Southeastern University in Lakeland, Florida partners with City First Church to offer students an affordable, accredited*, Christ-centered educational experience. With flexible class options and hands-on learning opportunities, Southeastern University provides students with a pathway to discover and develop their divine design.
Southeastern University’s Associate of Arts (AA) degree is created for students seeking an advanced curriculum without a declared field of study. This two-year, online program consists of 62 credit hours, with 50* credit hours designated to Foundational Core studies, such as courses in general education, biblical studies, and faith integration. Students must also complete 12 credit hours of general electives. With an AA degree, students have the necessary knowledge to continue their education with an advanced degree or pursue jobs such as a junior designer, human resources assistant, marketing assistant, or administrative assistant.
*The Foundational Core Program includes the core learning components commonly accepted as foundational for a four-year baccalaureate degree by many colleges and universities. However, many bachelor degrees require specific prerequisites. Students should verify how their AA degree and classes transfer into their intended degree.
Southeastern University's Associate of Ministerial Leadership is an online degree that allows students to develop their knowledge of theology, the Bible, spiritual development, church ministry, leadership principles, and ecclesiastical operations. Students satisfy the credentialing requirements of ordination through the Assemblies of God as part of the program. All courses are transferable into Southeastern’s Bachelor of Science in Ministerial Leadership.
The Bachelor of Science in Ministerial Leadership — Biblical Studies track (BSMLB) provides a broad, robust foundation in theology, the Bible, spiritual development, church ministry, leadership principles, and ecclesiastical operations. This online program is a total of 122 credit hours, including 56 credit hours for Foundational Core courses, 24 credit hours of general electives, and 42 credit hours of ministerial leadership core courses. The final 18 hours of the BSMLB major core focuses on advanced study, interpretation, and application of the Bible in the context of the local church.
The Bachelor of Science in Ministerial Leadership — Christian Ministry track (BSMLM) provides a broad, robust foundation in theology, the Bible, spiritual development, church ministry, leadership principles, and ecclesiastical operations. This online program is a total of 122 credit hours. Fifty-six credit hours are designated to Foundational Core education in addition to 24 credit hours of general electives and 42 credit hours of ministerial leadership core courses. The final 18 hours of the BSMLM major core focuses on key pastoral competencies: sharing the Christian faith, preaching, church leadership, spiritual formation, and pastoral care.
The Bachelor of Science in Ministerial Leadership — Pastoral Care and Counseling track (BSMLP) provides a broad, robust foundation in theology, the Bible, spiritual development, church ministry, leadership principles, and ecclesiastical operations. This online program is a total of 122 credit hours: 56 credit hours for Foundational Core courses, 24 credit hours of general electives, and 42 credit hours of ministerial leadership core courses. The final 18 hours of the BSMLP major core is an interdisciplinary study in psychology, counseling, and pastoral care.
The Bachelor of Science in Ministerial Leadership — Worship Ministries track (BSMLW) provides a broad, robust foundation in theology, the Bible, spiritual development, church ministry, leadership principles, and ecclesiastical operations. This online program is a total of 122 credit hours: 56 credit hours for Foundational Core courses, 24 credit hours of general electives, and 42 credit hours of ministerial leadership core courses. The final 18 hours of the BSMLW focuses on preparing students to serve as worship pastors through studies in music theory, worship leadership, music composition, sound production, and music performance.
A Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership degree is suitable for those who desire to start or advance their career as a leader of a non-profit or business organization. Students will develop a strong understanding of leadership theories and practices that guide successful businesses. They will also have the opportunity to choose a minor to strengthen their skill set and gain an advantage in the marketplace such as a minor in business or journalism. This online program is a total of 120 credit hours: 56 credit hours for Foundational Core courses, and 37 credit hours of organizational leadership core courses, and 27 credit hours of general electives.
