Master of Business Administration

Master of Business Administration (Part-Time Program)

(MBA degree)

Mission and Purpose

The mission of the George Fox Master of Business Administration (MBA) program is to prepare trusted leaders who will transform business through academic, professional and spiritual preparation that enables students to think with clarity, act with integrity and serve with passion. The purpose of the Master of Business Administration (MBA) program is to enable graduates to be professionally competent, ethically grounded, globally engaged, socially responsible and servant leaders.

The part-time MBA program is designed for managers and leaders in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors in any industry or field. The program is designed to enhance management and leadership abilities through intellectual, moral and creative growth through an academic experience that is global, relevant and life-changing. In addition to a rigorous curriculum focused on academic excellence, the program draws on student experiences for shared learning opportunities and application.

Program Objectives

To enable students to:

  • Integrate knowledge and decision making within the larger framework of the organization and social and cultural contexts
  • Critically analyze organizational, management and leadership problems creatively and substantively to apply innovative solutions
  • Evaluate external and internal drivers of change in order to manage organizational change effectively
  • Enhance leadership, management and interpersonal skills
  • Effectively communicate in organizational settings through written and oral presentations
  • Evaluate one’s own values and the role that integrity, compassion, accountability, ethics and servant leadership may play in leadership practice
  • Synthesize professional competence across the major functional areas of an organization with a global perspective
  • Increase capacity for conceptualization, strategic thinking, and problem solving

Admission Requirements

Applicants seeking admission to the MBA program must hold a four-year baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university, with a minimum GPA of 3.0 in the final two years (60 semester hours) of course work. In addition, applicants must complete the following to be considered for admission to the program:

  • Master of business administration application and application fee
  • Submit one official transcript from each college/university attended
  • Verification of five years of full-time professional work experience
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • A two- to three-page admission essay
  • Current resumé
  • Group interview
  • Complete and pass a financial e-learning course

Students whose GPA from the final two years of course work does not reflect their aptitude for graduate work may choose to submit a GMAT test score for consideration in the admission process. The department may consider applicants who show significant promise but do not specifically meet all of these criteria.

Transfer Credit

Transfer of up to 9 hours credit is allowed toward the MBA program from an MBA program at an accredited graduate school. Consult the registrar's office for information on eligibility of transfer credit.

Transferability of credits earned at this institution and transferred to another is at the discretion of the receiving institution.

Residence Requirements

A minimum of 33 of the 42 hours required for the MBA program must be taken in resident study at George Fox University. Reinstatement to the program after withdrawal requires Admissions Committee action and may subject the student to additional requirements for the degree.

Course Requirements

The Master of Business Administration program is generally two years in length with 42 semester hours of course work required as a minimum for graduation. All program hours are in prescribed business courses.

Other Degree Requirements

Students are expected to maintain continuous enrollment in the program, remaining with their cohort throughout, so personal and work commitments should be planned accordingly. The program is generally structured on a cohort model, in which a group of students follows an integrated sequence of courses from beginning to end. The program requires 26 months to complete.

Graduation Requirements

In order to graduate with the master of business administration degree students must:

  • Satisfactorily complete a minimum of 42 semester hours with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above.
  • Achieve a grade of C in no more than 6 credit hours of the program curriculum. If a grade lower than C is received in a course, that course must be retaken (for more specific information, please refer to the student handbook). C+ grades are allowed to the extent that cumulative GPA remains above a 3.0.

Curriculum Plan

BUSG 501 Personal and Organizational Effectiveness 3
BUSG 502 Organizational Systems and Change 3
BUSG 503 Accounting and Financial Reporting 3
BUSG 507 Economics 3
BUSG 527 Managerial Finance 3
BUSG 534 Ethical and Legal Responsibilities 3
BUSG 524 Marketing Management 3
BUSG 551 Operations and Global Supply Chain Management 3
BUSG 560 Strategy 3
BUSG 556 Transformational Leadership 3

Please select one of the following two courses:

BUSG 525 Global Environment 3
BUSG 526 Global Environment- International Residency Option 3

Concentrations (9 hours - students must select one)

BUSG 571 Corporate Finance 3
BUSG 572 Investments 3
BUSG 573 Entrepreneurial Finance 3
Strategic Management
BUSG 581 Global Strategy 3
BUSG 582 Leading Strategic Change 3
BUSG 583 Contemporary Topics in Strategy 3
Strategic Human Resource Management
BUSG 591 Foundations of Strategic Human Resource Management 3
BUSG 592 Human Resource Management Strategies and Practices 3
BUSG 593 Human Resource Development and High Performance Organizations 3
Management and Leadership

Select a combination of three courses (9 hours) from any of the three concentration options listed above.  Choices will be limited to the three concentration courses offered each class session.

Business Administration Course Descriptions