Follow God’s call to the ends of the Earth and strengthen your servant leadership with Southeastern University’s online MBA in Missional Leadership.
We believe that mission work creates in us a desire to change the way we live and inspires us to share the Gospel with others. SEU was founded in 1935 with the purpose of training missionaries and ministers.
With our Christian MBA program, you will gain the knowledge you need to excel as a strong theologian and the skills you need to be able to minister to and pass that knowledge onto others. You’ll be prepared to work in mission and rescue agencies, theological schools and churches. The program’s online format allows you to complete your course work conveniently on your own time while learning from experienced professors who focus on academic excellence, outstanding teaching and uncompromising Christian faith.
Through the challenging curriculum, you will study the methods for identifying and nurturing the leadership traits needed to transform a mission and its goals. Examine the issues of effective organizational outreach, including recruitment, motivation, communication and implementation.
Key topics covered by this program:
- Global social entrepreneurship
- Leadership philosophy
- Leading across cultures
- Biblical preaching/teaching methods
- Managing change and conflict
- Effective leadership
- Interpersonal techniques/helping relations
- Spirit-empowered discipleship
- Leadership development
SEU’s online MBA program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). 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 Christian MBA online program includes a total of 39 credits of study. The core curriculum consists of 21 credits that cover fundamental business management principles, and 18 credits of the degree focus on missional leadership.
Students who wish to enroll in Southeastern University’s MBA program must:
- Have a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above (applicants with a lower GPA may be considered with the successful completion of all three prerequisites and other applicable requirements)
- Fulfill all foundational knowledge requirements (see Foundational Courses and Competencies)
In order to ensure student success, six foundational courses are required for students without an undergraduate degree in a business-related field. Students are also expected to be competent in Microsoft Excel prior to beginning the MBA program (Microsoft Excel Basic Certification or the equivalent is the recommended minimum).
When these courses are required, admission to the online MBA program may be made on a provisional basis until the courses are completed with a B- grade or higher and prior to enrolling in BUSI 5003, the first MBA-level course in the program.
Course Number Course Title Description Credits BUSI 2203 Microeconomics This survey course develops the concepts of individual economics units, such as households, firms, and industries. In this study, topics will include economic behaviors relating to spending, saving, investment, labor economics, and prices. 3 CTIS 2333 Business Analytics I This course uses raw data in spreadsheets and databases to produce actionable information to drive management decisions. The course will focus on the data management resources available in standard spreadsheet and database packages. 3 BUSI 5063 Financial Accounting This course provides an introduction to financial accounting and basic accounting statements. Focus is on business records, the collection of financial data, the development of statements and the interpretation of this information. Extensive work is done on quatitative problem solving and analysis for thorough financial decision making. 3 BUSI 5073 Microeconomics This survey course develops the concepts of individual economics units, such as households, firms, and industries. In this study, topics will include economic behaviors relating to spending, saving, investment, labor economics, and prices. 3 BUSI 5103 Business Analytics & Statistics This course uses raw data in spreadsheets along with probability theory and statistical analysis tools to produce actionable information to drive management decisions. The course will focus on the data management resources available in standard spreadsheets and the statistical theories needed to use data to make actionable decisions. 3
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Course Number Course Title Description Credits BUSI 1013 Introduction to Accounting and Finance This course provides an introduction to the basics of accounting and finance. It is intended for business minors and places emphasis on the understanding of the language of accounting and finance, recording of transactions, financial statements, time value of money, financial ratios, and managerial decision-making, using accounting and finance information. 3 BUSI 2233 Principles of Managerial Accounting As a survey and examination of the fundamental cycles and operations of managerial accounting this course includes analysis, interpretation and application of financial principles for organizational decision-making. Relevant information relating to cost/volume/profit analysis and capital budgeting are key concepts covered. 3
Note: BUSI 5003 is a prerequisite for all other courses in each track and must be completed with a B- or greater before continuing beyond the first eight weeks. Students may be approved by the MBA director to take other courses concurrently with BUSI 5003 in their first eight-week term.
