MBA Program – Business God’s Way

Howard Dayton Speaking at Asbury University in Hughes Chapel

At the Howard Dayton School of Business
Our goal is for our graduates
to be the best FOR the world

With academic excellence, spiritual vitality, and entrepreneurial stewardship, the Howard Dayton School of Business equips committed business leaders for the purpose of eliminating economic, social, and spiritual poverty around the world.

Our mission is to provide a rigorous, student-centric education that emphasizes collaboration, critical and innovative thinking while cultivating integrity and character.

Students in the MBA program will be able to demonstrate managerial competency through skills that reflect critical thinking, organizational prowess, and strategic decision making—forged from an ethically minded and spiritually grounded perspective. The following are the learning objectives for students in the MBA program.

 

 

Tracks: Earn your MBA in as few as 20 months
1

Traditional MBA
20-Month Pace

2

20-Month Pace:
Nonprofit Mgmt.

3

4+1 Program

4

At Your Pace

20-Month Pace: Business Administration

Obtaining a MBA from Asbury University can take as few as 20 months with the traditional track. While a majority of the courses are conducted in an online classroom in 8-week sessions, students will join together as a cohort at the completion of the MBA program for capstone presentations, professional development and ultimately graduation.

Length of Track
20 Months

Total Credit Hours
36

20-Month Pace: Nonprofit Management

Obtaining a MBA from Asbury University can take as few as 20 months with the traditional track. While a majority of the courses are conducted in an online classroom in 8-week sessions, students will join together as a cohort at the completion of the MBA program for capstone presentations, professional development and ultimately graduation.

Length of Track
20 Months

Total Credit Hours
36

4+1 Bachelor’s and Master’s degree track

The 4+1 MBA degree from Asbury is designed to give students from all areas of study the opportunity to earn their bachelor’s degree and MBA in five years. Students accepted into Asbury’s 4+1 MBA program will have the opportunity to take MBA courses during their senior year of their undergraduate program to give them a fast start on the MBA program.

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

Length of Track
20 Months

Total Credit Hours
36

At Your Pace:
Business Administration or
Nonprofit Management

Students following the the traditional cohort track, will take 20 months; however, the program course load is designed to adjust based on the students individual scheduling needs. We understand that many of our students are currently working and have other obligations. We would like to help you design a pacing schedule that fits your busy life. The sample to the right illustrates one potential option: a part-time program requiring four years to complete taking one class per semester. For more information on how you can tailor a plan to accommodate your needs, please email us at mba@asbury.edu.

Part-time program requiring four years to complete taking one class per semester.

Length of Track
Customized for you

Total Credit Hours
36

 

MBA Frequently Asked Questions
What makes an MBA from Asbury University’s Howard Dayton School of Business Unique?

Our students will learn to use business as a vehicle to address economic, social and spiritual poverty. Sustainable, innovative wealth creation in the economy, as well as viable, effective social institutions in the non-profit sector, require sophisticated management skills grounded in a robust understanding of ethics and Christian virtues. Asbury University’s MBA program, educates men and women from around the world in a graduate management curriculum that will enable them to integrate their faith and work in a manner that leads to our distinctive focus on management of the triple bottom line - profit, people, and purpose.

  • First, profit is important to sustain and grow the organization. This requires students to learn how to steward financial capital.
  • Second, people are equally important; this principle necessitates that managers be stewards of social capital. Without trust and respectful treatment, employees and suppliers cannot create value for the customers.
  • Third, a business needs a broader purpose.

Students need to learn that spiritual capital can transform the community in which the business works. Our program embeds prudential and Biblical principles into inquiry across the traditional fields of MBA study, an entrepreneurial theme across all courses and the capstone project, and a focus on business as mission. Students who complete our program will be poised to provide effective leadership in management, with integrity and conscience, across a broad range of careers and organizations.

What are the goals for MBA graduates?

Students in the MBA program will become well-grounded in the discipline of business management and demonstrate competency through skills that show critical thinking and organizational prowess. The learning objectives for students in the MBA program include: knowledge of the field; excellent communication skills, strong organizational skills; critical thinking and analysis; collaboration; and business ethics and personal integrity.

Is the MBA program accredited?

Asbury University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award associate, baccalaureate, and master’s degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Asbury University. 

Howard Dayton School of Business is a member of The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).

How many credit hours is the MBA program?

The program is 36 credit hours.

How long does the program take to complete?

Student with a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution

Obtaining an MBA from Asbury University can take as few as 20 months. If you follow the traditional cohort track the program will take 20 months; however, our program is designed for personal customization. Each class is offered once each year, so that you may choose your own pacing. For more information on how you can tailor a plan to accommodate your needs, please email us at mba@asbury.edu.

What is the format of the MBA program?

