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Youth and Family Ministries Major

Study Youth and Family Ministries at Azusa Pacific University

You’ll develop a personal philosophy of ministry based on your unique calling and engage in a real-world ministry internship, leaving APU prepared with the tools and experience needed to successfully lead youth and their families. You’ll be ready to meet the need for vibrant, compassionate leaders of young people as they navigate the turbulent waters of today’s society—speaking the truth of Jesus into their lives.

Program at a Glance

The School of Theology at Azusa Pacific University trains students for effective ministry in the church and around the world through practical programs in a supportive Christ-centered community.

Upcoming Events

APU One Day

  • March 8, 2024

Application Deadline

  • The admission requirements for your youth and family ministries major will vary depending upon your status as a first time freshman, transfer, or international student.

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Program Information

  • Program Units: 45


  • Azusa (Main Campus)
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Yellow Ribbon and Military Friendly School

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Gain Hands-on Experience

  • Build your résumé through a real-world ministry internship.
  • Develop knowledge about the Bible and ministry practices.
  • Be inspired by passionate faculty-mentors with years of ministry experience.
  • Deepen your understanding of adolescent development and youth culture.
  • Help young people become who God made them to be.

By the Numbers

1 of 126 Best Western Colleges according to Princeton Review's 2023 Best Colleges Guide
10 :1 Student-to-faculty ratio
100 % of incoming students receiving financial aid

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Jessica Carnahan ’19 deepened her love for others, from all walks of life, during her time as a youth and ministries major at APU.

Program Details

The youth and family ministries major trains, equips, and educates students to effectively reach and minister to adolescents in an increasingly diverse global context. This major is built upon the premise that effective youth work requires the youth worker to be a student of God’s Word, culture, and adolescence. Upon completion of this Bachelor of Arts in Youth and Family Ministries, students are equipped to step into youth and family ministry contexts and/or graduate programs.

Browse the tabs below—if you have questions, visit the Student Services Center page, and we’ll make sure you get the info you need.

General Undergraduate Admission Requirements

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Practical Theology Covenant

When students declare one of the majors in the Department of Practical Theology, they commit to participate in a community narrative that begins with the signing of a Community Covenant based on the biblical model of faithfulness and mercy. The covenant includes a commitment to integrity, appropriate conduct, local church ministry, academic and university requirements, a submission of references, and participation in required department activities. The covenant must be submitted to the Department of Practical Theology when the youth ministry degree is declared.

You might think that a private college education is beyond your reach, but there are many financial resources available to help make an Azusa Pacific education a reality. APU students may take advantage of three basic types of financial aid: scholarships and grants, education loans, and student employment.

Scholarships and Grants

Scholarships and grants are considered “gift aid” and do not require repayment. They can come from federal, state, or private sources. Scholarships are typically merit-based, meaning they are awarded depending on demonstrated academic ability or other specific talents.

Scholarships are often available from sources outside of APU. You can search for these scholarships through websites such as or The Student Services Center is sometimes notified of scholarships available through APU departments or local organizations, and can provide information about any available scholarships on request.

Education Loans

Education loans are usually repaid after graduation, may be deferred until after graduate school, and often have very low interest rates.

Military Benefits

Military members—and in some cases their spouses and dependents—qualify for financial assistance covering tuition, housing, and books. Azusa Pacific is a Yellow Ribbon University and Military Friendly School, so you can be confident that you’ll receive the benefits and flexibility you need to complete your education.

Student Employment

On-campus student employment is available for students needing additional income to pay for education-related expenses. APU students also find work off campus in the surrounding community.

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We’re committed to helping families understand early in the college search process the value of the APU experience and options for affordable financing of a top-tier Christian university education.

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To view specific requirements and coursework information, visit the current academic catalog:

Azusa Pacific University is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC).

Career Outlooks and Outcomes

Featured Faculty

Matthew Elofson

Matthew Elofson

Vice Provost for Academic Effectiveness, Chair and Professor, Department of Practical Theology

Jennifer Buck

Jennifer Buck

Program Director, Interdisciplinary Studies, and Associate Professor, Department of Practical Theology

Andrea Vaudrey

Andrea Vaudrey

Adjunct Professor, Department of Practical Theology

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APU Receives $5 Million Lilly Endowment Grant in Partnership with LPU and LABI

APU received a $5 million grant from the Lilly Endowment in partnership with Life Pacific University and the Latin American Bible Institute that will strengthen pathways for theological education for Hispanic students. 

Note: This information is current for the 2024-25 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.

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