What can you do with a youth ministry degree?

Youth Ministry majors benefit from a broad educational experience and graduate with knowledge in:

  • Leadership
  • Discipleship
  • Communication
  • Psychology
  • Education
  • Sociology 

Besides preparing you for a rewarding career in service to Jesus, youth ministry courses will make you a better parent, a better grandparent, a better neighbor and a better Christian worker in any discipline. You will be able to use these skills whether you work with young people for life or go on to other ministries.

Common career paths

  • Youth pastor
  • Ministry leader
  • Church planter
  • Missionary
  • Social Worker
  • Criminal Justice Worker
  • Camp Counselor/Director

Positions MU youth ministry graduates have held

  • Youth Pastor
  • Camp Director
  • Camp Program Director
  • Military Youth Chaplains Program Worker
  • Juvenile Homes Worker
  • At-risk Youth Worker
  • Senior Pastor
  • Family Pastor
  • Missionary
  • School Guidance Counselor
  • Children’s pastor
  • Jr. High Pastor
  • Executive Pastor
  • Church Planter

Job outlook

Vocational youth leaders are consistently in demand. Youth ministry graduates are qualified for positions in churches (especially as youth and educational ministers), schools, campuses, therapy offices, detention centers, nonprofits and parachurch organizations. Our graduates also find a smooth transition to master’s level programs, such as the Master of Arts in Counseling and the Master of Divinity.

Student story

Youth ministry major Mason Lepisto takes everything he learns in class and applies it directly to his part-time job as a youth pastor.