How can I get into the BAT program?
The first step is to apply for admission to CBU (if you haven’t already). Next, you must apply separately to the BAT program. Once your application to the BAT program is complete, we will contact you for an interview with our faculty.
Do you offer the BAT degree online or in hybrid classes?
No. This degree is intended for fostering relationships and community while increasing biblical and theological knowledge. We want your academic environment to be part of the learning process. We have other degree programs (such as the Christian Studies major) which offer a wider range of course options.
Should I get a vocational degree first and study theology in seminary later?
The BAT degree is for those who are committed to a life of ministry. A biblical, theological foundation is priceless for ministry preparation. Studying the Bible, paying close attention to doctrine, and learning practical application in a local church are the essential components of ministry service, and they are the core elements of the BAT program. That being said, the BAT program does include four business courses.
Are there scholarships available for BAT students?
Yes! The BAT program is actually a scholarship-based program. Every student who is granted admission into the program is also awarded a $19,000 per year scholarship. Students entering the program must stay in close contact with Financial Aid because receiving the BAT scholarship could mean not receiving some of the other CBU scholarships normally available. Our Financial Aid Office will work with you to help get the best possible plan together for each school year.
Can I double major as a BAT student?
Double majoring is extremely difficult. The BAT course plan is laid out with very little room for electives. BAT classes will be taken together in a small cohort-type class environment. The classes progress from year one through year four in order. All of this makes double majoring unlikely. For those who wish to double major, we suggest majoring in Christian Studies and adding a second major compatible with it.
Will there be time to enjoy extracurricular activities if I am in the BAT program?
Getting involved is not just a likelihood, it’s an expectation. We want our students interacting with the CBU community. Our BAT students work with Admissions, Spiritual Life, Residence Life, and through many organizations throughout campus. We hope you will make the most of your time while enjoying the once-in-lifetime adventure of college. The Introduction to Ministry course helps BAT students to maximize their productivity during the four-year BAT adventure.
What will I actually be learning in the BAT program?
Check out the student learning outcomes for the School of Christian Ministries here at CBU. We also have a listing of several of the courses you would be taking if you pursue the BAT degree.
Will I get a job after earning a BAT degree?
We certainly hope so! We want the same thing you want—to see you thriving in ministry. Our aim is higher than seeing you simply get a job (though jobs are great and necessary). Our aim is to equip you for a divine calling in gospel ministry. To that end, we will introduce you to Christian leaders from all over California and the west. We work hard to strengthen relationships with pastors and churches. We frequently receive job requests and post them for you through the School of Christian Ministries Facebook page. Graduates of the BAT program are in leadership positions at many of the strongest churches in the west.
Will I get practical, hands-on experience in pastoral ministry?
Yes! One of the strengths of the BAT program is its dual emphasis on theological knowledge with practical training. In the program, students must complete four semesters (two school years) of internships in a local church. In these internships, students must demonstrate competencies in 80 or more areas of ministry—everything from preaching to media technology, from helping with funerals to discipling unbelievers. We are convinced that theological knowledge should be applied through the local church.
What are some of the other advantages to the BAT program at CBU?
Beyond what has already been mentioned, the BAT program abounds with unique opportunities. Faculty members in the School of Christian Ministries are scholars who have practiced ministry in the local church. Most of these faculty have served as pastors. SCM faculty make themselves available to the BAT students because of their understanding the importance of pastoral ministry. In addition to time with faculty, BAT students are also invited to special lectures with top evangelical scholars. Our SCM lectures offer a meal and focused time with well-known scholars such as Timothy George, Mark Dever, George Guthrie, David Dockery, and D. A. Carson.