What is ministry?

The main purpose of ministry in Christianity is to endorse or convey core religious beliefs and doctrines while providing personal spiritual guidance to congregants.

What should I look for in an online ministry school?

The best online ministry schools should either possess either regional or national accreditation from an accrediting body that is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

In addition, you can often recognize top online ministry schools based on:

  • The school's name and status
  • The school's history
  • Teacher credentials
  • Alumni network
In choosing the best online ministry school for you, you should consider the following factors:
  • Admission requirements
  • Residency requirements
  • Class and teaching style
  • Testing methods used
  • Course content and presentation
  • Program length
  • Class size
  • Student-teacher interaction
  • Technology use
  • Tuition and financial aid
  • Transferability of credits
  • Availability of a dedicated administration team and resources

What levels of online ministry programs are available?

The following levels of ministry degree online programs are available:

  • Online Ministry Certificate Programs
  • Online Associates in Ministry
  • Online Bachelor in Ministry
  • Online Masters in Ministry
  • Online PhD in Ministry

How long does it take to get an online ministry degree?

The amount of time it takes a student to earn an accredited online ministry degree depends on the level of ministry degree being pursued and the pace of the student.

Typically, the breakdown is as follows:

  • Online Ministry Certification Programs - 6 months to 1 year
  • Online Ministry Associates Degree - 2 years
  • Online Ministry Bachelor Degree - 4 years
  • Online Ministry Masters - 2 years
  • Online Ministry PhD - 2 to 5 years

What are some examples of online ministry courses?

The courses in this field will broaden students' theological thinking and perception, as well as provide them with the expertise to take on a leadership role.

  • Biblical Literature and History
    Students will take an in-depth look at the history of the Bible from its inception to its present day form.
  • Tools of Leadership
    This course helps students develop an air of authority and basic leadership techniques for informative and educational purposes.
  • Philosophy
    Classical and modern philosophies and thinkers are examined in this class and considered alongside a theological framework.
  • World Religion
    The course provides an overview of the major religions prevalent throughout the world and examines their beliefs and cultural background.
  • Biblical Theology
    A thorough and extensive study of the Bible and biblical hermeneutics will be combined with consideration of real world situations.

What areas of ministry specialization are available?

Ministry offers a number of paths for specialization, including:

  • Christian Worship
  • Biblical Counseling
  • Children's Ministry
  • Church Planning
  • Pastoral Ministry

What can I do with a ministry degree?

Most professional occupations related to the study of ministry will be directly involved with providing or facilitating religious services, though graduates may also pursue scholarly careers. Some of these occupations are:

  • Youth Minister
  • Pastor
  • Chaplain
  • Biblical Scholar
  • Missionary

What is a minister?

Ministers lead religious services, manage the organizational and financial affairs of their churches, and offer confidential counsel to members of their congregations.

What does a minister do?

Most ministers conduct worship services at least once weekly, usually delivering a sermon that requires scriptural research and reflection to prepare. Additionally, ministers are the administrative managers of their churches or congregations, and must manage church resources and finances.

How much does a minister earn?

Ministers' annual salary averages $42,000. Growth or decline in this field is minimal but usually at least slightly favorable. Small churches often have economic difficulty surviving, while other ministerial occupations in well established churches remain steadily available.

How do I become a minister?

If one were to conduct a thorough study on how to become a minister, one would likely see five important things featured: a love of philosophy, a strong belief in one's religion, a desire to help others, strong leadership skills, and the proper training and certification. As to the latter of these five, different denominations have widely varying education and training requirements for ministerial positions.

Ministry Schools (Campus)

