AWARD DESCRIPTION FOR BACHELOR OF BUSINESS / BACHELOR OF MINISTRY DEGREE

The Bachelor of Business / Bachelor of Ministry (BBus/BMin) innovatively combines the best of Business and Ministry to meet the vital need of developing and supporting Christian leaders for 21st century ministry.

Course Description

Complete an online Higher Education Application for Admission Form.

On filling the application, please be prepared to upload the following digital documentation (PDF, jpeg):

  1. An Identity Photo – passport style photograph for use on a student ID
  2. Proof of Identity – A Certified copy of your birth certificate OR Australian Passport OR Australian Citizenship Certificate
  3. Credentials for entrance into the Degree – Certified copy of your relevant Certificate, Diploma, Academic transcripts OR CV
    * (If you wish to apply for Recognition of Cross Credit RCC, transcript evidence subjects completed)

NB: International Applicants – consult https://www.ac.edu.au/international-students/ for information and application details

The Bachelor of Business/Bachelor of Ministry is a double degree comprised of 32 subjects units (320 credit points).:

Full-Time: 3 Years (4 subjects per semester, 40 credit points)

Part-Time: Up to 10 Years (1 – 2 subjects per semester)

Christian Studies & Business Studies Core Subjects (13 subjects/130 credit points)

The Christian Studies & Business Studies Core Subject forms the foundation of the BBus/BMin award. It is aimed at developing in students a solid understanding of the Christian faith (biblically, historically & theologically), with well-informed ethical principles plus a solid foundation in core business skills such as leadership, management, marketing and finance.

All students are required to take the following subjects:

  • Introduction to Academic Writing and Research [RES101]
  • Christian Worldview [THE101]
  • Christian Ethics [THE201]
  • The Legal Environment of Business [BUS101]
  • Economics [BUS102]
  • Accounting [BUS151]
  • Business Statistics [BUS201]
  • Introduction to Management [MAN101]
  • Introduction to the Bible [BIB101]
  • Biblical Hermeneutics [BIB201]
  • History of Christianity [HIS101]
  • Christian Spirituality [MIN102]
  • Communicating the Christian Faith [MIN202]

Two Major Specialisations  (16 subjects/160 credit points)

Students are to complete two different major specialisations — a ministry major specialisation and a business major specialisation — which will  provide you with the professional skills and knowledge for your future career options.

  1. MINISTRY MAJOR SPECIALIZATIONS
    There are five different Ministry Major Specialisations (8 units each), from which you choose ONE to complete. The ministry major specialisation is focused on developing Christian vocation skills predominantly for the church, global mission and Christian organisations fields. They include:
  • Pastoral Ministry – The traditional core of Christian ministry education has been to train professional ministers and pastors. The BMin continues this core focus in serving churches by providing equipped ministers. The Pastoral Ministry Major specialises in providing students with a systematic and coherent approach to pastoral formation and practice. The specialization will include outlining approaches to the theory of pastoral ministry, as well as opportunities for developing pastoral ministry skills and workplace experience.
    • Required Subjects:
      • Introduction to Pastoral Ministry [MIN101]
      • Leadership Principles [LEA201]
      • Professional Practice [EXP201]
      • Pastoral Administration and Management [MIN201]
      • One of the following 200 level subjects: Preaching [MIN203] OR Healing Ministry [MIN204] OR Church and Society [MIN205]
      • Two of the following 300 level subjects: Advanced Professional Practice [EXP301]; Discipleship [MIN302]; Church Planting [MIN304]; Relationships [MIN305]; Advanced Pastoral Ministry [MIN306]
      • One 300 level subject from MIN, CCM or LEA coded subjects.
  • Cross-Cultural Ministry – The Church exists for the sake of its mission to proclaim the Gospel of Christ to the entire world. By its very nature, this mission is cross cultural in orientation, recognising the multi-cultural context of society and the global world today. The Cross-Cultural Ministry Major seeks to equip students with the skills that are required to facilitate ministry and proclamation of the Gospel in cross-cultural contexts.
    • Required Subjects:
      • Introduction to Cross Cultural Ministry [CCM101]
      • Four of the following 200 level subjects: Professional Practice [EXP201]; Foundations of Cross Cultural Field Ministry [CCM221]; Personal and Professional Skills for Cross Cultural Ministry [CCM222]; Methods and Strategies for Cross Cultural Ministry [CCM223]; History of Christian Expansion [HIS208].
      • Three of the following 300 level subjects: Advanced Professional Practice [EXP301]; World Religions [CCM304]; Exploring Islam [CCM305]; Cross Cultural Ministry Field Study [CCM321]; Any 300 level SOC-coded subject.
  • Leadership & Management** – In contemporary life there is an increased awareness of the role of leadership. In the church & business context, leadership entails directing, influencing and facilitating the ministry of others, and includes activities such as planning, decision making, personnel selection and vision setting. The Leadership Major aims to provide students with an understanding of the theory of leadership, as well as how to develop leadership and management skills, with opportunities for leadership growth and workplace experience.
    • Required Subjects:
      • Leadership Principles [LEA201]
      • Professional Practice [EXP201]
      • Introduction to Management [MAN101]
      • Organisational Behaviour [MAN201]
      • Strategic Management [MAN311]
      • Advanced Leadership [LEA301]
      • Creativity and Entrepreneurship [LEA311]
      • Financial Decision Making [BUS202]
  • Youth & Children’s Ministries – A major reason for churches that grow is that they have a keen focus on incorporating young people into the life and ministry of the church. A specialization in youth ministry aims to provide students with a broad and well-developed approach to the discipline of church based youth work formation and practice. The Youth Ministry Major will equip students with the underlying theories of youth ministry and youth development. As well as opportunities for reflection on their own praxis and workplace experience.
    • Required Subjects:
      • Introduction to Pastoral Ministry [MIN101]
      • Youth Ministry [MIN220] OR Children’s Ministry [MIN221]
      • Childhood and Adolescent Development [MIN225]
      • Advanced Children’s and Youth Ministry [MIN326]
      • Professional Practice [EXP201]
      • One of the following 200 level subjects: Preaching [MIN203] OR Healing Ministry [MIN204] OR Church and Society [MIN205]
      • One of the following 300 level subjects: Advanced Professional Practice [EXP301] OR Relationships [MIN305]
      • One 300 level subject from MIN, CCM or LEA coded subjects.
  • Worship Ministry – Musical worship is more prominent in the contemporary church than ever before. Where once it might have been enough to simply find someone willing and somewhat able, times have changed. For people to succeed in worship-related roles in church now requires training in music, pastoring, administration, technology, leadership and theology. The Worship Ministry Major covers all of these essential elements whilst also remaining extremely practical and passionately supernatural!
    • Required Subjects:
      • Introduction to Worship Ministry [WOR101]
      • Introduction to Pastoral Ministry [MIN101]
      • Leadership Principles [LEA201]
      • Professional Practice [EXP201]
      • Worship, Arts, Church History [WOR205]
      • Ensemble [WOR235]
      • Technology and Worship Ministry [WOR307]
      • Worship in the Contemporary Context [WOR310]
  • BUSINESS MAJOR SPECIALIZATIONS
    There are three different Ministry Major Specialisations (8 units each), from which you choose ONE to complete. The Business Major Specialisation is focused on developing business, leadership. management and marketing expertise and skills, especially focused on careers within the commerical or not-for-profit sector. They include:

