Editor’s Choice: Online Christian Leadership and Management Degrees

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Our editors have selected what they consider to be the most reputable, accredited online colleges offering Christian leadership degrees. This is not a ranking of online Christian leadership and management programs, but a curated list of the best Christian universities offering what we consider the top online Christian leadership degrees. If you’d like to nominate a school or program not present on the list, please do so through our contact page.

Colorado Christian University

Colorado Christian University was founded in 1914 as a private interdenominational university. The main campus is situated in Lakewood, Colorado and there are other campuses throughout the state. In addition to serving more than 5,000 enrolled students on campus, Colorado Christian University offers more than 30 online programs in a variety of disciplines.

Program Overview
The Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership at Colorado Christian University prepares students for corporate and non-profit careers. This program of study involves 36 credit hours that could be completed in only two years. Each online class for the Organizational Leadership degree is about 7 weeks long. This degree focuses on developing leadership skills through extensive research and real life world applications. Students pursuing the MOL degree can also earn credits by attending National Leadership Sessions at the university’s main campus.

Accreditation
The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools accredits all of the online programs at Colorado Christian University. This organization also certifies dozens of other degrees that are offered at Colorado Christian University.

Dallas Theological Seminary

Dallas Theological Seminary (DTS) is an evangelical theological seminary that was founded in 1924 in Dallas, Texas, by Lewis Sperry Chafer. Dallas has additional campuses in the United States and Guatemala, and serves about 2,149 students. In addition, DTI is a member of the ACSI, ETA, the Jerusalem University College and the ITS.

Program Overview
Dallas Theological Seminary offers a bi-lingual online degree program for an MA in Christian Leadership. This master’s degree provides students with foundational skills in theology and practice with a specialized study in leadership. This will prepare those students by developing skills in those who may desire a senior leadership role in areas such as missions, church, market places, and parachurch organizations.

Accreditation
Dallas Theological Seminary is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, as well as the the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada.

Ecclesia College

Ecclesia College is a Christian work college in Springdale, Arkansas that is federally recognized. It was founded in 1975 by Oren Paris II, who was the father of Twila Paris. It has an enrollment of about 175 full-time students and is a member of NAICU (National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities).

Program Overview
Ecclesia College offers an online Bachelor of Christian Leadership Degree with a choice of concentration in areas such as counseling, music, business, or the Bible. It offers a well-rounded and flexible approach to prepare students to lead in ministry or to continue their education toward a master degree at other schools like Liberty, Asbury, and John Brown.

Accreditation
Ecclesia College is accredited by the Association for Biblical Higher Education (ABHE), which is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the USDE. It also has certification of its program by the Arkansas Department of Higher Education.

Evangelical Seminary

Evangelical Seminary is a seminary for evangelical students that was originally founded by the United Evangelical Church in 1894. Students can study at their own convenience on more than one campus, through convenient online programs and through hybrid campus and online programs. The school enjoys a great reputation among Christians of various denominational backgrounds.

Program Overview
Evangelical Seminary offers a Master of Arts in Christian Leadership, in a convenient online setting. This program helps equip Christians to become better leaders, combined with spiritual formation and personalized mentoring. This course allows graduates to easily function as leaders in many types of settings, from churches to non-profits and businesses.

Accreditation
Evangelical Seminary is regionally accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the Middle States Association of Schools and Colleges. The Master of Arts in Christian Leadership program is approved by the Commission on Accrediting of The Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada.

Regent University

Regent University was founded in 1978 under the leadership of Dr. M.G. “Pat” Robertston. Located in Virginia Beach, Regent University is a private, interdenominational Christian university for over 6,000 students. There are over 53 graduate and undergraduate degree programs offered on campus and online. With a unique faith based academic culture, Regent University holds true to their motto, “Christian Leadership to Change the World.”