Course Number Course Title Description Credits BUSI 5003 MBA Principles This course is a survey and examination of the fundamental cycles and operations of managerial accounting, managerial economics, and quantitative methods. It includes analysis, interpretation and application of financial principles for organizational decision-making. Students will review supply, demand, and elasticity principles; study how firms should price products and the power of incentives; examine how firms apply time value, and use probability and statistical concepts. 3 BUSI 5113 Marketing Management This course provides a managerial approach to the study of marketing, develops managerial perspective and analytical ability in solving marketing problems. It deals with the management challenge of designing and implementing the best combination of marketing variables to carry out a firm's strategy in its target markets. Special consideration is given to ethical concerns in the design and implementation of marketing strategy. 3 BUSI 5223 Ethics Stewardship and Legal Environment of Business This course examines the expansion of traditional common law constraints affecting business management as well as the proliferation of regulatory and statutory constraints beginning with the Sherman Antitrust Act of 1890 and continuing with the quantum increase in such legislation during the early 1930's and thereafter. Through course materials and case analysis, this class familiarizes students with identification and management of legal risks confronting business managers. 3 BUSI 5323 Information Technology Leadership This is an applied course in concepts and techniques used in the design and implementation of management-information systems and decision support systems. It provides in-depth knowledge of computer technology, including recent developments in both computer hardware and software packages used to solve management problems. 3 BBUS 5333 Global Business Management This course provides the knowledge and sensitivity required to successfully manage organizations within the global economy. It explores the geographic, political, social,economic, legal, and technological influences on international business. Theories of international trade and development will be explored with an emphasis on global business operations and strategy. 3 BUSI 5413 Problem-Solving and Decision-Making This is an applied and practical course in concepts and techniques used in the quantitative decision-making process. Various models are considered and applied to managerial problems in public and private organizations. It focuses on decision-making implications, stressing problem formulation, technique assumptions and limitations, and managerial information generated. 3 BUSI 5503 Accounting and Finance This course compares and contrasts the roles of financial and managerial accounting in organizations, applies cost-volume-profit (CVP) analysis including cost behaviors to management decisions, and develops an understanding of the role of cost management systems in the organizational management process. Students develop an understanding of how relevant information is useful in marketing, production, and capital budget decisions, as well as gaining insight into the importance of operating budget usefulness in a responsibility center environment. Cost of capital, long-term debt and equity funding options, and dividend policy are explored. 3 Course Number Course Title Description Credits PMIN 5243 Strategic Missional Leadership This course compares and contrasts the roles of financial and managerial accounting in organizations, applies cost-volume-profit (CVP) analysis including cost behaviors to management decisions, and develops an understanding of the role of cost management systems in the organizational management process. Students develop an understanding of how relevant information is useful in marketing, production, and capital budget decisions, as well as gaining insight into the importance of operating budget usefulness in a responsibility center environment. Cost of capital, long-term debt and equity funding options, and dividend policy are explored. 3 LDRS 5123 Servant Leadership This course explores academic, biblical, and practitioner concepts of servant leadership. It is intended to encourage a philosophy and lifestyle of servant leadership in student's professional and personal lives. 3 BUSI 5436 Business Strategy and Policy This capstone course is designed to incorporate prior core class learning by having students examine and synthesize both external and internal environments of an organization, identify key strategic issues, identify and choose from alternative strategies, and defend such decisions from a Christian, ethical perspective. Students will participate through the use of a team-based, computer simulation model in which students develop a strategic plan, make decisions, assess the outcomes of those decisions, and make another round of decisions based on their analysis. This simulation covers eight years (simulation rounds). This class should be taken during the last semester. 6
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Course Number Course Title Description Credits BUSI 5213 Organizational Behavior This course presents a critical review of the theory, research, and practice related to the human factor of production, including concepts influencing communication, decision-making, leadership group, cohesiveness, and productivity. 3 BUSI 5533 Global Social Entrepreneurship This course is a study of the theory and practice social entrepreneurship in an international business context. It takes a holistic blend of the concepts of business as mission, business operations, and evangelism endeavors. 3 LDRS 5213 Leadership Philosophy This course explores the concept of leadership from a holistic approach through anthropology, philosophy, psychology, sociology, and great works of literature. Students examine leader traits and skills, leadership styles in different situations, and leadership philosophies fulfilling higher-order needs, including authentic, transformational, servant, and spiritual. 3 LDRS 5333 Leading Across Cultures This course examines leadership through communication, motivation, and teamwork of people from another culture. Additionally it looks at this leader-follower dynamic from a Christian biblical perspective. 3 PMIN 5213 Homiletics: Methods of Biblical Preaching/Teaching This class is designed to assist beginning and veteran preachers in the development of exegetical skills appropriate for effective preaching and teaching in the local church. An emphasis will be placed on the nature, method, variety, and importance of preaching from the Bible. Emphasis will also be placed on the practical implementation of theory by requiring full development of a series of sermons and/or curriculum plan. 3 PMIN 5233 Managing Change and Conflict An examination of the dynamics of leading congregations through the various phases of church life, especially as difficult situations arise. The course will also examine methods of dealing with difficult people and situations of conflict arising from church life and church growth. Issues related to fairness, compromise, conciliation, and cooperation will be addressed. 3 PMIN 5333 Effective Leadership A thorough examination of the role of a leader in planning, team building, developing a clear sense of mission, shared values, and vision. Evaluation of church and parachurch organizations will be explored as they relate to issues of effective leadership. 3 PMIN 5373 Interpersonal Techniques/Helping Relations A study of the techniques and relationship which serve to promote healthy adult growth and functioning. The course begins with an exploration of motivations for working in the helping fields. The course previews basic counseling skills such as warmth, empathy, concreteness, confrontation, interviewing, and treatment planning. The emphasis is on training helping professionals to help others. Personal congitive-emotional awareness and theological-psychological balance is promoted through a study of individual functioning in interpersonal relationships. 3 PMIN 5353 Spirit-Empowered Discipleship This course surveys contemporary Pentecostal approaches and challenges to Christian spiritual formation. It offers a review of the biblical foundations and traditional Pentecostal practices or disciplines for a deeper spirituality. In addition it addresses various methodologies and challenges for spiritual formation within the student's particular missional context. 3 PMIN 5633 Leadership Development A theological rationale based upon the doctrine of the priesthood of the believer and the gifts of the Holy Spirit is developed with practical application for the recruitment and development of lay persons for ministry within the congregation and to the community. The course focuses on the identification of individual gifts and talents that persons may possess and the training of those individuals for various ministries. Styles of leadership, administrative functions and multi-staff relationships. 3
Tuition and Fees
|Tuition||$525 per credit hour||$20,475|
|Technology Fee||$150 per semester||$600|
|General Student Fee||$150 per semester||$600|
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 three to four 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.
At SEU, we want to help make your online education even more affordable, so we offer a variety of financial aid options.Learn More
Our online leadership MBA program provides you with necessary skills to pursue several advanced careers in missionary and religious work. Potential outcomes include:
- Nonprofit Director
- Missions Leader
- Church Administrator
- Manager of a Religiously Affiliated Nonprofit
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.
- Yes. Our online students are an extension of our community. You are welcome to visit campus, use our library or other amenities and attend campus events.
- 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.
Benefits of Learning Online
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