Online Master
of Business Administration (MBA)

You’re an accomplished professional seeking to strive higher while nurturing your Christian faith. When you’ve accepted every challenge and excelled thus far in your career, commit yourself to growing your leadership potential with ACU’s fully online Master of Business Administration (MBA) program geared toward working professionals looking to get ahead.

Perhaps you’re angling for a promotion — or you’ve reached a senior specialist role and realize leadership or management marks the next step. Accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, ACU’s online MBA speaks to your drive while fostering your professional and personal growth. Expand your skills with a versatile business core, pursue a concentration related to your current or desired career path and embrace your passion and vocation to connect with peers in a spectrum of virtual environments.

You’re an accomplished professional seeking to strive higher while nurturing your Christian faith. When you’ve accepted every challenge and excelled thus far in your career, commit yourself to growing your leadership potential with ACU’s fully online Master of Business Administration (MBA) program geared toward working professionals looking to get ahead.

Perhaps you’re angling for a promotion — or you’ve reached a senior specialist role and realize leadership or management marks the next step. Accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, ACU’s online MBA speaks to your drive while fostering your professional and personal growth. Expand your skills with a versatile business core, pursue a concentration related to your current or desired career path and embrace your passion and vocation to connect with peers in a spectrum of virtual environments.

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Pursue a New Challenge With an Online MBA

We welcome your faith and steadfast resilience. Through ACU’s online MBA degree program, you’ll take one course every seven weeks, for a total of six courses per year, working toward your goal around existing career, family and other commitments with the support of our vibrant, virtual, Christ-centered community.

About the Program

This is exactly where we want to be, Master of Business Administration (MBA)

Our online Master of Business Administration (MBA) students think from a local perspective while striving to make a global impact with their ideas. ACU’s program takes a holistic approach that’s broadly applicable across a range of fields. Courses promoting leadership, organizational innovation, data-supported decision-making and ethics refine what you know and impart concepts you can apply in your current position. Because leadership takes a number of forms, cultivate a more specific skill set with a concentration in line with your career goals. Throughout, ACU Online encourages a faith-rooted ethical mindset for driving success.

Program Structure

All the Details on Your Degree

Obtaining your MBA will set you apart in the job market and we offer six different tracks so you can customize your degree to your career goals. ACU’s Online Master of Business Administration degree is offered through a partnership between the College of Business Administration and the College of Graduate and Professional Studies at our ACU Dallas campus.

Required Hours

36 hours
24 months

Example Coursework

Foundations of Analytics
Operations and Information Technology Management
Business Law and Ethics
Digital Marketing and Social Media

Upcoming Start Dates

June 28, 2022
August 23, 2022

COMMON JOB TITLES

Data Scientist
Manager of Marketing Analytics
Director, Supply Chain Management
Project Manager
International Supply Chain Manager
Health Services Director
Director of Health Information Management
Brand Manager

Concentrations

MBA Business Analytics

Business Analytics

Go beyond numbers. The Business Analytics concentration highlights data analysis and visualization as tools for problem-solving and decision-making. In the process, you’ll explore and learn how to apply descriptive, predictive and prescriptive models in a variety of contexts and how to communicate your findings to different audiences. 

 

 

 

MBA General

General

Transform into a multifaceted leader by deepening your knowledge of management principles. Ideal for exploring a range of concepts and tailoring your degree to your current field, this concentration focuses on forward-looking leadership principles and decision-making skills, with the opportunity to learn from top faculty and business peers in each course of study.

 

 

 

MBA Healthcare AdministrationHealthcare Administration

Prepare to make a difference and get ahead in a growing, complex industry. Through the Healthcare Administration concentration, you’ll gain the specialized knowledge and academic qualifications to lead in this fast-paced, demanding environment. In conjunction with core courses, you will connect strategic business knowledge with policies, regulations and patient needs to make an impact as a leader in the healthcare industry.  

 

 

 

MBA International Business

International Business

Even if rooted locally, businesses take an increasingly international approach, stretching across supply chains and customers served. The International Business concentration explores the evolving global business environment, including multinational management, logistics and business practices, to develop and enhance leadership skills for administrative roles in the U.S. and abroad. 

 

 

 

MBA Marketing

Marketing

Gain the knowledge and skills to create more effective marketing plans. Through the Marketing concentration, you’ll delve into consumer-based buying motivations, research exploration of new trends and integrating communication methods. Additionally, you’ll understand how to use technology and analytics to quantify campaign results and orchestrate brand initiatives.

