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Bachelor's Degree in Missions

Start Your Service Journey with a Missionary degree!

Do you have a heart for reaching the lost – the ones who have never heard the Word? You may be feeling the call of the mission field. Get the skills you need to pursue your ministry with the missions and ministry program at University of the Cumberlands.

Receive the guidance you need to learn how to spread the Gospel from distant lands to lost neighborhoods with a missionary service degree. Our experienced ministers and accomplished scholars will help you develop the real-world skills you need to serve in the mission fields of evangelism, church planting, and discipleship, providing personal, compassionate ministry to all people.

Do you need a college degree to be a missionary?

A Christian degree in missionary studies is not required for service abroad or at home. But if you feel called to service in missions, the right degree from one of the best colleges for missionaries can help you feel even more confident as you fulfill God’s purpose in your life.

Whether you plan to pursue a seminary or theology degree immediately after completing your university studies or you plan to move directly into Christian ministry, UC’s program will prepare you to take your place in Christian service. We offer a number of college majors for missionaries and aspiring clergy. You can earn a B.S. in one of five majors (Missions, Church Planting, Youth and Family Ministry, Christian Studies, or Christian Ministries) or you can earn a B.A. by studying a biblical or modern foreign language in addition to your major. Minors are available in Missions, Church Planting, Youth and Family Ministry, and Missions and Ministry.


With your education in missions and ministry, you could enroll in a seminary degree program. You could also take your place in Christian service immediately, applying to recognized organizations or denominational agencies that take the Gospel to people who have never heard it. You could also serve bi-vocationally as well, working at a job that uses skills developed through a second major while serving a church.

Wherever you are eventually led – and being in God’s service might take you anywhere – the key is to be ready when He calls!

Is a degree in Missionary Studies worth it?

If your focus is on doing God’s work in foreign fields, than earning a missionary degree from University of the Cumberlands can help you reach your goals spiritually while taking care of your material needs. Your missionary service degree can help you pursue a number of mission-related roles here and abroad. In 2020, religious workers averaged around $40,000 annually, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Members of the clergy averaged $56,000 and leaders of religious activities and education earned $45,000 per year.


Costs for programs of study at University of the Cumberlands are competitive and affordable. Click here to view tuition rates and fees. 


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Let UC’s missions and ministry degree programs prepare you for service. Fill out the form on this page for more information. Let’s talk about our test-optional college admissions process, scholarship opportunities, and more!

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