Academic Catalog 2020-2021

Business Administration, Master of Business Administration

Gardner-Webb University is committed to providing a program of study that clearly gives its MBA graduates an advantage when competing among others in today’s dynamic business environment.

The program’s 30-credit-hour course of study is structured to provide students with a working knowledge of business and the managerial skills needed for successful departmental, divisional, and organizational leadership. Courses are offered during evening hours and online.

The MBA is recognized as the professional graduate degree designed to enhance effectiveness in upper-level managerial positions in a business setting. Many persons having career goals in non-profit settings also pursue the MBA degree. Graduate study in business not only helps individuals meet their goals of career development and personal growth but also contributes to their enhanced appreciation of the private enterprise market system.


Effective managerial behavior depends on the knowledge and skills used in decision making. A successful administrator not only must know about his/her own professional area, but he/she also must have considerable understanding of the professional areas of others. Students in the MBA program are expected to develop a working knowledge of accounting, finance, human relations and behavior, economics, marketing, production, business law, and international business.

The applied nature of the MBA program provides training in management through the use of practical techniques that can be readily utilized by the students in their existing positions. Students learn to be innovative in their approaches to solving problems and making decisions. The program offers a unique opportunity to study with others who have similar interests and learn from others who have had varying work experiences.

Student Learning Outcomes

To accomplish the mission of Graduate Programs in individual courses within the Godbold School of Business, students completing a course in Business Administration will be able to:

  1. Adapt themselves in advanced professional career positions in business, government, and other areas of human endeavor where organizational, managerial, and analytical skills in business administration are vital for success;
  2. Learn new advanced managerial skills in business administration that require advanced knowledge of computerized technology applications in business; and
  3. Respond to complex changes in business administration in a dynamic, global marketplace and demonstrate high Christian ethical standards in their place of work.

MBA Degree Requirements

  1. Overall minimum grade point average of 3.0 in graduate studies
  2. Satisfactory completion of a total of 30 graduate hours within six calendar years
  3. Application for graduation by the dates published by the Registrar
  4. Participation in hooding ceremony and Commencement exercises if desired

It is the student’s responsibility to be familiar with the preceding requirements for graduation.

MBA Program Guidelines

ACCT 600 Managerial Accounting, BADM 610 Managerial Economics, BADM 625 Marketing Management, and BADM 633 Entrepreneurial Management should be scheduled early in the program.

BADM 690 Strategic Management should culminate the program. A minimum of 21 hours of MBA courses that include ACCT 600 Managerial Accounting, BADM 610 Managerial Economics, BADM 620 Managerial Finance, BADM 625 Marketing Management, BADM 630 Organizational Behavior, and BADM 635 Production Research and Operations Management are required prior to enrollment. A grade of “B” or better is required to successfully pass BADM 690. A student receiving a final grade of less than “B” must repeat BADM 690.

It is the student’s responsibility to plan the degree in accordance with the program requirements using the two-year course rotation and the degree planning form available from the advisor.

MBA Curriculum (30 hours)

Today, managers need skills in analysis, problem solving, interaction, and communication. Approaches to problem solving are stressed throughout the program through the use of practical applications of academic concepts and theories. Students learn to be innovative in their approaches to problem solving through assignments requiring teamwork, communication skills, and computer applications.

The Master of Business Administration (MBA) program consists of 30 credit hours, or 10 three-credit-hour courses. For students maintaining consistent full-time status, normal degree completion time is five consecutive Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters. Students may begin in any semester. Within the MBA program, a minimum of six hours is required for full-time status. 


An undergraduate business degree is not required for admission to the Master of Business Administration program, but specific prerequisite course material is required. A minimum grade of “C” is required for all prerequisites. The following general business prerequisites are required.

Accounting Principles I

Accounting Principles II

Principles of Finance



Principles of Marketing

Information Systems or Excel proficiency

Business Statistics

Management Science

The foundation courses below are offered to satisfy some or all of the general business prerequisites.

BADM 501Foundations of Accounting and Finance


BADM 502Foundations of Marketing and Economics


BADM 503Foundations of Management Science and Statistical Methods


Required Courses (30 hours)

ACCT 600Managerial Accounting


BADM 610Managerial Economics


BADM 620Managerial Finance


BADM 625Marketing Management


BADM 630Organizational Behavior


BADM 633Entrepreneurial Management


BADM 635Production Research and Operations Management


BADM 640Business Law and Ethics


BADM 690Strategic Management (MBA Capstone Course)


INTL 650International Business


Total Credit Hours: 30