 

 

 

MBA Operations and Supply Chain Management

Operations and Supply Chain Management

Supply chains are increasingly complex and global. This concentration exposes you to integral, universally in-demand organizational operations to improve efficiency within your business and along the supply chain. In the process, you’ll learn about project management, operations strategies, lean Six Sigma, inventory management, and the essential importance of supply chain processes. 

Meet the Program Director

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Dr. Nancy Kucinski, Master of Business Administration (MBA)

Dr. Nancy Kucinski is a Professor of Management and the Program Director for the Online Business Programs at ACU. She earned a Ph.D. in Political Science from Texas Tech University and a Ph.D. in Organizations, Strategy, and International Management from the University of Texas at Dallas. Dr. Kucinski has more than thirty years of teaching experience and was a Dean at her former university. In addition, she is a guest professor at the University of Applied Sciences-Salzburg, Austria where she often travels to teach. She enjoys the virtual learning environment where she encourages students to engage with the course content as well as with each other. She is also interested in studying and researching in the areas of environmental sustainability, eco-tourism, and intercultural understanding. Nancy is married to Dale, a retired airline pilot. They live on a small ranch outside of Abilene and have one son, Neal, who lives in New Braunfels.

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Online Master of Business Administration (MBA)

In recent years, organizations have questioned what it means to be a manager or team leader. Competence is just part of the picture. Instead, these individuals are prepared to contend with new challenges, devote themselves to upholding yet evolving organizational culture and routinely look ahead to incorporate the latest advancements in technology and data analysis. This combination leads to more refined, supported decisions and encourages collaboration among teams and departments.

As industry, government and nonprofit organizations rethink what it means to be a leader, an increasing number of opportunities for individuals with strong communication skills, a multifaceted business background and an understanding of data applications have emerged across a range of industries. Reflecting this shift, the Bureau of Labor Statistics identifies 9% growth of management occupations between 2020 and 2030

Multinational business group and african team leader working on project, Master of Business Administration (MBA)

To be considered for admission, students must:

  • Complete the online program application accompanied by a non-refundable processing fee.
  • Have at least 2 years of demonstrated full-time responsibility in professional or entrepreneurial positions, OR a satisfactory GMAT score (50th percentile or better). Acceptable (equivalent) GRE score (50th percentile or better) may be substituted for the GMAT with the approval of the Program Director.
  • Submit official transcripts showing earned bachelor’s from a regionally accredited college or university or the equivalent.
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above, probationary status may be granted to applicants with a 2.5 – 2.9 GPA and 2+ years of work experience.
  • Submit a current resume and letter of intent; letters of recommendation may be requested by the Program Director.
  • Have completed course prerequisites which include basic accounting, economics, and statistics. ACU offers short courses to help any student who does not meet these requirements.
  • NOTE: Program Director may waive GMAT or professional work requirements for ACU students who have above a 3.0 GPA.
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ACU’s College of Business Administration is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB), the highest accreditation body for schools of business.

  • Of the more than 2,000 institutions in the world offering business degrees, only 5% have earned AACSB accreditation.
  • ACU’s College of Business is one of two business programs affiliated with the Churches of Christ that is AACSB accredited.
  • ACU’s College of Business is one of seven programs among more than 100 institutions in the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities (CCCU) that has achieved this level of academic distinction.
  • Of the 40+ private schools of business in the state of Texas, ACU is one of only nine achieving this accreditation.

Curriculum & Format

Grapple with something new to increase your skillset. The curriculum for ACU’s online MBA values your knowledge gained thus far and helps foster your trajectory as a professional. In over 36 credit hours, including 27 devoted to a widely applicable core, you’ll see where business processes intersect and cultivate your leadership perspective to direct, motivate and encourage progress.

As the foundation for the online MBA program, the core curriculum covers:

  • leadership models, which include influencing and establishing an ethical, uplifting organizational culture;
  • analytics in accounting, finance, information systems, management and marketing, including commonly used tools, processes and statistical concepts;
  • accounting and finance at the managerial level for developing budgets and analyzing costs, valuation and risks, and for influencing organization-level decisions;
  • the role of organizational behavior in nurturing culture, motivating others and making effective decisions;
  • how information technology can assist with supporting organizational goals and new initiatives;
  • advanced marketing techniques to uncover and segment new customer groups and demographics and identify new opportunities;
  • more nuanced, higher-level decision-making techniques supported by data analysis;
  • developing an innovative mindset to design and market new products, implement the latest technologies and take performance up a level; and
  • business law, ethics and their effects on organizational decision making.

Along with all core subjects and a concentration, students who haven’t taken undergraduate-level accounting, economics and statistics will start the online MBA program with a three-week intensive session.