Online Master’s Degrees in Religious Studies

An online master’s degree in religious studies may equip individuals with a comprehensive understanding of religious principles and traditions. In this one to two-year program, students may learn how to apply religious values and theories to everyday life events. Program coursework may include electives in the student’s chosen field alongside major-specific coursework, including homiletics, systematic theology, and biblical hermeneutics.

Upon successful completion of the master’s degree program, students may either seek employment in their chosen field or enroll in a doctoral degree program. Master’s level graduates may gain employment in faith-based organizations, non-profit programs, private schools, hospitals, and churches.

Program Overview

  • Prerequisite: Bachelor’s Degree
  • Program Length: One to two years to complete
  • Post-Grad Options: Employment or Doctoral Program
  • Projected Employment Growth: 17% (2010-2020)*

Program Coursework

The curriculum for master’s-level degree programs in biblical studies may include major coursework along with electives of the students choosing. These courses may teach students how to focus on spiritual formation, effectively engage a congregation, and serve as a mentor. Core online religious studies coursework may include the following:

  • Systematic Theology
  • The Work of the Pastor
  • Old Testament Foundations
  • Spiritual Formation and Mentoring
  • New Testament Foundations
  • Homiletics
  • Biblical Hermeneutics

Career Options

Master’s-level graduates may seek career opportunities in churches, hospitals, private schools, counseling centers, and non-profit organizations. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, religious education employment opportunities are projected to increase by 17% from 2010-2020.*

Possible careers include:

  • Religion Educator
  • Minister
  • Youth Pastor
  • Chaplain
  • Family Counselor

Continuing Education

Students who successfully complete a master’s degree may have the opportunity to further their studies by enrolling in a doctoral degree program. A doctorate degree in religious studies may provide students with a deeper understanding of biblical principles and traditions.

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

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