Dual Degrees Online: Master of Business Administration And Master of Arts In Ministry

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 provide 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:
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    Integrate Christian principles in critical thinking and decision-making.
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    Demonstrate awareness and improvement of thinking and learning strategies.
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    Implement business concepts in a business environment.
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    Evaluate operations and provide recommendations to improve performance.
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    Analyze Christian theological thinking, church, and culture through the centuries and the effects of each on the others.
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    Conduct independent research and evaluation of biblical and theological literature and apply knowledge to enhance ministry practices.

REQUIRED DUAL DEGREE COURSES

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    This course is an introductory course that will assist the learner in developing the basic skills necessary for success in graduate study. The orientation course provides an overview and application of graduate writing and research while introducing the four functions of management, finance, accounting, economics, and marketing. (Note: This course is the prerequisite for the remaining courses in the program.)
     
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    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. MKT 6100 Management in Social Media and Ecommerce (3 credits) 6 weeks This course will train graduate students to manage all aspects of digital marketing, content marketing, and customer relations to build ecommerce platforms in order to cultivate lead and sales from social media relationships.
     
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    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.
     
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    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.
     
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    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.
     
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    This course provides students with the analytical tools used in making financial management decisions through a framework of financial theory and strategies. Emphasis is placed on the application of financial theory to management decision making.
     
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    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.
     
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    The course examines the use of financial information in the internal operations of an organization. Approaches to management decision-making, organizational planning, and performance evaluation through the use of internal financial information are covered.
     
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    This course addresses common operational challenges of global businesses. The course will focus on management, social, economic, political, and financial implications of strategic operations from a faith-based perspective. Topics include cross-cultural context, values, ethics, communication, the influence of international expansion, human resources, and faith-based business operations. Special consideration will be given to current events related to global organizations and their impact on the business environment.
     
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    This course introduces the concepts and skills for integrating analytics into the decision-making process, to assist organizations in achieving their goals. Basic database and analytical concepts are introduced. The course will include an overview of descriptive, predictive, and prescriptive analytics'”focusing on the abilities of analytics to assist organizations in improving performance.
     
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    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.
     
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    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.
     
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    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.
     
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    This course acquaints the students with the results of modern research on the New Testament. It will provide a study of the origin and nature of the New Testament canon with special attention being given to the relationship of the synoptic Gospels, the purpose and integrity of Acts, and the authorship and dates of the epistles.
     
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    Acquaints the student with the results of modern research on the Old Testament. The literary approaches to the biblical material are studied, focusing primarily on the Pentateuch, Isaiah, Daniel, and the Psalms.
     
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    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.
     
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    The course provides a fuller understanding of the Wesleyan theological heritage through its spiritual and ideological construction found at the inception of Methodism. This study is intended to offer a critical explanation and evaluation of the origins and development of Methodism's richest resources, while encouraging its adequate communication in preaching, teaching, scholarship, and holy living.
     
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    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.
     
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    This course serves as the culmination and integration of the learning from all Master 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.
    (Prerequisite: Completion of major courses)

Total57 Credit Hours

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