Program Overview
A Bachelor of Arts in Leadership Studies offers a strong knowledge foundation of organization and leadership on subjects such as conflict resolution, knowledge management, ethics and decision making all with a biblical perspective. With an understanding of Christian faith integration, the program will help students know how to handle leadership roles effectively, sustainably and morally. This program is not limited to adult learners or working professionals only, however, requirements do apply for admission.

Accreditation
Regent University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

Grand Canyon University

Grand Canyon University is a private, interdenominational Christian university founded in 1949 in Arizona. With a 115-acre campus in Phoenix, Grand Canyon University offers academic, spiritual and social programs for approximately 8,500 students. Evening and online degree programs give every student a chance to excel.

Program Overview
Grand Canyon University offers several online business and leadership degree programs, including a Bachelor of Science in Business Management and a Master of Science in Leadership. Students pursuing the business management degree will take courses that focus on organizational behavior, human resources, accounting and marketing. Students pursuing a Master of Science in Leadership will explore and analyze various models of business leadership in real-world organizations.

Accreditation
Grand Canyon University got its start as Grand Canyon College, which became fully accredited in 1968 by the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education, the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and the Higher Learning Commission. The online student population has reached more than 40,000, bringing Grand Canyon University solid standing and a reputable name.

Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary

Gordon-Conwell is an evangelical seminary located in South Hamilton, Massachusetts. Though its roots go back to the 1800s, it traces its current formation to the uniting of two schools of theology, Gordon and Conwell, in 1969. Today the seminary enrolls over 2,000 students in its main Massachusetts campus and three other campuses in Boston, Charlotte, and Jacksonville.

Program Overview
Gordon-Conwell provides distance learning opportunities online via their Semlink+ courses. Enrolled students can take up to a third of their coursework online as they work toward various degrees, including the Master of Arts in Christian Leadership (MACL). The MACL degree prepares students to lead churches, youth programs and para-church organizations, equipping graduates with skills in management, communications and conflict management.

Accreditation
Gordon-Conwell is accredited by the Association of Theological Schools in the U.S. and Canada as well as the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

Hope International University

Hope International University (HIU) is a private Christian university that was founded in 1928 as Pacific Bible Seminary, was renamed in 1963 as Pacific Christian College, and took its current corporate name in 1997 when it achieved university status. It’s located in Fullerton, California and has an enrollment of about 1,700 students.

Program Overview
Hope International University has an online Master of Arts degree with a concentration in Christian Leadership, which teaches students effective leadership skills in ministry, local churches, para-churches, and Christian organizations. Categories of student learning include spiritual formation, service, Scriptural development, and ministry.

Accreditation
Hope International University is regionally accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, as well as the Association for Biblical Higher Education.

Liberty University Online

Liberty University was founded in 1971 by Jerry Falwell. Originally named Lynchburg Baptist College until 1976 when the name was changed to Liberty Baptist College. In 1984 the college received university status and the name was changed to the current, Liberty University. Nestled on 7,000 acres in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Lynchburg, Virginia, Liberty University is the largest private, non-profit university in Virginia and the largest Christian school in the world. Liberty University offers over 350 programs and has over 100,000 residential and online students.

Program Overview
Liberty University Online offers a Bachelor of Science in Christian Leadership and Management, as well as a Master of Arts in Religion with a concentration in Christian Leadership. These degree programs prepare students for leadership programs within a church or other non-profit organization with an understanding of organizational management, marketing, finance along with biblical leadership principles and strategies. The bachelor’s degree program also prepares students interested in continuing into the master’s level program.

Accreditation
Liberty University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

Lubbock Christian University

Lubbock Christian University (LCU) is a private Christian University that is associated with the Churches of Christ in Lubbock, Texas. It was established in 1957 by F.W. Mattox and has an enrollment of approximately 2,135 students and in 2010 LCU began offering degrees online.

Program Overview
Lubbock Christian University offers an online BS in Organizational Management to aid students in the growth of interpersonal skills and solving problems for success in any career. A solid structure based on Christian principles and values, this degree emphasizes effective management in any job, and prepares students with skills in communication, ethics, research techniques, and working with others.