Obtaining a MBA from Asbury University can take as few as 20 months with the traditional cohort track. While a majority of the courses are conducted in an online classroom in 8-week sessions, students will join together as a cohort at the completion of the MBA program for capstone presentations, professional development and ultimately graduation.

What are the Application Requirements?

Application Deadlines

Fall 2017 semester: July 15, 2017
Spring 2018 semester: December 8, 2017

Student with a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution

Applicants should possess a four-year undergraduate degree (or its equivalent) with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or higher on a 4.0 point scale.

MBA Program Admission Requirements:  The following information details the application process, admissions, transfer, and pre-MBA foundation requirements of the program.

Application Process for Admission to the MBA Program

  1. MBA Application.  Students can apply online at apply.asbury.edu.
  2. Transcripts.  Submit all official transcripts for undergraduate and graduate work directly from the credit-granting institution to:

    MBA Program Admissions
    Asbury University
    One Macklem Drive
    Wilmore, KY  40390

  3. Peregrine Testing. Each applicant will be sent a link to take the online Peregrine test. This test must e completed before the application can be reviewed by the committee.
  4. Letters of Recommendation.  Provide at least three (3) recommendations (1 - academic, 2 - character, and 3 - professional from individuals who are able to objectively assess the quality of the student’s character, capabilities, accomplishments, and overall potential as an MBA student and future business leader.  Online application provides instructions. An email address for each reference will be requested on the application 
  5. Resume.  Submit a current resume by email to MBA@asbury.edu.
  6. Essay.  Complete the Short Essay on the online application. 
  7. Community Expectations.  Sign and submit the Asbury University Community Expectations Statement on the online application.
  8. English Language Proficiency. International students (with the exception of those who hold a degree from an accredited U.S. institution of higher education) must submit official results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (written or computer exam), and the Test of Written English.  International students can also submit the official results of the IBT (internet based test) for the TOEFL or the IELTS (International English Language Testing System).
What are the Admission requirements?

Admission Requirements for the MBA Program

  1. Completed MBA application materials.
  2. Undergraduate degree and transcripts. Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate coursework from accredited institutions.  Applicants should possess a four-year undergraduate degree (or its equivalent) with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or higher on a 4.0 point scale.
  3. Peregrine Scores. It is expected that students will meet or exceed a score of 40 on the Peregrine Inbound Assessment Exam.
  4. TOEFL. Students are expected to have a strong command of English to be successful in the program and later in their career. All applicants whose native language is not English (with the exception of those who hold a degree from an accredited U.S. institution of higher education) must submit a TOEFL score above 550 (paper based) or 213 (computer-based test) and a score of 4.5 on the Test of Written English (TWE) meets this expectation. An IBT exam score of 79 would be equivalent to the TOEFL.
  5. Work Experience. While work experience is preferred, there is no minimum requirement. Work experience and test scores are considered together to gauge the readiness of the student for graduate business success.
  6. Transfer Credits. A maximum of 9 Graduate course credits can be transferred from an accredited institution. Transfer credit is evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

Pre-MBA Foundation Requirements

Generally, it is assumed that students have completed a degree in business administration or accounting (major or minor) or possess a mastery of pre-MBA skills and knowledge. However, many students will come from non-business backgrounds, or need to refresh their basic business knowledge. Certification of pre-MBA foundation courses may be satisfied in one of the following options:

  1. Earn at least a ‘C’ in these pre-requisite courses at Asbury:
    • ECN 100 Principles of Economics
    • ACC 100 Foundations of Accounting
    • ECN 325 Statistics or BU 261 Business Analytics

    [These course credits will not be counted toward fulfillment of the MBA degree.]

  2. Passing equivalent courses at another accredited school online or via correspondence courses.
  3. Passing college-level proficiency (CLEP) examinations.
  4. Successfully completing Series 1 and 2 of the Institute for Business Management and Leadership Excellence.
Are rising seniors qualified to apply for an MBA?

Qualifying seniors in an undergraduate degree program

Rising seniors in Asbury's residential undergraduate program are eligible to apply to the MBA program for conditional acceptance. Students must be classified as a senior (90 credit hours) when taking 500-level MBA courses, must have a cumulative 3.0 GPA, and must satisfy the all prerequisites for the graduate course. A guest student in the MBA program can take 9 credit hours (3 courses) during their senior year and no more than one graduate course may be taken at a time.

Students are able to include these credit hours in their semester load of up to a maximum of 18 total hours and not pay additional tuition. MBA courses may not be used to satisfy the requirements for the bachelor’s degree. A student must complete a bachelor’s degree before they can be fully admitted into the MBA program.

How much does the program cost?

Student with a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution

View current tuition and fees for the MBA program.

Is financial aid available?

Competitive scholarships are available; please email mba@asbury.edu for scholarship details. View the current financial aid available.

