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:

MKT5010 Marketing and Advertising for Managers 3 hours 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.

BUS5030 Economics for Managers 3 hours 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.

MIN6300 Pastoral Leadership 3 hours 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.

PCC6200 Ethical and Legal Issues in Pastoral Counseling 3 hours 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.

FIN5060 Managerial Finance and Analysis 3 hours 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.

MIN6500 Spiritual Disciplines 3 hours 6 weeks

This course is a study of the spiritual disciplines as they relate to the spiritual well-being and development of the minister. Students will experiment with a variety of spiritual disciplines to foster spiritual formation in the journey of faith.

BUS6030 Managing and Leading Operations 3 hours 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.

PCC5100 Pastoral Care Giver 3 hours 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.

MIN5200 Worship in the Church 3 hours 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.

THE5500 History of Christian Thought 3 hours 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.

3 credits undergraduate Theology

MIN6100 Biblical Preaching 3 hours 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.

MGM6800 Dual Masters Capstone 3 hours 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.