Program Overview

Lee University offers a variety of degree programs to give students a working knowledge of the necessary skills involved in the workforce. A Ministry Leadership degree with a Pastoral Emphasis is a program that may be ideal for any student aspiring to work in a church, become a priest, or teach religion.

The degree is broken up into 5 sections to ensure students a well-rounded education. The first section is the Religion Core. Student will be required to complete 18 credit hours in these classes. The next section is dedicated to the General Education Core. This section requires 42 credit hours and has several subsections. The 3rd section is for Ministry Leadership Specialty Area, in which students are required to take 30 credit hours of classes. The 4th section is for the Pastoral Ministry Emphasis of the degree in which students are required to take 24 credits. Some of the courses involved in these classes are: Introduction to Christian Ethics, Conflict Management and Problem Solving, and Legal Foundation for Church Leaders.

General electives must also be taken, and will encompass six credits. Students have the option to further personalize the degree by choosing two 3-credit courses outside the realm of religion and ministry leadership. These courses may be found in the Lee University course catalog. For further assistance in choosing these courses, student may consult with university academic advisors.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Bachelor

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

    School Overview

    Lee University is a four-year private school located in Cleveland, Tennessee. The school was established in 1918 as a Bible Training School until 1947 when the name was changed to Lee College. The school was granted university status in 1997. Lee has become one of the largest Christ-centered private institutions in Tennessee and the largest in the Appalachian College Association.

    Lee University offers bachelor’s degrees, master’s degrees, and post-master certificates. Academic programs are made up of four colleges and schools:

    • College of Arts & Sciences
    • Helen DeVos College of Education
    • School of Music
    • School of Religion

    Online classes are offered through the division of Adult Learning using a program called Moodle. Courses are offered fully online, in an intensive format (hybrid online and onsite mix), or fully onsite at Lee education centers. Several undergraduate and graduate degrees are offered completely online, as well as certificates in ministry.


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