 

MBA 511 (3)
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 in the MBA program. Understanding our Christian anthropology, in addition to our heritage and key beliefs, is a necessary antecedent to graduate work in business at Asbury University. 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.

Faculty

Dr. Kevin Brown

Dr. Kevin Brown

Emphasis:

Spiritual

MBA 512 (3)
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.

Faculty

Dr. David Bosch

Dr. David Bosch

Emphasis:

Economic

MBA 513 (3)
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 and make sound financial decisions.

Faculty

Dr. David Bosch

Dr. David Bosch

Emphasis:

Economic

MBA 514 (3)
Business Ethics

The topics of spirituality, business ethics, and purpose from a Christian perspective will be explored as well as what it means to integrate one‘s faith and work in a holistic manner in today’s marketplace of ideas.

Faculty

Dr. Kevin Brown

Dr. Kevin Brown

Emphasis:

Spiritual

MBA 517 (3)
Managerial Economics

This course emphasizes the application of microeconomic skills to contemporary business decisions which include production, cost, demand, pricing, and profits. Further economic relationships are inferred by applying estimation techniques to actual data.

Faculty

Dr. Kevin Brown

Dr. Kevin Brown

Emphasis:

Economic

MBA 518 (3)
Business Analytics

Quantitative tools and methods will be developed and applied with applications to both for-profit and non-profit business analysis and decision-making. The methods will include the full range of data analysis from data collection to using the results in managerial and leadership decision-making.

Faculty

Dr. Paul Hamilton

Dr. Paul Hamilton

Emphasis:

Economic

MBA 519 (3)
Business Law

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.

Faculty

Prof. Chad Wadlington

Prof. Chad Wadlington

Emphasis:

Social, Economic

MBA 613 (6)
Capstone Strategy Class

In this course students will investigate industries and ideas, research alternatives, and develop competitive strategies in order to create viable business plans contemplating legal structures, marketing plans, and pro-forma financial statements that meet very demanding investment audiences.

Faculty

Dr. Mark Gill

Dr. Mark Gill

Emphasis:

All

MBA 614
Capstone Strategy

In this course, students will investigate industries and ideas, research alternatives, and develop competitive strategies in order to create viable business plans that meet very demanding investment audiences. 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. Students will experience a 2-3 day on campus experience. This serves as a comprehensive course for the entire MBA program at Asbury University.

Faculty

Dr. Kevin Brown

Dr. Kevin Brown

Emphasis:

All

MBA 615
International Business

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.

Faculty

Dr. Mike Kane

Dr. Mike Kane

Emphasis:

Social, Economic

MBA 616
Human Resources/Organizational Behavior

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.

Faculty

Prof. Michael Yoder

Prof. Michael Yoder

Emphasis:

All

MBA 635 (3)
Mentored Experience

his course consist of mentored fieldwork experience in a business organization. It may be either an internship or co-op position in which the student is assigned specific tasks to be accomplished during their tenure with the company. A mentor will also be assigned to the student to guide them in the integration of faith and work as they complete their fieldwork. The student will meet regularly with the mentor and be required to keep a journal throughout the assignment. The course may be repeated.

Faculty

Dr. Mike Kane

Dr. Mike Kane

Emphasis:

All

MBA 693 (1-3)
MBA Seminar

Designated special-interest classes, seminars, or field experiences supervised by faculty, with the appropriate course requirements. Credit may be given more than once.

Faculty

Dr. Mike Kane

Dr. Mike Kane

Emphasis:

All

ACG 501 (3)
Advanced Auditing

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. (Course substitutes for MBA 611)

Faculty

Prof. Emily Walsh

Prof. Emily Walsh

Emphasis:

All

ACG 502 (3)
Advanced Taxation

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. (Course substitutes for MBA 512)

Faculty

Prof. Amelie Larson

Prof. Amelie Larson

Emphasis:

All

NPM 522 (3)
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 also utilize tools to aid decision making. Financial management concepts such as financial forecasting, and working capital management will be covered.

Faculty

Prof. Alesha Graves

Prof. Alesha Graves

Emphasis:

Economic

NPM 523 (3)
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.

Faculty

Dr. Mark Gill

Dr. Mark Gill

Emphasis:

Economic

NPM 526 (3)
Nonprofit Marketing/Pubilc Relations

This public relations 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.

Faculty

Prof. Michael Ross

Prof. Michael Ross

Emphasis:

Social, Spiritual

NPM 528 (3)
Nonprofit Marketing

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.

Faculty

Dr. Mark Gill

Dr. Mark Gill

Emphasis:

Social, Economic

NPM 626 (3)
Human Resource Management in Nonprofits

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.

Faculty

Prof. Michael Yoder

Prof. Michael Yoder

Emphasis:

All

NPM 625 (3)
Global Issues

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.

Faculty

Dr. Mike Kane

Dr. Mike Kane

Emphasis:

All

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