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 16 months.

The program is delivered in a cohort format, which consists of online classwork in conjunction with periodic one-week intensive classes on SEU’s campus in Lakeland, Florida. Reading and writing assignments will supplement your learning before and after each in-person experience.

Visit our MAML page to learn about our other program formats.


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 SEU from their time on campus.”
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 one-week 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.

2018–19 MAML Executive Cohort Schedule

Most of these sessions are two-class intensives with guests on Wednesdays.

  • September 3–7, 2018 at SEU
    Faculty-at-Large — Brad Lomenick
    Shape of Practical Theology  — Dr. Alan Ehler, dean of SEU College of Christian Ministries & Religion
    Effective Leadership  — David Cooper
  • October 4–5, 2018 at Catalyst Conference, Atlanta
    Strategic Missional Leadership
  • February, 4–8 2019 at SEU 
    Faculty-at-Large — Carey Nieuwhof
    Leadership Development  — Dr. Samuel Hemby, SEU faculty
    Biblical Exposition & Faith Integration  — Dr. Melissa Archer, SEU faculty
  • March 25–29, 2019 at SEU
    Faculty-at-Large —Steve Saccone
    HomileticsDr. Doug Witherup
    Special Topics  — Dr. Leonard Sweet
  • June 3–7, 2019 at SEU
    Systematic Theology I & II Dr. A. J. Swoboda
    Guest Lecturer  — Dr. Kent Ingle, president of SEU
  • September 23–27, 2019 at SEU
    Faculty-at-Large — pending
    Managing Change and Conflict  — Tim Gilligan
    Foundations of Cross-Cultural Ministry  — Dr. Robert Houlihan, SEU faculty
  • November 4–7, 2019 — Offsite location
    Spirit Empowered Discipleship Dr. Christine Corbett, SEU faculty


2017–18 MAML Executive Cohort Schedule

Most of these sessions are two-class intensives with guests on Wednesdays.

  • November 5–9, 2018 Offsite location
    Spirit-Empowered Discipleship Daniel McNaughton, SEU faculty

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