The Bachelor of Science in Psychology degree provides students with fundamentals in psychological and integration principles. Topics of study include personality, development, abnormal psychology, research methods, and more. Students will learn to incorporate their Christian faith into their work and prepare for paraprofessional fields that require a psychology or behavioral science degree. In addition, they will participate in supervised field experience and conduct and report empirical research in the field. This degree is also ideal for a student considering pursuing a master’s degree in a helping profession such as counseling. This online program is a total of 123 credit hours: 56 credit hours for Foundational Core courses, and 41 credit hours of psychology major core courses, 9 credit hours of psychology electives, and 17 credit hours of general electives.
Southeastern University’s Master of Arts (Theological Studies) degree is a 48 credit hour online program that provides a broad understanding of the systematic, historical, biblical, ethical, and practical theologies. Courses also cover how to interact critically with affirming and opposing theories. Graduates will gain sound theological education for church ministry or for teaching at secondary academies or at an undergraduate college level in the field of theological studies.
Southeastern University’s online Master of Divinity (MDiv) degree prepares students for ministry in professional settings and for doctoral education by providing a comprehensive understanding of theological commitments and practices of the church. Students will receive a strong foundation in various theological disciplines from a Pentecostal perspective, interact critically with affirming and opposing theories, and practice and reflect on theological commitments within various ministerial areas.
The Master of Science in Pastoral Care and Counseling degree uses theological principles and advanced counseling techniques to promote spiritual, emotional, physical and mental wholeness through Bible-based counseling and pastoral care. This online program consists of 36 credit hours, six of which are practicum courses.
Note: Although the completion of this program may provide the credentials for career advancement within students’ church or private sector, it does not lead to state licensure as a clinical professional. Students are responsible for understanding their state’s pastoral counseling rules regarding a dispensation or exemption for clergy or those operating under the umbrella of a cognizable denomination or a church.
Tuition covers the cost of your classes only; books and fees are additional. Tuition is charged per credit hour. Tuition listed is based on 15 credits per semester (for 2 semesters) with the practicum scholarship applied.
Technology Fee: $350.00
The technology fee covers the cost of facilitating online classes. This is a flat rate per year.
Southeastern University is a Christ-centered institution of higher learning, based in Lakeland, Florida.
We are committed to providing a Christian college education designed to equip the next generation to go into the world as influential servant leaders in their careers and their communities.
We extend this mission by partnering with churches and organizations to reach students where they live and work.
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“The difference in the experience I had between a secular university and my
experience at SEU is incomparable. SEU is an AMAZING school. Praise Jesus!”
“I’m so thankful for my professors who, even though were all online, cared
and were very understanding.”
“I love Southeastern University! The staff, professors, and classes have
exceeded my expectations.”
“I am blessed to have been a part of this program. Looking back, I know that
I heard God clearly when He said to go to SEU. He has blessed me with so much
while I was here.”
“Being a student at an SEU extension site allowed me to once again feel
comfortable and confident in school. I had so many opportunities to grow.
SEU was the perfect example of God's timing and it was the
perfect college for me in this season.”
“I went through a dark season of just feeling hopeless and lost. At my SEU
extension site, our pastor was there for me, and there is such a close-knit
community. Both really encouraged me.”
“SEU is so Christ-centered. This is my first time experiencing a faith-based
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*Council for Christian Colleges & Universities, 2017–2018 data
**according to The Chronicle of Higher Education
Southeastern University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award associate,
baccalaureate, masters, and doctorate degrees. Degree-granting institutions also may offer credentials such as certificates and diplomas at
approved degree levels. Questions about the accreditation of Southeastern University may be directed in writing to the Southern Association of Colleges
and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097, by calling (404) 679-4500, or by using information available
on SACSCOC’s website (www.sacscoc.org).
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however, we are unable to confirm the specific licensure and certification requirements of each state, territory, or foreign entity in which professional credentialing may be possible. If you intend to pursue such credentialing in your state or elsewhere, we advise you to contact the applicable state credentialing authority to familiarize yourself with its specific requirements and determine if our program meets its academic criteria. You are welcome to
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