MBA Program – Business God’s Way

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.

  • Academic Excellence – Competent in Business
    To know and understand the importance of Truth as it relates to all areas of life: business, economic, social, spiritual, emotional and physical.
  • Spiritual Vitality – Committed to Christ
    To believe with a deep faith the importance of knowing Jesus Christ personally and to understand the God exalting, soul--‐satisfying life that can be achieved when one submits to Him.
  • Entrepreneurial Stewardship – Character filled Living
    To live LIFE (our Labor, our Influence, our Finances, our Expertise) with the understanding that God owns it all and we are the stewards charged with the task of creating economic, social, and spiritual capital in the enterprises we manage.
Howard Dayton Speaking at Asbury University in Hughes Chapel
 

 

Tracks: Earn your MBA in as few as 20 months
1 Traditional
Cohort
2 4+1
Track
3 4+1
Accounting
4 At Your
Pace

Traditional Cohort

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.

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

4+1 Bachelor’s and Master’s degree track with Accounting Emphasis

The 4+1 MBA Accounting degree from Asbury University is designed to give AU accounting students 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 the senior year of their undergraduate program to give them a fast start on the MBA program.

This is designed for accounting students who are interested in completing the education requirement for CPA certification or want to pursue an MBA in conjunction with a bachelor’s degree in accounting.

Length of Track
20 Months

Total Credit Hours
36

Course Schedule

Fall Year 2

Spring Year 2

At Your Pace

If you follow the traditional cohort track, the program will take 20 months; however, our program course load is designed to adjust based on your schedule. 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
Customize 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.

Qualifying seniors in an undergraduate degree program

The 4+1 program is designed for you to receive your undergraduate and Master of Business Administration degrees in five years. If you follow the traditional 4+1 track, you will take three MBA classes during your undergraduate senior year plus one additional year to complete the MBA program.

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 requirements?

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. More details may be found at Admissions Requirements to the MBA Program. (LINK to the attached document)

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 www.asbury.edu/apply.
  2. Transcripts.  Have all official transcripts for undergraduate and graduate work sent directly from the credit-granting institution to:

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

  3. GMAT or GRE Test Scores.  Submit GMAT or GRE scores to the Asbury University MBA Program.
  4. Letters of Recommendation.  Provide at least (3) three 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).

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. GMAT or GRE Scores.  It is expected that the average score will exceed the following:

    a. 545 for the GMAT, or

    b. the GRE:

    i. Verbal Reasoning taken prior to 8/1/11 – 450; or Verbal Reasoning taken after 8/1/11 – 150; and

    ii. Quantitative Reasoning taken prior to 8/1/11 – 490; or Quantitative Reasoning taken after 8/1/11 – 150; and

    iii. Analytical Writing – 4.0

  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. Interview. All applicants must interview with a HDSB faculty member via the video conference, phone or in person. The interview is another source to gauge whether or not the applicant is prepared for the success in the program.
  7. 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.

Qualifying seniors in an undergraduate degree program

Rising seniors at Asbury 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. When the student graduates these hours are transferred to their MBA program and they are considered a graduate student with 27 hours remaining to be completed.

 

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.

Qualifying seniors in an undergraduate degree program

During their senior year at Asbury qualifying students are able to include MBA 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. When the student graduates these hours are transferred to their MBA program and they are considered a graduate student with 27 hours remaining to be completed. View current graduate level 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 and Faith

The purpose of this class is to unite key business principles with theological insights as an opening course for students in the Howard Dayton School of Business 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. 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.

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 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 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

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