2023-2024 Catalog


BS - Mission-Driven Leadership

The Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Mission-Driven Leadership provides a focus on leadership and mission primarily within Gospel-centered organizations, including churches, Christian non-profits, and other parachurch organizations. The program is also highly relevant in other organizational contexts, especially for leaders or organizational members who are faith-based or positively faith-leaning in their perspectives. The program combines relevant education in ministry concepts, leadership, and biblical studies to provide personal and professional development for leaders in any of these organizations. Key components of the program include attention to the student’s sense of personal calling, a focus on character development as the basis of effective leadership, fit or purpose within the organization and the larger community, and integration of site-based mission-fulfillment labs, which provide students the opportunity to apply their classroom knowledge in a local missional setting through experiential discovery and learning.

The Bachelor of Science with a major in Mission-Driven Leadership also offers its graduates the opportunity to utilize IWU’s credit crossover policy to achieve advanced standing toward a Master of Public Administration, Master of Arts with a major in Organizational Leadership, Master of Science with a major in Management, or Master of Business Administration depending upon election of courses in the Bachelor’s level program.

Upon completion of the Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Mission-Driven Leadership, students will be able to:

  • Integrate sound interpretation methods for using the Bible and theology for effective leadership and management in the organization and mission. 
  • Demonstrate effective leadership and management practices for mission-driven organizations. 
  • Demonstrate effective knowledge, skills, and abilities to organize, lead, and multiply missional initiatives that engage multiple constituencies. 
  • Synthesize a cohesive perspective on life calling, self-leadership, and career within the context of faith-oriented and mission-driven organizations. 

Admission Requirements

The admission requirements for the Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Mission-Driven Leadership offered through the College of Adult and Professional Studies are as follows: 

  • Proof of high school graduation or GED certification. 
  • Original transcripts from all previous college or university study at a college or university that is accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by both the U.S. Department of Education (ED) and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). 
  • Prior completion of at least 60 transferable credit hours is required before the student is eligible to start a bachelor core program.

Transfer/Assessed Credit Policy

Transfer credit for degree requirements for undergraduate programs within the College of Adult and Professional Studies may be granted as follows: 

  • Credit must have been earned at a college or university that is accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by both the U.S. Department of Education (ED) and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) with a minimum grade of "C." 
  • Courses must be approved by the Division of Leadership & Followership Studies. 
  • Credit documented on a JST or CCAF transcript for training received in any MOS, NEC system, AFSC, and Coast Guard Ratings. 
  • Assessed credit for degree requirements may be granted through IWU's assessment of prior learning.

Graduation Requirements

To graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Mission-Driven Leadership, DeVoe School of Business, Technology, & Leadership, College of Adult and Professional Studies at Indiana Wesleyan University, the following requirements must be met:

  • Completion of 120 semester hours.
  • Completion of the required core courses with a GPA of 2.25 or higher.
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.00 or higher.
  • Completion of 30 hours of general education requirements as specified (General Education Requirements).
  • Payment of all tuition and fees is required to receive a diploma.

BS - Mission-Driven Leadership - Program of Study

Foundational Courses

LDR-201Foundations of Life Calling


MDL-201Christian Spiritual Formation for Leaders and Followers


Biblical & Theological Studies Courses

MDL-211Bible Study Methods for Leaders and Followers


MDL-221Biblical Doctrine Survey for Leaders and Followers


Faith-Based Mission Courses

MDL-341Care and Counsel in the Congregational Context


MDL-351Financial Management in the Non-Profit Organizational


MDL-371Disciple-Making Practices for Christian Leaders and Followers


MDL-406Communicating the Biblical Message in the Church, the Classroom, and the Marketplace


MDL-456Contemporary Ministry Models for the Church and the Marketplace


Leadership Courses



LDR-365Foundations of Organizational Behavior


LDR-385Leading Groups and Teams


LDR-405Developing Others As Leaders


Capstone Course

LDR-490Capstone in Service and Leadership


Total Credit Hours:42

Mission Labs Courses

Students may complete up to 15 credit hours in experiential learning at the Bachelor’s level by completing mission labs. Each lab may be completed up to two times. 9 credit hours may have been completed for AS- Mission-Driven Leadership. Any labs completed at the Associate's level counts towards restrictions on the number of times a specific lab can be completed.
LDR-111Mission-Driven Leadership Lab 1 - Self Leadership


LDR-211Mission-Driven Leadership Lab 2 - Congregational or Organizational Leadership


LDR-311Mission-Driven Leadership Lab 3 - Technology and Trends


LDR-411Mission-Driven Leadership Lab 4 - Community or Global Leadership



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