There are only a few traditional, 4-year universities that are affiliated with the Lutheran denomination and offer degree programs involving youth ministry. These programs go by various names, but prepare students for a life of ministering to children, youth, families and/or people of all ages. Learn more about these schools and their programs here.
Students wishing to study youth ministry at a Lutheran school can choose from several private institutions in three states. Compare these schools and their undergraduate tuition rates below.
|School Name||Institution Type||Location||Undergraduate Tuition (2017-2018)*|
|Valparaiso University||4-year, private not-for-profit||Valparaiso, IN||$38,760|
|Augsburg University||4-year, private not-for-profit||Minneapolis, MN||$37,615|
|Midland University||4-year, private not-for-profit||Fremont, NE||$31,630|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)
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Description of Lutheran Colleges with Youth Ministry Degrees
The Lutheran universities that offer degree programs in the field of youth ministry vary in size and the spiritual growth opportunities they offer students. Students considering these schools may also wish to explore any extracurricular activities that these schools have. Here we discuss each school and what makes it unique.
Valparaiso University in Indiana had a little over 3,200 undergraduate students and a student-to-faculty ratio of 12 to 1 in 2017, according to the NCES. The university offers a bachelor's degree program in theology and ministry that is designed for students wishing to minister to children, youth, families and people of any age. Students in the program are able to customize their course of study and receive hands-on learning experience through a practicum in ministry. The school helps foster spiritual growth in its students through chapel and worship services, prayer events, pastoral care and ministries, such as Social Action Leadership Team (SALT) and Peer Ministers (mentoring). Students on campus may also pursue their personal interests through extracurricular activities like Karate Club, Chemistry Club, club sports, Valpo Robotics, Japanese Club and honor societies.
Augsburg University in Minnesota offers a unique bachelor's degree program in theology and public leadership that is the new version of their youth and family ministry degree program and has had many graduates who have gone on to work in youth and family ministry, as well as congregational ministry and other leadership-based occupations. Students in the program can also pair this program with a youth studies concentration or minor that requires additional coursework in youth-related subjects, such as human development, working with youth and family systems, and receive hands-on learning experience through community internship and volunteer opportunities. For their spiritual lives, students can participate in chapel services, Bible studies, spiritual retreats, support groups, service opportunities, interfaith discussions and other spiritual activities. Students may also choose to participate in student groups on campus, like Film Club, Pre-Dental Student Club, Students for Racial Justice, Alpine Club or Chess Club. In 2017, the NCES reported that the school had close to 2,430 undergraduate students and a student-to-faculty ratio of 13 to 1.
Students at Midland University in Nebraska can invest in their spiritual lives through chapel services, service opportunities, Bible studies and spiritual groups on campus, like Campus Crusade for Christ (Cru) or Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA). The university also provides a range of student groups and organizations, such as honor societies, intramural sports, Criminal Justice Club, Student Nursing Association and Student Art Association. According to the NCES, the university had close to 1,670 undergraduate students and a student-to-faculty ratio of 15 to 1 in 2017. The university offers a bachelor's degree program specifically in youth and family ministry that trains students to interpret the Bible and evaluate ministry curriculum and programs. Students in the program receive hands-on learning experience through two internships that allow students to pursue their ministry interests.