2023-2024 Academic Catalog 
    Apr 15, 2024  
2023-2024 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Business Administration, MBA

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MBA Mission

The Master of Business Administration program in Online, Nontraditional, and Graduate Education extends OBU’s mission through rigorous graduate programs that help students transform their careers, their lives, and their world through:

  • professional, real-world, results-minded instruction
  • a Christ-centered outlook on the world
  • a global perspective

MBA Program Admission Requirements:

  1. An earned bachelor’s degree from an accredited U.S. college or university, or a foreign equivalent as approved by specific program with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. The undergraduate degree does not need to be in a business field. Working professionals with degrees in other fields are strongly encouraged to apply.
  2. Demonstration of basic competency in general business knowledge including financial accounting, economics, finance, and business math and statistics is required. Competency can be demonstrated by
    • Submitting transcripts demonstrating successful completion of coursework in the required areas at an accredited institution;
    • Passing the appropriate College-Level Examination Program (CLEP)* Exams; or
    • Passing the appropriate Ivy Software Examination (Pre-Course Assessment or Post-Course Exam)**.
  3. For international students with degrees from an accredited United States institution subsequent to their international transcript; the transcript verification process will be waived by OBU.
  4. A completed application form available online at www.okbu.edu/graduate
  5. Official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended. These must be delivered to: OBU Graduate and Professional Studies, 500 W. University, Box 61262, Shawnee, OK  74804.
  6. If English is not the official language of instruction in the country in which you reside, please submit results of either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) directly from the corporation to the OBU Graduate and Professional Studies office or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) directly from the corporation to the OBU College of Graduate and Professional Studies office. A minimum TOEFL score of 550 (or 213 on the computer-based test, 80 on the internet-based test) is required. A minimum IELTS score of 6.5 is required.
  7. Students with less than a 3.0 cumulative GPA may be considered for admission by the MBA Admissions Committee. To be considered, candidates should submit: a purpose statement, a resume showing significant work experience, two letters of reference, and GMAT or GRE scores.

*College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) resources may be found at www.collegeboard.com

**Ivy Software Examination resources may be found at www.ivysoftware.com

Integrated OBU Bachelor’s Degree/ MBA Degree Program

Students at Oklahoma Baptist University are more likely to complete their bachelor’s degrees in four years than at most colleges in the region.

No matter what your discipline of study, you can begin work toward a Master of Business Administration degree at OBU while completing your undergraduate degree. You don’t have to major in a business field to qualify for the integrated program. You only need to complete the prescribed 12 hours of business courses and meet other Online, Nontraditional, and Graduate Education admission standards before admission to the OBU MBA program will be granted.

OBU’s MBA degree program helps you learn to lead by building your skills in proven administrative practices rooted in biblical principles. There is a business side to every profession. An MBA degree deepens your understanding of how to lead people well and how to make wise strategic and financial decisions no matter what your career may be.

The integrated program will allow you to get into your career faster and with stronger academic credentials than your peers. It is another way OBU can accelerate your career as you gain skills for a lifetime of leadership and service.

Undergraduate students may count up to six hours of OBU MBA cross-listed course work for undergraduate credit. The program effectively reduces the number of OBU MBA credit hours needed to be taken in year five from 33 to 27.

The following 12 hours of required business courses must be completed for provisional admission to the MBA degree program:

A minor in business is recommended.

Any student in the program must maintain a GPA of at least 3.25 in the required business courses, with no grade lower than a “C.” The student’s overall GPA must be at least 3.0.

To participate in the program, the student must complete the MBA degree program admission process. The student may apply after completing 80 hours of undergraduate course work. At least 96 hours of undergraduate course work must be completed prior to beginning master’s-level courses. Additionally, an interview with MBA program faculty is required. The student is provisionally admitted into the MBA program until the bachelor’s degree is completed. A degree plan to complete the MBA program will be compiled in consultation with the student after acceptance.

Students may begin MBA degree classes in August or January of their senior year. Undergraduates may take up to six hours of graduate work. Course options will be discussed with an advisor. The remaining MBA degree requirements may be completed in the academic year following completion of the bachelor’s degree.

Undergraduate students cannot take an MBA topics course for undergraduate credit.

For more information, contact the MBA Director.

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