List of the Best Seminary Schools in the U.S.

Learn about top seminary programs in the U.S., and find out more about degree options, school rankings and individual distinctions to make an informed education decision.

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Seminary schools are theological colleges that offer programs for aspiring rabbis, ministers, preachers and other religious professionals, as well as for students with an academic interest in organized religion. These institutions are largely Christian, but the term has begun to encompass Jewish institutions as well.

Find schools that offer these popular programs

  • Divinity and Ministry Studies
  • PreTheology and PreMinisterial Studies
  • Rabbinical Studies
  • Talmudic Studies

School Information

Students interested in religious studies programs can read on to learn more information on good seminary schools in the United States. The top schools in the field have earned national rankings from U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review as of 2017.

Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut

School Highlight: Eight denominational programs include Catholic, Lutheran, Baptist and Episcopal traditions.

The Princeton Review called Yale one of the best northeastern universities. U.S. News & World Report tied the school at 3rd on the list of best universities nationwide in 2017. The Yale Divinity School is Christian-based and is a graduate school that combines the Yale Institute of Sacred Music and the Berkeley Divinity School.

Students may choose from subjects like liturgy, theology, religious history and Anglican studies. Students interested in the musical aspects of religion can focus on choral conducting, organ playing, voice, church music studies and ministerial studies. Some course topics include the foundations of Christian worship, baptism and Eucharist, the face of death and the English reformation.

St. John's University in Queens, New York

School Highlight: A Theology Master of Arts degree can be earned in conjunction with a B.A., allowing a student to begin graduate level classes junior year.

The Princeton Review called St. John's University one of the best northeast colleges for 2017. In 2017, this Roman Catholic school was tied for 164th by U.S. News & World Report on the list of best universities nationwide. Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in Theologian Studies degree programs are available.

The Evening Theological Education Program offers students a flexible schedule to complete theological studies at this seminary school. The areas of study available include church history, moral theology, contemporary systematic theology, liturgy, interfaith studies, scripture and pastoral theology.

Boston College in Chestnut Hill, MA

School Highlight: The Department of Theology has Jesuit foundations and employs one of the world's largest Catholic theology faculties.

Boston College was ranked #31 among all national universities by U.S. News & World Report in 2017. It was also ranked among the best colleges in the Northeast by The Princeton Review. Through the school's Department of Theology and Ministry, students can earn a Master of Divinity (M.Div.), a Master of Theological Studies (M.T.S.), a Master of Arts (M.A.) in Theology and Ministry, or a Ph.D. in Theology and Education. The school also offers all three canonical degrees in the Catholic ecclesiastical system.

Top Seminary Schools

Here are some more excellent seminary schools:

  • Boston University's School of Theology is a seminary of the United Methodist Church, but it also welcomes students of other faiths. The school is located in Boston, MA.
  • Duke University in Durham, NC, is one of 13 seminaries supported by the United Methodist Church.
  • Duquesne University's Department of Theology is rooted in the Catholic tradition. This school is located in Pittsburgh, PA.
  • Located in Cambridge, MA, Harvard University's Divinity School is non-sectarian and offers four different degrees to approximately 300 enrollees.
  • The Department of Theology at Loyola University in Chicago, IL, comes from the Jesuit tradition and offers six master's and two Ph.D. degrees.
  • In addition to three master's and one doctoral degree, dual degree options at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN, can combine divinity with medicine, nursing, law or business graduate degrees.

Some of the country's best universities offer strong seminary programs for students from a range of different faith traditions.

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