Master’s in Business Administration

School of Adult & Graduate Studies

Become a business leader.

Montreat College’s MBA program will help you advance your career by providing graduate-level training in the theory and practice of contemporary business management, with practical application from domestic and global perspectives. The mission of Montreat’s business program is to equip students with the knowledge and skills necessary to serve in today’s competitive business environment and to cultivate in all students an entrepreneurial and ethical spirit.

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MBA Degree Highlights

  • Choose from one of our three MBA tracks: General MBA, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, or Cybersecurity Management.
  • Complete your MBA degree in just 30 credits—in under two years—taking just one class weekly, seated or online.
  • Develop your skills in our four areas of focus: Character Development, Communication Skills, Critical Thinking, and Business Competencies.

For over 25 years, Montreat College’s School of Adult and Graduate Studies has been helping adult students acquire essential skills, complete their degrees, and take their career to the next level. Montreat offers undergraduate, graduate, and certificate programs in a classroom or online.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Where is Montreat College’s MBA program offered?

Courses are offered online.

When are the start dates for the MBA degree program?

There are three start dates for new students every year, in January, May, and August. The next start date is the week of January 5, 2020.

How long does it take to complete the MBA degree program?

The general MBA program requires completion of 30 credit hours. If students take a full-time load each term—one class at a time continuously throughout the program—they should complete the program 20 months. The Cybersecurity Management and Innovation and Entrepreneurship concentrations require a total of 39 credit hours and 26 months to complete.

How much does the MBA degree program cost?

The cost is $510 per credit hour, or $15,300 total for the 30 credit program, plus a $35 technology fee per semester. Keep in mind that there are multiple college and government financial aid programs available to help mitigate the cost of your education. You can learn more about your financial aid options here.

What jobs can you pursue with an MBA degree?

According to the U.S. Bureau for Labor Statistics (BLS), the job market for business and financial professionals is expected to grow 10% from 2016-26, faster than the job market generally. Business and finance jobs include: accountants and auditors, budget analysts, financial analysts and advisors, financial examiners, fundraisers, loan officers, market research analysts, purchasing agents and managers, tax specialists, and many more.

What is the job market like for people with MBA degrees?

Globalization, a growing economy, and a complex tax and regulatory environment are expected to continue to lead to strong demand for accountants and auditors. In addition, increasing usage of data and market research in order to understand customers and product demand, and to evaluate marketing strategies, will lead to growing demand for market research analysts.

How much money do business and financial professionals typically make?

According to the BLS, business and financial professionals earn an average annual salary of $68,350. However, the amount of money that such professionals make depends on many factors, including region, industry, and specialization.

Academic Information
Admissions Requirements

To qualify for admission into the Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree program, the following conditions must be satisfied in addition to the standard graduate admissions requirements:

  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 *
  • Submit two letters of professional reference
  • Submit a current resume that includes both academic and employment history
  • Submit official transcripts for all colleges attended.
  • Submit GMAT or GRE scores **
  • Completion of one undergraduate or graduate course in each of the following areas: accounting, economics, finance, and statistics, or completion of the HBX Online CORe program. ***

The Credential of Readiness (CORe) is Harvard Business Extension’s (HBX’s) online primer course on the fundamentals of business thinking—a three-course online program designed to prepare students for the business world. Completion of HBX CORe fulfills the accounting, economics, and statistics admission requirements for the Montreat College MBA. For more information on HBX CORe, go online to https://hbx.hbs.edu/courses/core/.

Meet GMAT/GPA Formula Scores: Minimum formula score of 1,000 [(GPA X 200) + GMAT]

* If the applicant has a cumulative GPA below 2.75 or a GMAT/GPA formula score under 1,000, a “Low GPA” essay can be submitted, for non-F-1 students. The essay should cover challenges that contributed to the low GPA, as well as specifically what the applicant will do to maintain a 3.0 overall GPA in the MBA program.

** GMAT/GRE scores are only valid for 5 years. The GMAT/GRE requirement is waived under two circumstances:

1. The applicant has completed a graduate program in full and is verified by receipt of official transcripts.
2. The applicant has completed a Bachelor’s degree at Montreat College within the past 3 years.

*** For the Cybersecurity Management concentration, an undergraduate degree in MIS, CIS, cybersecurity, or equivalent degree or experience is strongly recommended.

