What can you do with an Educational Ministries degree?

  1. Understand People
    People are the apex of God's creation – objects of His affection and agents of His purposes. We believe every effective minister should seek to deeply understand and love people, to explore how they grow and develop, and to perceive what makes them who they are (1 Timothy 1:5).
  2. Design Ministry
    Leaders are needed to develop and refine strategies that reach and nurture people into an abiding walk with Christ (Colossians 1:28-29). We believe the next generation of ministers will need to think more creatively and incisively than ever before about how to provide effective ministry to this complex and rapidly changing world.
  3. Develop Leaders
    The task of an effective minister is one of equipping – to prepare the people of God for the work of the ministry (Ephesians 4:11). Raising disciples who will go themselves and make disciples lies at the heart of the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20). We believe in the strategic importance of multiplying leaders.

Common career paths 

  • Group or adolescent counseling
  • Recreational leadership
  • Youth or children’s ministry
  • Assistant teaching
  • Business/marketplace positions
  • Student Ministries Pastor/High School Director
  • Public and private education
  • Pastoral
  • Student Services
  • Church Planting
  • Women’s ministry
  • Service Agencies

Positions educational ministries graduates have held

  • Activity director at a long-term care and rehab center
  • Assistant preschool teacher
  • Mental health facility worker
  • Homeless/rescue missions worker
  • Outdoor educator in Holsbybrunn, Sweden, withTorchbearers International 
  • Flight attendant for SkyWest Airlines
  • Account executive
  • Private school teacher
  • Assistant director of Pregnancy Resource Center
  • Children’s ministry pastor
  • Business intern for a large national publications firm.
  • Teacher, Chinese School for the Blind
  • Youth pastor, Abundant Life Church
  • Church planting and college ministry worker
  • Group counselor, NW Behavior and Healthcare Services
  • Administrative assistant, Holt Adoption Agency
  • Resident assistant, Morrison Academy, Taiwan
  • College admissions counselor

Graduate schools to which educational ministries graduates have been accepted

  • Talbot School of Theology
  • Western Seminary, Portland, OR
  • Azusa Pacific Master of Arts in Counseling
  • Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
  • Multnomah Graduate School
  • George Fox

Job outlook

The Educational Ministries degree is preparation for a broad spectrum of applications to the workforce. Knowledge of self, God and others prepares students to find their place of leadership through development of their God-given talents. These skills prepare graduates to lead through rewarding work in a variety of potential venues. Studies in psychology, sociology and leadership theory, coupled with creative thinking and compassion, shape students to work as servant leaders who are equipped to teach in churches and parachurch organizations both locally and abroad. 

Student stories

  • Elementary Education major Paul Pastor is an associate editor for Christianity Today and editor of PARSE, one of the world's top 10 ministry blogs.
  • Elementary Education major Annie Partridge thought Multnomah was the last place she'd attend. A visit to campus changed her mind completely.
  • Elementary Education major Sindy Larson was the first woman from MU to qualify for the NCCAA Cross Country National Championship.