Online Associate's - Christian Ministry

“The focus of this program is to develop entry-level ministers for local churches and parachurch organizations.”

- Paul Garverick


Overview of the Christian Ministry Online Associate Program

Online or Onsite

Indiana Wesleyan University's Associate of Science with a major in Christian Ministries degree program is offered in an online format and may also be offered onsite at locations in Indiana and Kentucky. The program meets many academic and practicum requirements for licensing and/or ordination in many denominations. Within The Wesleyan Church, the degree fulfills five of six academic requirements for district licensure and over half of the academic requirements for ordination.

This program provides a foundational basis for students desiring to continue their education at IWU to complete a bachelor's degree in this discipline. The courses contained in this associate program will satisfy 24 hours out of the 30 general education hours required at the bachelor level and will also apply toward the 120 hour degree requirement.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Apply a Christian & Biblical worldview with a Wesleyan-Arminian Perspective to basic ministry tasks.
  • Demonstrate entry level ministry skills for local church and parachurch organizations.
  • Exhibit Christlike motivations, dispositions, and character through spiritual formation for ongoing spiritual and ministerial health.
  • Apply leadership skills within a local church context.


Indiana Wesleyan University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC),, 312-263-0456. Other accreditations and associations of Indiana Wesleyan University are available at


Tuition & Financial Aid

Tuition & Fees*

Status Credit Hours Tuition
Non-Pastor 60 Total $299 / credit hour
Pastor1 60 Total 25% Discount Per Credit Hour
Wesleyan Pastor2 60 Total 45% Discount Per Credit Hour

1 A "pastor" must hold an official pastoral title from their church or para-church organization. They shall be directly accountable to either a local administrative board, District Superintendent, Bishop, or Pastor.
2 A "Wesleyan pastor" is an individual who is under appointment through The Wesleyan Church.

The total cost of the program, including tuition, books, eBooks and fees, will be determined prior to your enrollment. The cost will be divided into several payments spread over the course of the program. Course textbooks will be shipped to you before each course begins. The cost of books increases for shipments outside of the 48 contiguous United States.

The total credit hours and per-credit-hour costs listed above are effective for the core program. For prerequisite or other required courses if applicable, students will need to pay for appropriate tuition, materials, and any additional fees. Costs may change if you withdraw from the program and restart in a future program at a later date.

Financial Aid

Financial aid is available in the form of grants, loans, scholarships, veterans benefits, and even employer reimbursement.

For information about financial aid, call 800-621-8667, ext. 2516, visit our financial aid website, or email



Below is the list of courses required to complete the program. Courses are generally taken sequentially, one at a time, until the program is complete. Full course descriptions may be viewed by clicking on the course titles below. For further information, feel free to contact us.

Foundational Course - 3 credit hours required


General Education - 24 credit hours required

View a full list of General Education Course Descriptions

  • Written Communication - 6 credit hours
  • Oral Communication - 3 credit hours
  • Mathematics - 3 credit hours
  • Natural Science - 3 credit hours
  • General Psychology(PSY 150) - 3 credit hours
  • Arts and Humanities - 3 credit hours
  • New Testament Introduction (BIL 112) - 3 credit hours

Core Courses - 33 credit hours required



Below are the lists of requirements for the AS in Christian Ministries program. Click on each link to expand the requirements. If you have any questions about the admissions process, feel free to contact one of our admissions representatives at 1-866-498-4968.

Admission Requirements

  • Proof of standard high school diploma or GED certification.

Graduation Requirements

  • Completion of 60 semester hours

  • Completion of the core requirements with a GPA of 2.0 or higher

  • Cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher

  • Completion of 24 hours of general education requirements as specified in the IWU Catalog (General Education Requirements)

  • Payment of all tuition and fees in order to receive a diploma.

Start Dates

Below are the program locations, upcoming dates, and meeting times for the Associate of Science in Christian Ministries program. This list is updated regularly as new classes are added.