The M.Div. with Ministry Leadership builds on the requirements of the M.A. with Ministry Leadership, giving the student an opportunity to do focused study in a particular area of ministry. Prior to registration each semester, students should meet with their academic advisor.

In addition to the M.Div. Core, students specializing in ministry leadership must complete 12 credit hours from a specific list of ministry leadership courses and 3 hours of electives in the area of ministry leadership.

Options for the Program:

  • Available as Distance Learning

  • On-Campus

Contact Distance Learning

At a Glance

  • 70

    MDiv hours

  • 15

    Ministry leadership hours

  • 85

    Total credit hours

Program Courses

Some people describe seminary as a hoop to jump through, but I found my time at Southeastern to be a life-giving, spiritually edifying experience. Southeastern encouraged in me an undeniable love for God’s word. No amount of effort is too great to understand it or communicate it to someone else. What I saw, exemplified both in the classroom and even just in the culture of Southeastern, is the non-negotiable nature of the Great Commission. Southeastern emphasized that all of us are called to go in some capacity, and that we are most like Christ when we go to hard places.

Mark Turner MDiv and PhD

Ministry in Context


  • Serve as an executive or administrative pastor in local church

  • Develop methods to train lay leaders within the church

  • Write for Christian literary publications

  • Pursue a Ph.D. in an effort to become a professor


Below is a sample of the possible courses. To see a complete list, view the academic catalog.

  • CED 6500 – Organizational Change and Conflict Resolution
  • CED 6610 – Ministry of Teaching & Discipleship
  • CED 6630 – Ministry of Leadership and Equipping
  • CED 6640 – Team Ministry Leadership
  • CED 6800 – Spiritual Formation and Discipleship

Have more questions? Connect with our MDiv Admissions counselor.