A Message from our President

Wave Leadership College was founded with a vision to combine the best of practical ministry training and academic excellence. I believe that Christian leaders are truly equipped for God’s call when they understand the reality of ministry life and comprehend the truth of God’s Word. In the world today, there are many great Christian colleges and there are many great churches. Wave Leadership College’s partnership with Wave Church brings the best of both life-giving environments together. Wave Leadership College is located on the main campus of Wave Church, a growing congregation of many thousands, which is influencing the world for Christ one day, one year, and one life at a time. Wave Church exists to be relevant and intentional in its mission to reach the lost and show the love of Jesus to our community and to our world.

To attend Wave Leadership College is to not only receive a life-changing education; it is to learn how to serve, to connect, and to catch the life, spirit, culture, and momentum of a thriving church. My desire is for every student to take the education they receive at WLC and bring it home to make meaningful contributions to their local churches, and be equipped to go forward to plant churches and lead ministries around the world. If your heart is open and your mind is sharpened, you can’t help but catch a part of our passion and equip your destiny. Come be a part of what God is doing at Wave Leadership College!

Sincerely,
President Steve Kelly

Associate's Degree

Wave Leadership College is a thriving institution of biblical higher learning, offering an accredited Associate of Ministry Degree. Courses are offered face to face, with instructors and peers, on our campus, in small class sizes. Students enjoy an experience-rich, academically-adept environment, where mentorship is the method to equip Christian leaders for life and leadership.

Professional Development Electives

Wave Leadership College professional development electives equip students to lead in a pastoral role, digital media and the arts, management, worship, and christian scholarship. Each concentration includes 12 credit hours of classes with highly credentialed professors in the top of their field, utilizing the latest technology and research.

Students choose a track and complete freshman and sophomore years to earn their Associate of Ministry degree, on our campus, in face-to-face classrooms.

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Bachelor's Degree

Staying on our campus, students then choose a major and transfer to our SEU at Wave Leadership College program for their junior and senior years to complete their SACS accredited bachelor’s degree.


B.S. Ministerial Leadership
B. S. Business Administration
B.S. Digital Media
B.S. Psychology
B.S. Mass Communications

Leadership Experience and Practicum

Leadership Experience And Practicum (LEAP) is what makes the Wave Leadership College experience unique. Under the direction of the WLC LEAP Director, you will gain practical experience in a variety of ministry departments throughout one of our Wave Church locations or in your own local Hampton Roads church! For the period of your enrollment, you will have the opportunity to train in a different department each year. Additionally, you will attend a weekly class to learn and discuss habits and attitudes that develop great leaders.


Students work with our administration, earn LEAP credit, and participate in HomeLink all four years of the program.

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The associate’s and bachelor’s degree earned on our campus prepares you for:

  1. A successful career in ministry, leadership, media, and more.
  2. Further education such as M.A., M. Div., or M.B.A.
  3. Team building, servant leadership. self-discipline, fundraising, academic Christian thought, problem solving, event planning, evangelism, missions, exegetical research, preaching, marketing, church growth, and discipleship

What can I do with an Associate's Degree from Wave College?

1. Build a foundation for any career. We instill leadership, decision making, listening skills, care for others, time management skills, attention to detail, and effective communication skills. These are all soft skills that employers are looking for!

2. Transfer into a four year college, and beyond. We have articulation agreements with Southeastern University, Regent University, Liberty University, and more. Our students finish their bachelor’s degrees ON TIME, because we’ve prepped them with the tools they need! And, we have several graduates currently pursuing graduate degrees.

3. Gain real life experience in a variety of fields or interests. Our students complete 4 formal internships during the pursuit of their degree on our campus, with a professional mentor providing guidance along the way!

4. Earn respect as a leader, a servant leader. There are hands-on leadership opportunities in every area of college life at Wave College. If God has called you to lead, there is no better training program.

 

Degree

Associate’s and Bachelor’s

1. Students choose a track and complete freshman and sophomore years to earn their Associate of Ministry degree, on our campus, in face-to-face classrooms.

Pastoral Leadership Track
Christian Scholarship Track
Media & Arts Track
Professional Leadership Track
Worship Leadership Track
Community Care & Counsel Track

2.  Staying on our campus, students then choose a major and transfer to our SEU at Wave Leadership College program for their junior and senior years to complete their SACS accredited bachelor’s degree.