School Certificate Associates Bachelors Masters PhD
Liberty University
1971 University Blvd
Lynchburg, VA, 24502
http://www.liberty.edu
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Harvard University
Massachusetts Hall
Cambridge, MA, 2138
http://www.harvard.edu/
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St. John's University-New York
8000 Utopia Pky
New York, NY, 11439
http://www.stjohns.edu
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Loyola University Chicago
1032 W. Sheridan Rd
Chicago, IL, 60660
http://www.luc.edu
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Indiana Wesleyan University
4201 S Washington St
Marion, IN, 46953
http://www.indwes.edu
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University of Chicago
5801 S Ellis Ave
Chicago, IL, 60637
http://WWW.UCHICAGO.EDU
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Boston College
140 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA, 2467
http://www.bc.edu
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Baylor University
500 Speight Ave.
Waco, TX, 76798
http://www.baylor.edu
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Duke University
103 Allen Bldg
Durham, NC, 27708
http://WWW.DUKE.EDU
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Emory University
408 Administration Building 201 Dowman Drive
Atlanta, GA, 30322
http://www.emory.edu
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Vanderbilt University
2101 West End Avenue
Nashville, TN, 37240
http://www.vanderbilt.edu
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University of Notre Dame
54801 Juniper Rd
South Bend, IN, 46556
http://www.nd.edu
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Marquette University
615 N 11th St
Milwaukee, WI, 53233
http://www.marquette.edu
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Yale University
155 Whitney Ave.
New Haven, CT, 6520
http://www.yale.edu
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Southern Methodist University
6425 Boaz St
Dallas, TX, 75275
http://www.smu.edu
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University of St Thomas
2115 Summit Ave
St. Paul, MN, 55105
http://www.stthomas.edu
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Georgetown University
37th and O St NW
Washington, DC, 20057
http://www.howard.edu
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Lindenwood University
209 S Kingshighway
St. Charles, MO, 63301
http://www.lindenwood.edu
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Seton Hall University
400 S Orange Ave
South Orange, NJ, 7079
http://www.shu.edu
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Santa Clara University
500 El Camino Real
Santa Clara, CA, 95053
http://www.scu.edu
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Barry University
11300 NE 2nd Ave
Miami, FL, 33161
http://www.barry.edu
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Azusa Pacific University
901 E Alosta
Azusa, CA, 91702
http://www.apu.edu
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Mercer University
1400 Coleman Avenue
Macon, GA, 31207
http://www.mercer.edu
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Seattle University
900 Broadway
Seattle, WA, 98122
http://www.seattleu.edu
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Pepperdine University
24255 Pacific Coast Hwy
Malibu, CA, 90263
http://www.pepperdine.edu/
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Wake Forest University
1834 Wake Forest Road
Winston-Salem, NC, 27106
http://www.wfu.edu
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American University
4400 Massachusetts Ave NW
Washington, DC, 20016
http://www.cua.edu
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Harding University
915 E. Market Ave.
Searcy, AR, 72143
http://www.harding.edu
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Ashland University
401 College Ave
Ashland, OH, 44805
http://www.ashland.edu
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Biola University
13800 Biola Ave
La Mirada, CA, 90639
http://www.biola.edu
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Campbell University Inc
450 Leslie Campbell Ave
Buies Creek, NC, 27506
http://www.campbell.edu
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Wayland Baptist University
1900 W 7th St.
Plainview, TX, 79072
http://www.wbu.edu
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Saint Mary's University of Minnesota
700 Terrace Heights
Winona, MN, 55987
http://www.smumn.edu
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Dallas Baptist University
3000 Mountain Creek Parkway
Dallas, TX, 75211
http://www.dbu.edu
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Missouri Baptist University
One College Park Dr
St. Louis, MO, 63141
http://www.mobap.edu
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Abilene Christian University
1600 Campus Court
Abilene, TX, 79699
http://www.acu.edu
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Mississippi College
200 South Capitol Street
Clinton, MS, 39058
http://www.mc.edu
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Loyola University New Orleans
6363 Saint Charles Ave
New Orleans, LA, 70118
http://www.loyno.edu
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Olivet Nazarene University
One University Avenue
Bourbonnais, IL, 60914
http://www.olivet.edu
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Samford University
800 Lakeshore Drive
Birmingham, AL, 35229
http://www.samford.edu
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Regent University
1000 Regent University Dr
Virginia Beach, VA, 23464
http://www.regent.edu
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Bethel University
3900 Bethel Dr
St. Paul, MN, 55112
http://www.bethel.edu
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Eastern University
1300 Eagle Rd
, PA, 19087
http://www.eastern.edu
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Lee University
1120 N Ocoee St
Cleveland, TN, 37311
http://www.leeuniversity.edu
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Spring Arbor University
106 E. Main St
Spring Arbor, MI, 49283
http://www.arbor.edu
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California Baptist University
8432 Magnolia Ave
Riverside, CA, 92504
http://www.calbaptist.edu
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Valparaiso University
US Highway 30 and Sturdy Road
Valparaiso, IN, 46383
http://www.valpo.edu
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Augsburg College
2211 Riverside Ave
Minneapolis, MN, 55454
http://www.augsburg.edu
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Bob Jones University
1700 Wade Hampton Boulavard
Greenville, SC, 29614
http://www.bju.edu
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Union University
1050 Union University Dr
Jackson, TN, 38305
http://www.uu.edu
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Gardner-Webb University
Main St
Boiling Springs, NC, 28017
