Bachelor of Science in Ministry Leadership

Bachelor Degree

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Develop biblical training and leadership skills at cornerstone university.

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Students in Cornerstone University’s Bachelor of Science in Ministry Leadership program will identify and apply critical components of the Christian worldview, demonstrate cross-cultural communication and collaboration and develop decision-making skills needed for management and leadership roles.


The regionally-accredited curriculum dives into varied, core subjects which give you with a strong foundation to knowledgeably navigate Biblical texts, a life of ministry, and non-profit organizations. Coursework is divided into individual and group projects through which you'll learn how to effectively manage in a fast-paced, team-oriented environment while developing your leadership and communication skills. 

Convenience and Flexibility

With course offerings online and in-class, you will maximize your educational experience while still maintaining your work and family life. Classes meet one night per week in one of our four campus locations and online. Upon starting a degree, you will continue through the program with your classmates as a cohort. With an average of 15 students in each cohort, students receive one-on-one attention from faculty while gleaning insights from other students' personal and professional experience.


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Program Details

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Bachelor degree programs offered by Professional & Graduate Studies are designed for working adults who are forward-thinking individuals with a passion to influence their workplace and community.  

Program Outcomes

This degree program offered by the Professional & Graduate Studies program provides the knowledge and skills required for leadership in one’s profession as well as personal skills needed for effective performance. Upon graduation, you will be able to:

  • Identify and apply essential components of the Christian worldview, values and ethics
  • Communicate effectively both in oral and written forms
  • Demonstrate functional knowledge and decision-making skills needed in managing and leading a ministry or not-for-profit organization

Graduation Requirements

  • Complete at least 120 credit hours including all general education requirements and ministry leadership courses in the program with at least 32 credit hours completed at Cornerstone University including 12 credit hours of ministry leadership courses
  • Complete a New Testament survey course (REL-232 or REL-234) and an Old Testament survey course (REL-231 or REL-235)
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.00 or higher in all work with 2.5 or more in the major
  • A grade of C- or higher in ENG-119 and COM-211
  • Payment of all tuition and fees
  • Graduation application filed

Admission Requirements

  • Submit application with applicable fee
  • Official transcripts
  • Graduation from High School
  • Minimum of two years full-time work experience since high school
  • Minimum of 56 credits of transferable, college-level credit from accredited colleges/universities
  • Submit (a) a statement of Christian faith and involvement in the local church and (b) a letter from a church/ministry leader or pastor addressing the following:
    • length of relationship with the candidate
    • type of candidate’s involvement in ministry
    • whether the church/ministry leader or pastor recommends the candidate for a ministry leadership program
  • Students whose primary language is not English must achieve a minimum TOEFL score of 550 (paper-based), 213 (computer-based), 79-80 (internet-based) or a minimum IELTS score of 6.5

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Program Courses

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The Bachelor of Science in Ministry Leadership is an 48 credit-hour program that students can expect to complete in 18-22 months.


Principles of Self-Management | 3 credits; 5 weeks

An examination of personal strengths and identification of areas of adjustment that may assist in personal growth. Self-management includes the development of group interaction skills and management of individual and professional priorities. Topics include communication processes within groups, goal setting, prioritizing, identifying personal values and time management.  

Professional Writing | 3 credits; 5 weeks

The study and practice of the various writing styles and skills required in a professional setting with emphasis on clear, concise expression aimed at a specific audience for a specific purpose. The course includes a library and research component, writing of professional letters, compilation of reports and graphs, use of computer technology and the writing of a research paper documented by APA standards. (Satisfies general education English requirement.)  

Personal Growth for Effective Leadership | 3 credits; 5 weeks

A study and application of the various facets of personal growth necessary for effective leadership. These include the purpose and practice of spiritual disciplines, identifying one’s spiritual gifts and natural abilities, and the importance of establishing relationships for accountability.  

Professional Communication | 3 credits; 5 weeks

An overview of the communication process in organizations with emphasis on oral presentation skills. (Satisfies general education speech requirement.)  

Principles of Biblical Studies | 3 credits; 5 weeks

An introduction to various methods of Bible study. Emphasis is placed upon inductive study with the intent to provide a method by which ministry leaders become independent students of Scripture. The inductive method is applied to various literary genre of both the Old and New Testaments.  

Inductive Study of Ephesians | 3 credits; 5 weeks

An analysis of the epistle to the Ephesians designed to put into practice the inductive study skills learned in REL-228. The course reviews background, theme and analytical study of the epistle to understand and apply principles that are relevant in ministry leadership. (Prerequisite: REL-228)  

Ministry Ethics and Values | 3 credits; 5 weeks

An examination of the principles and values that guide ethical decision-making, ethical relationships and ministry practices in parachurch and local church settings. The course focuses on helping students develop a personal code of ethics within the framework of a thoroughly Christian worldview. 

Philosophy of Leadership | 3 credits; 5 weeks

A study of the biblical concepts of ministry, theological presuppositions, skills, attitudes and values that shape one’s philosophy. Students formulate a ministry philosophy providing the basis for constructing a pattern for program development.

Organizational Behavior and Processes | 3 credits; 5 weeks

An examination of organizational behavior, structure and processes. The course focuses on individual and group roles in the organization and the effects of cultural elements on motivation and productivity.  

Systems for Cultural Impact | 3 credits; 5 weeks

A study of the attitudes of faithfulness, sensitivity and persistence needed to impact one’s culture with the foundational truths of Scripture. Special attention is given to cross-cultural applications and developing a system of integrating evangelism and discipleship in one’s organization.  

Negotiation and Conflict | 3 credits; 5 weeks

A study of the development of communication and management skills necessary for successfully resolving conflict situations.  

Christian Doctrine I | 3 credits; 5 weeks

A systematic study of the basic biblical doctrines of Christianity including God, man, sin, and salvation. The course reviews relevant Bible passages and emphasizes the practical application of teachings of the Bible in Christian living.  

Christian Doctrine II | 3 credits; 5 weeks

A systematic study of the basic biblical doctrines of Christianity including the Holy Spirit, Church and End Times. The course reviews relevant Bible passages and emphasizes the practical application of teachings to the Bible in Christian living.

Managing the Not-for-Profit Organization | 3 credits; 5 weeks

An examination of the role of management in the not-for-profit organization. Topics include marketing, legal issues, insurance, finance, fundraising, human resources and technology.  

Interpretive Analysis of Old Testament Literature | 3 credits; 5 weeks

A study of the basic principles of biblical interpretation. Emphasis is placed upon the cultural, historical, grammatical and theological method of interpretation. The application of these principles is drawn specifically from the Old Testament scriptures. The course is designed to provide ministry leaders with a method to properly interpret the Bible.  

Applications in Organizational Leadership | 3 credits; 5 weeks

A capstone module designed to allow students to integrate the various principles of the program with actual vocational environments. Case study analysis provides the basis for connecting ministry leadership objectives to vocational experiences. A special session is conducted on vocational search for leadership positions in ministry, service, or not-for- profit organizations. Completion of previous course work is necessary for successful completion of this course.  

Career Paths

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A Bachelor of Science in Ministry Leadership can lead you into various career paths:

  • Pastorate
  • Missions
  • Worship Leader
  • Non-profit leadership
  • Volunteerism
  • and more!

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