Do you have a head for Business and a heart for Ministry? The Bachelor of Business and Bachelor of Ministry double degree is designed to enable you to provide creative solutions, by integrating your Christian worldview with business acumen, to complex issues such as social and environmental responsibility. You can major in one area of ministry, and specialise in either Accounting or Leadership & Management.
By combining a solid core of skills in leadership, management, finance, accounting and innovative electives, together with ministry training, you become better equipped to serve in Christian ministry. And likewise, if you serve in the broader business community, you will be better trained and skilled in sharing your faith, leading groups of people and meeting their needs.
This double degree course is based on eight semesters (each of 12 weeks duration, plus an exam week), with four subjects taught in each semester. It comprises:
- 16 compulsory core subjects (160 credit points)
- 2 majors of 8 subjects each (160 credit points)
- No electives*
To qualify for award of the double degree of Bachelor of Business and Bachelor of Ministry a candidate shall accrue an aggregate of at least 320 credit points, including satisfactory completion of the core subjects noted below.
*See Professional Accreditation below.
For more information see the Student Handbook.
Core / 16 Subjects (160 credit points)
- ACC101 Accounting for Decision Making
- BIB104 Old Testament Foundations
- BIB105 New Testament Foundations
- BUS101 Business Law
- BUS102 Economics
- BUS204 Business Analytics
- HIS102 Church History Foundations
- LEA201 Leadership Principles
- MAN101 Introduction to Management
- MIN101 Introduction to Pastoral Ministry
- MIN102 Christian Spirituality
- RES101 Introduction to Academic Writing and Research
- THE101 Christian Worldview
- THE201 Christian Ethics
- 1 x BIB 200 level or higher
- 1 x THE 200 level or higher
2 Specialisations / 8 Subjects Each (160 credit points)
- BUS120 Business Information Systems
- ACC201 Accounting and Financial Management
- ACC202 Financial Reporting
- ACC210 Management Accounting
- ACC301 Accounting for Groups
- ACC311 Accounting Theory and Current Issues
- ACC320 Audit and Assurance
- EXP202 Professional Practice in Business
OR Leadership & Management
- MKT101 Foundations of Marketing
- MAN201 Organisational Behaviour
- BUS202 Financial Decision Making
- MAN311 Strategic Management
- LEA301 Advanced Leadership
- LEA311 Creativity and Entrepreneurship
- EXP202 Professional Practice in Business
- 10 credit points BUS/HRM/LEA/MAN/MKT 200 or 300 level
- EXP201 Professional Practice
- MIN201 Pastoral Administration and Management
- 30 credit points MIN/CCM/WOR/LEA/SSC 200 level or above
- 30 credit points EXP/MIN/CCM/WOR/LEA/SSC 300 level
- EXP201 Professional Practice
- 10 cp Humanities subjects in specialisation 100 level or above
- 30 cp Humanities subjects in specialisation 200 level or above
- 30 cp Humanities subjects in specialisation 300 level or above
Applicants with Recent Secondary Education (within the past 2 years)
Applicants admitted on the basis of their recent secondary education must demonstrate the completion of NSW Higher School Certificate with an ATAR of 65 or higher (or the completion of the International Baccalaureate or interstate or overseas equivalent qualification and result) for admission into this course.
Special admission is also available for Year 12 students whose ATAR (or equivalent) falls within 5 points of the published guaranteed ATAR but have done well in subjects relevant to the course of study. These Special Admission Pathways are evaluated on a case-by-case basis by the Program Director and then tabled for approval by the Admissions Committee
Applicants with Vocational Education and Training (VET) Study
Applicants with a Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualification will demonstrate the completion of a Certificate III or higher qualification awarded by an authorised institution or registered training organisation (RTO).
The Program Director will conduct a pre-admission interview (either face-to-face or phone or via Zoom) with all applicants seeking entry into the course on the basis of a Certificate III qualification. This interview aims to assess academic suitability and preparedness of the applicant for undergraduate level study.
Applicants with Higher Education Study
Applicants whose highest level of study since leaving secondary education is a complete or partially complete higher education qualification must demonstrate the completion or partial completion of an AQF Level 5 Higher Education Diploma (or higher) by an authorised institution for admission into this course.
Applicants with Work and Life Experience
If you are over the age of 21 at the time of commencement, you can apply for admission into this course on the basis of provisional entry, and complete the provisional entry qualifying period to become a full candidate.
Overseas students are required to demonstrate their English proficiency skills. Such students admitted into our programs must attain an overall IELTS (or equivalent) score of 6.5 (with no score below 6.0 in any of the four skills areas). IELTS (or equivalent) is not required for applicants who have undertaken five years of required higher education study (or equivalent) in English from an approved country or who have completed a Certificate IV or higher qualification awarded in English under the Australian Qualification Framework by an authorised institution or registered training organisation.
