Best Online Associate in Christian Ministry

Find top-ranked online associate in Christian ministry degree programs that help to prepare students for entry-level careers in Christian ministry.

Best Online Associate in Christian Ministry

Frequently Asked Questions About Christian Ministry Degrees

Why get an associate in Christian ministry?

Students seeking to begin an educational journey in ministry often start off with an associate’s degree in Christian ministry.

Christian ministry students are often hands-on people ready to begin serving others and spreading Christianity locally, nationally, or internationally.

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Will I get the same education through online classes?

Being able to study online allows students to develop the same one-on-one relationships with professors as traditional students, while still pursuing their passions. On-campus students can participate in campus clubs, Bible studies, or organizations dedicated to those pursuing a career in the ministry.

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What courses will I take?

A Christian ministry associate degree offers classes in theology, Christian ministry, and biblical studies, and students can complete the required 60 credits in two years or less.

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What can I do with an associate in Christian ministry?

With this degree in hand, students can enter the workforce as an associate pastor, youth leader, or missionary, or decide to continue their education by enrolling in a bachelor’s program.

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Best Online Associate in Christian Ministry Degree Programs

How do we determine the best online christian ministry associate degree programs?

Methodology

Pursing your degree online doesn’t mean you need to settle for a inferior school. Today, most universities and colleges offer online degrees, and many respected schools are seeing significant growth in their numbers of online students.

The people affiliated with a school are ultimately what make it great. This is why influence — i.e., the academic impact of faculty and alumni associated with a school — gets at the heart of what is truly best in education. The combined influence score of a college or university’s top academic influencers is the best indicator of academic excellence. For our online degree rankings, we focus on the academic influence of faculty and alumni in the specific disciplines we’re ranking.

If you are serious about finding the best online colleges, you should be asking where the most influential professors are teaching, and whether their graduates themselves are advancing the school’s reputation for academic excellence. Most ranking sites rely on an opaque combination of reputation surveys and arbitrary performance metrics. Influence, as measured by our InfluenceRanking engine, provides a ranking that is free from bias, insulated from manipulation, and reflective of real-world educational outcomes.

Best Online Associate in Christian Ministry Degree Programs

  1. #1

    Andrews University

    #876 institution's historical influence
    #241 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $31K

    Acceptance

    49%

    Graduation

    61%

    Student body

    3K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1210/25

    Berrien Springs, MI

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    Online Degrees

    AA in Christian Discipleship
    • Required Credits: 62
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  2. #2

    Regent University

    #1722 institution's historical influence
    #554 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $19K

    Acceptance

    50%

    Graduation

    61%

    Student body

    6K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1105/22

    Virginia Beach, VA

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    Online Degrees

    AA in Christian Studies
    • Required Credits: 64
    • Completion time: 2 years
    • Format: Online
  3. #3

    Houghton College

    #1533 institution's historical influence
    #1121 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $34K

    Acceptance

    80%

    Graduation

    65%

    Student body

    <1K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1190/24

    Houghton, NY

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    Online Degrees

    AAS in Christian Ministries
    • Required Credits: 60
    • Completion time: 2-3 years
    • Format: Online
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  4. #4

    Union University

    #2445 institution's historical influence
    #1263 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $23K

    Acceptance

    58%

    Graduation

    66%

    Student body

    3K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1170/26

    Jackson, TN

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    Online Degrees

    AS in Professional Studies

    Concentrations

    • Christian Leadership
    • Organizational Leadership
    • Human Services: Accelerated BSN
    • Human Services- Social Work
    • Required Credits: 28-32
    • Completion time: 2 years
    • Format: Online
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  5. #5

    Northwest Nazarene University

    #4008 institution's historical influence
    #1168 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $33K

    Acceptance

    77%

    Graduation

    62%

    Student body

    3K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1090/23

    Nampa, ID

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    Online Degrees

    AA in Christian Studies
    • Required Credits: 63
    • Completion time: 2 years
    • Format: Online
  6. #6

