Program Overview

The Master of Arts in Social and Civic Entrepreneurship Degree program at Bakke Graduate University was created for students who are leaders of start-up organizations or small and medium-sized existing organization. This program includes “toolkit” courses that give students a strong foundation in business fundamentals such as finance, accounting, organizational management, ethics, marketing, and project management. This degree is different from others at Bakke in that 40% of courses are taught by Christian theology faculty and 60% by business teachers. This combination helps students understand how to spread ethical and social values into changing an organization to reflect those values.

This program helps students gain social and civic entrepreneurship proficiencies so they may become better managers and leaders in a global setting. The flexibility of this program permits students to maintain full-time employment, allowing them to advance their own knowledge and careers at the same time. Students will study internationally-oriented case studies as well as historic and emerging trends in the fields of entrepreneurial leadership and business.

To complete this program, students must complete a total of 36 credit hours. 6 credits come from prerequisite courses, which focus on New and Old Testament theology and hermeneutics. 12 credits are dedicated to a theological and contextual core. In these courses, students will study current aspects and issues in society, servant leadership, how best to engaged in cross-cultural ministry, and the theology of work. The social and civic entrepreneurship core consists of 18 credits. This hybrid of business and leadership fundamentals focuses on social outreach, marketing, legal issues, and collaboration. This program also includes a capstone course, which requires students to work on a project that showcases knowledge gained during this program. The remaining 6 credits come from electives chosen by the student.

To gain admission, applicants must have a Bachelor’s degree or its equivalent, appropriate biblical training, and a minimum of two years of part or full-time involvement in ministry or a leadership role. Students not meeting these requirements may still be admitted under special student status, but this status is granted on a case by case basis.

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    Degree Level: Master

    Delivery Format: Hybrid

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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 bachelor's degree or bachelor equivalency. Applicants not holding a baccalaureate degree or its equivalent (defined as a student who has taken the equivalent number of hours that would normally represent a baccalaureate degree in one or more United States Department of Education (USDE) recognized accredited programs, yet was not awarded the actual baccalaureate degree) may apply as a special student.

    Students who do not have academic credentials or equivalent life/work experiences to give them an excellent foundational understanding of the New Testament and Old Testament of the Bible at an undergraduate or graduate level, will be required to take as a prerequisite the following BGU courses: THE 605 and THE 606; or THE 600 (on-line).

    A minimum of two years of prior part-time or full-time involvement in ministry or organizational leadership/administrative roles. Students without such prior experience will be placed in probationary admissions status until they demonstrate involvement in such roles during their tenure as MASCE 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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