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Executive Master of Arts in Christian Studies

Southeastern’s executive Master of Arts in Christian Studies program is designed to help you grow as a Christ-follower and equip you with the tools to make your church more fruitful for the Kingdom — all in the span of approximately one year. Gain valuable face-to-face instruction during monthly session in Williamsburg, Virginia, and other locations.Similar to our traditional Master of Arts in Christian Studies in that you will gain strategies to sharpen your character and the theological, biblical and practical knowledge to improve your local ministry, our executive program is also unique in the opportunities it affords students. Although you will study primarily online, the program includes monthly face-to-face sessions in Williamsburg, Virginia; Washington, D.C.; and Lakeland, Florida, and you will attend the Catalyst Conference in Atlanta, Georgia. You will study alongside world-renowned leaders, such as Leonard Sweet and Mark Batterson, as well as full-time faculty from the Southeastern University campus.

Southeastern’s 72 credit hour Master of Divinity (MDiv) program is a great next step for graduates with a Master of Arts in Christian Studies. Up to 48 credit hours of previous course work can be transferred toward the MDiv, meaning you could earn a second master’s degree in just 18–24 months!

Program Details

Total credit hours — 36

Cost per credit hour — $525
Estimated total tuition cost — $18,900

Financial Aid and Payment Options

In addition to scholarships, loans and grants, Southeastern’s affordable monthly payment plans are available to all students and families, regardless of need or financial standing. Why make a large payment each semester or borrow federal funds at high interest rates when you can spread your educational expenses over a 10- or 12-month period? There is no approval process, and the only cost required is a $65 annual enrollment fee.

Sample Core Courses

  • Effective Leadership (PMIN 5333) — 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.
  • Managing Change and Conflict (PMIN 5233) — 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.
  • Spirit-Empowered Discipleship (PMIN 5353) — 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.

Shape of Practical Theology

Biblical Exposition and Faith Integration

Effective Leadership

Managing Change and Conflict

Homiletics: Methods of Biblical Preaching and Teaching

Leadership Development

Foundations for Cross-Cultural Ministry

Strategic Missional Leadership

Graduate Systematic Theology I

Graduate Systematic Theology II

Holistic Pastoral Counseling

Spirit-Empowered Discipleship

Associate pastor

Parachurch leader

Overseas missionary

Church planter

Campus pastor