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Schools Offering Ministry Programs in California

Around 0.1% of California's graduates graduate from ministry degree programs every year. In other words, every year an estimated 593 ministers graduate from California's 29 ministry schools.

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Biola University, which was ranked 21st nationwide in 2010, is the top-ranked school in California that has a ministry program. It is located in La Mirada. In 2010, Biola University graduated 47 students from its ministry program. Biola University charged in-state students $28,852 in tuition fees per year.

Pepperdine University, which was ranked 24th nationwide in 2010, is the second-ranked school in California that has a ministry program. It is located in Malibu. 4 students graduated with degree in ministry from Pepperdine University in 2010. The tuition rate at Pepperdine University was $39,080 per year.

The third-ranked school in California that has a ministry program is William Jessup University. William Jessup University, which was ranked 47th in the country in 2010, is located in Rocklin. Students at William Jessup University paid $19,980 per year in tuition fees.


If you are hoping to attend one of California's ministry schools, you can expect to pay an average tuition of $10,066 per year, though tuition can range from $39,080 per year to $4,420 per year. In 2010, the ministry schools that charged the highest tuition rates in California were:

  1. Pepperdine University - located in Malibu, students are charged $39,080 per year
  2. Biola University - located in La Mirada, students are charged $28,852 per year
  3. Azusa Pacific University - located in Azusa, students are charged $28,800 per year

The ministry schools in California that charged the lowest tuition rates were:

  1. World Mission University - located in Los Angeles, students are charged $4,420 per year
  2. Bethesda Christian University - located in Anaheim, students are charged $7,620 per year
  3. King's University - located in Van Nuys, students are charged $9,600 per year

A ministry degree from a California school... what next?

Most people who graduate from ministry school in California go on to work as a minister. If you decide to work as a minister in California, you will be joining the ranks of approximately 4,330 California ministers as of 2010. In California, the largest numbers of ministers work in the following counties:

  1. Los Angeles County - 940 ministers
  2. Riverside County - 600 ministers
  3. Marin County - 520 ministers

Projected Growth

According the US Bureau of Labor Statistics the number of ministers is expected to grow by 8% by 2018. There are projected to be 11,000 ministers working in the California then.


On average, a minister earns a salary of $60,260 per year in California state. But, salaries for ministers can vary. In 2010, ministers made as little as less than $19,480 per year or as much as more than $116,610 per year in California. The following counties in California have the highest average salaries for ministers:

  1. Los Angeles County - $71,320 per year
  2. Santa Barbara County - $71,220 per year
  3. Orange County - $63,720 per year

A minister in the following counties in California make the lowest salaries on average:

  1. Lassen County - $42,350 per year
  2. Kern County - $45,640 per year
  3. Stanislaus County - $48,240 per year

More Information

Take a look at the graphs and charts below for additional California statistics regarding a career in ministry and to compare salaries with a variety of related fields such as christian counseling or theology.

Here are the different levels of study available for you to explore.

  • Bachelor's Degree in Ministry in California
  • Master's Degree in Ministry in California

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Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (past 5 yrs)
Clergy 4,330 $60,260 0.5%
Directors, Religious Activities and Education 2,770 $42,210 6.1%

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