    • Leadership & Management** – In contemporary life there is an increased awareness of the role of leadership. In the church & business context, leadership entails directing, influencing and facilitating the ministry of others, and includes activities such as planning, decision making, personnel selection and vision setting. The Leadership Major aims to provide students with an understanding of the theory of leadership, as well as how to develop leadership and management skills, with opportunities for leadership growth and workplace experience.
      • Required Subjects:
        • Leadership Principles [LEA201]
        • Professional Practice [EXP201]
        • Introduction to Management [MAN101]
        • Organisational Behaviour [MAN201]
        • Strategic Management [MAN311]
        • Advanced Leadership [LEA301]
        • Creativity and Entrepreneurship [LEA311]
        • Financial Decision Making [BUS202]
    • Accounting
      • Required Subjects:
        • Leadership Principles [LEA201]
        • Professional Practice [EXP201]
        • Accounting and Financial Management [ACC201]
        • Financial Reporting [ACC202]
        • Management Accounting [ACC210]
        • Accounting for Groups [ACC301]
        • Accounting Theory and Current Issues [ACC311]
        • Audit and Assurance [ACC320]
    • Human Resource Management
      Attracting, retaining and motivating good people is vital for organisations achieving their mission. This major equips you with skills and knowledge for careers in management of human resource, and for general roles where the people side of leadership and managment determines success.

      • Required Subjects:
        • Leadership Principles [LEA201]
        • Professional Practice [EXP201]
        • Fundamentals of Human Resource Management [HRM201]
        • Human Resource Planning & Development [HRM202]
        • Management of Workplace Health and Safety [HRM203]
        • Performance Management [HRM302]
        • Industrial Relations [HRM351]
        • Strategic Management [MAN311]
    • Marketing
      No business can grow without customers, or church or not-for-profit organisation grow without getting its message out to potential members. This major gives you the skills and knowledge to do this, wheter or not you are heading for a specalist marketing role.

      • Required Subjects:
        • Leadership Principles [LEA201]
        • Professional Practice [EXP201]
        • Foundations of Marketing [MKT101]
        • Sales Management [MKT201]
        • Marketing Communication [MKT251]
        • Consumer Behaviour [MKT202]
        • Market Research [MKT301]
        • International Marketing [MKT351]

For the specific units required in the Majors, please consult the Undergraduate Student Handbook.
(**Please note that you can only use the Leadership & Management major specialization once.)


Electives (3 units)

Students are to take eight elective subjects. These can be chosen from any of our undergraduate subjects for which you have met the pre-requisite requirements. A list of all our subjects can be found via the Units link at the top of this page. Also see our timetables for availability.

Other Rules of Progression: Students also need to make sure that they:

Have completed 2 subjects (20 credit points) in Professional Practice

Have a minimum 60 credit points at 300 level