What Can Wave Leadership College Do For Me?

At Wave Leadership College you will get:

A first-class, accredited associate of ministry degree
A Christian community of friends and support
Hands on leadership experience

So that you can:

Have a firm foundation for your next step in higher education
Build your capacity to fulfill God’s calling for your life
Lead others with excellence
Find success in your vocational and occupational goals
Understand why you believe what you believe to build longevity and effectiveness in ministry

Where Can I Get More Information About Wave Leadership College?

Our phone number is 757-401-6125. You can also reach out to us using the text box below.

What Type Of Degree Will I Earn At Wave Leadership College?

Wave Leadership College graduates earn an accredited Associate of Ministry degree, with concentration options: Pastoral Leadership, Professional Leadership, Christian Scholarship, Worship Leadership, Community Care & Counsel, or Media & Arts.

Credits earned at WLC are transferrable to major Christian universities like Regent University, Liberty University, and Southeastern University in order to further your education.

What Does WLC Believe?

To learn more about WLC’s beliefs, visit our Beliefs page

Do I Have To Be A Christian To Attend WLC?

Wave Leadership College is preparing students with educated minds and compassionate hearts to better equip them for successful life and leadership. We believe mentorship, direct ministry and community service is the method to provide the strongest foundation for life. We ask that all students fully immerse themselves in a local Christian church community and be open to allowing God to lead them in this college season.

Is Housing Available?

Yes! Wave Leadership College has a partnership with Arbor Trace Apartments where students live and enjoy community, dorm style.  The apartments are conveniently located just 3 miles away from our campus and another 3 miles away from the Virginia Beach Oceanfront.  Students may use their financial aid benefits to pay for housing.  For more information, contact

Does WLC Accept International Students?

Yes! We believe that international students impact and shape the learning experience in and outside of the classroom. WLC is committed to serving international students because we know that having a global community is significant. For more information, please visit our international students page.

What Kind Of Involvement Does The School Have With The Community?

We believe mentorship, direct ministry and community service is the method to truly equip students for life and leadership. Our confirmation of this methodology is demonstrated by our uncommonly high retention and graduation rates.

We ask all that all students fully immerse themselves in a local Christian church community and participate in the various community activities initiated by their senior leadership.

WLC also has a strong partnership with Wave Church, giving students the opportunity to be on the forefront of change within their community by joining their regular outreach programs and events. Just to name a few, WLC students are able to participate in: Wave City Care’s Shine Girl and Man-Power mentorship programs in the local public school system and an annual School Makeover.

It is the mission of WLC to equip Christian leaders to build the local church and transform their communities for the glory of God. We believe that the local church is God’s plan for supporting the community. It is our desire that all students participate in supporting their community via their local church.

Can I Still Attend My Local Church If I Decide To Study At Wave Leadership College?

Yes! Our mission is to equip Christian leaders to build the local church and transform their communities for the glory of God. Whatever local church you are a part of, we want to help you gain the tools you need to be an effective contributor to that vision under the leadership of your senior pastor.


When Are Applications Due?

Wave Leadership College accepts applications on an ongoing basis. We suggest that get your application in as early as possible to give our Admissions Committee plenty of time to review your submission and give you a decision well before scholarship decisions are made and class registration opens. New incoming students are accepted twice a year, Fall semester (in August) or Spring semester (in January).

Incoming students, who have been accepted, are able to register for classes once registration opens.  We suggest applying for admission as soon as you feel led so that you have the opportunity to pick the schedule you want!  Call or text with any questions: 757-401-6127.

How Do I Apply?

Click the “apply now” button below and fill out the application form provided. After we receive your initial application, we will need copies of official transcripts from each institution you have attended. The Admissions Committee will conduct a background check and will call your provided reference.  To follow up on an application, or for any questions, please call or text: 757-401-6127

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Is There An Application Fee?

