Dual Degrees: Master of Business Administration and Master of Arts in Ministry

Master of Arts
Master of Business Administration

Ohio Christian University has developed its unique program of Master of Business Administration and Master of Arts with a major in Ministry to address the needs of its constituencies. The combination of these degrees will serve pastors who need to be a “tent-maker” or to lead in the financial aspects of their ministry as well as business people who desire to fully engage in ministry understanding and opportunities at their churches and ministry organizations.

The MBA/MA dual degrees program provides the leaders of today and tomorrow with the knowledge and skills required to succeed in multiple environments: business and ministry.

The program emphasizes critical and strategic thinking, business management skills, ethics, and real-world applications as well as the Bible, theology, and historical thought and context of the church.

Program Objectives

Upon completion of the MBA/MA dual degrees program, the graduate should be able to:

  1. Integrate Christian principles in critical thinking and decision making.
  2. Demonstrate awareness and improvement of thinking and learning strategies.
  3. Implement business concepts in a business environment.
  4. Evaluate operations and provide recommendations to improve performance.
  5. Analyze Christian theological thinking, church, and culture through the centuries and the effects of each on the others.
  6. Conduct independent research and evaluation of biblical and theological literature and apply knowledge to enhance ministry practices.


32 Semester Credits

Core Course List

MG5000 Business Essentials 2 credits 6 weeks

Leaders, managers, and professionals enter the Ohio Christian University MBA and Master of Management (MM) with a wide variety of academic, work, and life experiences. As the first business discipline specific course for all entering students, Business Essentials begins the process of capitalizing on the student’s wide variety of experiences and assures the skills and tools necessary to succeed in the remainder of the program. The course is a rigorous overview of accounting, economics, finance, marketing, and management theories, and leadership.

(This course is the prerequisite for the remaining courses in the MBA and MM program.)

MG5010 Marketing and Advertising for Managers 3 credits 6 weeks

This course is a study of Marketing Management with emphasis on analyzing marketing mix variables for problem solving in both domestic and international markets.  Also it explores and analyzes consumer behavior as well as captures customer value through improving product management, maximizing channels and establishing customer-driven marketing strategies.  Evaluation of digital marketing strategies is included in the course.

MG5030 Economics for Managers 3 credits 6 weeks

This course is an overview of basic economic theory necessary for establishing, revising, and interpreting business policy.  Students will identify and interpret appropriate economic indicators and macroeconomic and microeconomic phenomena that aid sound decision-making for management.  The course will also deal with political influences on the performance of markets, currency exchange, and economic growth.

CM6300 Pastoral Leadership 3 credits 6 weeks

This course is designed to explore pastoral leadership by focusing upon the implications of the biblical servanthood model as it pertains to the pastor/leader in the practice of ministry. This course seeks to guide the student into a better understanding not only of what the pastor as leader does but also of who the pastor as leader is within the context of Christian ministry as well as to develop a more unified model of a Servanthood Theology of Ministry model.

PS6200 Ethical and Legal Issues in Pastoral Counseling 3 credits 6 weeks

This course examines the highest ethical standards required for persons in counseling professions. Various ethical codes and landmark court cases will be discussed to help shape the student’s thought process.

MG5060 Managerial Finance and Analysis 3 credits 6 weeks

This course provides a framework for analysis of investment and financing decisions, through an understanding of financial theory and strategies. Emphasis is placed on the application of financial theory to management decision-making and problem solving.

CM6500 Spiritual Disciplines 3 credits 6 weeks

The course will involve study and experience of practices that historically have aided the development of spiritual formation.

MB6010 Advanced Managerial Accounting 3 credits 6 weeks

The course examines the use of financial information in the internal operations of an organization. Approaches to management decision-making, organizational planning, and performance evaluation through the use of internal financial information are covered.

MB6070 Global Business Environment 3 credits 6 weeks

This course deals with the management challenges of multi-national enterprises (MNEs). Areas of study include special challenges for global management both internal and external to the organization.  The socioeconomic impact of multi-national locations on the organization, and the organization's impact on the areas in which it has locations are examined.  The course also covers current challenges and controversies related to globalization.

This course may be substituted with MG6060 International Studies (see Electives)

MB6050 Quantitative and Analytic Methods 3 credits 6 weeks

This course introduces the concepts and skills for integrating analytics into the decision-making process, to assist organizations in achieving their goals.  Basic database and analytical concepts are introduced.  The course will include an overview of descriptive, predictive, and prescriptive analytics--focusing on the abilities of analytics to assist organizations in improving performance.

MB6030 Managing and Leading Operations 3 credits 6 weeks

This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of the current strategic operations management approaches, with proven analytic techniques.  Students will utilize operations management tools in simulations and apply the concepts to operational scenarios in the workplace.

MA5100 Pastoral Care Giver 3 credits 6 weeks

Undertakes the task of forming pastoral care givers who focus on the value of persons and their relationships, who know the history of pastoral care, the major therapeutic models, and the application of biblical principles to pastoral care and counseling, with the result that they can identify basic human problems and respond appropriately through pastoral care and counseling.

MA5200 Worship in the Church 3 credits 6 weeks

This course is an exploration of corporate Christian worship: the acts and expressions flowing from a biblical Christian understanding of who God is, and how he has chosen to relate with people, especially those he has redeemed. It is supplemented by a review of worship’s historical development, and incorporates application of these principles to planning for corporate expression of worship.

MA5300 New Testament History and Interpretation 3 credits 6 weeks

This course acquaints the students with the results of modern research on the New Testament. It will provide a study of the origin and nature of the New Testament canon with special attention being given to the relationship of the synoptic Gospels, the purpose and integrity of Acts, and the authorship and dates of the epistles.

MA5400 Old Testament History and Interpretation 3 credits 6 weeks

Acquaints the student with the results of modern research on the Old Testament. The literary approaches to the biblical material are studied, focusing primarily on the Pentateuch, Isaiah, Daniel, and the Psalms.

MA5500 History of Christian Thought 3 credits 6 weeks

Traces the development of the Church’s doctrines from the close of the Apostolic Age through the modern period. Emphasis is given to the development of the ecumenical creeds and to the distinctive doctrines of the Reformation. 

MA5600 Theology of John Wesley 3 credits 6 weeks

The course provides a fuller understanding of the Wesleyan theological heritage through its spiritual and ideological construction found at the inception of Methodism. This study is intended to offer a critical explanation and evaluation of the origins and development of Methodism’s richest resources, while encouraging its adequate communication in preaching, teaching, scholarship, and holy living.

CM6100 Biblical Preaching 3 credits 6 weeks

This course is intended to concentrate on the dual tasks of biblical exegesis and sermon delivery. Students will be expected to preach at least twice in class using various literary genres taken from both testaments. The course will give particular attention to expository preaching.

MD6800 Dual Masters Capstone 3 credits 6 weeks

This course serves as the culmination and integration of the learning from all Masters of Business Administration and Master of Arts in Ministry courses. There will be a synthesis of business administration strategies with the integration of their Personal Credo and Philosophy of Ministry in a capstone project.