Master of

Business Administration

Our MBA program is designed for the student looking for more purpose and meaning in their work, and a plan to impact the world of business for Christ. This 36-credit accelerated graduate program will connect you with like minded individuals to prepare you for a life of missional work in your calling. A Master of Business Administration from Grace Christian prepares you for Business as Mission, and equips you with the skills needed to achieve success.


Online Graduate Start Dates
August 6, 2024
November 5, 2024
Master of Business Administration (MBA)

Refine & Extend Your Calling as You Continue to Make an Eternal Impact

With Grace Christian University’s online master’s degrees, you can further your education no matter where you are. Our online programs are designed to help you become equipped for the Lord’s calling on your life, while working through your classes anytime, anywhere.

Grace’s online master’s degrees offer a high-quality level of education aiming to develop passionate servants of Jesus that emphasize the integration of character transformation, ministry experience, and biblical truth. No matter what track you choose, you’ll graduate with a deeper knowledge of God and His Word, prepared to make an eternal impact wherever you go.

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What to Expect

Master of Business Administration

Excellence in Business Administration, Grounded in Faith

At Grace, our curriculum goes beyond conventional education, weaving biblical principles into every facet of learning. We aim to develop passionate servants of Jesus that emphasize the integration of character transformation, ministry experience, and biblical truth.

2024–25 Tuition Cost

An Affordable MBA Degree

Explore the pathway to an affordable yet exceptional MBA degree. With a range of financial aid options and competitive tuition rates, we’re dedicated to ensuring that every student has the opportunity to excel in the pursuit of their calling without the burden of overwhelming student debt.

$495

Master Degree Tuition Cost Per Credit Hour

$250

Master Degree Tuition Cost Per Credit Hour

Military Personnel (active duty, veterans, spouses, dependents 23 or under)

$0

Online Application Fee

(Wavied for Adults Students)

$150

Online Resource Fee per 3-Credit Course

(Covers all textbooks and other resources required for Grace Online students)

20

Months*

36

Credit Hours

6

Week Courses

* Taking one six-week, three-credit course at a time on a year-round rotation, students typically complete 6 courses per year. Depending on the student’s transfer credit status, completing a Master’s degree generally takes less than two years.

Career Paths

MBA Career Paths

MBA students will be equipped with a versatile skill set that opens doors to a variety of career opportunities. Whether you’re drawn to finance, human resource management, logistics or beyond, the possibilities are vast.

Here are just a few examples of the diverse paths our alumni have pursued after completing their studies:

  • Banking and Finance
  • Venture Capitalist or investor
  • Product and Brand Manager
  • Marketing Research and Marketing management
  • Operations Management and Logistics
  • Human Resources Manager
  • Entrepreneur
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Benefits of Our Online Master Programs

Students in the online master’s degree programs:

  • Attend classes on a flexible schedule that allows for work and family responsibilities
  • Expand career and ministry opportunities with a degree that opens doors
  • Obtain an affordable, high-quality education
  • Gain collaboration skills through working with classmates and professors
  • Achieve an educational goal
Course Descriptions

MBA Courses

Our MBA program develops business leaders grounded in biblical values and Christian ethics. The curriculum integrates advanced business concepts with a Christ-centered worldview, covering functional areas like accounting, finance, and strategic management through the lens of ethical decision-making and stewardship. Graduates are equipped as servant leaders prepared to honor God through business excellence and transformative workplace impact.

The Master of Business Administration is a fully online, 36-credit graduate degree designed to equip leaders with the knowledge and skills necessary for effective, ethical and innovative leadership in Organizations from any industry. Students will study cultural intelligence, leadership theory, and trends in business from a biblical worldview while gaining practical knowledge and professional expertise in leadership theory, marketplace evangelism strategies, financial stewardship and Strategic Direction. Graduates from this program will be prepared to serve Christ in leadership roles in a variety of business operations.

Required Texts

As a Graduate student, your textbooks are automatically provided to you via two platforms: Slingshot and Perlego. Sources that are fulfilled via Slingshot will be shipped to you or accessible as an eBook through your Slingshot student portal. Books that are accessible via Perlego can be accessed through Perlego’s eLibrary. 

The cost of textbooks is covered by the resource fee for each course. Students are able to opt out of these services, but the resource fee will still be fully charged. Please refer to the Graduate Steps for Success course in Blackboard for more information.

