Online Associate Degrees in Religious Studies

An online associate degree in religious studies may provide students with a solid foundation in ministry and biblical studies. Students enrolled in these two-year programs may study missions, theology, ministry, and world religions as well as the Old and New Testaments. Coursework within these programs may include a few general education requirements, along with electives and major-specific courses, such as worship leadership, Christian education, and evangelism.

Graduates may either opt for entry-level employment or pursue additional education and enroll in a baccalaureate-level degree program. Associate-level graduates may find employment opportunities in several areas, including church administration, youth ministry, and missions.

Program Overview

  • Prerequisite: High School Diploma or GED
  • Program Length: Two years to complete
  • Post-Grad Options: Entry-Level Employment or Bachelor’s Program
  • Projected Employment Growth: 18% (2010-2020)*

Program Coursework

The curriculum within an online associate degree program in religious studies may combine a handful of general education requirements alongside major-specific religious studies courses and electives. In these two-year programs, students may study the relationship between the Bible and Christianity in regards to the rest of the world. Core religious studies courses may include the following:

  • New Testament Literature
  • Church Administration
  • Christian Education
  • Church History
  • Worship Leadership
  • Evangelism
  • Theology

Career Options

Graduate of online associate-level programs in religious studies may find career opportunities in church ministry, Christian education, missions, and denominational service. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment opportunities for those pursuing a career as a clergy member are expected to increase by 18% from 2010-2020.*

Possible careers include:

  • Church Administrator
  • Youth Minister
  • Clergy Member
  • Chaplain
  • Social Worker

Continuing Education

Graduates of online associate degree programs in religious studies may opt to further their education and enroll in an online bachelor’s degree program in religious studies. These four-year programs may allow students to explore the different religions across the globe as well as how they affect society, history, and culture.

*U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook

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