    Dallas Baptist University

    #3128 institution's historical influence
    #1101 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $32K

    Acceptance

    99%

    Graduation

    56%

    Student body

    3K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1140/23

    Dallas, TX

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    Online Degrees

    AA in Christian Studies
    • Required Credits: 60
    • Completion time: 2-3 years
    • Format: Online
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  7. #7

    Point University

    #3772 institution's historical influence
    #169 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $22K

    Acceptance

    35%

    Graduation

    33%

    Student body

    2K

    Median SAT/ACT

    995/18

    West Point, GA

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    Online Degrees

    AA in Theology

    Concentrations

    • Christian Ministries
    • Youth Ministry
    • Required Credits: 60
    • Completion time: 24 months
    • Format: Online
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  8. #8

    Southwestern Assemblies of God University

    #3597 institution's historical influence
    #92 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $21K

    Acceptance

    89%

    Graduation

    49%

    Student body

    2K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1010/19

    Waxahachie, TX

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    Online Degrees

    AA in Church Ministries
    • Required Credits: 61
    • Completion time: 2-3 years
    • Format: Online
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  9. #9

    Campbellsville University

    #4039 institution's historical influence
    #459 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $25K

    Acceptance

    78%

    Graduation

    36%

    Student body

    8K

    Campbellsville, KY

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    Online Degrees

    AS in Christian Studies
    • Required Credits: 62
    • Completion time: 2 years
    • Format: Online
  10. #10

    University of the Cumberlands

    #3511 institution's historical influence
    #580 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $10K

    Acceptance

    81%

    Graduation

    40%

    Student body

    14K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1035/21

    Williamsburg, KY

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    Online Degrees

    AAS in General Studies

    Concentrations

    • Business
    • Health and Fitness
    • Behavioral Sciences
    • Information Science and Technology
    • Education
    • Media Studies
    • Humanities and Social Sciences
    • Christian Studies
    • STEM
    • Healthcare
    • Required Credits: 24
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    AAS in Missions and Ministry
    • Required Credits: 61
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  11. #11

    Johnson University

    #3977 institution's historical influence
    #143 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $18K

    Acceptance

    55%

    Graduation

    63%

    Student body

    <1K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1107/21

    Knoxville, TN

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    Online Degrees

    AS in Ministry Leadership
    • Required Credits: 60
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
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  12. #12

    Northpoint Bible College

    #8189 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $13K

    Graduation

    44%

    Student body

    <1K

    Haverhill, MA

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    Online Degrees

    AA in Specialized Ministry
    • Required Credits: 60
    • Completion time: 2 years
    • Format: Online
  13. #13

    Welch College

    #7274 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $20K

    Graduation

    72%

    Student body

    <1K

    Gallatin, TN

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    Online Degrees

    AS in Ministry
    • Required Credits: 63
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  14. #14

    Campbell University

    #1750 institution's historical influence
    #486 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $37K

    Acceptance

    81%

    Graduation

    56%

    Student body

    4K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1130/22

    Buies Creek, NC

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    Online Degrees

    AA in Christian Studies
    • Required Credits: 62
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  15. #15

    Davis College

    #7806 institution's historical influence
    #1429 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $17K

    Acceptance

    29%

    Graduation

    44%

    Student body

    <1K

    Johnson City, NY

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    Online Degrees

    AAS in Christian Ministries
    • Required Credits: 60
    • Completion time: 2-3 years
    • Format: Online
  16. #16

    Oklahoma Wesleyan University

    #5973 institution's historical influence
    #1060 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $29K

    Acceptance

    83%

    Graduation

    36%

    Student body

    <1K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1035/20

    Bartlesville, OK

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    Online Degrees

    AAS in Christian Ministry
    • Required Credits: 60
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    AA in Wesleyan Ministry
    • Required Credits: None Reported
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  17. #17