GEN 501 – Graduate Writing and Research

  1. Burns, J. S., Shoup, J. R., & Simmons Jr., D. C. (2014). Organizational leadership: Foundations and practices for Christians. InterVarsity Press. 978-0830840502 (accessible via Perlego)
  2. Neumann, J. W. (2016). A professor’s guide to writing essays: The no-nonsense plan for better writing (2nd ed.). Edinburg, TX: Self-Published. 978-0692822524 (fulfilled via Slingshot)
  3. Williams, V. K. (2016). I’m not a writer…I’m just in graduate school: A guide to writing critically, clearly and coherently. Tampa, FL: Chrysalis Consulting. 978-1533392916 (fulfilled via Slingshot)

BUS 555 – Financial Analysis for Managers

  1. Siciliano, G. (2015). Finance for nonfinancial managers (2nd ed.). McGraw-Hill Education. 978-0071824361 (fulfilled via Slingshot)

LEA 505 – Organizational Ethics

  1. Johnson, C.E. (2021). Meeting the ethical challenges of leadership: Casting light or shadow. (7th ed.). Sage. 978-1544351643 (fulfilled via Slingshot)

LEA 530 – Foundations of Organizational Leadership

  1. Northouse, P. (2021). Leadership: Theory and practice (9th ed.). Sage. ISBN 978-1544397566 (fulfilled via Slingshot)

LEA 540 – Organizational Behavior

  1. Burns, John S., Shoup, John R., and Simmons, Donald C. (2014). Organizational leadership: Foundations and practices for Christians. IVP Academic. 9780830840502 (accessible via Perlego)
  2. Kotter, J. (2012). Leading change. Harvard Business Review Press. 9781422186435 (fulfilled via Slingshot)

LEA 545 – Leading with Cultural Intelligence

  1. Livermore, D. (2015). Leading with cultural Intelligence. AMACOM Publishing. 9780814449172 (accessible via Perlego)
  2. Elmer, D. (2002). Cross-Cultural connections: Stepping out and fitting in around the world. InterVarsity Press. 9780830823093 (accessible via Perlego)

CAP 595 – Graduate Studies Capstone

  1. Blanchard, K., Hodges. P., & Hendry, P. (2016). Lead like Jesus revisited: Lessons from the greatest role model of all time. Thomas Nelson. 978-0718077259 (fulfilled via Slingshot)

Open Resource Courses– the following courses utilize resources that are open source and embedded directly in Blackboard; course materials will not be fulfilled:

BUS 515 – Financial Stewardship

BUS 525- Global and Economic Theory

BUS 535- Social Entrepreneurship

BUS 575 – Business as Calling

BUS 585 – Marketing Management

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Master of Business Administration

 Our MBA program develops business leaders grounded in biblical values and Christian ethics. The curriculum integrates advanced business concepts with a Christ-centered worldview, covering functional areas like accounting, finance, and strategic management through the lens of ethical decision-making and stewardship. Graduates are equipped as servant leaders prepared to honor God through business excellence and transformative workplace impact.

Graduate Writing and Research

GEN 501L

Designed to give students the skills they need to complete successful written projects and research in graduate-level courses within the context of a biblical worldview. Students who pass this course will demonstrate proficiency in critical thinking, expressed through solid research and clear writing, which serves as the foundation for further studies in the University’s graduate programs. Includes research tools and methods for scholarly research. The successful completion of GEN 501 is considered a prerequisite for all other graduate courses. Students who are unable to earn a minimum grade of B- in GEN 501L after three attempts will be administratively dropped from their next session and must appeal to be allowed to re-enter the Graduate program.

3

Credit Hours

Organizational Ethics

LEA 505

Examines ethical perspectives, elements of the leader’s character, systematic ethical decision making, and the impact of logic, emotions, biases and cultural influences on individual and organizational ethics. Methods will include research, case studies, self-assessment, and application of a biblical worldview.

3

Credit Hours

Financial Stewardship

BUS 515

Introduces the principles of financial management. Students will review basic concepts of financial management, financial analysis and control, capital investment decisions, cost of capital, sources of long-term funds and cash management principles, accounting, review of basic organizational financial statements, ratio analysis, debt and equity securities, security valuation, and Time Value of Money. It is a study of the fundamentals of corporate finance as they relate to non- financial managers.

3

Credit Hours

Global and Economic Theory

BUS 525

Provides students with an understanding of the current global economic environment.  Students will discuss international trade theory and strategy, free markets and customer choice. Students will engage in discussions about capitalism, socialism, and communism.   Students will evaluate the economic landscape of a foreign country and create a plan to use business as a tool for aiding in economic development.

3

Credit Hours

Foundations of Organizational Leadership

LEA 530

An examination of leadership theories in order to develop an effective foundation for leading self, and organizations. Theories to be studied include: Trait Approach, Skills Approach, Behavioral Approach, Situational Approach, and Leader-Member Exchange Theory. Other theories such as, Transformational Leadership, Authentic Leadership, Servant Leadership, Adaptive Leadership, and Followership, will be included. Organizational learning concepts and case studies will be analyzed; And lastly, students will have the opportunity to participate in leadership questionnaires, to explore their personal leadership style, and to develop a personal, and organizational, leadership philosophy.

