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Jesus, Master, Teacher, and the MBA

By Carla Morris Jesus, Master, Teacher, and the MBA

Have a plan, don’t sugarcoat, handle corruption immediately—just as the management methods of Jesus serve as a centerpiece for a book by Bob Briner ’56, the meld of faith and career distinguishes management studies in the Briner School of Business at Greenville College.

It’s a welcome approach for students like Mark Owens, who will graduate from GC’s all-online MBA program this spring,

“I feel I have grown both professionally and personally from the courses and what I have learned about business and faith,” Owens reflects.

At the outset, Owens expected to hone his management skills; he expected to engage with knowledgeable and skilled professors and with classmates, ready to apply what they learn to their everyday work.

The various methods of faith integration in the coursework, however, and the number of students interested in such a program exceeded his expectations.  

Strong Interest in “What I Believe” and “How I Manage”

Enrollment is at a historic high in GC’s master of business administration and master of science in management programs where professors find creative ways to integrate faith into lessons, texts and discussions. 

Owens and his classmates, for instance, looked at poverty and globalization through a biblical lens and engaged in discussions of business ethics based on books like The Poverty of Nations: A Sustainable Solution.

“[It] really challenged my thoughts on how I can impact others in a financial and spiritual way,” he says.

Surprisingly Personal Yet All Online

Also surprising is that the faith-engagement Owens describes takes place in an all-online environment.

In recent years, GC has gained recognition for achieving excellence in online delivery. This includes conveying the College’s hallmark sense of community and a student’s personal engagement with others in the learning process.

“We have nearly limitless options of technologies that bring face, voice, interaction and community to our online courses,” says Hannah Fishburn, director of instructional technology and online learning at the College.

The increased interest in GC’s faith-focused MBA program doesn’t surprise her. “Our instructors work hard to ensure that the online learner’s experience provides a high-quality experience that is uniquely GC.”

Learn more about management studies at GC:

Set Goal, Plan, Achieve, Repeat

Back to School Just a Little Later in Life: Five Keys to Making It Work

Growing a Business by Degrees

The One-Year MBA

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This story was published on February 28, 2017

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