Delivery Modes*: Face-to-Face (Campus class), Online Live (Zoom class), Online Recorded
Locations**: Sydney, Brisbane, Perth, Online
Duration: 4 years full-time/up to 12 years part-time
Intakes: Semester 1, Semester 2
* Our study modes are flexible so you can mix-and-match different modes throughout your course to fit your needs. For example, a face-to-face student can choose to attend some classes online or an online student may choose to take some subjects face-to-face.
** Some subjects may only be available in certain study modes each semester. Please check the timetable for the most up-to-date information. Face-to-face classes can be delivered weekly or via intensives, where the subject is delivered in a block over consecutive weekdays and/or weekends. Some subjects must be completed face-to-face to meet professional accreditation requirements.
Fees & Timetable
A complete Fee Schedule for all Alphacrucis programs and courses can be found in our Fees Information section.
For a full list of course dates for new and continuing students, please see our Timetables.
FEE-HELP is available for eligible students to assist you in financing your studies. For more information and other options, please visit the Financing Your Study page. For students who cannot access government loans, an alternative option is Study Loans, a private student loan provider. To learn more about loans provided by Study Loans, click here.
Course Learning Outcomes
- a broad knowledge of business theory, as well as business principles and practices,
- a deep knowledge of Christian history, doctrine and tradition as a foundation for ministry, with depth in the areas of either.
- a depth of knowledge in areas of: (1) Leadership and Management; Human Resource Management; or Marketing; and (2) Pastoral Ministry; Youth and Children’s Ministries; Worship Studies; or Cross-Cultural Ministry.
- skills to analyse, synthesise, and apply knowledge of business theory, principles and practices;
- skills to analyse and interpret the biblical text, using sound hermeneutical methods, as a core document of the Christian faith with consideration for the contemporary application of the text;
- skills to understand and communicate a Christian worldview, with particular emphasis on the role of the gospel in providing an ethical framework for business practice;
- cognitive and technical skills required for professional activity, with depth in two areas of either Leadership and Management; Human Resource Management; or Marketing; Pastoral Ministry; Youth and Children’s Ministries; Worship Studies; or Cross-Cultural Ministry;
- ability to identify issues and to provide creative solutions, by integrating their Christian worldview with business acumen, to complex issues;
- skills in critical thinking and self-directed research, using a range of sources and methods;
- communication skills to present theories, ideas and arguments to specialist and non-specialist audiences using appropriately selected communication methods;
Application of Knowledge and Skills:
- ability to discuss and analyse contemporaneous topics, issues and challenges impacting on business and ministry in Australian and international contexts, and create solutions to these challenges;
- breadth and complexity of professional ministry skills pertinent to engagement with congregational communities. This includes the ability to apply knowledge and skills to new and diverse contexts;
- ability to collaborate with the broader community of Christian ministers and community leaders to provide appropriate collegial support;
- self-reflection and evaluation of own performance for the purpose of vocational development.
Graduates may find employment in churches, community organizations, service industries, commercial business or NFP organisations. Your graduate employment opportunities include, but are not limited to:
- Youth pastor
- Church Planter
- Product Analyst
- Administrative Assistant
Management Trainee Graduates may also elect to be self-employed and run their own business or start their own churches. In any case, AC BBus and BMin combined degree graduates will be ready to be innovators in the church
“The course on entrepreneurship was of particular importance for me because it reframed my thinking around what it takes to start a business, to develop ideas, to scale and grow, and to innovate. This was all relevant to me because I work as a freelance business owner. I walked out of the course with my perspective expanded, my confidence boosted, and my mind far more well-attuned to the market and for the good ideas that can exist today. As a result, my business has grown both financially and in influence, and I have a clear idea of what steps I want to take in the future. AC helped me to apply my faith to freelancing and encouraged me the whole way".
Bachelor of Business Student
To qualify for the award of the degree of Bachelor of Business/Bachelor of Ministry, a candidate will complete at least 2 subjects (20 credit points) of Professional Practice, one within each major (specialisation). Students are usually required to find their own workplace/ employer/ mentor to be approved by AC. In some cases, a new aspect within a student’s current paid employment may be suitable as a work placement.
* NOTE: The following subjects must be completed in addition to the subjects included in the Accounting major by any student wishing to gain acceptance into certain professional bodies (CPA Australia or CAANZ). To achieve professional accounting association entry, it may require students to exceed the 320 credit points for this course depending on which BMin specialisation they choose. BUS202 Financial Decision Making*
BUS250 Corporations Law*
BUS260 Business Finance*
BUS350 Taxation Law*
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