Christian Ministries, B.A. (Online)

Turn a calling into a career. CBU's online Bachelor of Arts in Christian Ministries degree program develops servant leaders with the tools for understanding and communicating biblical truths. 

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Program Intro

The purpose of the online Bachelor of Arts in Christian Ministries degree program is to prepare students for active leadership roles in the church, parachurch and Christian organizations.

48 Units

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16 Months to Completion

*Based on a full-time course load and prior completion of general education and elective requirements

$520 +fees Cost Per Unit

*Based on current academic year. Subject to change.

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Why Earn Your B.A. in Christian Ministries (Online) at CBU?

Gain a broad theological education

Students learn foundational building blocks to better understand biblically based theology and its positive life-changing impact on people of all walks of life. Our courses include a broad range of theological education, from the history of the Bible and Christianity to today’s most current and relevant spiritual issues.

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Program Details

Consistent with the university student outcomes, upon completion of the Bachelor of Arts in Christian Ministries degree, graduates will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate biblical literacy of the Old and New Testaments, including historical, contextual and literary parameters, and principles of biblical interpretation.
  2. Articulate the historic doctrines of the Christian faith.
  3. Analyze the people, events and ideas that have shaped the Christian church, including the Baptist tradition.
  4. Articulate the basic parameters of the Christian worldview and practice.
  5. Demonstrate the implications of commitment to Jesus Christ through development of personal character and engagement of societal and communal responsibility consistent with the biblical faith.
  6. Apply their theological commitment/foundation to the church, in both its local and global contexts, as servant leaders.

APT 482: Ministry Leadership

Ministry Leadership is a study of the nature of the church, the roles of ministry leaders, and practical strategies for leadership.

CST 300: History of Baptist Thought

An examination of Baptist history and doctrine with respect to other Christian denominations and non-denominational churches. 

CST 381: Christian Missions

An examination of the issues faced by today's Christian missionaries, including divine call, recruitment, theological issues, cultural problems, political involvement, methodology and indigenization.

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Is financial aid available to help pay for online programs?
Our online degrees offer a reputable and more affordable option for earning your bachelor’s, master's or doctorate degree. When pursuing an online degree, students are freed from the financial obligations that accompany some traditional degrees, such as room accommodations, gas and parking. Additionally, CBU has partnered with select employers to provide their employees with the opportunity to improve their career through their educational goals and receive a 20% tuition scholarship. Learn more about tuition and financial aid.

Are CBU's online programs accredited? 
California Baptist University (CBU), which includes all programs offered online, is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC). Many prospective students are uncertain about which college degrees employers or universities will accept. This regional accreditation by WSCUC means you can be confident that your CBU degree is recognized and respected by schools and companies across the country.

CBU Online has received various awards and has been ranked in the top 50 in the nation - best online bachelor’s degree category by U.S. News & World Report for 7 consecutive years.

What resources do I need to complete my degree online?
To complete your online degree, you will need access to a computer, Wi-Fi and a word processor like Microsoft Word. These are necessary to access the student learning system and complete your assignments. Some programs may require different resources. Check with your enrollment counselor for specific expectations upon applying for your program, or you can view additional information here.

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When you complete and submit your application to CBU, a friendly and knowledgeable admissions counselor will guide you through the admissions process and all the necessary steps to become a Lancer.

CBU accepts applications for online enrollment throughout the year, and most online degree programs can start at 6 semester entry points per calendar year.

2024 Online Semester Classes Begin
Spring 2024 - Session 2 March 4
Summer 2024 - Session 1 May 6
Summer 2024 - Session 2 July 1
Fall 2024 - Session 1 September 2
Fall 2024 - Session 2 October 28

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Career Possibilities

  • Teacher
  • Missionary
  • Children's Ministry Worker
  • Pastor

*Some career options may require further education.

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Next Steps

Join a growing group of accomplished alumni who earned their degree while balancing career and family goals. To begin your journey at California Baptist University and connect with your God-given calling, request more information or apply today!