Accreditation
Lubbock Christian University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

Luther Rice University & Seminary

Luther Rice University & Seminary (LRU) is a private Christian college and seminary. In 1962, it was founded by Robert Gee Witty with five additional pastors in Jacksonville Florida, and then in 1991 it was moved to the metro Atlanta area in Lithonia, Georgia. Its enrollment is about 1,600 students, and it is listed in the Comprehensive Guide to the Best Colleges and Universities in the U.S. as The Best Alternative Programs/Nontraditional Education for its online programs.

Program Overview
Luther Rice University & Seminary offers a Master of Arts in Christian Leadership that emphasizes key leadership concepts and important team development skills with problem resolution that will enable students to be prepared for a career as a church planter, pastor, ministry leader, missionary, or Christian business person.

Accreditation
In addition to its accreditation by the Transnational Association of Colleges and Schools (TRACS), Luther Rice University & Seminary is accredited by the ABHE (Associate of Biblical Higher Education) which is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education.

Mid-America Christian University

Originally founded in 1953 as South Texas Bible Institute, Mid-America Christian University is a private liberal arts university which currently provides education for more than 2,400 students. The university offers several online undergraduate and graduate leadership and management degree programs.

Program Overview
Mid-America Christian University offers an online Masters in Leadership with concentrations in business management, higher education administration, and public administration is also offered for students who want to advance their workplace careers. Graduate students must complete a total of 36 hours for a master’s degree in one of these business areas. Each program course can be completed on a six to eight week accelerated format.

Accreditation
Mid-America Christian University is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Missouri Baptist University

Missouri Baptist University is a private co-ed evangelical Christian university in Creve Coeur, Missouri. Established in 1957, it now has multiple satellite campuses in the Greater St. Louis area and has about 4,800 students enrolled. It began as an extension of Hannibal-LaGrange College and received its current name in August of 2002.

Program Overview
Missouri Baptist University offers an online degree in Ministry & Leadership. This degree offers a curriculum that will prepare students for a career as a chaplain, missionary, teacher, pastor, evangelist, or researcher, and covers important skills and foundations in biblical counseling, theology, discipleship, and biblical exposition.

Accreditation
Missouri Baptist University is regionally accredited by The Higher Learning Commission, which is part of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCACS).

Moody Bible Institute

Moody Bible Institute (MBI) is a Christian Institute of Higher Education founded in 1886 by Dwight Lyman Moody near Chicago. Moody also has an undergraduate campus in Washington and a graduate campus in Michigan, and has approximately 4,000 students enrolled. MBI was awarded the 2004 Course of the Year Award by the Association of Christian Continuing Education Schools and Seminaries (ACCESS) for its online course.

Program Overview
Moody Bible Institute offers an online Bachelor of Science in Ministry Leadership (B.S.M.L.). This degree gives students a biblical foundation for ministry that is practical, emphasizing leadership skills, congregational work, and the development of organization, in order to prepare students for positions that are available in local churches and Christian organizations.

AccreditationMoody Bible Institute is accredited by the Association for Biblical Higher Education and The Higher Learning Commission. Their online program is accredited by the Association of Theological Schools (ATS).

Ohio Christian University

Ohio Christian University, originally founded in 1948 as Circleville Bible College, has developed beyond its original purpose of educating future clergy into a fully accredited university offering associate, bachelor and master’s degree programs. In addition to the primary campus in Circleville, Ohio, there are several regional campuses in Ohio and Georgia as well as online learning opportunities.

Program Overview
Ohio Christian University offers an online Bachelor of Arts degree in Business with a concentration in Organizational Leadership which prepares students for positions of leadership in a modern global society by illustrating how major organizations function and how new graduates can affect positive changes within and through those institutions. In addition, OCU offers a BA in Business with a concentration in Business Management. This concentration prepares new graduates for supervisory or middle management careers in business.

Accreditation
Ohio Christian University is regionally accredited by The Higher Learning Commission, North Central Association. Additionally it holds accreditation by The Association for Biblical Higher Education.