Program Overview

The Doctor of Transformational Leadership Degree from Bakke Graduate University is made for leaders of organizations focused on urban relief, education, counseling, business management, or cultural influence that seek to strengthen their ability to lead from a Christian perspective. This degree is for those who would benefit more from a degree that allows them to continue their study and work related to business and organizational leadership, instead of earning the Doctor of Ministry degree.

There are three options of focus within this program. The first option, City Transformation, instructs in mobilizing city leadership and the process of working on a city consultation project. Option two, Entrepreneurial Organizational Leadership, helps students assess their own organizations potential contribution to city transformation and learn how best to reach this potential. Non-profit leaders, transformational business leaders, urban leaders, youth leaders, and those working in a leadership foundation all receive curriculum specific to their context. The third option, Cultural Transformation, helps leaders identify their calling, develop spiritually, and create opportunities for cultural transformation in the places they live and work. This option is designed for but not limited to authors, speakers, counselors, and business consultants.

To complete this program, students must complete a total of 30 credit hours. 8 of these credits come from an Overture section, which introduces degree candidates to themes and issues of global society. A 2-credit Project Design and Methodology course aids students in the creation and organization of their dissertation, as well as related leadership issues. Students must also complete 12 credits of electives related to the chosen option(s). A final 8-credit section is centered around the Doctoral Final Project, focusing on an organizational or citywide issue.

To qualify for admission, applicants must hold a Master’s Degree in any subject from an accredited institution and have at least five years of experience or influence in a sector of society such as the public, private, government, social service, and non-profit sectors. Admission is on a case by case basis, and some students not meeting these general requirements may be admitted under Special Student status.

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    Degree Level: Doctorate

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools, Accreditation Commission

    Bakke Graduate University is a member of the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools and is authorized by the Washington Student Achievement Council to offer this degree.


    A Masters degree in any subject at an accredited institution, and a minimum of five years of influence in a specific sector of society (e.g., private, public, non-profit/NGO, business, government, social service, ministry, etc.). Any exception to the academic qualifications will be considered under Special Student Status by the Academic Affairs Committee. Only a limited number of applicants will be admitted as Special Students.

    School Overview

    Bakke Graduate University first arose in 1990 to serve pastors in the Washington State Region. Within a decade, transformations began as this originally designated Northwest Graduate School of Ministry underwent organizational changes, broadened degree programs, and then adopted its current name in 2005. With a main campus location in Seattle, Washington, the private, not-for-profit Bakke Graduate University retains a Christian-based education extending its classrooms to five continents.

    BGU degrees provide theological, operational, and personal skill sets for entry into the most diverse range of world realities; from a call and ministry with those in abject poverty, to a call and ministries with those in the corridors of the powerful. Students in all four programs are invited to attend courses with those in other degrees, thus providing them with the additional advantage of experiencing BGU’s unique geographic, cultural, and organizationally diverse relationships.

    Programs at Bakke are delivered in both online and hybrid formats. Hybrid classes may vary in location requiring virtual and on-campus/on-site participation. Classes, conducted via the BGU Global Online Campus, include discussions and class readings, in addition to the use of communication tools, like video conferencing.


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