Additional Information

Acceptance into the MBA program must be recommended by the AGS business department. The AGS business department makes the final, official offer of admission. Meeting minimum requirements for admission does not guarantee acceptance.

Program Requirements

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Courses

BS 510 Foundations of Leadership and Communication
This course introduces students to business graduate studies at Montreat College and elaborates on the foundational skills required for leaders. Topics covered include: character development, ethics, stewardship, critical thinking techniques, self-management skills, communication skills, and collaborative learning.

BS 528 Leading Cybersecurity through Organizational Change
Cybersecurity is a human issue, as much as it is a technical issue. This course explores how organizational design and organizational culture affect cybersecurity, and how managers can lead cybersecurity through organizational change. Course topics include developing a culture of security, reducing internal threats, policy development, and managing to risk, and organizational cybersecurity strategy.

BS 531 Ethics, Law and the Global Business Landscape
This course is a survey of legal and ethical issues facing management in complex global business situations. Legal and ethical question are addressed in a case study method. Traditional ethical theories are studied and applied to contemporary global business issues. This includes the nature, formation, and system of law in the United States, and how it relates to international business. Additionally, personal and group ethics will be explored through projects and exercises, for the purpose of character formation.

BS 532 Ethics, Law, and Cybersecurity
Society’s ethical understanding of privacy, security, and hacking is changing all of the time; global information security and privacy laws are still in their infancy. In this course, students will develop moral reasoning skills that will help them navigate the rapidly changing world of cybersecurity. In addition, students will practice character building through exercises in preparation for dealing with difficult ethical and legal situations in the workplace.

BS 537 Quantitative Methods and Data Analytics
This course is designed to provide the graduate student in business with the skills to apply the techniques of quantitative analysis to various types of organizational decision-making situations. Quantitative methods will be used to gain a greater understanding of causation correlation, probability, and risk.

BS 538 Managing Cybersecurity Compliance and Auditing
Auditing the cybersecurity of an enterprise and developing monitoring systems, in order to meet regulatory compliance, is a key component of Cybersecurity Management.Students in this course will learn how to manage employees and teams in order to assess security, identify vulnerabilities and threats, and propose and implement solutions.

BS 546 Quality Operations Management
This course prepares students to develop and manage organizational processes and systems. This includes a focus on leading quality management through frameworks such as Lean, Six Sigma, and Total Quality Management (TQM). Students will apply quantitative methods, critical thinking, and communication skills as they learn to identify and reduce waste in order to make business operations more efficient and more effective.

BS 550 Financial Management Practices
The course is designed to provide students with financial decision-making skills by examining in detail the relationships between financial markets and institutions. Issues related to liquidity, risk management, receivables, payables, cash flow, and capital budgeting are explored. Selected topics in capital valuations, mergers, takeovers, and reorganizations are evaluated.

BS 552 Applied Economics for Decision-Making
This course focuses on economic models and data analysis for real-world decision-making. Intelligent business decision-making requires understanding of economic theories, the ability to assess risk, and the incorporation of multiple types of information. These skills be will be taught through practical methods, such as case studies, exercises, simulations, games, and role-playing.

BS 570 Advanced Managerial Accounting
This course examines accounting information from a managerial perspective. Accounting procedures and practices, which include cost/volume/profit analysis, capital expenditure planning, and financial and capital budgeting, as well as project planning and control will be examined. Practical application will be the focus of study. Use of spreadsheet applications will be encouraged.

BS 572 Lean Strategy for Entrepreneurs
Lean Strategy for Entrepreneurs prepares students to use Lean principles to rapidly create and vet startup products and organizations. Students in this course will learn how to move quickly and effectively from concept to customer-validated product, thereby increasing their probability of success as entrepreneurs.

BS 573 Creativity, Design Thinking, and Product Innovation
This course explores the space between your ears and teaches how to use your God-given brain to create wonderful, exciting, and interesting business ideas and products. Students in this course will learn to use creative problem solving and design principles in order to identify innovative new product opportunities, design new products, and pitch startup concepts to classmates and potential investors.

