Theology Schools Colleges & Universities

Theology schools offer many different degree programs in a variety of fields of study and can help you get started in a very rewarding new career; find out what job opportunities may be available by earning degrees in theology.

Degrees in Theology: Follow your Faith to a New Career: Theology is the study of religious faith, how it's practiced, and the role it plays in everyday society. If you have an interest in this area of study and think you might want to pursue a related career, there are many college degrees in theology available that can help you get started.

Careers in Theology: Two popular career paths that many graduates with degrees in theology follow are working in the field of education or working for their church. Careers in education might involve teaching students in a church-supported secondary school or you might choose to earn a graduate degree in theology and teach religious courses as a professor at a public college or university.

If you choose a church-related path for your career, you might work as a priest, rabbi, or minister depending on your personal beliefs and religion. Some graduates with degrees in theology work in foreign countries providing medical aid and education to underprivileged children and families.

Theology Colleges and Degree Programs: There are a number of different degree programs offered by theology schools that you can choose for your studies including two-year associate's degrees, four-year bachelor's degrees, and you can even pursue graduate studies culminating with a master's degree in one of many fields of study. Many theology colleges offer students the opportunity to take online classes to work around busy schedules and in some cases even earn online degrees.

Most theology degree programs require that an applicant have a high school degree or the equivalent and have the personal traits desirable for a career in a religious field such as the desire to work with and help others, personal faith, and the ability to communicate and develop interactive relationships with people from all walks of life. A few examples of the many degree programs offered by theology schools are:

  • • Associate of Arts-Personal Ministries
  • • Associate of Divinity
  • • Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies
  • • Bachelor of Science in Ministry
  • • Master of Science in Pastoral Counseling
  • • Master of Divinity in Ministerial Leadership

Most religious denominations have clubs and associations students can join while attending college and some theology students become involved with international relief organizations such as World Relief, Cross International, and the Salvation Army during school breaks.

Benefits of Earning Degrees from Theology Colleges: Many occupations have been affected by changes in the job market, and employers are increasingly looking for applicants with the skills and training that a college degree can provide. If you are considering a career in education, then you may find that earning graduate degrees from theology schools can give you the most employment opportunities. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects the job market for educators in religious fields at post secondary schools should expand by about 15 percent in the 2008-18 decade, with much of the growth being at the community college level. The BLS reports that the median annual salary for a post-secondary educator in religious studies was about $61,240 for 2009 and the top 10 percent earned about $109,300 per year.

Job opportunities in church-related career fields aren't projected to grow quite as much, but they are still expected to expand at least as fast as average. The median annual salary for a religious occupation such as a minister was reported to be about $42,950 for 2009.

The writer Jeffrey Anderson is a graduate of V.M.I. and served as an officer in the Marine Corps. He worked in the business world for 25 years prior to retiring to write full time.

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