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Applied Theology, Bachelor

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
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Students in CBU’s Bachelor of Applied Theology (BAT) program study the Bible and theology, learning who God is and how His Word applies to life. Students learn biblical Greek and Hebrew. Students also complete a two-year internship in a local church, gaining familiarity with 80+ areas of ministry—everything from preaching to media technology, from helping with funerals to discipling unbelievers.

Why study  Applied Theology program at California Baptist University?

Train with a small cohort. One of the strengths of the BAT program is its dual emphasis on theological knowledge with practical training. We are convinced that theological knowledge should be applied through the local church. BAT classes will be taken together in a small cohort-type class environment. The classes progress from year one through year four in order. 

Network with renowned theologians and pastors. Our aim is higher than seeing students simply get a job (though jobs are great and necessary). Our aim is to equip them for a divine calling in gospel ministry. To that end, we will introduce students to Christian leaders from all over the west. We work hard to strengthen relationships with pastors and churches. In addition to time with faculty, BAT students are also invited to special lectures, featuring a meal and focused time with top evangelical scholars such as Timothy George, Mark Dever, George Guthrie, David Dockery and D. A. Carson.

Career opportunities 

  • Lead pastor
  • Army chaplain
  • Executive pastor
  • Church planter
  • Missionary
  • Pastoral staff
  • University professor

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    124 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Foundations for Ministry
  • Theology of Pastoral Ministry
  • Supervised Church Mnstry Intrn
  • Pentateuch & Former Prophets
  • Latter Prophets & Writings
  • Jesus and the Gospels
  • Paul & the Early Church
  • Intro to Philosophy
  • Intro Koine Greek 

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 2

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 2 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • Official transcripts. Send us the official sealed copies of all academic records (including transcripts, mark sheets and grade reports, as well as graduation certificates, diplomas and/or completion certificates) from secondary schools, showing dates of attendance, courses taken and grades received. Transfer applicants are required to submit all official college transcripts from all colleges/universities attended.
  • An essay or personal statement. Submit a personal statement (minimum 3–5 paragraphs) responding to "What do you hope to gain from your experience as a student at CBU?"
  • Minimum of 430 on the Evidence-Based Reading and Writing  on the SAT.
  • Minimum of 16 on the English section of the ACT.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    32942 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 16471 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    32942 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 16471 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
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Traditional Program Per Unit: 1,267 USD


  • 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.

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