Wave Leadership College charges a $35 application fee. Often, there are opportunities to waive your application fee by visiting our campus and meeting with one of our Admissions Counselors. Contact us to schedule your visit!  757-401-6127 (call or text)

How Do I Get My High School Transcript?

Simply contact your school’s guidance office to request an official copy of your transcript. If you are currently in high school, you may request an official “in progress” transcript for the Admissions Committee to consider your application. Please have them send it directly to Wave Leadership College: 1000 N. Great Neck Road Virginia Beach, VA 23454 ATTN: Registrar By email:

How Do I Schedule A Visit Before I Apply?

We’d love to have you sit in on a class with our students, meet with the registrar and talk out your personal class schedule, and hang with some of our students. Click here to schedule a visit.  Or call or text: 757-401-6127.


Is Attendance Required In Classes?

Yes. Students are expected to attend and be on time for all classes, and active participation in class meetings is essential to learning. Occasional absences may be necessary due to circumstances beyond the student’s control. Because classes meet only once each week, four absences in a 16-week semester will cause students to miss significant instructional time and will be considered excessive.

Tell Me About The Night Program!

Our night program is tailored to students who have a commitment to a 40 hour per week job.

Night program students commit to three years, three nights per week, and have access to the same level of community, support, and leadership development as our day program offers.

Night program students run their own chapel, experience face-to-face academics, study in our library, participate in LEAP, and more.

To enroll in our Night Program, please make that designation in our application for admission.

How Often Do Classes Meet?

Each Wave Leadership College class meets one day a week, in person. Our convenient schedule allows most students to take one day a week off of school and provides enough options and flexibility to work around a part-time job.

Our night program is offered three nights per week, and allows students to continue working their full-time jobs.

Do I Need A Computer?

You will need access to your Wave Leadership College email address and will need to submit assignments to your professors digitally. If you don’t have your own computer, Wave Leadership College conveniently allows access to PC’s in the library and Mac Computers in the Computer Lab. Students are also able to use the library printer with their student ID number.

What Is The Class Experience Like?

Wave Leadership College offers you the opportunity to earn your Associate of Ministry degree under the influence of caring professors and a supportive staff. Your biblical and theological studies, general education classes, and professional development electives are all presented with a biblical perspective and in small class sizes. All of our classes are taught in a face to face environment. Each class is offered one day a week.

How Do I Access The Most Recent Class Schedule?

To view our most current course schedule click below.
View Current Course Schedule

How do I Access The Academic Calendar?

To access our most current Academic Calendar click below.
Academic Calendar

What Is LEAP?

Leadership Experience and Practicum (LEAP) is a class and practical experience! We believe hands on experience gives students the ability to practice the principles they learn within the classroom. Students work together, according to their track to solve problems, lead each other, and try out new ministry concepts. Students take 4 LEAP courses within the structure of WLC’s Associate of Ministry degree, depending on their interest.

LEAP students also have the distinct opportunity to serve as the base foundation of one conference per semester.  If you’ve been to Devoted or Wave Conference, you’ve seen our students in full force – paving the way as servant leaders.  Each LEAP class is one credit toward the Associate of Ministry degree.

Wave Leadership College has been nationally recognized for our exceptional skills-based learning opportunities.  Our students leave here prepared for life and prepared to lead.

How Do I Find The Course Descriptions?

To view course descriptions, visit any one of the Professional Development Electives found on the Academics page. Once there, click the arrow to read more about featured courses.

How Much Homework Should I Expect?

College courses require intentional time set aside for reading, studying, and working on assignments. Your instructor will provide you with a syllabus at the start of each semester’s class. This syllabus will be your map of assignments and reading due throughout the semester. You should plan to devote a minimum of 3 hours per week, outside of class time, to each individual class you are taking.


Can I Transfer Credits From Another School?

