Bachelor of Science in Ministerial Leadership

Southeastern University’s BS in Ministerial Leadership is created for students who have a passion for children’s ministry, missions, or another part of the body of Christ. It prepares Christians, who may not be called to pastor an entire congregation, to serve in leadership and support roles at churches and other faith-based organizations. The program is based in a Christ-centered liberal arts curriculum where students develop an understanding and appreciation of God and His creation, human creativity, as well as reason and our place of responsibility as stewards in the world God has made. The ministerial leadership major then allows students to cultivate a solid foundation in all aspects of ministry, including Biblical interpretation, counseling, and preaching.

Program Outcomes

Students who complete the ministerial leadership program will:

  • Build, refine and expand their ministry skills.
  • Develop a strong foundation in general life skills, theology, the Bible, spiritual development, church ministry, leadership principles, and church organization.
  • Satisfy the educational requirements for ministerial credentials with the Assemblies of God.

Total Credits: 122 hours

  • General education core: 34 hours
  • Biblical and theological studies: 22 hours
  • Ministerial leadership studies: 33 hours
  • General electives: 33 hours

Program Length: Classes offered in 8-week sessions
Program Delivery: Online cohort
Tuition: $390 per credit hour

Admission Requirements

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

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General Education Core (37 hours)

Art of Communication (9 hours)
ENGL 1133 English Composition I
ENGL 1233 English Composition II
COMM 1433 Fundamentals of Speech

Behavioral and Social Sciences (6 hours)

Behavioral Science (3 Hours)
Choose one of the following:

PSYC 1133 Introduction to Psychology
PSYC 1233 Psychology of Adjustment

Social Science (3 Hours)

Choose one of the following:

SSCI 2133 Introduction to Sociology
SSCI 2233 Marriage and Family
BUSI 2103 Macroeconomics
BUSI 2203 Microeconomics

History and Government (3 hours)

Choose one of the following:

HIST 2013 American History I
HIST 1013 Western Civilization I
HIST 1023Western Civilization II
HIST 2023 American History II

Business (3 hours)

BUSI 1903 Personal Financial Stewardship

Humanities and Fine Arts (6 hours)

Humanities (3 hours)

Choose one of the following:

COMM 1503 Western Art Appreciation
COMM 2033 Theatre Appreciation
COMM 2433 Film Appreciation
ENGL 2233 Introduction to Humanities
MUSC 1003 Music Appreciation
MUSC 1103 American Music Appreciation

Literature (3 hours)

Choose one of the following:

ENGL 2133 Introduction to Literature
ENGL 2513 British Literature I
ENGL 2523 British Literature II
ENGL 3633 American Literature
ENGL 3933 African American Literature
ENGL 4343 Native American Literature and Culture
ENGL 4533 Contemporary Literature

Mathematics (6 hours)

MATH 1313 Liberal Arts Math I
MATH 1323 Liberal Arts Math II

Natural Science (4 hours with lab)

Choose one plus the corresponding lab:

BIOL 1333 Essentials of Human Anatomy and Physiology
NSCI 1033 Life Science
NSCI 1113 Introduction to Physics
NSCI 1133 Physical Science I
NSCI 1213 Introduction to Chemistry
NSCI 1433 Botany
NSCI 2033 Astronomy and Earth Science
NSCI 2233 Astronomy
NSCI 2433 Zoology
NSCI 3333 Ecology
NSCI 4033 Geology

Biblical and Theological Studies (21 hours)


BINT 1233 New Testament Survey
BIOT 1133 Old Testament Survey
BIBL 2623 Biblical Hermeneutics
BINT 3833 I and II Corinthians
THEO 1503 Christ, Culture, and the University
THEO 2133 Theology of God and Humanity
THEO 3133 Theology of Salvation, the Church, and Eschatology

Ministerial Leadership Studies (34 hours)


PHIL 2003 Principles of Ethics
PMIN 2123 Christian Spirituality
PMIN 2223 Evangelism and Mission
PMIN 2302 Student Ministry Practicum I
PMIN 2402 Student Ministry Practicum II
PMIN 3133 Homiletics I
PMIN 3533 Pastoral Theology I
PMIN 3833 Organizational Leadership
PMIN 4043 Holistic Disciplemaking
PMIN 4133 Pastoral Counseling
PMIN 4323 Church Business Administration
PMIN 4423 Multiple-Staff Ministry

General Electives (29 hours)


College-level courses from any department


Children's Ministry (18 credits)**

PMIN 3223 Children’s Ministry
PMIN 3263 Evangelism and Discipling of Children
PMIN 3273 Family Ministry
PMIN 3283 Creative Communication in Ministry
PMIN 4143 Pastoral Care of Families
PMIN 4153 Spiritual Formation of Families

Youth Ministry (18 credits)**

PMIN 3283 Creative Communication in Ministry
PMIN 3273 Family Ministry
PMIN 4223 Youth Ministry
PMIN 4143 Pastoral Care of Families
PMIN 4153 Spiritual Formation of Families
PMIN 4923 Youth Ministry Evangelism and Discipleship

**The hours for these concentrations count towards the 29 hours of General Electives required.
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