Program Outcomes

The Master of Business Administration program is a two-year graduate degree program that trains students as professional leaders in the field of business with a solid biblical foundation. The program provides students with the academic and practical training necessary for them to become competent and influential individuals in the field of business.

Program Objectives

In the context of Olivet University International's mission, completion of the Master of Business Administration program will enable students to:

  • Be prepared for effective Christian leadership in the field of business
  • Relate the functional areas of business and long-range planning, implementation and control
  • Exercise the ability to interact with people of diverse backgrounds
  • Articulate a biblical and theological understanding of the relationship between Christian faith and business

Graduation Requirements

Graduate students at Olivet University must fulfill the following Master's degree requirements for graduation:

  • Demonstrate proficiency in Bible knowledge with a passing score on the written comprehensive examination in the area of Bible knowledge or required coursework (THEO200 and THEO211) in Bible and theology.
  • Pass a total of 56 quarter hours: 48 quarter hours of professional studies, and at least 8 quarter hours of open electives.
  • Maintain a 3.00 (B grade point average) in all Olivet University International work.
  • Receive a passing mark for all Christian Service and Chapel requirements.
  • Satisfactorily complete the capstone project final paper.
  • Complete all degree requirements within the 5-year time limit.
  • Satisfy all financial responsibilities to the university.
  • Students are subject to the Master of Business Administration degree requirements of the Catalog of the year in which they entered.

Time Limits

The Master of Business Administration degree is normally fulfilled in two (2) years of study. Except under extenuating circumstances, all requirements for the degree must be completed within four (4) years of the date of enrollment. Students who have not completed the requirements within the four-year period must petition for extension every term, up to a maximum of five (5) years from the date of enrollment, to remain in the program.

Program Requirements

Prerequisite Courses
  • MATH100 Calculus 1 (5 units)
  • MATH230 Probability & Statistics (4 units)

Note: These two courses do not count towards degree requirements and are required of all students who have not taken at least 6 units of university level math courses before entering Olivet University.

Core Courses (48 Units)

Students are required to take the following 12 core courses of 48 units listed below:

  • FINC500 Finance I (4 units)
  • FINC510 Finance II (4 units)
  • MGMT550 Applied Business Research (4 units)
  • ECON600 Macroeconomics in the Global Economy (4 units)
  • ECON610 Microeconomic Analysis (4 units)
  • MKTG600 Marketing Management (4 units)
  • MGMT610 Operations Management (4 units)
  • MGMT650 Human Resource Management (4 units)
  • LEAD700 Leadership (4 units)
  • MGMT710 Business Strategy (4 units)
  • MGMT720 Business Law (4 units)
  • MGMT800 Business Capstone Project (4 units)

Notes: The Business Capstone Project course (MGMT800) is a culminating experience and project development course where the student is required to develop a comprehensive business plan and present it to faculty supervisors. This course is only for the students in the last quarter to take.

Elective Courses (8 Units)

Students are required to complete 8 units worth of elective courses. Current available elective courses are listed below:

  • MINS640 Business as Mission (4 units)
  • MKTG650 Digital Marketing and Electronic Commerce (4 units)
  • MGMT600 Entrepreneurship (4 units)
  • PRAC501 Business Practicum (4 units)
General Ministry Skills (0 Units)

The M.B.A. students are required to pass 2 quarters of PRAC020 Graduate Christian Service and 3 quarters of PRAC021 Graduate Chapel. Please refer to the Christian Service Program Handbook for more detailed information.

Course Descriptions

FINC500 Finance I (4)

Studies include financial management of the firm, including capital budgets, working capital analysis, and financing policy. Prerequisite: ECON600 Macroeconomics in Global Economy, ECON610 Microeconomic Analysis

FINC510 Finance II (4)

Students learn how to apply quantitative analysis to financial problems of the firm that are important to practice, including issues related to financing and investment. Prerequisite: FINC500 Finance

MGMT550 Applied Business Research (4)

A course to investigate the techniques of the research process as applied to business and economics. Experience is gained in defining research problems, designing a research project, and in collecting, analyzing, recording, and interpreting data. Also, an analysis of pertinent research literature in business and economics is conducted. Prerequisite: at least 9 units (6 semester credits) in Mathematics

ECON600 Macroeconomics in the Global Economy (4)

This study of macroeconomics considers the worldwide economic environment within which businesses operate. Topics covered include the gross domestic product, unemployment, investment, interest rates, the supply of money, inflation, exchange rates, international trade, business cycles, and fiscal and monetary policy.

