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Missionary Studies

508 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
319 Master's Degrees Annually
#202 in Popularity
$46,980 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Missionary Studies Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many missionary studies graduations there were in 2018-2019 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Bachelor’s Degree 510
Undergraduate Certificate 372
Master’s Degree 319
Doctor’s Degree 109
Associate’s Degree 40
Graduate Certificate 23
Basic Certificate 6

What Missionary Studies Majors Need to Know

In an O*NET survey, missionary studies majors were asked to rate what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important in their occupations. These answers were weighted on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the most important.

Knowledge Areas for Missionary Studies Majors

Missionary Studies majors often go into careers in which the following knowledge areas are important:

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  • Philosophy and Theology - Knowledge of different philosophical systems and religions. This includes their basic principles, values, ethics, ways of thinking, customs, practices, and their impact on human culture.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Psychology - Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.

Skills for Missionary Studies Majors

When studying missionary studies, you’ll learn many skills that will help you be successful in a wide range of jobs - even those that do not require a degree in the field. The following is a list of some of the most common skills needed for careers associated with this major:

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  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Instructing - Teaching others how to do something.

Abilities for Missionary Studies Majors

A major in missionary studies will prepare for your careers in which the following abilities are important:

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  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
  • Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.

What Can You Do With a Missionary Studies Major?

Below is a list of occupations associated with missionary studies:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Directors, Religious Activities and Education 7.1% $40,810
Philosophy and Religion Professors 12.3% $71,890

Who Is Getting a Bachelor’s Degree in Missionary Studies?

510 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
66% Percent Women
13% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
This is a less frequently chosen undergraduate major. Only 508 students graduated with a bachelor’s degree in missionary studies in 2019, making it rank #202 in popularity. This major is dominated by women with about 66% of recent graduates being female.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of missionary studies majors is as follows:

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Missionary Studies Students with Bachelor's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 10
Black or African American 13
Hispanic or Latino 26
White 401
International Students 22
Other Races/Ethnicities 38

Geographic Diversity

Students from other countries are interested in Missionary Studies, too. About 4.3% of those with this major are international students. The most popular countries for students from outside the country are:

  • South Korea
  • Canada
  • India
  • China
  • Germany

How Much Do Missionary Studies Majors Make?

Bachelor’s Degree Starting Salary

The median starting salary of students who graduated in 2015-2017 with a bachelor’s degree in missionary studies was $19,900 per year. These stats come from the U.S. Department of Education. During this timeframe, most salaries fell between $19,900 (25th percentile) and $19,900 (75th percentile).

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It is possible that some of these people may have taken positions that were not related to missionary studies.

Salaries According to BLS

Average salaries range from $46,980 to $82,420 (25th to 75th percentile) for careers related to missionary studies. This range includes all degree levels, so you may expect those with a more advanced degree to make more while those with less advanced degrees will typically make less.

To put that into context, according to BLS data from the first quarter of 2020, the typical high school graduate makes between $30,000 and $57,900 a year (25th through 75th percentile). The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $45,600 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,600 and $125,400.

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Some degrees associated with missionary studies may require an advanced degree, while others may not even require a bachelor’s in the field. Whatever the case may be, pursuing more education usually means that more career options will be available to you.

How much schooling do you really need to compete in today’s job market? People currently working in careers related to missionary studies have obtained the following education levels.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 3.1%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 0.2%
Bachelor’s Degree 42.1%
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Baccalaureate degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees carrying the title of Master. 0.3%
Master’s Degree 11.5%
Post-Master’s Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Master’s degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees at the doctoral level. 0.3%
First Professional Degree - awarded for completion of a program that: requires at least 2 years of college work before entrance into the program, includes a total of at least 6 academic years of work to complete, and provides all remaining academic requirements to begin practice in a profession. 0.2%
Doctoral Degree 35.6%
Post-Doctoral Training 6.0%

Online Missionary Studies Programs

In the 2018-2019 academic year, 136 schools offered some type of missionary studies program. The following table lists the number of programs by degree level, along with how many schools offered online courses in the field.

Degree Level Colleges Offering Programs Colleges Offering Online Classes
Certificate (Less Than 1 Year) 8 3
Certificate (1-2 years) 8 2
Certificate (2-4 Years) 2 0
Associate’s Degree 23 7
Bachelor’s Degree 12 6
Post-Baccalaureate 8 3
Master’s Degree 44 20
Post-Master’s 2 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 9 0
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 3 1
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 3 0

Is a Degree in Missionary Studies Worth It?

The median salary for a missionary studies grad is $46,980 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 18% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $141,600 after 20 years!

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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to missionary studies.

Major Number of Grads
Theological & Ministerial Studies 19,838
Biblical Studies 4,551
Pastoral Counseling & Specialized Ministries 3,055
Religious Education 1,497
Theology & Religious Vocations (Other) 1,375
Sacred Music 477

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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