Online A.S. Mission-Driven Leadership

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Overview of the Mission-Driven Leadership Program

Lead the way upward.

Visionary church leadership capable of motivating communities toward a common goal requires intentional training. This IWU program provides one degree pathway for Christian leadership in many settings.

The Associate of Science Mission-Driven Leadership (ASMDL) program prepares students to step into leadership roles within churches, nonprofit organizations, or other faith-based contexts. Churches and nonprofit faith-based organizations require leaders to achieve a mission. For a church, reaching communities with the good news of Jesus Christ and discipling them takes vision and clear communication. At nonprofits, the mission is as unique as the organization, but strategic planning and communication is needed to accomplish clear goals set by a visionary leader.

Why a degree in Mission-Driven Leadership?

A visionary Christian leader is not just born, training in spiritual formation as a ministry leader provides long term benefits. A Mission-Driven Leadership degree offers practical tools in seeing Christian ministry visions systematically fulfilled. Training leaders in church ministries settings or in an existing nonprofit organization, right where they are already ministering, helps them communicate a vision effectively with efficient implementation of steps toward fulfillment of the vision for the local church and beyond.

Classes focus on self-analysis and growth, like the Foundations of Life Calling which helps dial in your vision. Lab classes utilize your current role in leadership, with the support of a mentor, to help develop skills in implementation. A degree in Mission-Driven Leadership offers a sure approach to growing your influence as a Christian leader.

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You’ll Learn To…

  • Utilize fundamental biblical and theological concepts for leadership and management in the organization and mission.
  • Demonstrate foundational leadership and management practices.
  • Demonstrate basic knowledge, skills, and abilities to organize, lead, and multiply missional initiatives that engage multiple constituencies.
  • Articulate a foundational perspective on life calling, self-leadership, and career within the context of faith- oriented and mission-driven organizations.

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60 Total
$309/ Credit Hour *

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


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


Here is the list of courses required to complete the program. Full course descriptions may be viewed by clicking on the course titles. For further information, feel free to contact us.

9 Core Courses

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.



Click on each section to expand the different requirements for this program. If you have any questions about the admissions process, feel free to contact one of our admissions representatives at 1-866-498-4968.

  • Proof of high school graduation or GED certification.

  • Completion of 60 semester hours.
  • Completion of the required core courses with a GPA of 2.0 or higher.
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.00 or higher.
  • Completion of 24 hours of general education requirements as specified (General Education Requirements).
  • Payment of all tuition and fees is required to receive a diploma.


The AS Mission Driven Leadership at Indiana Wesleyan University has many convenient starts throughout the year. Listed below are the next available starts. If you don’t see a start that fits your schedule, connect with our enrollment team to see more future starts.


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

*Effective 07-01-2023 through 06-30-2024