Master of Divinity

Master of Divinity with Master of Business Administration

In this program, the Master of Business Administration fulfills the elective specialization of the Master of Divinity program. Students who apply for this dual degree program start their education by completing a 36-credit pastoral ministry core curriculum (which also completes most educational requirements for ordination in the Church of the Nazarene) as well as their 4-credit supervised ministry before beginning their MBA work. They will also submit application materials for the MBA (without application fee) during their last full semester of work in the pastoral ministry core curriculum (see the MBA program for admission requirements). Students will be considered MDiv students while continuing their work in the MBA program; they will complete the 3-credit biblical exegesis course from the MDiv program after fulfilling all other MBA requirements.

Students without an approved undergraduate degree in business will need to complete 42 credits for the MBA program; students who qualify for advanced standing (i.e., those with an approved undergraduate degree in business) will need to complete 33 credits for the MBA program.

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. The graduate understands and is able to explain Wesleyan-Holiness theology as it relates to Scripture, Christian tradition, reason, and experience in the practice of ministry. (RH)
  2. The graduate identifies characteristics of the cultural context of ministry and assesses them through an appropriate theological perspective, compares existing cultures with alternative cultural expressions, and develops personal and corporate practices consistent with the reign of God. (CC)
  3. The graduate practices the means of grace (spiritual disciplines) that lead to emotional and spiritual health, personal Christian virtue, and responsible social engagement. (PSF)
  4. The graduate integrates Christian theological themes in the understanding and practice of ministry and leadership. (MPL)
  5. The graduate understands Wesleyan-Holiness theology and history holistically and is able to relate and integrate key aspects of that theology with both business, economic, and leadership theories and practices. (RH)
  6. The graduate demonstrates both knowledge and effective skills in working and serving faithfully with diverse individuals, groups, and organizations people to accomplish distinct goals in ministry settings. (CC)
  7. The graduate recognizes the complex contexts that affect all organizations and also articulates and embodies an understanding of people, groups, and organizations that value and treat others as those created in the image of God. (PSF)
  8. The graduate demonstrates a healthy self-awareness and a holistic understanding of servant leadership and its practices in relation to Wesleyan-Holiness theology. (MPL)

Master's Degree Admission and Graduation Requirements

Master of Business Administration

Students completing the Master of Business Administration elective specialization will apply to the MBA Program during their last full semester of work in the pastoral ministry core curriculum. The application fee will be waived.  Please see the Graduate Business Department page for additional information. 

Foundational Courses (9 credits)

Students with an approved undergraduate degree in Business from a national or international discipline accreditation may have the Foundational Courses (9 credits) waived to enter the program at advanced standing. 

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