MBA Frequently Asked Questions – Asbury University
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MBA Frequently Asked Questions

▾ What are the Application Requirements and Deadlines?

Application Deadlines

  • Fall Semester: August 1
  • Mid-Fall Semester: September 15
  • Spring Semester: December 1
  • Mid-Spring Semester: February 15
  • Summer Semester: April 15

*Including application, transcripts, recommendations, Peregrine Certificate, etc. Please see the complete list below or email for more information.

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.
  2. Transcripts. Submit all official transcripts* for undergraduate and graduate work directly from the credit-granting institution to:

    Asbury University Graduate Admissions
    One Macklem Drive
    Wilmore, KY 40390

    * Transcripts from institutions outside of the US must be sent to Asbury from Instructions for vary by country. Please visit for instructions.

  3. Peregrine Testing. Each applicant will be sent a link to take the online Peregrine test. This test must be 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. The online application provides instructions. An email address for each reference will be requested on the application
  5. Resume. Submit a current resume by emailing
  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 3.0 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.

▾ How long does the program take to complete?

Obtaining an MBA from Asbury University can take as few as 18 months. If you follow the traditional cohort track the program will take 18 months; however, our program is designed for personal customization. Most classes are offered once each year, and some electives every two years, enabling you to choose your own pacing. For more information on how you can tailor a plan to accommodate your needs, please email us at

▾ How many credit hours is the MBA program?

The program is 36 credit hours.

▾ What is the format of the MBA program?

Obtaining an MBA from Asbury University can take as few as 18 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.

▾ How much does the program cost?

View current tuition and fees for the MBA program.

▾ Is financial aid available?

View the current financial aid available.  Competitive graduate assistantships are available. Please email for Graduate Assistantship details. Graduate Assistantship applications are typically due May 31 and awarded by June 15 each year.

▾ What makes an MBA from Asbury University’s 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 nonprofit 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.

Recent graduates enter various corporate and nonprofit roles, including:

  • Account Manager
  • Accountant
  • Accounts Payable Manager
  • Administrator
  • Auditor
  • Controller
  • Chief Operating Officer
  • Director of Communications
  • District Manager
  • Equine Manager
  • Entrepreneur/Founder
  • Operations Manager
  • Plant Manager
  • Producer
  • Professor
  • Program Manager
  • Vice President
  • VP of Development

▾ 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, master’s, and education specialist 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.

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

▾ Are rising seniors qualified to apply for an MBA?

Qualifying seniors in an undergraduate degree program

Rising seniors (students with 90+ credits) 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 all prerequisites for the graduate course. A guest student in the MBA program can take 9 credit hours (3 courses) 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— they are not dual credit courses. A student must successfully complete a bachelor’s degree before full admission into the MBA program.                                                                                                                     

*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.