The Bachelor of Science in Ministry Leadership (B.S.M.L.) provides you with a biblical and practical foundation for ministry through courses in ministry leadership, congregational dynamics and ministry practice. This degree program is ideal for you if you are actively involved in the local church, parachurch or other Christian organizations.

Professional Internship

Apply your classroom work in ministry settings under the supervision of a Moody faculty member and a qualified professional Christian mentor.


You can choose from three concentrations to develop skills in your common area of interest:

In the leadership concentration, you will acquire biblically informed skills for leadership in the local church and parachurch organizations. You will learn to develop organizational structures and become familiar with biblical principles and practices essential to effective ministry leadership.

In the preaching concentration, you will be equipped to compose and deliver biblically based sermons. You will learn to formulate relevant expository messages from multiple genres of biblical leadership.

In the women’s ministry concentration, you will learn to organize and lead church and parachurch programs that disciple, counsel, and teach women. You will also develop an understanding of a biblical theology of women in ministry, as well as studying effective organizational structures for ministries serving women in various life stages.

Purpose and Outcomes

Program Purpose

The B.S.M.L. is designed to provide a theological and practical foundation for ministry through courses in ministry leadership, congregational dynamics, leadership development and ministry practice.  

The B.S.M.L. is created for students who: 

  • want to pursue academic goals and keep commitments to family, work and church
  • are actively involved in the local church, parachruch and other Christian organizations

Student Learning Outcomes

 At the completion of the B.S.M.L. you will be able to: 

  • integrate biblical interpretation into the practice of ministry and everyday life
  • create a philosophy of ministry leadership
  • implement plans to foster ongoing character and leadership development
  • analyze situations in ministry from multiple vantage points


Degree Requirements

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Program Core

BI 1103Reading the Old Testament4
BI 1104Reading the New Testament4
BI 2201Interpreting Scripture3
BI 4406Interpreting Romans for Teaching3
ED 3340Marriage and Family Systems3
GSU 1107Foundations of Learning3
GSU 1115The Story and Structure of the Bible3
GSU 2203Self and Social Identity in Christianity4
PS 3310The Church and Its Ministries3
PS 3330Communication of Biblical Truth3
PS 3342Ministry Leadership and Staff Relationships3
PS 3382The Care of the Ministry Leader's Soul3
PS 4410The Church and the Community3
PS 4463Cultural Dynamics of Congregational Ministry3
TH 1105The Old Testament and Theology3
TH 1106The New Testament and Theology3
ED or PSConcentration courses12


Leadership Concentration 
ED 3309Principles of Leadership3
ED 3314Principles of Administration3
ED 3366People Helping Skills3
ED 4424Practices of Leadership3

Preaching Concentration 
PS 3340Theological Exposition3
PS 4430Development and Delivery of Narrative Messages3
PS 4433Evangelistic Messages3
PS 4440Structure and Style in Biblical Exposition3

Women's Ministry Concentration 
PS 2253Theology and Philosophy of Ministry to Women3
PS 2264Contemporary Strategies of Ministry to Women3
PS 3312Mentoring and Discipling Women3
PS 3322Ministry to Women in Pain3

General Studies Requirements

General Studies Core  
GSU 1110College Writing3
GSU 1112Research Writing3
GSU 2202Introduction to Critical Thinking3
Academic Disciplines  
Critical Thinking and Math 3
Oral and Written Communication 3
Social and Behavioral Sciences 9
Humanities 6
Open Electives 27


Total Credits



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