List of the Top Christian Graduate Schools in the U.S.

Dec 20, 2019

Christian graduate schools offer seminary programs and programs that lead to master's and doctoral degrees. They cover topics related to divinity, ministry and theology. Some also offer internet-based programs.

Schools Overview

The following three schools represent some of the best Christian graduate schools in the nation. Each of the universities are interdenominational and have been ranked by and/or U.S. News & World Report.

Bethel University in Saint Paul, Minnesota

School Highlight: Bethel is the largest of 13 schools in the Christian College Consortium and among the top five largest schools in the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities.

With its roots in the Baptist General Conference, Bethel University is an interdenominational university and one of the largest schools in the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities ( It's ranked 197 on the 2020 edition of the U.S. News & World Report's Midwest Regional Universities list, and it made the 2019 rankings of the best U.S. colleges and universities. The graduate program boasts eleven master's degrees including nursing, education, business, and strategic leadership. The university offers two doctoral degrees, the Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Leadership in K-12 Administration and the Ed.D. in Leadership in Higher Education. Bethel Seminary has a Master of Divinity, as well as Master of Arts programs in education, counseling, and theology. The seminary also offers several of its degrees through a distance learning seminary program.

Trinity International University in Deerfield, Illinois

School Highlight: The school offers three degree programs fully online, including one in Christian ministries.

This interdenominational school was started by the Evangelical Free Church. Trinity International University (TIU) has three graduate-level schools, including the grad school, the divinity school, and the law school, which is located in Santa Ana. The graduate school has Master of Arts programs in bioethics, leadership, and teaching, in addition to a Master of Education in Diverse learning. TIU's seminary, also called Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, offers a Master of Divinity, as well as 14 other M.A. programs each with a focus on preparing students for full-time ministry. Doctoral degrees are available through the law school, which awards the Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree, and the divinity school, which offers Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees in intercultural studies, educational studies, and theological studies, plus a Doctor of Ministry. For 2019, the school was ranked among the best 600 colleges in the country by, and it was ranked a tier 2 school by U.S. News & World Report.

Abilene Christian University in Abilene, TX

School Highlight: The school was tied at #12 among regional universities in the West by U.S. News & World Report for 2020, and it was listed among the 600 best colleges in the country by

In the Graduate School of Theology at Abilene Christian University, students can earn a Master of Divinity (M.Div.) degree, a Doctor of Ministry degree, or a Master of Arts (M.A.) in Christian Ministry, Theology, New Testament, Old Testament, Ancient and Oriental Christianity, or Modern and American Christianity. The School of Theology also offers an online Master of Arts in Global Service. Aside from religious studies, the Abilene Christian also offers 21 other master's level programs, many of which are available in an online format.

Top Christian Graduate Schools

Find out more about some of the other top Christian graduate schools in the United States:

  • For 2020, U.S. News & World Report tied Baylor University in Waco, TX, at #79 among national universities.
  • Forbes ranked George Fox University in Newberg, OR, #8 among colleges in the West for 2019.
  • Harding University in Searcy, AR, has seven international campuses, and students can study abroad in more than 40 countries.
  • Lipscomb University in Nashville, TN, was tied at #218 among national universities by U.S. News & World Report for 2020.
  • Northwestern College in Saint Paul, MN, offers six master's degree programs.
  • Seattle Pacific University in Seattle, WA, was tied at #192 on U.S. News & World Report's 2020 list of national universities.
  • Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, TX, retains 91% of its students from freshman to sophomore year, and has a small student/faculty ratio of 13:1.

Whether graduates want to study religion or another subject, there are Christian graduate schools around the country that offer excellent programs.

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