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How will your ministry education stack up?

If you are considering pursuing a ministry degree at home, below is relevant information to help you compare the education you will be receiving to that available elsewhere in the country. There are 289 traditional ministry schools in the US.

Top Schools

In 2010, the top schools in the country with ministry programs were:

  1. Harvard University - located in Cambridge, Massachusetts
  2. Yale University - located in New Haven, Connecticut
  3. Duke University - located in Durham, North Carolina

Student Demographics

In the US, 7,102 students graduated from ministry programs in 2010. Of these students, 46 graduated from certificate programs in ministry, 787 graduated from undergraduate programs in ministry, and 6,269 graduated from graduate-level programs in ministry.


Students can pursue education in ministry at the following levels:

  • Associate's Degree in Ministry
  • Bachelor's Degree in Ministry
  • Master's Degree in Ministry
  • Doctoral Degree in Ministry
  • Certificate in Ministry

Ministry students can expect to gain the following skills and/or knowledge while studying ministry:

  • Active Listening
  • Critical Thinking
  • Christian Counseling
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • New Testament


On average in 2010, ministry schools in the US charged $26,422 in tuition per year. The ministry schools charging the highest tuition were:

  1. Boston College - located in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, students paid $39,130
  2. Duke University - located in Durham, North Carolina, students paid $38,741
  3. Vanderbilt University - located in Nashville, Tennessee, students paid $38,578

The lowest tuition was charged by the following ministry schools:

  1. Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary - located in Kansas City, Missouri, students paid $5,910
  2. Boise Bible College - located in Boise, Idaho, students paid $8,760
  3. North Greenville University - located in Tigerville, South Carolina, students paid $12,264

How will your ministry job compare?

The highest percentage of ministry graduates pursue careers as ministers. In 2010, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that there were 42,820 ministers working in the US. The largest populations of ministers are in the following states:

  1. New York - 8,840 Ministers
  2. California - 4,330 Ministers
  3. Oregon - 3,870 Ministers

Projected Growth

The projected growth for ministers is expected to be the fastest in the following states:

  1. Tennessee - 31%
  2. Georgia - 28%
  3. Louisiana - 25%


In the US, a minister earns on average $44,862 per year. However, the salary for a minister can greatly vary based on factors such as seniority, education or your boss. A minister in the US can earn anywhere from less than $15,600 per year to more than $146,560 per year. The following states have the highest average salaries for a minister:

  1. Washington DC - $61,100 per year
  2. California - $60,260 per year
  3. Nevada - $59,920 per year

The following states have the lowest average salaries for ministers:

  1. New Mexico - $32,290 per year
  2. Mississippi - $34,090 per year
  3. North Dakota - $36,980 per year

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Below you'll find various popular careers! Compare professions and see which one you find interesting!

Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (Past 5 Yrs)
Clergy 42,820 $48,290 17.0%
Directors, Religious Activities and Education 16,840 $40,600 23.7%