Online Youth Ministry Studies Degree Programs
Check out what kind of youth ministries programs you can find online. Learn about course requirements and career options, as well as how you can earn this degree.
What Kind of Online Degrees Can I Earn?
On-campus youth ministry programs are more common than online offerings in the field; however, you can earn a master's degree in religious education, Christian practice or specialized ministries, all with available concentrations in youth and young adult ministries, through a fully online or hybrid program. Before earning your master's degree, you'll need a bachelor's degree in a religious or theology field. Some youth ministry programs also look for previous employment with a congregation or professional experience as a nonprofessional in a ministry role.
|Admission Requirements||Bachelor's degree in a religion or theology field, professional experience may be taken into consideration|
|Key Program Concepts||Christian anthology, pastoral care, human development, spiritual needs of children and young adults, the Bible|
|Purpose of Degree||Graduates of programs will be prepared for a career in religious education|
|Job Duties||May be expected to participate in volunteer work, organize retreats or camping trips, and coordinate ministry activities|
|Median Salary (2019)||$36,060 (for all youth ministers)*|
|Job Outlook (2018-2028)||5% growth (for religious workers, all other)**|
Sources: *PayScale.com, **U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
What Can I Learn?
If you're an online student, you'll likely receive youth ministry course materials through e-mail and your school's website. You'll be able to access links to course content, syllabi, resources and discussion forums. Other materials might include video and audio recordings of faculty lectures. Online students also can write and submit papers, conduct research and take exams over the Internet.
Whether you earn your degree on campus or through an online program, you can expect to learn about Christian anthropology and the Bible. You'll also explore pastoral care, human development, moral education and the spiritual needs of children and young adults. In hybrid or campus-based programs, you may be expected to utilize this knowledge during residency experiences.
Why Should I Earn My Degree?
Learning about youth ministry studies will prepare you for a career in religious education within a parish or religious school. You also can enroll in a nondenominational program to receive a general overview of religious education.
What Else Do I Need to Know About This Career?
According to O*Net Online, many ministry education positions require a master's degree (www.online.onetcenter.org). In the workforce, your responsibilities may go beyond religious ministry or education in a classroom setting. You may be expected to recruit religious volunteers, design religious curricula or devise extracurricular activities for youth.
The religious activities you might be responsible for include camping trips, retreats or similar outings. You also might be responsible for coordinating ministry activities with ministers, religious education directors and other youth ministry instructors.