Best Online Christian Colleges

Aug 05, 2018

Online degree programs provide students with an experience outside of the traditional classroom. Many Christian colleges and universities offer online learning as part of their curriculum.

The online programs covered in this guide were well-ranked by the U.S. News & World Report and offer various degrees.

Christian Online Schools Comparison

These college and universities offer flexible options for earning a degree. Students can learn more about tuition costs, enrollment, and available majors.

School Name Institution Type Location Denomination Undergraduate Tuition and Fees (2017-2018)*
California Baptist University 4-year, Private not-for-profit Riverside, CA Southern Baptist $32,256
Creighton University 4-year, Private not-for-profit Omaha, NE Roman Catholic $38,750
Regent University 4-year, Private not-for-profit Virginia Beach, VA N/A $17,288
Sacred Heart University 4-year, Private not-for-profit Fairfield, CT Roman Catholic $39,820
University of the Incarnate Word 4-year, Private not-for-profit San Antonio, TX Roman Catholic $29,990

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics

Overview of Schools

These online Christian schools offer degrees ranging from the associate's to doctoral level. Some of the schools incorporate the Christian faith into academics, while some offer a mix of online and traditional classroom learning.

California Baptist University

California Baptist University received good rankings in the 2018 U.S. News & World Report. Their online bachelor's degree programs were tied at 23rd out of 357 institutions, while the graduate degree program in education tied for 115th out of 309. California Baptist had 2,235 students enrolled in the bachelor's degree programs and 236 students in the graduate education program for the 2016-2017 school year. Students can earn their bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees through the online program. The university offers more than 40 majors like communication, cyber security, and counseling psychology. Students earning their master's degrees typically complete the program in one year.

Creighton University

Students at Creighton University can earn bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees, as well as graduate certificates via online programs. Degree options include business administration, leadership, and ministry. For the 2016-2017 school year, 147 students were enrolled in an online bachelor's degree program and 232 in the online graduate education program. Creighton's bachelor's degree programs tied at the 31st spot and the graduate education degree program was tied for 2nd in the U.S. News & World Report 2018 ranking. The university incorporates Jesuit tenets into their academic curriculum.

Regent University

Regent University was established in 1977 by Dr. Pat Robertson, with the goal that students would represent Christ in the workplace. The university's online degree programs are funneled through the College of Arts and Science for associate's and bachelor's degrees and the seven graduate schools, which offer master's and doctoral degrees. Regent offers majors including nursing, divinity/theology, business and leadership, and psychology and counseling. In the 2018 U.S. News & World Report ranking, the university's online bachelor's degree programs were tied for 35th and its online graduate education program tied at #56. In 2016, 4,392 students worked on their bachelor's degrees online, while 866 were enrolled in the online graduate degree program in education.

Sacred Heart University

Students at Sacred Heart University can take online classes or enroll in an online degree program. Available degree programs include a graduate certificate in marketing, a registered nurse to Bachelor of Science degree, and Master of Social Work. Students will use Blackboard for online classes, which offers 24/7 access to materials. The university's online bachelor's degree programs were tied at #41 on U.S. News & World Report's 2018 ranking. The school's online graduate nursing program was ranked 65th out of 159 schools. Sacred Heart had a 2016 student enrollment of 305 in the bachelor's degree program and 978 in the nursing program.

University of the Incarnate Word

The University of the Incarnate Word offers a unique program for online learning. The program has online courses, on-campus classes once a week from 6:00-10:00 PM, and hybrid classes held on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday for 130 minutes. Students can earn associate's degrees in fields like business administration or health sciences. Bachelor's degrees include criminal justice and public administration, with graduate options in communication arts and teacher leadership. During the 2016-2017 school year, Incarnate Word had 1,470 students enrolled in its online bachelor's degree programs and 717 in its graduate business program. The university's online bachelor's programs tied for the 47th spot on U.S. News & World Report's 2018 ranking. The graduate business program tied at #106 out of 165 schools.

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