Community Fellows Program

Two Year Urban Service Program with Full Scholarship for an MBA or Master's in Social Entrepreneurship

"This hands-on experience validated and confirmed that I was truly working where God wanted me to be. It gave me a new understanding of people and how much hurt the urban community deals with."

Apply on our website. Top candidates will be selected for a Stage 1 interview. 
Your application will be sent to ministries. They will call you for an Stage 2 interview if interested.
If you are accepted, the ministry will make an internship offer. 

A Christian Counterpart to AmeriCorps with Full Tuition Scholarship

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Kim Thornton, Intern 
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  • Full tuition scholarship for MBA or Master's in Social Entrepreneurship Program
  • Federal Loan Deferment
  • Hands on experience in ministries
  • Ability to raise money as an urban missionary to cover living expenses
  • A few sites may provide housing (or a cash equivalent living stipend)

Benefits to Community Fellows

Requirements to Apply

  • Must have a Bachelor's degree
  • Must be a Christian
  • Must be U.S. or Canadian citizen, U.S. or Canadian national or lawful permanent resident alien, or have a valid visa allowing work or volunteering
  • Able to make at least a two year commitment 
  • Able to relocate to a location of a ministry site (unless a site exists at your current location or you take a telecommuting position)

Requirements to Apply

City Vision: Tech Entrepreneurship Courses (15 credits)

Community Fellows Program Description

Community Fellows receive a full scholarship and complete their Master's of Business Administration or Master's in Technology and Social Entrepreneurship degree online while doing two or three years of service in a Christian ministry at 35-40 hours per week. Our Community Fellows program is a Christian counterpart to AmeriCorps. We designed this program after running a national AmeriCorps program for 9 years.

Prerequisite Courses. MBA Fellows must have either completed 12 credits in the following (or similar) undergraduate course prerequisites before entering the program or they must complete them through City Vision before taking Bakke Graduate University courses: Microeconomics, Accounting, Finance and Business Statistics.

Steps to Become a Community Fellow

About Bakke Graduate University

We have placed over 500 full-time interns & 80,000 volunteers.

Bakke Graduate University (BGU) strengthens leaders who steward resources with and for vulnerable people and places, by means of contextual, Christian-based education innovatively delivered throughout the urban world. BGU has students, alumni and faculty located in over 50 nations. This global community connects through online courses and urban immersion experiences in the largest cities on 4 continents. BGU students are mentored by front-line world leaders in customized US accredited masters and doctoral degrees.  The focus of BGU programs is transformational leadership through urban development, business and Christian theology. The synergy of these three niche areas create a uniquely innovative Master of Business Administration (MBA) program.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is my likelihood of being selected as an Community Fellow? We typically have over 150 applicants for our graduate fellows program. Of those, we expect that 50 will move into the Stage 1 interview process.  Of those reaching the Stage 1 interview process, about half will reach a Stage 2 interview. We expect to place less than 15 in total next year.

What can I do to increase my likelihood of being selected as an Community Fellow? The main reason why applicants do not move from the Stage 1 interview to being placed is finding a good match between the needs of an intern and the needs of ministry sites. We have very few sites that can provide housing. The ability to provide your own housing and living expenses through savings, family support, church support or student loans greatly increases your chances of being placed. In addition, over 90% of our interns placed will need to relocate, so the ability to relocate will also improve your chances. If you recruit a ministry local to you that joins City Vision Internships, pays the $4,000 or $5,000/year fee and selects you to be an intern, then you will be placed.

How do I recruit a local ministry to join City Vision Internships? Any local ministry can apply to become a City Vision internship site on our site application page.  Sites pay $3,500/year for undergraduate interns and $4,000/year for Social Entrepreneurship interns $5,000/year for MBA interns. While it's best to start with ministries you know, you can find a list of local ministries by searching for organization at Send them the link to our site application page, and tell them to apply. 

Is there a stipend? No. Not unless you can raise money as an urban missionary (see below). A few ministries may consider a small stipend in exceptional circumstances.  

Can I raise money from my church and friends to sponsor me as an urban missionary to cover my housing and living expenses? Yes. We recommend that you use an online fundraising tool for causes like to process your donations.  

Do I have to take the GMAT if I choose the MBA track? No. While Bakke normally requires a GMAT, because students will first be completing courses with City Vision, we will use that to verify that students are ready for the work required for an MBA.  

How many hours per week should I plan to spend on my coursework? Most courses will take at least 10-15 hours per week per course during most weeks with an extra 5-10 hours per week the last two weeks of a course. One course is considered being a half-time student and two courses is considered full time (20-30 hours per week). 

Can I really do the Masters Program in two years while interning full-time (35 hours/week)? Extremely motivated individuals can do the program in two years while serving as an intern; however, many individuals will chose to take a more relaxed pace which may take 3 years. 

I'm currently staff with a ministry. Can I do this program at the discounted rate? You can do the Master's in social entrepreneurship at the discounted rate if your ministry becomes a City Vision internship site or partner. 

Can I do this program in less than 2 years? Yes, but if you are a full-time intern, this is strongly not recommended as it is likely to lead to workaholism, burnout and inability to complete the program.

About City Vision Internships

City Vision Internships is a program of TechMission, a Christian nonproft ministry that also runs City Vision University and For 9 years, TechMission ran a national AmeriCorps program where we placed over 500 interns and 80,000 volunteers. TechMission decided to leave AmeriCorps to form a Christian counterpart called City Vision Internships to increase our ability to innovate and retain our core values.

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Bakke MBA Program Outline

MBA fellows first takeTechnology and Entrepreneurship courses through City Vision University and then transfer that credit to complete their MBA through Bakke Graduate University in the second or third year (36 total credits). Students will also receive a Certificate in Technology and Ministry from City Vision. Scholarship does not include graduation fees or optional travel fees.

Technology & Social Entrepreneurship Outline

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