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Master of Business Administration

36-48 Credit Hours

(49 Credit Hours if Internship Required)

The principal objective of the Master of Business Administration degree program is to enhance the quality of management practice. In order to successfully meet the scheduling needs of the working student, classes are scheduled for the evening on Monday through Thursday throughout the year—during the Fall semester, Spring semester, and two Summer terms. Students who apply and are approved for admission to the program may begin their enrollment during the Spring or Fall semester.

MBA Degree Requirements

Undergraduate Foundation (12 credit hours – waived with a completion of a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration). Students who have not taken courses in financial accounting, managerial accounting, microeconomics, or statistics are required to complete four foundational courses in addition to the 36 credit hours required in the program. These courses must be successfully completed prior to attempting the associated MBA course. A grade of at least a “C” or a GPA of at least 2.0 on a 4.0 scale is required for successful completion of the Undergraduate Foundational Courses.

MBA Admission Requirements

  1. Earn a baccalaureate degree in business administration from a regionally accredited institution or a baccalaureate degree in another major with successful completion of foundational business courses in financial accounting, managerial accounting, micoreconomics and statistics.
  2. Submit:
    • A completed online application and $45 nonrefundable fee
    • Official transcript from college/university where bachelor’s degree was conferred and from college/university where prerequisite courses were taken
    • GMAT scores taken within the past five years
    • A current resume
    • Two letters of recommendation
  3. Faculty interview - Once candidates submit all required documents, the complete application is reviewed by the Graduate Admissions Committee to determine invitations for an interview.

Standards for Academic Progress

Grade Forgiveness

Grade Forgiveness permits graduate students to repeat a single course and have the repeated grade and hours earned computed into his/her GPA in place of the original grade and hours earned.

A graduate student who earns an “A-” grade or a “B” grade (B+, B, B-) in a course will not be permitted to repeat the course to raise the grade. A student who receives a grade lower than a “B-” will be permitted to repeat the course to raise the GPA by earning a higher grade. The repetition of any course must be accomplished by taking the same course at PBA. A Directed Study may not be employed to repeat a course for grade forgiveness. Note that grade forgiveness is permitted for one course only. A student may not repeat a course after he or she has graduated.

A student will be placed on Academic Probation at the end of a term if he/she does not meet the cumulative 2.5 GPA. Students placed on Academic Probation must meet and be cleared by their advisor prior to registering for the next term. Students with a GPA between 2.5 and 3.25 must also meet and be cleared by their academic advisor before they are allowed to register for the next term.

Students are permitted a maximum of two courses with a “C” grade (C+, C, C-) over the duration of the program.

Global Business Trip

This is an opportunity to learn and experience a country’s business, economic and cultural environment. Student interested in combining global business course work with an international business trip should discuss this with the MBA Director. Global business destinations change annually. The business trip’s cost is not included in the student’s projected annual tuition costs.

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. Students will produce a formalized assessment of corporate performance analysis and objective decision making through a structured framework approach.
  2. Students will demonstrate critical thinking and team building skills in varied business environments.
  3. Students will select and employ appropriate quantitative approaches to support management problem solving and decision making.
  4. Students will explain a Christian Worldview perspective when addressing ethical and leadership dilemmas.

M.B.A. Curriculum Requirements

The following courses of instruction are offered in the MBA program. Undergraduate prerequisites must be successfully completed prior to course registration. A grade of at least “C” or a GPA of at least 2.0 on a 4.0 scale is required for “successful” completion of all such prerequisites.

Undergraduate Prerequisites (12 Credit Hours)

MBA Concentration Courses (9 Credit Hours)

Choose one or more of the following concentrations.  However, choosing more than one concentration will mean that you must complete all courses in all chosen concentrations before your degree can be conferred.

Accounting Concentration

Choose any three of the following graduate accounting courses from the Master of Accountancy program.  However, it is important to understand that these courses presume you have earned at least 21 credit hours in junior and senior level accounting courses at the undergraduate level.  If you do not have that accounting foundational knowledge, you will find it very difficult to earn a passing grade in these courses.

Finance Concentration

Global Development Concentration

General MBA with No Concentration

Choose any three ACG or BUS courses from the concentration courses above.

Internship Requirements

Full-time international students with valid F-1 visa status are eligible to pursue a 49 credit hour track, which adds a required internship course during the 2nd year of the program.  F-1 students must apply for Curricular Practical Training (CPT) authorization with PBA’s International Student Services office at least two weeks before beginning the internship course.  The internship must be approved by a Designated School Official and must relate directly to the student’s major area of study.  Once approved, students will be registered for the business internship course.  The internship course can only be taken one time.

  • BUSV 4711 - Internship in Business 1 Credit Hour