ECON610 Microeconomic Analysis (4)

Studies about microeconomic analysis and policy under mixed capitalism. Topics covered include the economic environment and institutions, markets, consumer choice, production and resource allocation.

MKTG600 Marketing Management (4)

Course exploring marketing opportunities through product development, pricing strategies, customer communications and channel management. Prerequisite: : MGMT720 Business Law

MGMT610 Operations Management (4)

Course covering processes that transform inputs into finished goods and services, process improvement, total quality management, product and process development, supply chain management, and the relation of operations strategy to product and service design and to business strategy. Prerequisite: ECON610 Microeconomic Analysis

MGMT650 Human Resource Management (4)

The course explores the primary role of human resource professionals to effectively, systematically and strategically manage today's organizations. Key points can be human resource recruitment, selection, development, appraisal, retention, compensation, reward and performance system, training and development system, and equal employment opportunity.

LEAD700 Leadership (4)

Course covering the history, art, science and practice of leadership in organizational setting. Topics include leadership history, change, visioning, coaching followership and socio-technical concerns. Prerequisite: ECON610 Microeconomic Analysis

MGMT710 Business Strategy (4)

Course focused on analyzing and diagnosing business problems as well as developing and implementing effective strategic solutions. Prerequisite: : MGMT610 Operations Management

MGMT720 Business Law (4)

This course explores the legal environment in which businesses operate and studies the interaction between business and the legal system. Students examine various areas of the law which are integral to operating a business enterprise. Topics include contracts, torts, agency, Uniform Commercial Code, ethical and criminal implications of business actions, property laws, and the legal aspects of different business entities.

MGMT800 Business Capstone Project (4)

TThe business capstone project will allow the students to bring out the skills and knowledge that they have undertaken from the previous courses to achieve MBA degree. The students are expected to submit a comprehensive work, make a business plan, proposal (for project, process, program, etc.), or any other similar work approved by the faculty mentor of this course. Additionally, the students do need to give a presentation defense. The business plan can be the strategic efforts for some current companies or the project to launch a new business venture. Prerequisite: at least 10 MBA core courses

PRAC501 Business Practicum (4)

MBA students participate in supervised internship in the companies or non-profit organizations approved by OBS. Interns must have a total 120 hours of site contact hours to receive 4 quarter units. Emphasis is placed on the development of practical business skills with the integration of Biblical values and ethics in the business world. MBA students are allowed to take Business Practicum up to two quarters.

MKTG650 Digital Marketing and Electronic Commerce (4)

In this experiential learning class students and their business team members will create an online retail strategy and working internet commerce site -including positioning your retail brand against target consumers, choosing category assortment, negotiating certain terms with vendors, setting prices and promotions, managing inventories, developing messaging and advertising, factoring in competition, and constructing a viable online business model.

MGMT600 Business as Mission (4)

This course examines the emergent role of business in Christian missions. Themes covered include: 1) the theology of business as missions; 2) practical issues concerning the use of business as a vehicle for cross-cultural missions, and 3) specific for-profit business models and case studies. By the end of the course the student will have a better understanding of the opportunities and challenges associated with integrating business and missions.

MGMT600 Entrepreneurship (4)

This course is offered for students who are involved in the process of creating and developing new products or services within organizations or who plan to start their own business. This integrative course directly addresses these problems and develops the fundamental business skills necessary to identify, evaluate, develop and exploit business opportunities.

PRAC020 Graduate Christian Service (0)

Weekly involvement in the setting of churches/parachurches with satisfactory completion of student's self-evaluation form and supervisor's evaluation form as described in the Christian Service Program Handbook.

PRAC021 Graduate Chapel (0)

Chapel participation is required for the entire student community. Attendance will be recorded and a grade of pass or fail will be assigned. A passing grade in Chapel is mandatory for graduation.