May 25, 2020  
Graduate and Pharmacy Catalog 2019-2020 
Graduate and Pharmacy Catalog 2019-2020

Master of Divinity/Master of Business Administration Joint Degree (M.Div./MBA)

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Purpose and Outcomes

The Master of Divinity/Master of Business Administration is awarded jointly by the School of Ministry and the Rinker School of Business. The goal of the M.Div./M.B.A. Joint Degree is to educate students to assume responsibilities as executive and administrative ministers for churches or para-church organizations. The program is directed toward providing didactic and experiential education to students that will allow them to:

  1. develop the biblical, theological and historical knowledge to assist leading and administering a church or para-church organization; and,
  2. design and implement strategies and policies that produce effective management practices within a ministry context.

Course Schedule/Structure

There are a variety of scheduling options for successfully completing the M.Div./M.B.A. Joint-Degree coursework. The time required will depend upon the student’s initiative in scheduling business courses while still completing M.Div. courses, either during summer sessions or during a fall or spring semester.

To increase the likelihood of success and preventing students from overextending themselves academically, each student will be required to design a complete course sequence for both M.Div. and business courses by the end of his/her first semester. This plan must be formulated in consultation with and authorized by the student’s M.Div. advisors and the Director of the M.B.A. program.

Admission Requirements

Admissions requirements for the Master of Divinity/Master of Business Administration Joint Degree may be found in the Admissions section of the Graduate and Pharmacy Catalog.

Degree Requirements

A total of 82 credit hours are required. As part of the Joint Degree, students must successfully complete include 52 credit hours of M.Div. coursework, 27 credit hours of graduate business coursework, and 3 credit hours of integrated graduate coursework. When completed separately, the traditional M.Div. program at PBA requires 72 credit hours and the M.BA. program at PBA requires 48 credit hours.  

Upon admission to the joint- degree program, students are able to enroll in both M.Div. and M.B.A. courses during the same semester as time and schedules permit. No degree is awarded until the student completes the entire program and meets all requirements of the M.Div./M.B.A. Joint Degree.

Students with a bachelor’s degree in a non-ministry major are required to complete up to 24 hours of specific pre-requisite coursework at the undergraduate or graduate level. These courses must be successfully completed prior to attempting the graduate courses. Students’ pre-requisite courses in which grades below “C-” have been earned are unacceptable.

A grade of at least “C-” and a GPA of at least 2.5 on a four-point scale is required for “successful” completion of all M.Div. coursework. A grade of at least “C” and a GPA of at least 3.0 on a four-point scale is required for “successful” completion of all graduate business administration coursework. Students must complete all degree requirements within 10 years from matriculation into the degree program.

Curriculum Requirements

82 Credit Hours

Master of Business Administration Required Courses - 27 Credit Hours

Integrative Course - 3 Credit Hours

Program Learning Outcomes

“Expected student learning outcomes specify the knowledge, skills, values, and attitudes students are expected to attain in courses or in a program.” Page 69. Resource Manual for the Principles of Accreditation: Foundations for Quality Enhancement, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), 2018.

1.Evaluate and synthesize interpretive methods and traditions, and apply exegetical method to the interpretation of a biblical text.

2.Analyze and evaluate the broader heritage of the Christian tradition, the more specific character of particular Christian traditions and communities, the ways these traditions transcend particular social and cultural settings, and the ways they come to unique expressions within such settings.

3.Appraise the cultural realities and structures in which the church lives and carries out its mission and design a creative response to these realities.

4.Develop the capacities for personal faith, emotional maturity and moral integrity that are requisite to a life of ministerial leadership.

5.Cultivate the capacities for ministerial leadership within both the congregation and the broader public context.

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