    The King's University

    #7404 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $12K

    Acceptance

    91%

    Graduation

    45%

    Student body

    <1K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1046/22

    Southlake, TX

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    Online Degrees

    AA in Christian Ministries
    • Required Credits: 65
    • Completion time: 2-3 years
    • Format: Online
  18. #18

    Ohio Christian University

    #7218 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $16K

    Graduation

    34%

    Student body

    1K

    Circleville, OH

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    Online Degrees

    AA in Christian Ministry
    • Required Credits: 60
    • Completion time: 2 years
    • Format: Online
  19. #19

    North Greenville University

    #5810 institution's historical influence
    #194 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $22K

    Acceptance

    65%

    Graduation

    51%

    Student body

    2K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1055/23

    Tigerville, SC

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    Online Degrees

    AAS in Christian Ministries
    • Required Credits: 60
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  20. #20

    Tabor College

    #5908 institution's historical influence
    #1028 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $41K

    Acceptance

    46%

    Graduation

    42%

    Student body

    <1K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1045/19

    Hillsboro, KS

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    Online Degrees

    AS in Christian Studies
    • Required Credits: 60
    • Completion time: 2 years
    • Format: Online
    AA in Urban Ministry
    • Required Credits: 60
    • Completion time: 2 years
    • Format: Online
  21. #21

    Calvary University

    #8941 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $11K

    Acceptance

    78%

    Graduation

    59%

    Student body

    <1K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1125/21

    Kansas City, MO

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    Online Degrees

    AA in Children’s Ministry
    • Required Credits: 64
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    AA in Ministry Studies
    • Required Credits: 66
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  22. #22

    Grace Christian University

    #12894 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $15K

    Acceptance

    100%

    Graduation

    38%

    Student body

    <1K

    Wyoming, MI

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    Online Degrees

    AA in Leadership and Ministry
    • Required Credits: 60
    • Completion time: 2 years
    • Format: Online
  23. #23

    Charlotte Christian College and Theological Seminary

    #12645 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $11K

    Graduation

    11%

    Student body

    <1K

    Charlotte, NC

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    Online Degrees

    AA in Urban Christian Ministries
    • Required Credits: 66
    • Completion time: 2 years
    • Format: Online
  24. #24

    Shorter University

    #4605 institution's historical influence
    #1041 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $23K

    Acceptance

    71%

    Graduation

    43%

    Student body

    1K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1030/20

    Rome, GA

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    Online Degrees

    AS in Theology

    Concentrations

    • Christian Studies
    • Required Credits: 60
    • Completion time: 24 months
    • Format: Online
  25. #25

    Liberty University

    #1070 institution's historical influence
    #116 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $15K

    Acceptance

    50%

    Graduation

    54%

    Student body

    75K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1150/24

    Lynchburg, VA

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    Online Degrees

    AA in Psychology-Christian Counseling
    • Required Credits: 60
    • Completion time: 1.5 years
    • Format: Online

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Online Degree Frequently Asked Questions

If this is your first time taking an online course, the experience may require a time of adjustment. Although you’ll typically learn the same material and take the same exams as your on-campus peers, going online will require greater independence and responsibility than going in person. You’ll be accountable for your own time management, for harnessing the online educational technology that you’ll need to use, and for completing the course requirements, such as listening to lectures, learning lessons, reading texts, and handing in assignments. This means you’ll need to create a suitable workspace for yourself, maintain a realistic schedule, and take the initiative in building relationships with your instructors and classmates. With online college, your goal is to find a balance between independence and engagement.

No. The only part of online education that’s easier than campus-based education is ease of access: all you need is a computer and an internet connection for online education. But even this seeming advantage of online education can be misleading: what’s easier, studying online with your computer and internet connection from your home where you need to cook, clean, pay rent, and maintain a job? Or studying on campus in a dorm where all your living needs are handled by the school, and college staff are there to help you every step of the way?