http://www.gardner-webb.edu
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The College of Saint Scholastica
1200 Kenwood Ave
Duluth, MN, 55811
http://www.css.edu
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Ohio Northern University
525 S. Main St
Ada, OH, 45810
http://www.onu.edu/
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Andrews University
100 US Highway 31
Berrien Springs, MI, 49104
http://www.andrews.edu
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Lipscomb University
One University Park Drive
Nashville, TN, 37204
http://www.lipscomb.edu
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George Fox University
414 N Meridian St
Newberg, OR, 97132
http://www.georgefox.edu
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LeTourneau University
2100 S Mobberly Ave
Longview, TX, 75607
http://www.letu.edu
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The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
2825 Lexington Rd
Louisville, KY, 40280
http://www.sbts.edu
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Palm Beach Atlantic University-West Palm Beach
901 S. Flagler Drive
West Palm Beach, FL, 33401
http://www.pba.edu
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Charleston Southern University
9200 University Blvd
Charleston, SC, 29410
http://www.csuniv.edu
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North Park University
3225 W Foster Ave
Chicago, IL, 60625
http://www.northpark.edu
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Nyack College
1 South Blvd
Nyack, NY, 10960
http://www.nyack.edu
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Oral Roberts University
7777 S Lewis Ave.
Tulsa, OK, 74171
http://oru.edu
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University of St Thomas
3800 Montrose Blvd
Houston, TX, 77006
http://www.stthom.edu
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Cedarville University
251 N. Main Street
Cedarville, OH, 45314
http://www.cedarville.edu
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Northwestern College
3003 Snelling Ave N
St. Paul, MN, 55113
http://www.nwc.edu
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Moody Bible Institute
820 N LaSalle Blvd
Chicago, IL, 60610
http://www.moody.edu
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Bethel University
325 Cherry Ave
McKenzie, TN, 38201
http://www.bethelu.edu/
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Fuller Theological Seminary in California
135 N Oakland Ave
Pasadena, CA, 91182
http://www.fuller.edu
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Southeastern University
1000 Longfellow Blvd
Lakeland, FL, 33801
http://www.seuniversity.edu
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New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary
3939 Gentilly Blvd
New Orleans, LA, 70126
http://www.nobts.edu
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Trinity International University
2065 Half Day Rd
Deerfield, IL, 60015
http://www.tiu.edu
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Saint Joseph's College of Maine
278 Whites Bridge Rd
Standish, ME, 4084
http://www.sjcme.edu
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Houston Baptist University
7502 Fondren Rd
Houston, TX, 77074
http://www.hbu.edu
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Anderson University
1100 E 5th St
Anderson, IN, 46012
http://www.anderson.edu
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University of Mary Hardin-Baylor
900 College St
Belton, TX, 76513
http://www.umhb.edu
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Drew University
36 Madison Ave
Madison, NJ, 7940
http://www.drew.edu
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Malone University
2600 Cleveland Avenue NW
Canton, OH, 44709
http://www.malone.edu
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Cornerstone University
1001 E Beltline Ave NE
Grand Rapids, MI, 49525
http://www.cornerstone.edu
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Oakland City University
138 N Lucretia St
Oakland City, IN, 47660
http://www.oak.edu
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Shaw University
118 East South Street
Raleigh, NC, 27601
http://www.shawu.edu
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Colorado Christian University
8787 West Alameda Avenue
Lakewood, CO, 80226
http://WWW.CCU.EDU
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Elizabethtown College
One Alpha Dr
Elizabethtown, PA, 17022
http://www.etown.edu
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Graceland University-Lamoni
1 University Place
Lamoni, IA, 50140
http://www.graceland.edu
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Hardin-Simmons University
2200 Hickory
Abilene, TX, 79698
http://www.hsutx.edu
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Anderson University
316 Boulevard
Anderson, SC, 29621
http://www.andersonuniversity.edu
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Marian University
3200 Cold Spring Rd
Indianapolis, IN, 46222
http://www.marian.edu
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North Greenville University
7801 N. Tigerville Road
Tigerville, SC, 29688
http://www.ngu.edu
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Muskingum University
163 Stormont Street
New Concord, OH, 43762
http://www.muskingum.edu/
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Bethel College
1001 Bethel Circle
Mishawaka, IN, 46545
http://www.bethelcollege.edu
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Southern Nazarene University
6729 NW 39th Expy
Bethany, OK, 73008
http://SNU.EDU
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Mount St. Mary's University
16300 Old Emmitsburg Road
Emmitsburg, MD, 21727
http://www.msmary.edu
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John Brown University
2000 W University St
Siloam Springs, AR, 72761
http://www.jbu.edu
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Moravian College and Moravian Theological Seminary
1200 Main St
Bethlehem, PA, 18018
http://www.moravian.edu
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Freed-Hardeman University
158 E Main St
Henderson, TN, 38340
http://www.fhu.edu
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Saint Johns University
31802 County Rd 159
Collegeville, MN, 56321
http://www.csbsju.edu
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Southwestern Assemblies of God University
1200 Sycamore
Waxahachie, TX, 75165
http://www.sagu.edu
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Pfeiffer University
48380 Hwy 52n
Misenheimer, NC, 28109
http://www.pfeiffer.edu
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Dallas Theological Seminary
3909 Swiss Ave
Dallas, TX, 75204
http://WWW.DTS.EDU
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Northwest Nazarene University
623 Holly St
Nampa, ID, 83686
http://www.nnu.edu
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