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M.A. in Discipleship and
Master of Business Administration
Dual Degree Program
Chris Shirley, Ph.D., M.A. in Discipleship Program Director
Sandra Reid, Ph.D., MBA Program Director
The role of the church leader continues to grow in complexity as the concept of the global community expands. The pressure to operate as a business with scarce resources is a reality that cannot be ignored. Many predict that the real mission fields in the future will be through business leaders as they work in the United States, Europe, and third world countries, heightening the demand to blend theological knowledge and training with business theory and application.
Student ministers pursue this dual degree to obtain and strengthen the skills and competencies needed to be effective in church leadership roles such as executive pastor, division leader, church planter, and/or global ministry. In addition, while the vast majority of students admitted to this unique, dual degree program may already be serving in a ministry or believe they are called to serve, students include those who have started a business career and subsequently sense a call to the ministry.
In order to pursue a Dual Master's Degree program, the applicant must apply to, meet the existing admission requirements for, and be accepted into each of the master's degrees which comprise the dual degree program.
Note: Church Membership Requirement (for admission into the Ed.D. in Educational Leadership—all concentrations, Ph.D. in Leadership Studies’ Ministry Concentration, Master’s Ministry Degrees, and Advanced Ministry Certificate Programs): Within the last 12 months, the applicant must have been an active member of a Christian church that holds Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and who holds solely the Old Testament and the New Testament as sacred Scripture. Click for Church Membership form.
M.A. IN DISCIPLESHIP PREREQUISITES
- Old Testament Survey
- New Testament Survey
- Accounting I and II or ACCT 5311 Survey of Accounting
Business and Public Law or MANA 51.522 Business Legal Environment
Microeconomics and Macroeconomics or ECON 5311 Managerial Economics
Financial Management or FINA 51.521 Foundations of Finance
Principles of Management or MANA 51.521 Management Theory
Principles of Marketing or MRKT 51.521 Marketing Concepts
- Statistics or MANA 6303 Research and Statistics
- BUAD 5301 Orientation to American Business Techniques and Culture (for International Students only)
Prerequisites may be met with equivalent courses from another institution or from a passing grade on the GSOM Old Testament and New Testament equivalency exams and do not count toward degree completion.
Continuance in the program past the first 12 hours is pending submission of a satisfactory score on the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) or Graduate Record Examinations® (GRE®).
M.A. IN DISCIPLESHIP REQUIRED CURRICULUM - 30 hours (excluding prerequisites)
||Biblical Servant Leadership
||Christian Education in the Local Church
||Biblical Strategies for Discipleship
||Church and Business Administration
||Disciple-Making Through Evangelism and Missions
||Ministry Practicum (S-L)*
||Christian History and Heritage
||Spiritual Formation and Worship
|Six (6) hours of the M.B.A. Required Curriculum serve as electives for the M.A. in Discipleship Required Curriculum.
M.B.A. REQUIRED CURRICULUM - 30 hours (excluding prerequisites)
||Quantitative Analysis for Managers
||Leadership in Management
||Management Information Systems
Creative Problem Solving for Marketing Decisions (S-L)*
||Strategic Management Decisions (Capstone course) (S-L)*
|Select two courses from M.B.A. Concentrations with approval of Program Director or Academic Advisor.
|Six (6) hours of the M.A. in Discipleship Required Curriculum serve as electives for the M.B.A. Required Curriculum.
*(S-L) = Course(s) with field-based service-learning component
||M.A. in Discipleship Required Curriculum
||M.B.A. Required Curriculum
||TOTAL Dual Degree (excluding prerequisites)
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