Big moves begin withthe right degree

Associate in Religious Studies

SMC’s Associate in Religious Studies Degree is the perfect first step to a career in religion. From the clergy to missionary work to faith-based charity programs, our associate degree gives you the basic education to move into a four-year degree program or jump directly into your calling. 



Degrees that put you to work

Be ready. SMC students earn an associate degree when they successfully complete the halfway point of a bachelor’s degree. Two degrees in four years means you’ll get a valuable degree for the first two years of college – something many other colleges don’t offer. A two-year degree can help you earn better pay while you’re finishing up your bachelor’s degree. It can also be a safety net in case you have to pause your college studies for financial, family, or other reasons.

SMC’s Associate in Religious Studies is the pathway to SMC’s Customizable Bachelor’s Degree. As you complete your four-year degree, having an associate degree will allow you to choose part-time work options in your field. 


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Degree Plan

It’s your future – pick your degree pathway

Your plan for the future starts with choosing the degree program that works for you. Starting with the Associate in Religious Studies Degree gives you the knowledge and skills to pursue your bachelor’s degree in religious studies and even continuing on to higher degrees to join the clergy or church leadership.



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All the knowledge (and skills) you’ll need

As in all of our associate degree programs, the Associate in Religious Studies will provide you broad base education in religion. From theory to theology, you’ll graduate with the skills and knowledge to begin your path to a career in religion.

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What You’ll Do with a Religious Studies Degree

While our Associate in Religious Studies Degree is designed to take you into a four-year bachelor’s degree program, graduates will be prepared to begin work, including: 

  • Missionary 
  • Charity officer 
  • Youth director 
  • Lay leader in a local church 
  • Teacher 

Affordable for a Reason

Thanks to our generous scholarship and financial aid opportunities, it’s likely you’ll pay way less than you think for an SMC education. You may even be able to attend tuition-free! Check it out for yourself!

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It's our for-credit career readiness courses that give you workplace skills now, so you can stand out to employers later.

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