3.5 years
    • Format: Online
  23. #23

    Newman University, Wichita

    #5336 institution's historical influence
    #1055 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $33K

    Acceptance

    83%

    Graduation

    47%

    Student body

    2K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1087/21

    Wichita, KS

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    Online Degrees

    MA in Theology
    • Required Credits: 30
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  24. #24

    Saint Leo University

    #3000 institution's historical influence
    #291 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $25K

    Acceptance

    73%

    Graduation

    50%

    Student body

    10K

    Saint Leo, FL

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    Online Degrees

    MA in Theology
    • Required Credits: 36
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  25. #25

    Truett McConnell University

    #8054 institution's historical influence
    #966 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $22K

    Acceptance

    97%

    Graduation

    35%

    Student body

    2K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1040/20

    Cleveland, GA

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    Online Degrees

    MA in Theology

    Concentrations

    • Local Church Ministry
    • Missiology
    • Advanced Track - Local Church Ministry
    • Divinity
    • Required Credits: 60
    • Completion time: 24 months
    • Format: Online

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If this is your first time taking an online course, the experience may require some adjustment. While you’ll generally learn the same content and take the same exams as your on-campus peers, the medium will likely require you to manage much of this experience independently. You’ll be accountable for your own time management, your ability to harness the technology at your fingertips, and your ability to focus on the lectures, lessons, and assignments at hand. This means you’ll need to create a suitable workspace for yourself, maintain a realistic schedule, and take it upon yourself to build relationships with your instructors and classmates. With online college, your goal is to find a balance between independence and engagement.

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Attending a college or university which is not regionally accredited could limit your opportunities. When seeking an online education, we strongly recommend that students opt for regionally accredited schools. Regional accreditation ensures eligibility for federal loans and grants, ensures your college credits can be transferred between schools, and ensures that your degree credits can be accepted if you wish to earn an advanced degree.

As long as your online college degree is regionally accredited, you should have little difficulty transferring most of your credits or credentials to another regionally accredited undergraduate school. Every school carries its own standards and procedures for granting a transfer. In many cases, you will be required to navigate a bureaucracy in which some of your credits will be transferred and others will be jettisoned. However, provided that you have attended an online school with the proper regional accreditation, you should have plenty of options for transfer.

In most cases, as long you graduate from a well-regarded, regionally-accredited online college, prospective employers won’t look sideways at your degree. In fact, unless you attend an exclusively online college or university, there will likely be no specific indicator on your degree, transcript or resume differentiating your school from its brick-and-mortar counterpart. This means that your employer will likely only differentiate between an online and in-person degree if you mention this distinction.

While some employers may express concern about making the adjustment from online education to in-person workplace collaboration, many other employers will view your online degree as evidence of valuable 21st Century professional skills such as independence, self-motivation, time management, and tech savvy.

If you are a student who thrives on the dynamic energy of in-person discussion, who requires the physical surroundings of a classroom to feel engaged, or who considers the social aspects of education to be of equal importance to the actual content of your courses, online education will require some adjustment.

While there is much that can be supplanted or simulated through the online medium, some students may find that there is nothing which can replace the conversation, collaboration, and motivation that occur in an actual classroom setting. As you make the adjustment to online education, one of the biggest challenges you will likely face is overcoming this difference in order to the get the most out of your classes. Fortunately, we’ve got some great Tips for Online Education Beginners.

The advantages of online classes are many. First and foremost, online courses give you the freedom and flexibility to attend class from anywhere that works for you, whether you’re at home, in a coffee shop, or in a quiet conference room at work. In many cases, you’ll also enjoy the convenience of asynchronous learning opportunities—educational experiences that you can complete on your own schedule. This may include pre-taped lectures, ongoing chat-board discussions, and 24/7 access to digital materials. And of course, just as there are some learners who prefer the energy of a live classroom, there are those who learn best when working in their own personal space, free from distractions. If this sounds like you, you might find the solitude of online learning to be a major advantage.

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