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Master of Arts

Leadership - Christian Ministry

Program Details

Next Start Date
Aug. 27
Est. Program Length
2-3 years
Cost Per Credit
Credit Hours
Transfer Credits Accepted

Program Overview

Gain an understanding of the true meaning of leadership. There is constantly a need for reliable and trustworthy leaders in today’s society. Jessup’s fully online leadership degree in Christian ministry provides a unique spiritual formation curriculum that can be applied both inside and outside the church. The knowledge and skills you gain through the program are immediately applicable to your work. Graduates of the program are prepared for a life of meaningful service and are qualified for several roles in Christian ministry, such as nonprofit work, mission management and congregational leadership.

While our program is geared toward spiritual leadership, the quality skill sets taught can be applied in a wide variety of careers. The program demonstrates that leadership involves being collaborative rather than seeking personal gain. Our faculty members have real-life backgrounds in the field of ministry both nationally and globally and have proven subject matter expertise as well as online teaching experience.

Through the online Christian ministry degree, you’ll explore a comprehensive overview of Christian leadership as it applies to one’s emotional, mental, spiritual and social wellness. You’ll also examine the fundamental leadership principles and theories, as well as how to identify and resolve conflicts. The ministry concentration portion of the degree includes five courses that explore topics such as spiritual disciplines and church life and leadership. Additionally, you will learn the elements of organizational leadership and how to manage stress.

In addition, a capstone course is required for completion. In the capstone, you will exhibit your research, communication and analytical thinking skills in a workplace-related project while integrating biblical, personal and professional aspects.

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Courses and Requirements

Jessup’s online master’s degree in leadership includes 36 credit hours. Courses are split up into leadership and personal core courses, the ministry concentration and a capstone. You can customize your degree to better suit your goals by choosing courses in each development area.


Total courses are needed to complete this program.

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Applying to Jessup is simple. Be sure to apply early to ensure that there is enough time between submitting your application and the start date in case additional information is needed. Below are the steps to the admissions process.

  1. Pick a Program

    Choose an online program that you’re genuinely interested in as you’ll be studying it for a few years. Also, make sure you meet the requirements for that program. For our online ministry degree, there are no prerequisites. Additionally, there are six start dates for this program, so you can easily begin classes when it’s convenient.

  2. Apply

    Submit your application. Be sure to include a copy of your undergrad transcript confirming at least a 3.0 GPA. If you do not have a 3.0 GPA, you should include an explanation of your prior performance and describe the experiences and skills you believe indicate your ability to succeed at the graduate level. You’ll also need to submit two letters of recommendation and a 500-word personal statement explaining why the program is valuable for your ministry. In addition, you can transfer up to nine credit hours, which must be all degree work and not life experience.

  3. Decision

    We’ll notify you of our decision. If you still wish to pursue your degree with Jessup and are accepted, congratulations! Don’t forget to respond to your acceptance letter.

2017-2018 Tuition Rates & Transfer Credits
Item Credits Cost/Credit Hour Totals
Tuition 36 $425 $15,300
Total: * $15,300
Maximum Transfer Credits 9 $425 ($3,825)
Total with transfer credits: † $11,475

The tuition reflects the minimum time to completion. Time to completion varies by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at (844) 224-5483 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.
† Maximum transfer credit total includes reduction in technology fee as related to reduced number of courses over time.

Financial Aid

Online students receive the same financial aid options as those attending classes on campus. Students receive a dedicated financial aid officer who will guide them through all of their available financial aid options. There are several grants, scholarships and loans available.

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New Jessup students can receive up to $2,000 per year with the Church Partnership Grant, which is reserved for candidates who attend supporting churches. Additionally, there are several privately funded scholarships available.

Find out more about the grants and scholarships available.

Prospective students who are transferring can transfer up to 25 percent, or nine, of the program’s total credit hours. The transfer credits must be from degree work and not through life experiences. Credits may come from other regionally accredited institutions.

Learn more about transferring your credits.

Jessup proudly participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program to fully support our nation’s veterans. Veterans with 100-percent eligibility will have tuition and most fees completely covered. Additionally, up to $2,500 per year may be awarded to those who qualify for the U.S. Army Women’s Foundation Legacy Scholarship.

Learn more about Jessup’s military friendliness.

Jessup is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), the Association for Biblical Higher Education and the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA).

Career Outcomes

  • Executive Pastor

    Executive pastors lead a religious institution’s staff and maintain the church’s direction and mission. They may conduct group activities, coordinate mission efforts and work with the church’s children and youth.

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  • Senior Pastor

    A senior pastor provides pastoral care and spiritual leadership to church members. They preach and plan worship services and sermons. In addition, they manage the church’s administrative tasks.

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  • Church Administrator

    Church administrators supervise the institution’s daily operations, including budgets and forecasts. They assist with communication with the congregation and manage church outreach materials including bulletins and mailings. Additionally, they may recruit and supervise church volunteers.

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* All career outcome information is from PayScale.

Why Choose Jessup?

  • Graduate Fast

    Finish your degree in two years or less.

  • Well-Rounded Education

    Prepare for meaningful service through emphasizing value-based leadership and developing your emotional intelligence.

  • Customizable Studies

    Personalize your curriculum by choosing from personal, professional or theological development.

  • Versatile Experience

    Combine a spiritual foundation with practical application for effective faith-based leadership.

Benefits of Learning Online

Studying online rather than in the classroom has its perks as it provides a great opportunity for students who are too far away to get the education they deserve at an affordable price. Plus, the courses take half the time to complete compared to those on campus.

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