Through our Christ-centered curriculum, prepare to be a leader at churches and faith-based organizations with the online Bachelor of Science in Ministerial Leadership program from Southeastern University.

No matter which field of ministry you are called to, you can acquire the skills and knowledge you need to succeed in a leadership or support role in ministry. The bachelor of ministry online program allows you to build, refine and expand your ministry skills while ensuring a broad, robust foundation in theology, the Bible, spiritual development, church ministry, leadership principles and ecclesiastical operations.

As you complete the online degree, you will cultivate a broad foundation in every aspect of ministry, including counseling, preaching and biblical interpretation. Learn from faculty who have real-world experience in the fields of ministry and missionary work with the convenience of being able to study on your own time. While focusing on academic excellence, uncompromising Christian faith and outstanding teaching, many of our faculty have been recognized among the leading Pentecostal faculty in the nation. SEU has strived to train ministers and missionaries who have personal authenticity and professional ability since our founding in 1935. Through our programs, you will actively participate in the field of ministry.

Our program allows you to build, refine and expand your ministry skills. Explore various areas, including:

  • The Bible
  • Theology
  • General life skills
  • Spiritual development
  • Church ministry
  • Church organization
  • Leadership principles
  • Ecclesiastical operations
  • Ethics

In addition, examine how evangelism has been used throughout the history of the church with an emphasis on its theological foundation and application. Cultivate your expertise in the significance of preaching and the use of Scripture and picturesque language to write effective sermons and discover the pastoral responsibilities required to maintain a church’s operation. Through two required practicum courses, you’ll become involved in ministry through supervised activities.

There are two optional concentration tracks available. The children’s ministry track provides you with the unique skills necessary for ministering to children and leading children’s ministries in the church. With the youth ministry track, you’ll become equipped with the skills to minister to teenagers and young adults and understand how to effectively communicate with them.


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 bachelor of ministry online program includes a total of 121 credits. Fifty-six credits are Foundational Core requirements. The ministerial leadership portion of the curriculum includes 37 credits. You will also choose 28 credits of general electives. You can choose to use 18 credits of the general elective requirement to earn a minor in Pastoral Leadership, Missions & Evangelism, Ministerial Leadership, Bible or Family Ministry Leadership.


Courses required to complete the program.

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How to Apply

When applying to SEU’s online ministry degree, you need submit:

  • 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 $47,190
Technology Fee $150 per semester $1,200
General Student Fee $150 per semester $1,200
Totals $49,590

Time to completion varies by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. Fees are charged per semester unless otherwise noted. This program takes an estimated two to eight semesters to complete, depending on transfer credits. 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
  • Missions Coordinator
  • Evangelism and Outreach Coordinator
  • Lead Pastor
  • Parachurch Ministry Director
  • 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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