Business Administration with Specialization in Oil & Gas and Theology

Course Available
1-65 Units
Credit Validation

Course Description

Credit Validation for Faith Leads Participants Only 

The course is a unique course that combines three distinct fields: the oil and gas industry, business, and theology. This program is designed for individuals who are interested in pursuing a finance-related career in the oil and gas sector while also holding on to theological values. The course covers essential topics in business administration and accounting, focusing specifically on the oil and gas sector. Students will gain a comprehensive understanding of the industry's operations, primarily exploration and production, with some elements of distribution and marketing. They will also learn about the various business strategies and management principles employed in this field. The course combines the principles of oil & gas finance, leadership, and theology to provide students with a solid foundation in Christian leadership within the oil & gas exploration and production industry. This program offers a practical and high-quality educational experience that prepares students for ethical and principled leadership within the industry.

Course Details

Number of Units: 1.0- 65.0 graduate level extension credit(s) in semester hours, please choose the correct number of units upon checkout.

Who Should Attend: This course provides continuing education for those pursuing careers in oil and gas accounting, cost control, project management, entrepreneurship, business development, sustainability consulting, or ministry roles within oil and gas companies. Additionally, some students may choose to further their education by pursuing graduate studies in the humanities or sciences, all with the aim of making a positive impact in the world through Christ-centered values.


A secondary school diploma or equivalent, or a high school diploma with five Grade 12 academic subjects is required. Candidates whose first language is not English and do not have a completed degree in English are expected to provide translated copies of their certificates as well as an English language proficiency test result:

  • TOEFL IBT- 92 (580 PBT, 236 CBT) with a minimum of 21 in the Listening and Speaking components, 22 in Reading and 23 in Speaking;
  • IELTS- 5.5 overall with no lower than 5.0 in any component;
  • IGCSE- English (Second Language) grade B;
  • WAEC- C6;
  • PTE- Minimum score of 50 in all of the components. Or any other acceptable equivalent qualification
  • DUOLINGO - Overall score 110+ with a minimum score of 95 on Literacy band

Course Options

Course Date Units Price
EDC-X720X – 001 15 Apr 202416 Mar 2026 1-65 $79-5135

Business Administration with Specialization in Oil & Gas and Theology

15 Apr 202416 Mar 2026
Credit Validation

Refund Policy: All Credit Validation enrollments are refundable, less a $25 fee, if requested within 30 days of enrollment date. There will be no refunds for Credit Validation after the allotted 30 days.

Enrollment Open Through: December 31, 2026 (11:59pm PT)

What You Will Learn

  • Understand key components and operations in the oil & gas industry
  • Cultivate effective leadership skills to inspire and guide teams towards defined goals
  • Apply theological insights to promote positive transformation and innovation in personal and professional contexts
  • Master office management tasks and utilize office software and technology effectively
  • Identify and pursue business opportunities while developing skills in market analysis, relationship building, and negotiation
  • Understand Oil & Gas accounting subjects such as accounting principles, accounting standards, successful efforts & full cost methods, depreciation depletion  & amortization (DD&A), transaction recording, financial statement preparation, and decision-making
  • Apply prayer principles to personal and professional life and develop a deeper understanding of different types of prayer and their significance
  • Understand legal principles relevant to business operations
  • Analyze economic factors influencing the industry
  • Implement cost control techniques and understand measures to maximize efficiency and profitability
  • Integrate faith principles with professional responsibilities
  • Gain expertise in managing joint ventures, including private capital, farm in/out arrangements, carried interest distribution, cash call management, taxes, risk management, and royalties
  • Learn the fundamentals of entrepreneurship
  • Understand political structures and their impact on business operations
  • Develop strategic planning skills
  • Apply theoretical knowledge to solve real-world business problems and deliver tangible outcomes


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Credit Validation

The University of San Diego’s Division of Professional and Continuing Education offers graduate-level extension credit for work completed in trainings, workshops, conferences, induction, credentials, and other professional development programs not offered directly by USD. Complete one of the above and a member of our division will help you earn credit for your hard work and dedication to continuing your education.

Key Benefits of Credit Validation Courses

Make Your Work Count

Earn credit for your previous work in trainings, workshops, and conferences through a simple process.

Advance Faster

Save money by earning credit for work you completed and get one step closer to salary advancement.

Work Towards a Degree

Many receiving institutions may accept credits towards degree programs, giving you a head start in earning a graduate degree.