Urban Ministry
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Urban ministry is a program that prepares the ordained clergy and other religious professionals to provide spiritual, counseling, and leadership services to individuals and groups in urban communities. includes instruction in bible study and theology, pastoral leadership and care, urban structure and context, inner city ministry, counseling ministries, family studies, homiletics, social ethics, and community organizing.
School with the highest reported median starting salary ($69K) with a Doctorate: George Fox University
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Careers for program graduates
Urban ministry majors work in these careers, which are sized by percentage of majors in the career (at least 1%) and colored by the predominant level of education.
ClergyElementary and Middle School S...Specialized ManagersPostsecondary TeachersDriver/sales workers and truck...Education and childcare admini...First-Line Supervisors of Reta...Religious Activities and Educa...Secretaries and Administrative...Chief executives and legislato...Specialized Religious WorkersCustomer Service Representativ...
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Current completions
What level of degree do most graduates achieve, and do they match what your goals?
0204060802-4 Year CertificateAssociate's DegreeBachelor's DegreeMaster's DegreeResearch Doctorate
Completions over time
Have completions for theology and religious vocations changed over time? Increasing completions may mean you'll likely have an easier time finding a school that offers this degree, with the opposite being true as well.
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Other Doctorate
Research Doctorate
Post-master's Cert
Master's Degree
Postbaccalaureate Cert
Bachelor's Degree
Associate's Degree
2-4 Year Certificate
Salary and Debt
How are students who recently completed a degree in urban ministry doing?
Below is the distribution of starting salaries along with accumulated federal and private education loans across schools that offer a degree in the field pastoral counseling and specialized ministries, which includes urban ministry.
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Context: median salaries
How does the median (middle) salary for theology and religious vocations majors compare to the median salaries for other college majors?
Distribution: theology and religious vocations majors' salaries by education level
What is the salary distribution for graduates with a bachelor's intheology and religious vocations by the level of their highest degree (Graduate degrees may not be in the same field as the bachelor’s)
We only include salary data when the survey error is less than 20%, so you may see only partial information for some categories.
Is a bachelor's degree all you need?
Education level of workers with a bachelor's in theology and religious vocations
Is a bachelor's degree going to be sufficient to make you competative in the job market? We can look at the education level of workers with a bachelors in this degree to see if there is a likely need for a graduate degree. You'll also want to check out the careers section on this page to where they are employed.
This chart shows the level of education of workers with a bachelor's degree in theology and religious vocations. The worker's graduate degree may have been completed in a different field.
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Context: Graduate degrees in any field by undergraduate ACS degree
About 44% of theology and religious vocations majors chose to also earn a graduate degree (possibly of a different major). The percentage of theology and religious vocations majors who also earned a graduate degree is higher than about 72% of other fields.
Context: Percentage salary boost obtained with a graduate degree
How important is a graduate degree for earning a higher salary? We can see the difference in salary of workers with a bachelors in this degree to workers with a bachelor’s AND a graduate degree.
21%46%26%0%20%40%60%80%Bachelor's to Master'sBachelor's to DoctorateBachelor's to Professional
Top careers for those with a degree in theology and religious vocations
Following are the most frequent jobs held by people who earned a bachelor's degree in Theology and Religious Vocations (which combines 6 programs), though may not be limited to just those with a bachelor’s.
  1. Clergy
  2. Elementary and Middle School School Teachers
  3. Specialized Managers
  4. Postsecondary Teachers
  5. Driver/sales workers and truck drivers
  6. Education and childcare administrators
  7. First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers
  8. Religious Activities and Education Directors
  9. Secretaries and Administrative Assistants
  10. Chief executives and legislators
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Careers for theology and religious vocations majors
Where do theology and religious vocations majors work, and how well do those jobs pay? A ** in the job title indicates that the Department of Education recommends this job for this program.
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The top ten careers for workers with a bachelor's in theology and religious vocations
Take a minute to interact with this sankey diagram. Follow the top ten jobs held by theology and religious vocations graduates through to their most hired majors. Learn where it may easiest to find work. Expand the careers to explore other majors that might lead to the job that excites you the most. *For many majors, the top ten jobs don't even include half of graduates!*
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ClergyElementary and Middl...Specialized ManagersPostsecondary Teache...Driver/sales workers...Education and childc...First-Line Superviso...Religious Activities...Secretaries and Admi...Chief executives and...All othersThis degreeTop 10 Careers
What careers hire theology and religious vocations majors as one of their top 10?
To the left of this diagram, see all careers that hire theology and religious vocations majors as one of their top 10 majors, and on the right, see what proportion of openings for the jobs on the left are filled by theology and religious vocations majors.
Theology and Religious Vo...All other degreesClergySpecialized Religious Wor...Religious Activities and ...All other careersDegreeDegree in top 10 employed
Where can I complete this degree
Explore schools that offer urban ministry degrees and certificates
You can use this table to find schools that offer this program based on location and program level offered. Each entry goes to a school page similar to this one with all our information about that school.
Understanding the columns

The school list includes a few facts about each school that give you an idea of the educational quality each school might offer:

  • Student-Faculty Ratio: A small number of students per full-time instructor suggests individual attention for each student and an up-to-date curriculum.

  • Satisfaction Rate: A high percentage of returning first-year students should correlate with satisfaction (schools call this their retention rate).

  • Repayment Rate: A high repayment rate means most alumni earn enough to make progress repaying loans within 7 years of leaving.

We also show the total enrollment for the school as measured by full-time-equivalent (FTE) students enrolled annually.

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Top 10 similar programs
Following are related programs, ordered by those with the highest number of completions. You can explore a full list by pressing the more details button.
  1. Philosophy
  2. Ministry
  3. Theology
  4. Biblical Studies
  5. Talmudic Studies
  6. Religion or Religious Studies
  7. Specialized Study in Theological and Ministerial Studies
  8. Pastoral Studies/Counseling
  9. Religious Education
  10. Missionary Studies and Missiology
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Careers for theology and religious vocations majors
theology and religious vocations is part of a larger collection of programs: Philosophy, Theology, and Religious Studies/Vocations. Is there a different program that's close to theology and religious vocations that might be a better match for your interests? You can use this table to see a little about the programs that fall under this umbrella. If you click on any of the table headers, that will sort the table by that column, or click on a row and see Ididio's profile for that program.
Gender of recent graduates
Of all people with any degree in urban ministry earned in the last academic year, 53% were women.
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Completions over time
Have completions by gender changed over time, or at specific levels of education?
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Context: Gender representation
How does the gender distribution in this major compare to all other majors?
Context: Percentage women
This major has a lower percentage of women than 52% other programs.
Distribution: salaries by gender
Does gender greatly influence your salary with this degree? The closer the bar are, the less discrepancy there is.
Context: Salary inequity
For theology and religious vocations graduates, men have a 21% higher median salary than women, This is high: 62% of programs have graduates with lower salary inequities.
Race/Origin of recent graduates
Here is an overview of race/origin for all urban ministry graduates from this last academic year. We found a higher percentage of international graduates in this program than in 87% of other programs.
Pacific Islander
American Indian
Not Reported
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Completions over time
Have completions by race/origin changed over time, or at specific levels of education?
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Not Reported
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Context: Percentage of Minority Graduates
Minority students comprise a higher percentage of graduates than in 91% of other programs.