Program Overview

Preparing students for employment within a church or graduate school focusing on Biblical Studies, Theology, or Ministry, is the Bachelor of Professional Leadership with a Concentration in Christian Leadership. Offered by Southwestern Christian University, students wishing to start their career without the need for graduate studies may be interested in employment working in youth ministry, pastoral ministry, church administration, or as a Christian education coordinator. Certain denominations require licensure or ordination to work in ministry.

Graduates of the program can expect to create a set of biblically based principles for ethical leadership, develop and identify professional and personal goals, and be able to construct a strategy meeting the needs of various organizations. Some of the courses students may take include Principle of Biblical Interpretation, Contemporary Preaching, and Strategic Planning.

Southwestern Christian University is a private, liberal arts school committed to providing its students with a place where Christ can be the center of learning. SCU’s aims to prepare students for a life and career devoted to serving God.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Bachelor

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

    Accelerated Degree: No

    Accreditation & Licensing

    North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission


    High school transcripts. SAT/ACT scores.

    School Overview

    Southwestern Christian University is a four-year, private liberal arts institution of higher education located in Bethany, Oklahoma, that is affiliated with the Pentecostal Holiness Church. The school was originally founded in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, in 1946. First, SCU operated as a junior college and was known as Southwestern Bible College. The school grew to be the largest within the Pentecostal Holiness Church. In 1981, the university moved to its current location and revamped the institution’s mission. The school downsized the large junior college atmosphere and focused on becoming a Ministry training college. As a result, the school changed its name to Southwestern College of Christian Ministries. However, in the early 2000s, with the addition of graduate programs and expanded areas of specialization in the late 1990s, the school adopted its current name.

    Southwestern Christian University offers degree programs at the associate’s, bachelor’s, and master’s degree level within the following schools:

    • Adult Studies and Online Studies
    • Humanities and Education
    • Graduate Studies
    • Professional Studies

    Southwestern Christian University also supports the bachelor's degrees offered completely online.


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