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M.A. in Christian Education and
Master of Business Administration
Dual Degree Program
Chris Shirley, Ph.D., M.A. in Christian Education 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.
- Old Testament Survey or THEO 5307 Old Testament Literature and Interpretation
- New Testament Survey or THEO 5308 New Testament Literature and Interpretation
- 3000/4000 Level Religion Course or 5000/6000 Level Theology Course
- Master of Business Administration prerequisites are 15 hours at the 5000-level or 27 hours at the undergraduate level.
- MBA foundational courses will not be accepted if completed through correspondence, life and work experience, CLEP or other standardized testing.
1Prerequisites may be met with equivalent courses from another institution and do not count toward degree completion.
||Specialized Preparation for M.A. in Christian Education
||Specialized Preparation for Master of Business Administration
SPECIALIZED PREPARATION FOR M.A. IN CHRISTIAN EDUCATION (30 hours)
SPECIALIZED PREPARATION FOR MBA (30 hours)
||Quantitative Analysis for Managers
||Leadership in Management
||Management Information Systems
Creative Problem Solving for Marketing Decisions (S-L)2
||Strategic Management Decisions (Capstone course) (S-L)2
|And select two courses with approval of MBA Academic Advisor.
(S-L)2 = Course(s) with field-based service-learning component
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