Discipleship matters.

Cornerstone University's ministry program prepares you to engage today's culture as a competent, caring and creative professional. You will graduate prepared to apply creative problem solving and design thinking in church or parachurch ministry settings. A ministry degree competitively positions you for your career with practical and specialized ministry knowledge combined with an empathetic approach to the world.

Here, we take a holistic approach to ministry. From course work in interpersonal relationships to spiritual formation, professors provide hands-on training to support your growth as a well-rounded individual and professional.

  • Overview

    • School: Traditional Undergrad Academics
    • Division: Bible, Religion & Ministry
    • Degree Type: Bachelor of Science, Minor
    • Format: Residential
    • Location: Grand Rapids
  • Career Opportunities

    A bachelor's degree in ministry prepares you for a range of career options and graduate programs.

    • Parachurch organizations
    • Children's or young adult ministries
    • Sports ministry
    • Seminary or theological studies
    • Urban, youth or camping ministries

    Program Classes

    From personable faculty to one-on-one advising appointments, we have resources to support you in reaching your goals and being successful in your classes.

    See our sample degree plan for the list of classes you'll take as a ministry major.

  • Global Internships

    All traditional undergraduate students complete an academic internship or practicum. This experience helps you explore your calling and gain practical career skills.

    With guidance from the Center for Career & Life Calling, our students land internships at trusted businesses and nonprofits around the world.

    • Camp Michawana
    • Crossroads Bible Church
    • Gioventù in Missione—YWAM
    • Urban Family Ministries
    • West Michigan Youth for Christ

    Program Specializations

    Because ministry needs innovative leaders, we train you to thrive in the marketplace as a master adapter. Rather than taking tests to assess your knowledge, you'll complete projects and experiential learning assignments that you can use in real-world ministry contexts.

    Specializations allow you to focus on a particular vocational interest and customize your degree program.

    • Youth
    • Children
    • Camping
    • Sports
    • Parachurch
    • Emerging adults
    • Urban ministries
  • Religion and Ministry Student Outcomes


    of traditional undergraduate Bible Division students from the class of 2019 were working or enrolled in graduate school within six months of graduation.

    Importantly, our recent graduates also shared that they love their work. Of respondents, 93 percent reported a genuine interest in what they are doing.

    Job Outcomes

    Cornerstone alumni are tireless in their passion to influence our world for Christ as servant leaders. You can find CU graduates building lives that matter at workplaces based in West Michigan and beyond.

    • Baker Book House
    • Bethany Christian Services
    • CrossPointe Community Church
    • First Baptist of Fort Lauderdale
    • Montmorency County Commission on Aging
    • Sky Ranch
    • Sylvester Community Church