Master of Business Administration 
MBA

MBA at Greenville University 

Designed for working professionals, our online MBA degree program gives you the flexibility to complete your master’s degree at your own pace. Our state-of-the-art online learning platform allows you to submit work and collaborate with professors and peers. You’ll apply what you learn to real-world business challenges in your everyday environment.

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Your Pace
Complete a course or two at a time, or take a semester off. In this flexible online MBA degree program, you complete your degree on a schedule that works for you.
Gain experience
Complete an action research project to effect change within your organization. Additional hands-on learning opportunities include interviewing business managers and developing real-world business case studies.
Network
Access a large network of business professionals through our online MBA degree program. Interact with business managers and organizational leaders as part of your coursework, collaborate closely with professors and colleagues, and tap into to our extensive alumni network of business professionals.

Why GU

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Values-based leadership. A faith-based education offers more than technical business skills. Learn how to lead ethically, inspire and motivate employees, and develop trust within an organization.

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Personalized attention. Experience personal growth and plan your career under the guidance of faculty who know your name and cheer your success. GU’s low 11:1 student/faculty ratio and community atmosphere allow professors to invest in their students.

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Faith-based. Learn to incorporate your faith into both your studies and your career. 

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Master of Business Administration Success Story

Sucess Stories

I decided to come to GU because I love the community here. I was surrounded by great people that really invested in me and always pushed me to be greater than I formerly was.

-Johnny Milabu

Program Requirements

Master of Business Administration  

The Master of Business Administration degree with a major in Business Administration prepares students to meet business challenges, achieve career goals, and move ahead in their organization with knowledge that can be applied to a variety of real world business situations. In this major, you will explore vital business and leadership fundamentals in such areas as management, accounting, economics, finance, strategy and marketing. Our Master of Business Administration degree with a major in Business Administration readies students for the demands of contemporary business leadership in a complex and uncertain business environment.

Courses

ACCT 560: Accounting Management (3 credits, 8 weeks)

The course focuses on managements' role in accounting. The course is focused on the study of planning, internal management decision-making, and the use of accounting systems for control. Financial results control systems and alternatives to traditional performance measures will be emphasized for various organizational contexts. The course emphasizes how accounting is the key means of exercising responsibility and communicating truth.

BUSN 501: Strategic Management (3 credits, 8 weeks)

This course will help students critically evaluate their organization’s strategic goals and objectives. During the course, students will examine their organization’s vision and mission; prepare a thorough external environment analysis, conduct an internal analysis that examines their organization’s resources and competitive position, help craft a strategy and predict possible problems and pitfalls that their organization might encounter during strategic implementation.


BUSN 510: Organization Theory and Practice (3 credits, 8 weeks)

This course will provide an overview of how organizations work. Theory, research and application will be utilized to provide students with a deeper understanding of organizational structure, culture, communication, and strategic planning processes. Students will engage in exercises and activities that will assist with the development of a mature, Christian perspective and analysis of their organization.

BUSN 520: Values Based Leadership (3 credits, 8 weeks)

This course will focus on the development of Christian leadership skills including authenticity, inspiration, motivation, and development of trust within an organization. This course will assist students in developing a solid understanding of the differences between leadership and management. Major theories and models of leadership will be reviewed through a series of case studies and activities.

BUSN 525: Human Resource Strategies (3 credits, 8 weeks)

This course assists students with understanding the effective components of human resource use within their organizations from a Christian perspective. Specific topics include alignment of human resource systems with organizational strategy; evaluation of effective employee motivation programs; staffing systems, rewards and compensation; employee development; and performance management systems.


BUSN 530: Legal and Ethical Environments (3 credits, 8 weeks)

This course will identify the ethical and legal issues involved in the management of specific problem areas in business including employment issues, environmental, product liability, marketing and digital information; and provide an understanding of the ethical views, social responsibility, and legal environments from a Christian perspective within which these issues arise in today’s economy. Emphasis is placed on analytical problem solving and ethical decision-making.


BUSN 540: Project Management (3 credits, 8 weeks)

This course will help students become familiar with and understand project management practices and skills, as well as recognize both how and why project management is distinct from strategic or operations management. Further, this course will focus on the factors necessary for successful project management including project management concepts, the project life-cycle, needs identification, effective teams, organization, communications, planning, risk assessment and management, task and resource scheduling, controlling, cost performance, reporting, and an overview of project management software.

BUSN 551: International Business & Global Strategy (3 credits, 8 weeks)

This course is an investigation into the influence of culture, economics, industry, regulation, and strategy on the management and structure of the international firm. The political, economic and organizational forms of international business and trade are explored, as well as the growth and magnitude of multinational ventures. Additionally, characteristics of managing diversity in a global organization and how to create synergy will be examined.

BUSN 565: Applied Business Research and Statistics (3 credits, 8 weeks)

This course prepares students to apply statistics and probability concepts with ethical considerations to business decisions. Students will learn effective research and analysis skills fundamental to any leadership or managerial role. Students learn important criterion for developing effective research questions, including the creation of appropriate sampling populations and instruments. Other topics include descriptive statistics, probability concepts, confidence intervals, sampling designs, data collection, and data analysis – including parametric and nonparametric tests of hypothesis and regression analysis.

BUSN 582: Signature Learning Experience (4 credits, 16 weeks)

In this capstone course, students will integrate knowledge and skills gained through their program of study as they develop an applied research project. Students will demonstrate the knowledge and skills gained by leading the design and implementation of an improvement effort in an organization of their choice. This capstone project is carried out over the period of one semester with a team selected by the student and involves the implementation and application of management theory. Students are expected to complete a master’s level project demonstrating competency in management theory, the individual area of emphasis, as well as faith integration.

ECON 522: Economic Thinking for Managers (3 credits, 8 weeks)

To manage effectively requires an understanding of economics and the role of economics in business. As Christians, our role as business leaders is to understand the principles of economics and how we might help those less fortunate than ourselves. Economists argue as to the road to be taken to lessen the effects of poverty, arguing for or against capitalism, free market, socialism, communism and mixed economies, as well as many other economic forms. This course examines economic approaches to alleviating poverty throughout the world. Students are encouraged to think critically about the role of government, morals, ethics and freedom in economics for this course.

FINA 520: Financial Management (3 credits, 8 weeks)

This course is an in-depth analysis of financial management issues faced by managers in for profit organizations and managers’ responsibility to exercise productive stewardship over financial and physical capital. It covers advanced topics in capital budgeting, working capital management, capital market instruments, lease financing, asset/liability management, financial forecasting and other related topics.


MRKT 512: Strategic Marketing Management (3 credits, 8 weeks)

This course introduces students to strategic marketing analysis, approaches to analyzing marketing capability, market segmentation, customer and competitor analysis. The course focuses on the development of marketing strategies. The course discusses the necessary elements to establish effective marketing evaluation and control systems.

Visit the Online Graduate Catalog for an explanation of graduation requirements.