Transfer credits from other institutions may be accepted with the following conditions and stipulations:

The student must have earned a grade of a C or higher in the courses to be transferred
Credits must have been earned within ten calendar years prior to the semester for which the application is made
Transfer courses must be undertaken at an accredited institution (regional or recognized national accreditation)
Transfer courses of biblical or theological nature must be undertaken at an institution that upholds a statement of faith similar to WLC.
Student must submit an official transcript from each institution

Can I Transfer AP, IB Classes Or CLEP Credits?

Wave Leadership College is happy to accept earned college credit through AP, IB classes or CLEP testing. All potential credits are evaluated by the office of our Academic Dean before they are accepted as transfer credit. We encourage you to contact that office even before you apply!

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Can I Transfer In International Credits Earned?

Yes! All transcripts that are not from an American institution must be evaluated. A course-by-course evaluation is required and the transcript must be converted to the American Grade Point Average system and English Language. For more information, please visit our international student page.

What Kind Of Degree Do You Get From The Program? Where Can It Take Me? Can I Only Become A Pastor With My Degree?

Wave Leadership College offers an accredited Associate of Ministry Degree. The experience you gain in the program can take you anywhere, not just ministry. The associate degree we offer covers basic leadership in all aspects of life. Students have gone into full time ministry after graduating but have also taken the degree into the professional business and the production world. Every Christian is a leader. Every Christian has a calling. Whether your calling is to full-time church ministry, the nonprofit charitable sector, or entrepreneurship, the fulfillment of your calling depends on the level of your equipping.

Wave Leadership College has been nationally recognized for being ahead of the curve in “skills-based learning”.  Our students leave here truly prepared for life and prepared to lead.

Does WLC Offer Concurrent/Dual Enrollment For High School Students? If So What Would That Look Like?

High school students, start your college story by taking one of our afternoon or evening classes at Wave Leadership College! High school students receive a huge discount off WLC’s regular tuition: Only $235 per 3-credit course. Apply today!

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Tuition And Financial Aid

How Much Is Tuition?

Tired of seeing how expensive college is? Wondering how you could ever pay for it without borrowing so much money that won’t be paid off until you’re a grandparent? Wave Leadership College understands and is dedicated to providing our students with a great education at a reasonable price. Wave Leadership College tuition and fees are in the same price range as in-state community colleges. Not only can you afford to attend Wave Leadership College, with our prices, you can’t afford not to.  Current tuition at Wave Leadership College is $275 per credit hour, plus semester fees.  All students who stay enrolled in 10 credits or more, are automatically eligible for our Dedicated Scholar Discount.
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Will I Be Able To Pay For Tuition In Installments?

We offer the option to make monthly auto debit payments each semester. The fee to enter our payment plan is $50 per semester. Payment scheduling must be made with Business & Financial Aid Coordinator, Amy Steffel, before the start of classes.

We strongly encourage all students to contact the Wave Leadership College Financial Aid office to see if they are eligible for tuition assistance. If you haven’t already submitted your FAFSA, it is important to do so right away.

Whom Should I Contact For Information About Financial Aid?

Wave Leadership College’s financial director is Amy Steffel. You can contact her directly with any financial aid questions, even before you apply! If you haven’t already submitted your FAFSA, it is important to do so right away. We strongly encourage all students to contact the Wave Leadership College Financial Aid office to see if they are eligible for tuition assistance.

What Type Of Scholarships Does Wave Leadership College Offer?

We keep our tuition costs low so that all students seeking ministry and leadership training will experience what it feels like to be on scholarship.

All students who maintain at least 10 credit hours per semester automatically receive our “Dedicated Scholar Discount” which gives a significant savings per class.

Wave Leadership College will also match a gift from your church to go toward tuition, up to $500 per semester (for full-time students only).

To learn about some additional scholarship opportunities WLC offers visit our Scholarships page.

What Is WLC’s school FASFA Code?

WLC’s institution code is 042415. If you haven’t already submitted your FAFSA, it is important to do so right away. We strongly encourage all students to contact Amy Steffel, in the Wave Leadership College Financial Aid office, to see if they are eligible for tuition assistance.

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