Master of Business Administration Online

The Master of Business Administration (MBA) offered by Southeastern University’s online learning program is dedicated to Christ-centered leadership and business ethics. This program aims to prepare its graduates to pursue careers as managers who can supervise business functions such as accounting, finance, information systems and marketing. An intended outcome of this program is to impart biblically informed values to students who will then apply those principles in their leadership. Students are taught real business skills along with business theory in order to hone their ability to make decisions in a global market.

Program Outcomes

This program builds on a student’s former experience and education in order to expand their skills and knowledge relating to the basic functions of a business. Because Southeastern University is a private, Christian college, a Christian-based worldview is the basis for this program. The idea of “servant leadership” is at the program’s core. A servant leader is one who often puts the needs and development of others first in order to help them perform better in the workplace.


Students who complete the MBA program will

  • Demonstrate servant leadership with biblically informed values.
  • Critically think, plan and research contemporary business issues.
  • Make intelligent and ethical business decisions informed by a Christian worldview.
  • Communicate results clearly and concisely through appropriate and effective media.
  • Demonstrate effective decision-making skills in new and unfamiliar circumstances through an understanding of the various business functions and analysis tools.
  • Apply theory to business problems in dynamic global environments.

Total Credits: 39 hours
Program Length: 12 to 24 months
Program Delivery: Online classes, hybrid classes
Tuition: $525 per credit hour

Admission Requirements

Students are accepted into the MBA program based on evidence of their aptitude and motivation for graduate business education at Southeastern University as well as their understanding of basic business functions.  The following are the minimum basic requirements; however, admission acceptance is considered given the applicants entire application package

  • A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above. Applicants with a lower GPA may be considered if GMAT or GRE scores exceed requirements.
  • A GMAT score of 470 or above, or the equivalent GRE score as determined by ETS’s GRE Comparison Tool taken within five years prior to student’s admission to the program. An expectation is that applicants will also score at or above the 25th percentile in each of the verbal and quantitative reasoning sections of the exam. Provisional requirements may apply for lower scores.
  • A sample writing assignment addressing the prompt “Why I want to pursue an MBA at Southeastern University.” The essay should address how the MBA will help the student in his or her career and how he or she can integrate Christian faith into his or her profession as a manager. The paper should include the student’s full name and be 300-600 words in length.
  • Two recommendations: An academic or a professional and a personal/character, submitted by those providing references.
  • Fulfillment of foundational knowledge requirements (see the Foundational Courses and Competencies below). A determination of any prerequisite requirements will be made at the time of the admission decision.

Foundational Courses and Competencies for the Online MBA

In order to ensure student success, three foundational courses (9 credit hours) are required for students without an undergraduate degree in a business-related field. Students are also expected to be competent in Microsoft Excel prior to beginning their MBA course work (Microsoft Excel Basic Certification or its equivalent is the recommended minimum).


Students also have the opportunity to waive some of their requirements, depending on their undergraduate foundation. Students who enter into this program without an undergraduate degree in a business-related subject area may be required to take additional courses to ensure their success in this program.


When these courses are required, admission to the online MBA program may be made on a provisional basis until the courses are completed with a B- grade or higher and prior to enrolling in BUSI 5003, the first MBA level course in the program.

  • BUSI 2203 – Microeconomics
  • BUSI 1013 – Introduction to Accounting and Finance, or BUSI 2233 – Principles of Managerial Accounting
  • MATH 2023 – Introduction to Probability and Statistics

The following course is recommended for gaining competencies in using Microsoft Excel

  • CTIS 2133 Data Management and Analysis


The online MBA program at Southeastern is designed to fit the schedules of those individuals pursuing continuing education. A student can tailor their studies to fit their career goals and schedules. This program offers both online and hybrid courses. A student can complete this program in as few as 12 to 24 months. The total number of required credit hours is 36–39, depending on the concentration chosen, and a student can choose to earn these credit hours in a traditional, hybrid or completely online format.


The required courses for this program cover the skills and knowledge necessary to meet the challenges of the modern business world. The ability to demonstrate effective decision-making skills in any kind of circumstance, to apply theory to business problems and to be able to understand business functions and the results of analysis tools are some of the main goals of this program.


Note: BUSI 5003 is a prerequisite for all other courses in each track and must be completed with a B- or greater before continuing beyond the first eight weeks. Students may be approved by the MBA director to take other courses concurrently with BUSI 5003 in their first eight-week session.


Program Course Work


The online MBA program at Southeastern University also offers four concentrations for students who have specific career goals in mind.


Executive Leadership Track (15 credits)
Missional Leadership Track (15 credits)
Criminal Justice Track (15 credits)
Sport Management Track (18 credits)


Possible jobs for individuals who have earned a Master of Business Administration from Southeastern University include operations research analyst, IT manager, management analyst and human resource specialist. Because this program focuses on leadership and ethical business practices, many graduates choose to pursue careers in nonprofit management and with philanthropic organizations. The average salary of an MBA graduate in an entry-level position is around $75,000 a year. Earning an MBA can double the annual salary of an individual who had previously only earned a bachelor’s degree.


Students who complete the organizational leadership program will be prepared for careers such as: