Asbury +1 MBA Program – Asbury University
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The Asbury + 1 MBA degree from Asbury is designed to give students from all areas of study the opportunity to obtain advanced standing in the MBA. Upon graduation from AU undergrad, students with MBA advanced standing can earn an MBA degree in as few as twelve additional months.

Students accepted into the Asbury +1 MBA program, sometimes known as the 4+1 MBA program, have the opportunity to take MBA courses during their undergraduate program. To qualify, students must have:

  • 3.0 or higher GPA
  • 90+ undergraduate credit hours

Up to 9 credit hours can be included within Traditional Undergraduate tuition. Essentially, Asbury +1 students can complete up to 25% of their Masters at no additional cost.*

Designed for Asbury University undergraduate students who have the capacity in their course schedules.

  • Total Credit Hours: 36, 9 hours as undergraduate student + 27 hours as a graduate student                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

* No additional tuition fees, when taken as part of undergraduate block tuition (13-18 credit hours). Other tuition rates apply, when graduate courses are taken outside of the tuition block. Please check with Financial Aid for specific account information.

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Sample Course Schedule

Management Pathway

▾ Fall Senior Year

MBA 511 - History of Business, Faith and Ethics

The purpose of this class is to unite key business principles with theological insights as an opening course for students. Understanding our Christian anthropology, in addition to our heritage and key beliefs, is a necessary antecedent to graduate work in business at Asbury University. People of faith, like everyone else, are active participants in a business- dominated world. Developing a clear understanding of how the business world runs, and more importantly, having our faith perspective define and dictate how we understand and behave within this world—is the primary intent of the class. This course will specifically explore the history of Christianity and commercial exchange, humans as image bearers of a productive and relational Creator, case study examples of faith-motivated ventures and entrepreneurial endeavors through history, and reflection upon redemptive business practice. (Typically Fall & Spring)

Faculty: Dr. David Bosch

▾ Spring Senior Year

MBA 515 - Strategic Leadership

This course provides practical understandings into internal and external factors which impact the effectiveness of leaders and an understanding of the dynamics of leadership skills and behaviors necessary to function in a competitive, international environment. Topics such as characteristics of leaders, change leadership, transformational leadership, and servant leadership will be covered. (Typically Spring)

Faculty: Dr. Mike Yoder 

MBA 517 - Managerial Economics

This course is a study of economic decision-making in today’s business firm. Students will develop fluency with the language and concepts of economics and a strong economic intuition. Students will gain an understanding of selected economics-based decision-making tools and the impact and interaction of the structure of an industry on competition. The course emphasizes the logical foundations of economic analysis and managerial decision-making. Advanced estimation techniques such as multivariate regression will also be incorporated into the course. (Typically Spring)

Faculty: Dr. Paul Hamilton

 

▾ Summer

MBA 518 - Business Analytics

An overview of design, control, and improvement of production and service systems. Topics including operations strategies, product design, process selection, and quality management are covered. This course will also utilize tools to aid decision- making. Skills such as data collection, preparation, analysis, and interpretation will be taught. (Typically Summer)

Faculty: Dr. Paul Hamilton

Elective

Choose from elective list below

▾ Fall Year 2

MBA 512 - Accounting

This course is geared towards managers and their need to utilize accounting information to make decisions. This course will help the student understand the key financial statements as well as key managerial financial reports. Financial statement analysis as well as break-even and pricing analysis will be covered so that better business decisions can be made. (Typically Fall)

Faculty: Dr. David Bosch

MBA 516 - Strategic Marketing

A study of current challenges in today‘s global marketing environment. A key aspect is understanding the need to develop a competitive advantage by creating customer value. Further understanding of marketing strategies, positioning, market segmentation, pricing, communication, and distribution channels will take place. Emphasis will be on developing skill for entering new markets. (Typically Fall)

Faculty: Dr. George Allen

Elective

Choose from elective list below

Elective

Choose from elective list below

▾ Spring Year 2

MBA 513 - Financial Management*

Financial management concepts such as present value, stock and bond valuation, capital budgeting, capital structures, financial forecasting, and working capital management will be covered. Additional subjects will include valuations, and different sources and uses of capital available in order for the leaders to be good stewards of the organization. (Typically Spring)

* Prerequisite: MBA 512 – Accounting

Faculty: Dr. David Bosch

MBA 611 - Entrepreneurship and Innovation

A study of entrepreneurship and the skills and practices needed to launch a sustainable venture. This involves understanding how to stimulate creativity, innovation management, new product development, and becoming a learning organization. (Typically Spring)

Faculty: Dr. Mike Kane

MBA 614 - Capstone Strategy

In this course, students will experience an intensive study week that serves as a comprehensive class for the entire MBA program at Asbury University. Specific attention will be given to the origination, implementation, and sustainable cultivation of a business project, firm, or organization. Attention will be given to considerations in the triple bottom line. (Typically Spring)

Faculty: Dr. George Allen and various faculty

Nonprofit Management Pathway

▾ Fall Senior Year

MBA 511 - History of Business, Faith & Ethics

The purpose of this class is to unite key business principles with theological insights as an opening course for students. Understanding our Christian anthropology, in addition to our heritage and key beliefs, is a necessary antecedent to graduate work in business at Asbury University. People of faith, like everyone else, are active participants in a business- dominated world. Developing a clear understanding of how the business world runs, and more importantly, having our faith perspective define and dictate how we understand and behave within this world—is the primary intent of the class. This course will specifically explore the history of Christianity and commercial exchange, humans as image bearers of a productive and relational Creator, case study examples of faith-motivated ventures and entrepreneurial endeavors through history, and reflection upon redemptive business practice. (Typically Fall & Spring)

Faculty: Dr. David Bosch

▾ Spring Senior Year

NPM 523 - Strategic Fundraising

Covers funding topics such as the running of an annual campaign, membership driven fundraising, corporate gifts, estate giving as well as grant writing. (Typically Spring)

Faculty: Mike Stratford

MBA 515 - Strategic Leadership

This course provides practical understandings into internal and external factors which impact the effectiveness of leaders and an understanding of the dynamics of leadership skills and behaviors necessary to function in a competitive, international environment. Topics such as characteristics of leaders, change leadership, transformational leadership, and servant leadership will be covered. (Typically Spring)

Faculty: Dr. Mike Yoder 

▾ Summer

MBA 518 - Business Analytics

An overview of design, control, and improvement of production and service systems. Topics including operations strategies, product design, process selection, and quality management are covered. This course will also utilize tools to aid decision- making. Skills such as data collection, preparation, analysis, and interpretation will be taught. (Typically Summer)

Faculty: Dr. Paul Hamilton

Elective

Choose from elective list below

▾ Fall Year 2

NPM 522 - Nonprofit Financial Management

The course covers skills for budget development, financial forecasting and analysis. Skills such as data collection, preparation, analysis, and interpretation will be taught. This course will utilize tools to aid decision making. Financial management concepts such as financial forecasting, and working capital management will be covered. (Typically Fall)

Faculty: Prof. Alesha Graves

NPM 526 - Nonprofit Marketing

This course challenges students with case studies and familiarizes them with strategic management tools such as media monitoring, crisis planning, content analysis and questionnaire development. Aspects such as brand development and protection, services marketing, the duality of donor and recipient marketing relationships will also be addressed. (Typically Fall)

Faculty: Prof. Michael Ross

Elective

Choose from elective list below

Elective

Choose from elective list below

▾ Spring Year 2

MBA 611 - Entrepreneurship and Innovation

A study of entrepreneurship and the skills and practices needed to launch a sustainable venture. This involves understanding how to stimulate creativity, innovation management, new product development, and becoming a learning organization. (Typically Spring)

Faculty: Dr. Mike Kane

MBA 614 - Capstone Project

In this course, students will experience an intensive study week that serves as a comprehensive class for the entire MBA program at Asbury University. Specific attention will be given to the origination, implementation, and sustainable cultivation of a business project, firm, or organization. Attention will be given to considerations in the triple bottom line. (Typically Spring)

Faculty: Dr. George Allen and various faculty

Elective

Choose from elective list below

 

 

▾ Electives

Choose three (3):

MBA 517 - Managerial Economics (Spring)

This course is a study of economic decision-making in today’s business firm. Students will develop fluency with the language and concepts of economics and a strong economic intuition. Students will gain an understanding of selected economics-based decision-making tools and the impact and interaction of the structure of an industry on competition. The course emphasizes the logical foundations of economic analysis and managerial decision-making. Advanced estimation techniques such as multivariate regression will also be incorporated into the course. (Typically Spring)

Faculty: Dr. Paul Hamilton

MBA 514 - Ethics (Summer)

This course will explore the more common ethical traditions and their moral claims relative to the marketplace and the business environment. Moreover, topics of spirituality, business ethics, and calling from a Christian perspective will be explored from a faith-based perspective. (Typically Summer)

Faculty: TBA

MBA 519 - Business Law (Summer)

An overview of commercial law related to business transactions and the legal frameworks that regulate companies and industries. Topics include commercial paper (checks, promissory notes, certificates of deposit, etc.); credit transactions and security devices (mortgages, pledges, liens, etc.); agency; and bankruptcy. (Typically Summer)

Faculty: Prof. Chad Wadlington

MBA 612 - Social Entrepreneurship (Summer)

A study of the business principles that are being applied to solving the world‘s humanitarian problems such as poverty, homelessness, malnutrition, and infectious diseases. This course introduces the field of social entrepreneurship and the effective governance of nonprofit organizations. (Typically Summer)

Faculty: TBA

MBA 615 - International Business (Fall)

A survey of the organization and management of international business stressing the effects of international cultural, economic, and legal factors on the management function. Typical factors examined are export and import trade, transnational investment, finance, marketing, production, taxation, and the role of the U.S. national in multinational organizations. (Typically Fall)

Faculty: Dr. Mike Kane

MBA 616 - Human Resource Management (Fall)

The processes inherent in effective management of the organization’s human resources. Topics include: employee selection, training, and development; design of compensation and reward systems; applied motivation models; and current issues in the management of human resources. (Typically Fall)

Faculty: Dr. Michael Yoder

ACG 501 - Advanced Accounting (Spring)

This course focuses on advanced topics related to auditing standards. This course utilizes case studies to explore the auditor’s ethical responsibilities, the profession’s impact on stakeholders, auditing techniques, internal control evaluation, fraud detection, and other contemporary auditing issues. Prerequisites: ACC 402 or equivalent. (Occasional – Spring)

Faculty: Dr. Emily Walsh

ACG 502 - Advanced Tax (Fall)

This course will explore the rules affecting regular taxation of corporations from initial organization, to capital structure, distributions, dissolution, and liquidation. Specifically, this course focuses on advanced issues related to Federal income taxation of partnerships, corporations, S-corporations, estates, trusts, and gifts. (Occasional – Fall)

Prerequisites: ACC 307 or equivalent.

Faculty: Dr. Alesha Graves

NPM 528 - Project Management (Summer)

Nonprofit organizations are constantly being challenged to reinvent themselves and their programs while staying true to their mission. This course considers the challenge of creating new program and service offerings as well as how to encourage entrepreneurial thinking within the organization. (Typically Spring)

Faculty: Dr. Jay Moon

NPM 625 - Global Issues (Fall)

This course is designed to enhance awareness of global issues affecting nonprofit organizations. The range of contemporary topics include: 1) ethnic and cultural factors that lead to conflict; 2) international social justice issues; 3) cross-border global issues; 4) the intersection of state and religion; 5) technology; and 6) other issues relating to globalization. (Typically Fall)

Faculty: Dr. Mike Kane

NPM 626 - HR Management in Nonprofits (Fall)

A study of issues related to attracting, motivating, and retaining employees (both paid and volunteer). This course discusses the activities of planning staffing, appraising, compensating, training and developing, improving, and establishing work relationships with employees. A focus on the development of skills in the recruiting and leading of paid and volunteer teams. (Typically Fall)

Faculty: Dr. Michael Yoder

NPM 522 - Board Leadership & Development (Summer)

The course covers skills for budget development, financial forecasting and analysis. Skills such as data collection, preparation, analysis, and interpretation will be taught. This course will utilize tools to aid decision making. Financial management concepts such as financial forecasting, and working capital management will be covered. (Typically Fall)

Faculty: Prof. Alesha Graves

MBA 539 - Equine Legal Issues/Risk Mgmt.

In this course students learn to identify and manage issues and situations involving legal and risk management specific to the equine industry. The course takes a multi-disciplinary approach investigating topics in horse welfare, equine activities statutes, equine-related injury and property liability, intellectual property, corporate governance, labor, tax, and import/export issues.

Faculty: TBA

MBA 535 - Equine Management

This course reviews effective managerial practices and approaches to operations such as finance, taxation, asset management, human resources, and strategic planning of commercial horse farms or equine retail and service business. The course introduces the management skills and industry structure necessary for a success venture development in the equine industry.

Faculty: TBA

MBA 536 - Equine Sales/Marketing

In this course students learn various sales and marketing skills and concepts vital to a successful equine business. Emphasis is placed on the development of effective market research, sales strategy, pricing, and other components of an equine marketing plan.

Faculty: TBA

MBA 545 - Sport Venue/Event Mgmt.

Application of sport management theory to venue and event management associated with hosting, managing and sponsoring events. Management process, including theory of management and practical applications within the sport venue and event planning industry will be included.

Faculty: TBA

MBA 546 - Sport Marketing Strategies

This course focuses on the management of the developing, implementing, and evaluating of marketing strategies for sports organizations and companies. This course emphasizes developing the skills and experience needed to make strategic decisions, regarding the direction of the firm’s marketing efforts. Attention is also focused on how strategic marketing contributes to the development and implementation of an organizations overall business strategy.

Faculty: TBA

MBA 543 - Sport Management Leadership

This course is designed to explore the critical function of leadership in the management of sport organizations. Building from the academic foundations of industrial psychology, organizational behavior, and organizational theory, we consider the degree to which leadership is of strategic importance to organizational operations. We approach the topic from a variety of directions (including classical leadership theory, biographical studies, and analyses of contemporary issues of leadership, philosophical debate, and personal experiences) and disciplines (both inside sport and out). In addition to gaining an advanced understanding of leadership theory and practice, students will consider their own approaches to leading organizations. This course will not produce new leaders. Instead, it will provide students with an environment to engage in critical thought, scholarly discourse, and philosophical debate about what it means to lead.

Faculty: TBA