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82 Master's Degrees Annually
14 Doctor's Degrees Annually
#243 in Popularity (Master's)
$82,420 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Other Philosophy & Religion Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many other philosophy and religious studies graduations there were in 2018-2019 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Master’s Degree 82
Doctor’s Degree 14
Graduate Certificate 1

What Other Philosophy & Religion Majors Need to Know

O*NET surveyed people in occupations related to other philosophy and religious studies and asked them what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important for their jobs. The responses were rated on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being most important.

Knowledge Areas for Other Philosophy & Religious Studies Majors

This major prepares you for careers in which these knowledge areas are important:

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  • Philosophy and Theology - Knowledge of different philosophical systems and religions. This includes their basic principles, values, ethics, ways of thinking, customs, practices, and their impact on human culture.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
  • History and Archeology - Knowledge of historical events and their causes, indicators, and effects on civilizations and cultures.
  • Sociology and Anthropology - Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.

Skills for Other Philosophy & Religious Studies Majors

When studying other philosophy and religious studies, you’ll learn many skills that will help you be successful in a wide range of jobs - even those that do not require a degree in the field. The following is a list of some of the most common skills needed for careers associated with this major:

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  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Instructing - Teaching others how to do something.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Abilities for Other Philosophy & Religious Studies Majors

As you progress with your other philosophy and religious studies degree, there are several abilities you should pick up that will help you in whatever related career you choose. These abilities include:

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  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

What Can You Do With a Other Philosophy & Religion Major?

People with a other philosophy and religious studies degree often go into the following careers:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Philosophy and Religion Professors 12.3% $71,890

Who Is Getting a Master’s Degree in Other Philosophy & Religion?

82 Master's Degrees Annually
29% Percent Women
24% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities
This major attracts more men than women. About 71% of the graduates in this field are male.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of other philosophy and religious studies majors is as follows:

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Other Philosophy & Religious Studies Students with Master's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 6
Black or African American 5
Hispanic or Latino 8
White 47
International Students 11
Other Races/Ethnicities 5

Geographic Diversity

Other Philosophy & Religious Studies appeals to people across the globe. About 13.4% of those with this major are international students. The most popular countries for students from outside the country are:

  • China
  • United Kingdom
  • Mexico
  • Canada
  • South Korea

How Much Do Other Philosophy & Religion Majors Make?

Master’s Degree Starting Salary

Data from the U.S. Department of Education shows that other philosophy and religious studies students who graduated in 2015-2017 with a master’s degree made a median starting salary of $48,900 per year. During this timeframe, most salaries fell between $48,900 (25th percentile) and $48,900 (75th percentile).

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It’s important to note that just because the people reporting these salaries have a degree in other philosophy and religious studies, it does not mean that they are working in a job related to their degree.

Salaries According to BLS

The median salary for someone in a career related to other philosophy and religious studies is $82,420. This median refers to all degree levels, so you may expect those with a more advanced degree to make more while those with less advanced degrees will typically make less.

To put that into context, according to BLS data from the first quarter of 2020, the typical high school graduate makes between $30,000 and $57,900 a year (25th through 75th percentile). The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $45,600 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,600 and $125,400.

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Some careers associated with other philosophy and religious studies require an advanced degree while some may not even require a bachelor’s. Whatever the case may be, pursuing more education usually means that more career options will be available to you.

Find out what the typical degree level is for other philosophy and religious studies careers below.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
Master’s Degree 12.9%
Post-Master’s Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Master’s degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees at the doctoral level. 0.6%
Doctoral Degree 72.7%
Post-Doctoral Training 12.3%

Online Other Philosophy & Religion Programs

In 2018-2019, 84 schools offered a other philosophy and religious studies program of some type. The following table lists the number of programs by degree level, along with how many schools offered online courses in the field.

Degree Level Colleges Offering Programs Colleges Offering Online Classes
Certificate (Less Than 1 Year) 0 0
Certificate (1-2 years) 1 0
Certificate (2-4 Years) 1 0
Associate’s Degree 1 0
Bachelor’s Degree 2 0
Post-Baccalaureate 0 0
Master’s Degree 8 2
Post-Master’s 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 2 1
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

Is a Degree in Other Philosophy & Religion Worth It?

The median salary for a other philosophy and religious studies grad is $82,420 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 107% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $850,400 after 20 years!

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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to other philosophy and religious studies.

Major Number of Grads
Philosophy 9,834
Religious Studies 5,941
General Philosophy & Religious Studies 166

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