Asbury Launches New MBA in Fall 2013

WILMORE, Ky. — Academic excellence and spiritual vitality come together once again at Asbury University with its new Master of Business Administration degree this fall. This one-of-a-kind MBA program combines high-quality training in management skills and theories with an added component and emphasis on social entrepreneurship and ethical leadership.

The new MBA degree is perfect for individuals needing a more flexible schedule as it is an online, cohort-based program that can be completed in 20 or 15 months. Asbury’s business faculty have drawn on their first-hand experiences outside of academia to design a unique program to incorporate long-standing elements of the management field with recent developments, such as the shift toward global and international business mechanisms and the use of new tools and techniques to promote successful entrepreneurship in either the for-profit or non-profit sector.

As with all Asbury programs, the MBA isn’t built to provide just the basic/standard components you might find elsewhere. This MBA — starting this fall pending SACS approval — is a unique, 21st-century, cutting-edge program that offers the training and experience employers desire their staffs to have.

Just a few of the distinctives of the Asbury MBA program include:

  • It is built on a foundation of Christian principles and ethics that will allow graduates of the program to integrate their faith in the workplace and use it to inform their work.
  • The program has an entrepreneurial focus that is relevant for an individual engaged in a start-up, small business, or project or program development and launch initiative within large, established organizations.
  • It incorporates business knowledge into the framework of social organizations that are focused on creating social value and solving global problems.
  • The program includes a mentoring component, with a network of current and retired executives offering guidance and support to individual cohort members.

“The classes are taught with an understanding of the global environment in which today’s organizations operate,” said David Bosch, assistant professor of Business. “Therefore, there is a strong focus on including an international perspective throughout the curriculum.”

Each academic year, one cohort of students will begin the 20-month version of the program in August. Another cohort will begin the 15-month version the following January. Both cohorts will graduate the next May, having completed the 36-credit-hour program.

Students take one or two of the intensive, project-based courses at a time during six- or seven-week sessions, with a capstone project presented to faculty and the cohort on campus just before graduation. Aside from the capstone project at the end of the program, the entire degree can be completed online, although students will interact extensively using an array of digital mechanisms.

According to Dr. Steve Clements, associate professor of political science and dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, the idea for this MBA has been germinating for a number of years.  “We are thrilled to have a program that does not simply give students the tools to succeed in current business or management settings, but that also develops their understanding of key ethical concepts — such as sustainability, community impact, business as vocation and as mission — missing from programs forthrightly designed to enable students to climb the corporate ladder,” he said.

Two graduate assistantships are available for the 2013-14 academic year that cover tuition charges for the program. For more information about the MBA, including an online application and course descriptions, click here.

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