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Religious Education

515 Master's Degrees Annually
67 Doctor's Degrees Annually
#147 in Popularity (Master's)
$46,980 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Religious Education Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many religious education graduations there were in 2018-2019 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Master’s Degree 523
Doctor’s Degree 67
Graduate Certificate 18

What Religious Education Majors Need to Know

People with careers related to religious ed were asked what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important for their jobs. They weighted these areas on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the highest.

Knowledge Areas for Religious Ed 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.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Psychology - Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.

Skills for Religious Ed Majors

A major in religious ed prepares you for careers in which the following skill-sets are crucial:

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  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • 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.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Instructing - Teaching others how to do something.

Abilities for Religious Ed Majors

Religious Ed majors often go into careers where the following abilities are vital:

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

What Can You Do With a Religious Education Major?

People with a religious ed degree often go into the following careers:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Directors, Religious Activities and Education 7.1% $40,810
Philosophy and Religion Professors 12.3% $71,890

Who Is Getting a Master’s Degree in Religious Education?

523 Master's Degrees Annually
53% Percent Women
32% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities
According to recent stats this major attracts about equal numbers of men and women. Roughly 53% of the graduates are women, and 47% are men.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of religious ed majors is as follows:

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Religious Ed Students with Master's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 35
Black or African American 81
Hispanic or Latino 38
White 306
International Students 24
Other Races/Ethnicities 39

Geographic Diversity

Religious Ed appeals to people across the globe. About 4.6% of those with this major are international students. The most popular countries for students from outside the country are:

  • South Korea
  • Canada
  • Kenya
  • Papua New Guinea
  • China

How Much Do Religious Education Majors Make?

Master’s Degree Starting Salary

Data from the U.S. Department of Education shows that religious education students who graduated in 2015-2017 with a master’s degree made a median starting salary of $42,800 per year. During this timeframe, most salaries fell between $37,150 (25th percentile) and $43,600 (75th percentile).

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One thing to note here is that not all of these people may be working in careers related to religious ed.

Salaries According to BLS

Average salaries range from $46,980 to $82,420 (25th to 75th percentile) for careers related to religious ed. This range includes 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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Median Salary for a High School Graduate  ( 30000 to 57900 )
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Median Salary for a Bachelor's Degree Holder  ( 45600 to 99000 )
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Some degrees associated with religious ed may require an advanced degree, while others may not even require a bachelor’s in the field. Whatever the case may be, pursuing more education usually means that more career options will be available to you.

How much schooling do you really need to compete in today’s job market? People currently working in careers related to religious ed have obtained the following education levels.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 3.1%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 0.2%
Bachelor’s Degree 42.1%
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Baccalaureate degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees carrying the title of Master. 0.3%
Master’s Degree 11.5%
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. 0.3%
First Professional Degree - awarded for completion of a program that: requires at least 2 years of college work before entrance into the program, includes a total of at least 6 academic years of work to complete, and provides all remaining academic requirements to begin practice in a profession. 0.2%
Doctoral Degree 35.6%
Post-Doctoral Training 6.0%

Online Religious Education Programs

In the 2018-2019 academic year, 151 schools offered some type of religious education program. 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) 7 1
Certificate (1-2 years) 3 1
Certificate (2-4 Years) 1 0
Associate’s Degree 19 9
Bachelor’s Degree 9 3
Post-Baccalaureate 7 1
Master’s Degree 65 25
Post-Master’s 2 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 15 3
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 4 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 3 0

Is a Degree in Religious Education Worth It?

The median salary for a religious ed grad is $46,980 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 18% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $141,600 after 20 years!

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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to religious ed.

Major Number of Grads
Theological & Ministerial Studies 19,838
Biblical Studies 4,551
Pastoral Counseling & Specialized Ministries 3,055
Missionary Studies 1,379
Theology & Religious Vocations (Other) 1,375
Sacred Music 477

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