Executive Master of Arts in Ministerial Leadership

Pastors and ministry leaders with graduate degrees bring a higher caliber of preaching, teaching, and leadership to their congregations. SEU has trained transformative church and ministry leaders since our founding in 1935, so we are always working to keep our programs relevant to today’s churches.Southeastern’s executive Master of Arts in Ministerial Leadership (MAML) program has been completely redesigned 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 a span of just 20 months.

The program is delivered in a cohort format, which consists of online classwork in conjunction with periodic one-week intensive classes. Reading and writing assignments will supplement your learning before and after each in-person experience. (Travel dates occur approximately once or twice per semester and vary by cohort.)

Visit our Regional Cohort MAML page for details on this program, and the MAML page to learn about our other program formats.

The School of Divinity (graduate programs) within the Barnett College of Ministry & Theology at Southeastern University is fully accredited by the Association of Theological Schools (ATS).


Designed for those engaged in active ministry

Cohort format builds collaboration and innovation among members

Guest faculty and specialty speakers elevate the learning experience

SEU’s respected residential faculty provide enhanced support

Students may transfer course credits from Dr. Mark Rutland’s National Institute of Christian Leadership to apply toward the degree.


“We’re confident that our executive cohort students will love the connectivity they feel to their peers during their experience in this program.”
Dr. Alan Ehler, Dean, College of Christian Ministries & Religion

Program Details

Total credit hours — 36

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

Additional fees not included.

Note: Students are responsible for any applicable travel and lodging during the intensive courses.

Financial Aid

We have Financial Aid staff dedicated specifically to graduate students. These staff members can assist you with coordinating employer assistance benefits, church-matching scholarships, federal aid, private loans, and military benefits. Convenient payment plans are also available.

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.