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Online Master’s Degrees in Theology and Religious Studies

Earning your Master’s degree in Religious Studies can qualify you for leadership positions in clergy and clergy-related fields, such as pastor or director of religious development. Christian colleges and other faith-based institutions are the most popular places to study for this degree, but many public universities also offer religious studies graduate programs. Coursework at the master’s level is generally self-directed and specialized; students pick an area of concentration and then work closely with one or more professors to achieve – and demonstrate – a thorough understanding of it. Completing a religious studies master’s degree may require a thesis, depending on the policy of your institution.



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Career Outlook – Online Master’s Degrees in Religious Studies

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that clergy held 670,100 jobs in 2008, and estimates that growth in the field will be about as fast as the average for all occupations through 2018. A religious studies master’s degree is enough to become ordained in many faiths, though some require you to earn the degree from an officially sanctioned seminary rather than a public university. In faith-based positions outside the clergy, such as counselor or religious education teacher, a religious studies master’s degree can help you advance more quickly than those who hold only undergraduate credentials.