Christian Universities and Colleges in the U.S.

There are many Christian colleges and universities in the United States. They may be associated with Christianity in general, or they may hold an affiliation with the Catholic Church or a particular Protestant group.

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At Christian schools, students may choose a major in Christian studies or another religion-focused field, but many schools also provide many of the same programs as secular schools, in topics such as English, nursing and science. Religious and non-religious programs are available at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

10 Christian Schools

These are ten Christian-focused colleges and universities offering a variety of different educational programs. Tuition data is from the 2015-2016 school year.

College/University Location Institution Type Degrees Offered Tuition
(2015-2016)*
Wheaton College Wheaton, IL 4-year, Private Certificate, Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate $32,950 (undergraduate), $18,720 (graduate)
Westmont College Santa Barbara, CA 4-year, Private Bachelor's $41,360
George Fox University Newberg, OR 4-year, Private Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate $33,142 (undergraduate), $14,592 (graduate)
Gordon College Wenham, MA 4-year, Private Certificate, Bachelor's, Master's $35,386 (undergraduate), $5,950 (graduate)
Covenant College Lookout Mountain, GA 4-year, Private Bachelor's, Master's $31,320 (undergraduate), $14,043 (graduate)
Whitworth University Spokane, WA 4-year, Private Bachelor's, Master's $39,096 (undergraduate), $16,100 (graduate)
Houghton College Houghton, NY 4-year, Private Bachelor's, Master's $29,458 (undergraduate), $13,442 (graduate)
Oklahoma Baptist University Shawnee, OK 4-year, Private Diploma, Associate's, Bachelor's, Master's $24,000 (undergraduate), $8,100 (graduate)
College of the Ozarks Point Lookout, MS 4-year, Private Certificate, Bachelor's $18,730
Calvin College Grand Rapids, MI 4-year, Private Bachelor's, Master's $30,660 (undergraduate), $33,465 (graduate)

Sources: *National Center for Education Statistics

School Selection Criteria

Here are some things to consider when previewing Christian schools:

  • Depending on their preference, students can choose between general Christian schools and those affiliated with specific denominations.
  • In addition to major-specific and general education courses, some Christian schools require undergraduate students to take one or more courses in religion-related topics, like theology. Prospective students may want to look into the school's requirements to make sure that they meet their academic needs.
  • Students who want to pursue careers in Christian ministry should look for schools that offer specific career preparation programs.
  • For undergraduate students who are interested in Christian studies but want to major in a different field, some programs allow students to choose a minor or earn a certificate in the field. Interested students may want to find out if this is an option at the schools they are considering.

Certificate Programs

Depending on the school, undergraduate certificate programs may be pursued in standalone formats or alongside bachelor's degree programs. They often provide career-specific education in topics such as accounting or marketing. At Christian colleges, undergraduate certificates may also be available in topics such as biblical studies and ethics.

Associate's Degree Programs

Associate's degree programs can provide a basic introduction to a topic of interest or prepare students for a specific career. Students in these two-year programs also fulfill general education requirements. Depending on the school, it may be possible to apply the credits earned toward a bachelor's degree in the future. At some Christian school, associate's degree programs in religion-related topics like Christian Studies are available.

Bachelor's Degree Programs

Like associate's degree programs, bachelor's degree programs typically provide a general overview of the student's major. However, students typically have the chance to delve more deeply into the topic, and they may also have the chance to take a broader range of liberal arts courses. In addition to traditional majors in the liberal arts, sciences and engineering, students at Christian schools may find majors in topics like theology, worship arts and youth ministry.

Master's Degree Programs

Master's degree programs are intended for students who want to pursue advanced studies in a particular area of interest, either through research-based thesis work or specific professional training. Christian schools offer traditional master's degree programs, but students can also earn a Master of Divinity or Master of Theology degree. Master of Arts programs may also be available in a wide variety of specialized, Christian-related topics like Christian studies, Christian education and biblical counseling.

Doctoral Degree Programs

At Christian schools, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) programs are available for students who want to conduct high-level research in a particular area of interest, which may or may not be religion-related. Some Christian schools also offer doctoral programs for students who plan to go into the ministry. These programs may lead to a Doctor of Ministry (DMin) or Doctor of Educational Ministry (DEdMin) degree.

The United States is home to many Christian colleges and universities, offering not only Christian-specific religious education but a variety of different degree and certificate programs in many fields of study. Many of these schools are related to a specific Christian denomination or church, so it is important to consider what kind of education in what subjects you wish to learn before enrolling.

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