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Top 20 Christian Online Colleges and Universities

Ranking based on Degree Offerings, Affordability, Student Faculty Ratio, Graduation Rate and Features

Top 20 Christian Online Colleges and Universities

  1. Trinity International University

Deerfield, Illinois

Trinity International University is a highly-regarded Christian college, located 40 miles from Wheaton. The online programs offered include 4 bachelor’s degrees, 2 graduate degrees, 3 seminary degrees, and 5 law degrees.

Courses are 6 weeks long, typically 3 credit hours, and can be taken online, on-campus, or a hybrid model with their extension campuses in Chicago, Florida and Southern California.

Cost: Undergraduate courses cost $365 per credit hour, with a $150 per course fee, and graduate courses cost $625 per credit hour, except for the law classes, which are $750 per credit hour. An undergraduate tuition at Trinity International University can cost $30,200 per year, which is 9% more expensive than the national average private non-profit four year college tuition.

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  1. Abilene Christian University

Abilene, Texas

Abilene Christian University is known for being a “Best Value” school and is known for its social work and education programs. It’s one of the more tech-savvy and innovative Christian colleges, winning awards for its innovative approaches to learning and equipping all incoming freshmen with iPhones.

Only master’s degrees can be taken fully online. Bachelor’s degrees have a residency component, but summer courses can be taken online. Its online master’s programs are in trimesters, 7-8 weeks long.

Cost: Courses cost $675 to $775 per credit hour. An undergraduate tuition at Abilene Christian University can cost $33,280 per year, which is 20% more expensive than the national average private non-profit four year college tuition.

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  1. Houston Baptist University

Houston, Texas

Houston Baptist University’s online offerings include 8 bachelor’s programs and 17 master’s programs, but their most renowned program is apologetics. Another strength is their Honor’s college, which emphasizes classical learning, great books and humanities.

Online programs feature anytime access curriculum, 100% online programming for all but two master’s degrees in counseling which have residency requirements.

Cost: Courses are $395 per credit hour for undergraduate and $550 per credit hour for graduate. An undergraduate tuition at Houston Baptist University can cost $29,730 per year, which is 7% more expensive than the national average private non-profit four year college tuition.

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  1. Bethel University

Arden Hills, Minnesota

Bethel University is one of the larger Christian colleges on this list, with 6,400 students enrolled. It is known for its seminary and School for Executive Leadership. There are 32 degree tracks offered fully online and 100+ degree tracks all together.

Online programs are divided by graduate, adult undergraduate and seminary. The online graduate programs focus on teaching, nursing and business administration. The undergraduate covers leadership, nursing, ministry and human services, finance, and information systems.

Cost: Courses are $400 to $750 credit hours. An undergraduate tuition at Bethel University can cost $36,060 per year, which is 30% more expensive than the national average private non-profit four year college tuition.

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  1. Johnson University

Knoxville, Tennessee

Johnson University enrolls 1,300 students in undergraduate and graduate degree programs, with 300 students online and growing. It has two campuses and five extensions in Indianapolis, IN, Knoxville, TN, Louisville, KY, Phoenix, AZ, and Orlando FL.

Its online programs include 3 associates degrees, 6 bachelors degrees, 9 graduate certificates, 3 master's degrees, or a PhD in Leadership studies. Classes follow a 7-week intensive model. Class sizes are kept low at 14:1 student teacher ratio.

Cost: Courses are $400 per credit hour for most classes, with the highest at $575 per credit hour for a PhD in leadership. An undergraduate tuition at Johnson University can cost $13,780 per year, which is 50% cheaper than the national average private non-profit four year college tuition.

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