3

Credit Hours

Social Entrepreneurship

BUS 535

Introduces students to the complex relationship business, community development and faith.  Students will explore the unique ways business can impact community development and human flourishing.  Students will create a business plan that focuses on the quadruple bottom line:  people, profit, planet, and progress.

3

Credit Hours

Organizational Behavior

LEA 540

Organizational Behavior is the study of the behavior of individuals, teams, and organizations, within for profit and nonprofit arenas, which is based on current management and leadership theory. Emphasis is given to understanding, predicting, motivating, and changing work-related behaviors in organizations, as well as encouraging effective behaviors that help the individual, team, and the organization to flourish. Key topics include: managerial and leadership careers related to students’ work and calling, decision making, organizational change, leading and mentoring teams, conflict and negotiation, and cultural intelligence. 

3

Credit Hours

Leading with Cultural Intelligence

LEA 545

Cultural Intelligence (CQ) is the capability to function effectively in a variety of cultural contexts. Students will examine literature and perspectives from the fields of anthropology, sociology, and organizational leadership as well as study cultural engagement in light of the biblical narrative.

3

Credit Hours

Financial Analysis for Managers

BUS 555

An in-depth look at the creation of, and analysis of financial statements.  Students will evaluate the financial information from businesses in various sectors of the economy. Financial concepts of stocks, bonds and the time value of money will be discussed from the role of a manager.  Various software solutions will be discussed that are relevant to each industry.

3

Credit Hours

Business as a Calling

BUS 575

Provides students with a framework for understanding the theology of work.  Students will explore their natural giftings and motivations for business success. Students will create a comprehensive plan to understand the impact their business can have for introducing others to Jesus Christ.

3

Credit Hours

Marketing Management

BUS 585

A hands-on approach to marketing.  Students will engage in exposure to various marketing software solutions.  There is a focus on marketing techniques across various digital media platforms. Students will create a comprehensive campaign for the business of their choosing exploring the various components that make up a complex marketing strategy.

3

Credit Hours

Choose One

Graduate Capstone

CAP 595

The Graduate Capstone is a six-week course with assignments that include discussions and reflections on the scope of the student’s discipline, reviews of recent literature on leadership, and the creation of a final essay of 10 pages in which students write about guiding principles such as life purpose, core values, goals, and vision, as well as identifying key principles of leadership gleaned throughout their courses of study they plan to apply in the future. Prerequisite: Completion of all degree requirements with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00.

3

Credit Hours

Graduate Capstone Experience

CAP 596

The Graduate Capstone Experience is a six-week course that is built on the foundation of a hands- on experience in the student’s chosen discipline. The experience will reflect the scope of the degree studies, reviews of recent literature on the topic, and will demonstrate an area of the student’s specific passion in the discipline. The experience will be described in a final essay of 20 pages in which the student describes the experience in detail and how the understanding gained through the experience will be applied in future work and ministry. Prerequisite: Completion of all degree requirements with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 and approval of the Provost or designee.

3

Credit Hours

Graduate Capstone Thesis

CAP 597

The Capstone Thesis is a 12-week course that highlights the student’s independent scholarship in investigating and developing a chosen topic, integrating a biblical worldview and theoretical base with a comprehensive literature review. Students will work directly with a faculty thesis advisor to produce a 40 – 80 page scholarly work. Prerequisite: Completion of all degree requirements with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 and approval of the Provost or designee.

3

Credit Hours

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What Our Students Are Saying

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Justin P
The MBA program at Grace is phenomenal. The faculty are the real deal, running their own successful businesses and teaching valuable insights from both their education and experience. Courses are designed to teach you skills that offer competitive advantages, such as AI, web design, and marketing campaigns for startups. The program also instructs on how to be a better leader and, of course, integrates the Bible and spiritual components directly into the curriculum. I love how the case studies are not just relevant, but they are literally events happening right now.
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MBA-Graduate
The MBA program at Grace is phenomenal. The faculty are the real deal, running their own successful businesses and teaching valuable insights from both their education and experience. Courses are designed to teach you skills that offer competitive advantages, such as AI, web design, and marketing campaigns for startups. The program also instructs on how to be a better leader and, of course, integrates the Bible and spiritual components directly into the curriculum. I love how the case studies are not just relevant, but they are literally events happening right now.
Justin P
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MBA-Graduate
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Philippians 2:13 “For it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill