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.
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.
Intellectual and Practical Skills (12 credits)
Course Number Course Title Description Credits COMM 1433 Fundamentals of Speech This course is a study in both theory and practice in the principles of effective speech development and presentation. 3 ENGL 1133 English Composition I This course is the study and practice in the critical reading and effective writing of expository prose, with an emphasis on fluency and style. 3 ENGL 1233 English Composition II This course includes study and practice in the critical reading and effective writing of argumentative and expository prose, with an emphasis on the documented paper. A research paper is required. 3
Mathematics (select one of the following)
Course Number Course Title Description Credits MATH 1213 College Algebra This course is a study of the systematic development of fundamental algebraic operations. Included in this development are systems of linear equations and inequalities; linear, quadratic, exponential and logarithmic functions; absolute value equations; radicals; and conic sections. 3 MATH 1313 Topics in Mathematics This course is an introduction to the fundamental concepts and mastery of the basicoperational skills involved in the areas of informal geometry, logic, probability, andstatistics. 3 MATH 1323 Explorations in Mathematics This is a discrete mathematics course that demonstrates the beauty and utility of mathematics. Topics for this course are set theory, elementary number theory, history of mathematics, numbers and number systems, financial mathematics, and systems of linear equations and inequalities. 3 MATH 2023 Introduction to Probability and Statistics This course is an introduction to the concepts and methods of probability and statistics. The course is designed for students interested in the application of probability and statistics in business and other social sciences. Topics include descriptive statistics, probability theory, random variables and probability distributions, sampling distributions, analysis of variance, and correlation and regression. 3 BBUS 2433 Data Management and Analysis In this course students will analyze, synthesize and evaluate actionable information to drive routine and ad hoc management decisions. The course provides an introduction to descriptive, inferential, predictive, and prescriptive data analytics using a spreadsheet. 3
Engaging Human Culture and the Natural World (6 credits)
Humanities (select one of the following)
Course Number Course Title Description Credits HUMS 2033 Theatre Appreciation This course is an introductory overview of the elements of dramatic production and the history of theatre. 3 HUMS 2233 Introduction to Humanities This is an integrated course designed to increase the student's understanding and appreciation of the creative and expressive arts through the study of representative materials. 3
Behavioral Science (select one of the following)
Course Number Course Title Description Credits PSYC 1133 Introduction to Psychology An introduction to the field of psychology, with special emphasis on the more applied areas of psychology. Topics addressed include perception, intelligence, learning, personality, and social behavior. 3 PSYC 1233 Psychology of Adjustment This course is an introduction to human adjustments and the resulting forms of behavior. Emphasis is placed on the fundamental principles underlying normal behavior. This course helps students apply mental health principles to everyday living. 3
Spiritual Formation (10 credits)
Course Number Course Title Description Credits CORE 1001 College and Christian Calling This course serves as an introduction to the mission of Southeastern University and the academic tradition of liberal arts education. The course prepares students for academic and social success by focusing on the areas of success factors for higher education, Christian higher education as calling, and personal and spiritual formation. 1 BIOT 1433 Old Testament and Its Interpretation The course serves as an introduction to Old Testament interpretation. It provides an elemental framework for interpreting the Old Testament by exploring its ancient Near Eastern contexts; discussing literary, thematic, and theological constructs; and demonstrating how it informs Christian thought and practice. 3 BINT 1533 New Testament and Its Interpretation This course serves as an introduction to the New Testament in the context of its first century environments. The course examines the teachings and interpretations of the New Testament as well as the role of the Scriptures in the Church. 3 THEO 2133 Theology of God and Humanity An introduction to theology (its meaning and purpose), and an overview of the following theological areas: Scripture (revelation, inspiration, and canon), God (His existence, attributes, works and the Trinity), Christ (His person, nature, and works), and the Holy Spirit (His personality, deity, and work). Special attention is given to the statement of fundamental truths of the General Council of the Assemblies of God. 3
Christian Responsibility (6 credits)
Course Number Course Title Description Credits CORE 2013 Human Diversity and Christian Community Students are introduced to current issues in human diversity and challenged to respond to them creatively and empathetically as 21st century Christians. Writing Intensive. 3 THEO 3123 Introduction to Ethics This course examines the philosophical and theological principles and issues related to ethics. It addresses meta-ethical questions about the relationship between moral language and concepts and various metaphysical and post-metaphysical views; normative ethical theories; theological structures and implications of ethics; and contemporary ethical issues. 3 Course Number Course Title Description Credits PMIN 1003 Foundations of Family Ministry Explore a church-wide family ministry model that elevates alignment, age characteristics, parents, small groups, and volunteerism. Methods for transitioning from separate youth, child, and adult departmental models to an essential family ministry model will be addressed. 3 PMIN 3133 Homiletics I This course is designed to prepare students with sermon construction, engaging the significance of preaching, the use of Scripture, intention, sermon structure, logical movement of main ideas, illustrations, introductions, conclusion, picturesque language, variety, and types of sermons. The overall approach uses expository methods for narrative passages and topics. This course requires careful study of and reflection upon the appropriate biblical texts. 3 PMIN 4043 Holistic Disciplemaking This course explores biblical and practical methods of helping persons grow to spiritual maturity and integrate into the life of the local church. Topics covered include assimilation, small group leadership, teaching methods, principles of teaching, lay ministry recruitment, training, supervision, and spiritual direction. This course requires careful study of and reflection upon the appropriate biblical texts. 3 BIBL 2623 WI: Biblical Hermeneutics A course designed to familiarize the student with the science and interpretation as related to the biblical text. Emphasis is placed on the principles of exegesis, particularly the interpretation of Scripture in light of its historical, grammatical, and theological content. This course required careful study of and reflection upon the appropriate Biblical texts. 3 THEO 3133 WI: Theology of Salvation, the Church, and Eschatology This course examines sin (origin, nature, and implications) and salvation, the church (nature and mission), and the fulfillment of the purposes of God (physical death, resurrection, second coming, final destiny). Special attention is given to the doctrinal statements of the Assemblies of God. 3
Select 11 credits of undergraduate-level courses.
Tuition and Fees
|Tuition||$390 per credit hour||$23,400|
|Technology Fee||$100 per semester||$400|
|General Student Fee||$150 per semester||$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.
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.Learn More
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
Frequently Asked Questions
- Because our online tuition rate is already discounted, we do not offer additional internal scholarships. However, we encourage you to apply for external scholarships. Connect with your tuition planner for additional information.
- Typically, you don’t have to take these exams. Contact your enrollment counselor for details.
- We accept transfer credit all the way up to the master's degree level and offer free transfer credit evaluations. Transfer credits are accepted from regionally accredited colleges and universities, as well as institutions accredited by the Association for Biblical Higher Education. We also accept transfer credits from nationally accredited or unaccredited institutions if an articulation agreement exists. For information, view our Transfer Policy.
- Undergraduate students may be eligible for federal grants through financial aid, which do not have to be repaid. However, not all undergraduate students will receive federal grants. We also offer payment plan options to spread the cost over a few months. Once you apply, you'll have access to a tuition planner, who will work with you to determine the best financial plan. For more information, visit our Financial Aid page.
Benefits of Learning Online
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