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Master of Business Administration (MBA) Degree Program

Earn your MBA degree at SBU

Welcome to Southwest Baptist University's MBA Program! Our accredited online MBA program has been designed to provide you with the foundation and knowledge necessary for professional and occupational advancement.

The MBA Online offers a comprehensive curriculum that covers the most important aspects of modern business. Our courses will help you develop the skills and competencies needed to lead and succeed in today's competitive business environment.

The Christian Ministry Track is an online program with a hybrid concentration in Christian Ministry. This concentration combines online MBA courses and four hybrid Christian Ministry courses to give you a unique and specialized perspective on business and in your ministry.

At SBU and the Robert W. Plaster College of Business, our goal is to ensure that our students are equipped with the skills, knowledge and confidence necessary to excel in their chosen profession. Our diverse and experienced faculty are here to guide and support you every step of the way.

We invite you to join us in our MBA Program and experience the flexibility, convenience, and excellence that only a faith-based program can offer.

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The Mission of the MBA Program at SBU

The mission of the Master of Business Administration program is to equip graduate students from a Christ-centered perspective, building on foundational business principles, with the interpersonal, critical thinking, and analytical skills to empower them to become servant leaders in a global society.

The MBA degree is offered through SBU's Robert W. Plaster College of Business

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Wondering about which program track is right for you? How many years will it take to complete your degree? What skills are integral for success in an MBA program? What will your classes be like? What are the job prospects after obtaining your MBA? Our admissions counselors can help you answer all of these questions and more. Whether you’re a high school student looking to enter an accelerated program or looking for a postgraduate degree, SBU is happy to help you begin your journey towards your next academic achievement.

Graduate Student Applicants

If you are finishing or have completed an undergraduate degree and are ready to continue your education with an online MBA, visit the Graduate Studies in Business page to learn more about the application and admissions process, cost and financial aid, and more.

Working professionals are encouraged to apply to our professional track! Explore our online executive MBA today.

Application and Cost

High School Students

The High School Early Acceptance Program (EAP) is a great opportunity for you to show your commitment to your future while being recognized for your outstanding achievements. The EAP is a prestigious group of SBU students who not only excel academically, but also have proven potential to serve as tomorrow's business leaders.

Students who are accepted into the Early Acceptance MBA program can complete an undergraduate degree and the graduate-level Master of Business Administration in as little as five years.

Early Acceptance Information

Talk to Admissions

To learn more about the MBA program and the admissions process, contact the Office of Graduate Admissions at (417) 328-1402 or

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The SBU Advantage

SBU's MBA program has three distinctive components:

  • Intentionally faith-based
  • Leadership focus
  • Entrepreneurship emphasis

Faith Integration

SBU's College of Professional Programs and the Robert W. Plaster College of Business have a Psalm 15 initiative, which provides intentional integration of faith and academic discipline. Using Psalm 15 as a basis, the Colleges have identified eight character traits that should be the hallmark of the students and graduates. These character traits are emphasized in coursework and in a special lecture series. The highlighted character traits are: Integrity, Service, Respect, Charity, Faithfulness, Truthfulness, Humility and Perseverance.


christian ministry iconChristian Ministry Concentration

This is a great option for anyone interested in working in the nonprofit sector or who wants to expand their knowledge of ministry and Biblical studies.


data analytics iconData Analytics  Concentration

The Data Analytics concentration will increase your skills in data analysis and business application using predictive modeling.


health administration iconHealth Administration Concentration

 This concentration is for anyone who is working in management or aspires to work in management within the health care industry.


marketing concentration iconMarketing

The marketing concentration will challenge you to identify and engage consumers through evaluating buyer behavior and utilizing research to improve your decision-making capabilities as a manager and leader in the marketing field.

Samantha Masters
"The MBA helped me apply what I was learning immediately in my job. SBU's MBA has a nice integration of faith, leadership and entrepreneurship, which is an essential foundation to have."
Samantha Masters '19, '21
Digital Marketing Manager at Sales Star Networks

Master of Business Administration Courses

MBA core requirements

ACC 5113 Accounting for Managers 3
BUS 5043 Ethics & Critical Thinking in Business Administration 3
CIS 5123 Analytics and Business Intelligence 3
ECO 5043 Business Economics for Managers 3
FIN 5023 Financial Management 3
LDR 5063 Leadership Development 3
MGT 5063 Entrepreneurship 3
MGT 5093 Organizational Strategy 3
MKT 5023 Strategic Marketing 3
Total Hours 27

Business Administration Concentration

BUS 5053 Global Business Practice and Opportunity 3
MGT 5013 Managerial Communication 3
MGT 5043 Organizational Behavior and Servant Leadership 3
Total Hours 9

Data Analytics Concentration

BUS 5023 Data Analytics 3
BUS 5213 Processing Data for Decision Making 3
BUS 5213 Leading Data Analytics Projects 3
Total Hours 9

Health Administration Concentration

HAD 5093 Organizational Analysis and Innovation 3
HAD 5113 Advanced Health Care Leadership & Administration 3
HAD 5153 Quality & Safety in Health Care 3
Total Hours 9

Christian Ministry Concentration

Choose 3 of the following:

MIN 5113 Preaching and Teaching the Bible 3
MIN 5163 Theology  3
MIN 5173 Disciple-Making in Context 3
MIN 5273 Conflict and Crisis in Ministry 3
MIN 5513 Local Church Counseling 3
Total Hours

Marketing Concentration

MKT 5203 Data Analytics 3
MKT 5003 Consumer Behavior 3
MKT Digital and Social Media Marketing 3
Total Hours 9

NOTE: This is a proposed guideline. Please check the catalog and see your advisor for your final degree requirements.
Southwest Baptist University reserves the right to make changes to degree plans without advanced notice or obligation.
The student is responsible for understanding and completing all general education, degree, departmental and graduation requirements.

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MBA Course Listing (PDF)