If you take the commute to campus out of the equation, campus-based education is easier. All the support structures available on campus for students, especially with real people to help you in person, are not there online. The demands on you as an online student will largely be the same as for your campus-based counterpart, but without the same helps.

In general, your online courses will present the same material and test you in the same way as traditional in-person courses. In many cases, you’ll even have the same instructors as your on-campus counterparts. In fact, if you are adjusting to the experience of independent learning with remote educational technology for the first time, online college may be considerably more challenging than campus-based college. For a few insights on how to manage this new online experience, check out our 10 Tips for Adjusting to School Online.

Accreditation is especially important when it comes to online college. This is because the online education landscape is a mix of highly-reputable non-profit institutions on the one end and less-than-reputable for-profit institutions on the other end. Accreditation gives you the power to identify the more reputable actors in online education. Accreditation is a stamp of approval from an independent accrediting agency indicating that a college or university is meeting standards of quality and credibility. School-wide accreditation falls into two major categories: regional and national accreditation. Regional accreditors generally hold jurisdiction only over schools in the states comprising their region, whereas national accreditors hold jurisdiction over schools in all states. Regional accreditation is widely regarded as a more rigorous standard of quality and credibility than national accreditation.

Attending a college or university that is not regionally accredited could limit your opportunities. For students seeking an online education, we strongly recommend that they opt for regionally accredited schools. Regional accreditation ensures eligibility for federal loans and grants, ensures your college credits can be transferred between schools, and ensures that your degree credits can be accepted if you wish to earn an advanced degree. For more on this important topic, check out our What is Accreditation and Why Does It Matter? College & University Accreditation Guide.

As long as your online college degree is regionally accredited (see the previous point), you should have little difficulty transferring most of your credits or credentials to another regionally accredited undergraduate school. Every school carries its own standards and procedures for granting a transfer of credits. In many cases, you will encounter some bureaucratic haggling in which some of your credits will be transferred and others may be refused. However, provided that you have attended an online school with recognized regional accreditation, you should be in good shape in transferring your credits earned online.

In most cases, as long you graduate from a well-regarded, regionally-accredited online college, prospective employers won’t look sideways at your degree. In fact, unless you attend an exclusively online college or university, there will likely be no specific indicator on your degree, transcript, or resumé differentiating your school from its brick-and-mortar counterpart. This means that your employer will likely only differentiate between an online and in-person degree if you mention this distinction.

Some employers may express the concern that because you did your degree online, you may need to transition from an online education experience to in-person workplace experience. But in an age of Covid, that concern seems much diminished. The fact is that much employment these days is remote. And collaboration increasingly happens online over Zoom. Many employers will therefore view your online degree as evidence of valuable 21st century professional skills such as independence, self-motivation, time management, and tech savvy.

If you are a student who thrives on the dynamic energy of in-person discussion, who requires the physical surroundings of a classroom to feel engaged, or who considers the social aspects of education to be of equal importance to the actual content of your courses, online education will be less than ideal for you (though depending on your circumstances, it may also be the only viable option).

While there is much in traditional campus-based education that can be substituted or simulated through the online medium, some students may find that there is nothing that can replace the conversation, collaboration, and motivation that occur in an actual in-person classroom setting. As you transition to online education, one of the biggest challenges you will likely face in getting the most out of your online classes is overcoming this difference between “real reality” and “virtual reality.” Fortunately, we’ve got some great Tips for Online Education Beginners.

The advantages of online classes are many. Above all, online courses give you the freedom and flexibility to attend class from anywhere that works for you, whether you’re at home, in a coffee shop, or in a quiet conference room at work. In many cases, you’ll also enjoy the convenience of asynchronous learning opportunities—educational experiences that you can complete at your own pace and on your own schedule. This may include pre-taped lectures, ongoing chat-board discussions, and 24/7 access to digital materials. And of course, just as there are some learners who prefer the energy of a live classroom, there are those who learn best when working in their own personal space, free from distractions. If this sounds like you, you might find the solitude of online learning to be a major advantage.

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