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.
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.
These courses are required as co-requisites for this program, unless you are transferring credits based on an undergraduate equivalent.
Course Number Course Title Credits BIBL 500 Old Testament Foundations 2 BIBL 505 New Testament Foundations 2 BIBL 510 The Art of Interpretation 2
Course Number Course Title Credits LDRS 500 Personal Life of the Leader 2 LDRS 501 Strategic Leadership Foundations 2 LDRS 560 Organizational Leadership 2 BUS 302 Organizational Communication 3 BUS 500 Principled Leadership and Ethics 3 LDRS 561 Team Leadership & Conflict Management 2
Choose five of the following:
Course Number Course Title Credits BIBL 570 Gospels & the Kingdom of God 2 LDRS 512 Worldviews & Leadershp 2 LDRS 513 Servant Leadership Theory 2 LDRS 542 The Holy Spirit & Christian Leadership 2 LDRS 544 Pastoral Care & Leadership 2 MIN 550 The Missional Church 2 MIN 551 Social Justice: Serving the Marginalized 2 MIN 560 Interpreting Scripture for Ministry 2 MIN 562 Foundational Apologetics 2 THEO 586 The Church & Christian Ministry 2 THEO 680 Leadership: Vocation & Calling 2
Choose three of the following courses:
Course Number Course Title Credits MIN 520 Managing Stress/Avoid Burnout 2 MIN 521 Balancing Marriage, Family, & Ministry 2 MIN 522 Handling Personal Temptation 2 MIN 523 Heritage & Leadership 2 MIN 530 Hearing God 2 MIN 531 Spiritual Disciplines 2
Choose two of the following courses:
Course Number Course Title Credits LDRS 521 Public Speaking & Personal Development 2 LDRS 530 Leadership & Diversity 2 LDRS 543 Emotional Intelligence & Leadership 2 LDRS 570 Budgets, Finance, & Leadership 2 LDRS 582 Vision Catching & Casting in Leadership 2 LDRS 642 Unleashing Creativity 2 LDRS 660 Crisis Leadership 2 MIN 510 Multi-site/Multi-Venue Churches 2 MIN 541 Recruiting & Motivating Volunteers 2 MIN 542 Social Media for Ministry 2 MIN 552 Reaching the Emerging Generation 2
Capstone: Special Project 13 Credits
This course provides the student with an opportunity to demonstrate their ability to integrate personal, professional, and biblical elements into a single workplace‐related project. All capstones are expected to highlight research rigor, communication skills, analytical thinking, and a Christian worldview.
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.
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.
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.
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.
|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.
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.
Learn more about financial aid options.
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).
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Why Choose Jessup?
Finish your degree in two years or less.
Prepare for meaningful service through emphasizing value-based leadership and developing your emotional intelligence.
Personalize your curriculum by choosing from personal, professional or theological development.
Combine a spiritual foundation with practical application for effective faith-based leadership.