BS 574 Financial Issues in Entrepreneurship
This course examines and addresses the capital needs of new business ventures, with a focus on high-growth ventures. Entrepreneurs face many challenges, such as identifying funding sources, calculating reasonable valuation, forecasting revenues, budgeting, and managing cash flow. Students in this course will use case studies and simulations to learn to address financial issues in entrepreneurship.

BS 582 Strategic Planning and Competitive Analysis (Capstone)
This course is designed to train students in strategy development, planning, implementation, and measurement. Multiple schools of thought on strategy are examined, with an emphasis on strategic planning, taught through case studies, examples, and exercises. Includes capstone project.

MANAGEMENT AND LEADERSHIP (ML)
ML 540 Marketing Strategies for Managers and Leaders
This course is an integrated approach to planning and implementing marketing strategies and tactics from a management perspective with an emphasis on the discipline of maintaining customer focus in highly diverse local and global markets. The course covers the review of marketing principles by which products and services are designed to meet customer needs and priced, promoted, and distributed to the end users. The course also examines the theory and application of internet marketing.

ML 575 Leadership, Management, and Organizational Behavior
Drawn from the behavioral and social sciences, this course examines leadership theories and management issues as they relate to organizational behavior. Students will compare and contrast leadership and management behaviors, assess theories of motivation, and write papers on topics such as organizational culture, intercultural diversity, knowledge management, team and group dynamics, and office politics, other organizational issues influencing management decisions.

Additional Cybersecurity Management Concentration Course Listings

BS 532 Ethics, Law, and Cybersecurity
Society’s ethical understanding of privacy, security, and hacking is changing all of the time; global information security and privacy laws are still in their infancy. In this course, students will develop moral reasoning skills that will help them navigate the rapidly changing world of cybersecurity, practicing character-building through exercises in preparation for dealing with difficult ethical and legal situations.

BS 528 Leading Cybersecurity Through Organizational Change
Cybersecurity is a human issue as much as it is a technical issue. This course explores how organizational design and organizational culture affect cybersecurity, and how managers can lead cybersecurity through organizational change. Course topics include developing a culture of security, reducing internal threats, policy development, and managing to risk, and organizational cybersecurity strategy.

BS 537 Managing Cybersecurity Compliance and Auditing
Auditing the cybersecurity of an enterprise and developing monitoring systems in order to meet regulatory compliance is a key component of Cybersecurity Management. Students in this course will learn how to manage employees and teams in order to assess security, identify vulnerabilities and threats, and propose and implement solutions.

Additional Entrepreneurship Concentration Course Listings

BS 572 Lean Strategy for Entrepreneurs
Lean Strategy for Entrepreneurs prepares students to use Lean principles to rapidly create and vet startup products and organizations. Students in this course will learn how to quickly and effectively move from concept to customer-validated product, thereby increasing their probability of success as entrepreneurs.

BS 573 Creativity, Design Thinking, and Product Innovation
This course explores the space between your ears and teaches how to use your God-given brain to create wonderful, exciting, and interesting business ideas and products. Students in this course will learn to use creative problem solving and design principles in order to identify innovative new product opportunities, design new products, and pitch startup concepts to classmates and potential investors.

BS 574 Financial Issues in Entrepreneurship
Entrepreneurs face many challenges, such as identifying funding sources, calculating reasonable valuation, forecasting revenues, budgeting, and managing cash flow. Students in this course will use case studies and simulations to actively learn to address financial issues in entrepreneurship.

William Cunningham '17

I returned to get my MBA to not only further my career opportunities but to excel in my personal life as a Christian leader in the community. Montreat helped me choose the right track for my education and career needs. It was never about enrolling, as much as it was “…where do you want to be in five or ten years and how can we help get you there?”

William Cunningham '17

I returned to get my MBA to not only further my career opportunities but to excel in my personal life as a Christian leader in the community. Working with the Montreat staff was probably one of the most pleasant experiences I have had in enrolling in a program. From credit transfer to class scheduling, Montreat helped me choose the right track for my education and career needs. It was never about enrolling, as much as it was “…where do you want to be in five or ten years and how can we help get you there?”

Faculty
Stephen Dukas

Dr. Stephen P. Dukas
Associate Professor of Business
stephen.dukas@montreat.edu

Paul Gratton - Image

Dr. Paul Gratton
Associate Dean for Adult and Graduate Studies
Business Department Chair
Assistant Professor of Business
paul.gratton@montreat.edu

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