B.S. Ministerial Leadership
B. S. Business Administration
B.S. Digital Media
B.S. Psychology
B.S. Mass Communications

3.  Students work with our administration, earn LEAP credit, and participate in HomeLink all four years of the program.

The associate’s and bachelor’s degree earned on our campus prepares you for:

A successful career in ministry, leadership, media, and more
Further education such as M.A., M. Div., or M.B.A.
Team building, servant leadership. self-discipline, fundraising, academic Christian thought, problem solving, event planning, evangelism, missions, exegetical research, preaching, marketing, church growth, and discipleship

Cost

Tired of seeing how expensive college is? Wave Leadership College understands and is dedicated to providing our students with a great education at a reasonable price.

In a national ranking by the U.S. Department of Education, Wave Leadership College made the Top Ten Most Affordable on the College Affordability and Transparency List!*

*Of 2-year private not-for-profit colleges. You can view the report here: https://collegecost.edu.gov/catc/Default.aspx

Transfer In & Out

Every semester Wave Leadership College has a number of transfer students. Whether you have earned an accredited degree in a different major, or have taken classes at an accredited college, you may be able to transfer credits when enrolling at Wave Leadership College. Please contact our Academic Dean’s office with specific questions on transfer credits.

WLC has Articulation agreements which allow for transfer of credits to and from major Christian universities such as Southeastern University, Regent University, and Liberty University.

The associate’s and bachelor’s degree earned on our campus prepares you for:

A successful career in ministry, leadership, media, and more
Further education such as M.A., M. Div., or M.B.A.
Team building, servant leadership, self-discipline, fundraising, academic Christian thought, problem solving, event planning, evangelism, missions, exegetical research, preaching, marketing, church growth, and discipleship

Administration

Wave Leadership College is led by highly qualified Christian educators who have a passion for the next generation and a commitment to excellence in ministry and life. President Steve Kelly has been a pastor for over 30 years, and is known around the world for his inspiring, relevant messages that present the gospel with grace and truth. Under his ministry, tens of thousands of people have come to salvation in Christ.

Day-to-day operations of WLC are led by Executive Vice President Sarah Hummel. Sarah has served in ministry for over sixteen years, working in a variety of roles in academic, community service leadership, and volunteer organization fields, aimed at youth and young adult education and development. Sarah is passionate about equipping Christian leaders to build their local church and transform their communities for the glory of God.

LEAP

Wave Leadership College equips students with the knowledge and tools to lead in any area of life.

All students earn college credit while gaining practical leadership experience in their track/major through LEAP (Leadership Experience and Practicum) courses.  With HomeLink, students communicate and work with their local church leadership on a regular basis to stay planted and keep growing.

Wave Leadership College was recently commended by the Association for Biblical Higher Education for excellence in this exceptional ministry formation program.

Federal Aid

As a Title IV certified college, Wave Leadership College offers all students access to Federal Aid via Pell Grants and/or Direct Loans. In addition, students are eligible to apply for scholarship aid.

Housing

Wave Leadership College has partnered with Arbor Trace Apartments to provide housing for our students. The apartments are conveniently located just 3 miles away from Wave Church and another 3 miles away from the Virginia Beach Oceanfront. If you are a current student or a prospective student and you want to find out more, contact our Dean of Students at chuck.chalfant@wavecollege.edu.

Space in an apartment is available on a first come first serve basis.

The apartments are two bedrooms with one full bath and can provide housing for four students, two students to each bedroom. The units are furnished, and the semester rate includes all utilities including cable and wifi.

Each unit includes the following:
– Washer/dryer
– Stove/oven
– Refrigerator
– Dish Washer
– Microwave
– Garbage disposal
– All utilities including cable & wifi
– Renters insurance

Other highlights include:
– Quiet neighborhood
– Pool / pool changing rooms and bath
– Several picnic tables with BBQ grills
– Fitness room
– Club House open to residents Monday through Saturday
– One block from a Super Walmart and the post office
– .5 mile from Hilltop shopping center
– Approximately 5 minute drive to Wave Leadership College campus
– Newly remodeled apartments/new appliances
– Wave Leadership College RA on site to address immediate needs

$2,700 flat rate per semester. $200 registration fee for new renters.

Schedule A Visit

Take a day off school or work and see what life as a WLC student is all about. We’ll even give you a note to excuse you for the day of your responsibilities! Bring your friends and bring your parents. 

Click below to schedule your visit today! Or call/text: 757-401-6422