Explore leadership principles as you develop and grow your ministry skills with Southeastern University’s associate degree in Ministerial Leadership.

Acquire a strong foundation in the Bible, theology, spiritual development, leadership principles, church ministry and church operations in preparation for a career in church leadership. Our university’s purpose has been to cultivate ministers and missionaries since our founding in 1935. Learn from our experienced professors, who strive for academic excellence, outstanding teaching and uncompromising Christian faith.

You can also transfer all of the program’s credits toward our Bachelor of Science in Ministerial Leadership. Through the degree’s fully online format, you will have the flexibility to complete your studies whenever and wherever it is most convenient for you while learning from professors with real-world experience. You’ll actively participate in ministry while completing your studies, and you’ll have the opportunity to interact with many influential pastors, ministry leaders and missionaries.

Our associate degree in ministry online program teaches you how to understand and engage in spiritual growth while expanding your relationship with God, as well as the various viewpoints on spiritual life through historical theology. Learn how to create different types of sermons with the use of Scripture, intention, the logical movement of ideas and picturesque language. In addition, you will study the moral and social conduct and decision-making related to biblical and theological teaching, along with modern ethical issues and how they relate to ministry.


Southeastern University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award associate, baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral degrees.

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Courses and Requirements

The associate degree in ministry online program consists of 60 credits. Thirty-four credits make up the Foundational Core courses, which explore intellectual and practical skills, engaging with human culture and the natural world, spiritual formation and Christian responsibility. The biblical and theological portion of the Foundational Core is made up of 16 credits, and ministerial leadership studies courses include 15 credits. In order to complete the degree, you must choose 11 credits of general electives.


Courses required to complete the program.

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How to Apply

When applying to SEU’s associate degree in ministry online program, you will need to complete or submit the following:

  • Completed application
  • Official high school transcripts
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
  • Personal reference form
  • Biographical Essay
  • ACT or SAT scores (if applicable)

Tuition and Fees

Component Cost Total*
Tuition $390 per credit hour $23,400
Technology Fee $150 per semester $600
General Student Fee $150 per semester $600
Totals $24,600

Time to completion varies by student, depending on individual progress. Fees are charged per semester unless otherwise noted. This program takes an estimated four semesters to complete. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 866.858.6290 or request more information.

* Tuition and fees are subject to change. Books and materials are not included and may cost up to an additional $5,500.

Financial Aid

At SEU, we want to help make your online education even more affordable, so we offer a variety of financial aid options. About 98 percent of our students receive some form of financial aid, and we have multiple payment options available.

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Career Outcomes

Our online ministry degree provides you with the necessary skills to pursue several career paths. Some of the potential career outcomes include:

  • Youth Pastor
  • Children’s Pastor
  • Associate Pastor
  • Bible Study Leader

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Benefits of Learning Online

By studying online with SEU, you’ll experience the luxury of being able to complete your course work during your own time, wherever you may be.

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