Graduate Catalog 2021-2022 
    Apr 19, 2024  
Graduate Catalog 2021-2022 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Business Administration, M.B.A.

Mission Statement

The Malone University Department of Business and Technologies exists to provide students with a relevant education that develops intellectual maturity, wisdom, Christ-centered excellence, and ethical leadership in thought and service to church, community, and world and as it relates to business environments and organizations specifically.

Program Purpose

The Malone MBA prepares graduates to become effective change agents and Christ-centered leaders within organizations and communities. A focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion equips Malone graduate students to apply principles of equity and social justice in the workplace and marketplace as a means of applying Christian ethics, stewardship, and values in vocational pursuits and endeavors. The Malone MBA curriculum prepares students to lead and manage resources within business and social environments by challenging them to develop transferable skills in critical and creative thinking, problem solving, case analysis, data analysis, ethical leadership, business communication, organizational behavior, economics, management, and financial practices.

Program Goals

  • To develop business and organizational leaders who effectively integrate Christian faith, ethics, and values within business and vocational contexts
  • To develop business and organizational leaders who understand and critically engage the foundational and emerging theoretical positions in the fields of business.
  • To develop business and organizational leaders who engage in critical and creative thinking and decision making to lead change in organizations about business contexts
  • To develop business and organizational leaders who understand the stewardship of vocational calling to serve church, community, and world.

Intended Student Learning Outcomes

  • Students will develop critical thinking, creative thinking, problem solving, and analytical skills necessary to compete in a global, technology-based marketplace
  • Students will evaluate and apply current business theory and practice to business and vocational contexts
  • Students will apply Christian values (such as values of stewardship, integrity, and justice) to business and vocational contexts, while taking into consideration the impact on church, community, and world.


Malone University, including all programs within the School of Business and Leadership is authorized by the Ohio Board of Regents and accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association. Specific to the School of Business and Leadership, the Bachelor of Arts degree with majors in Accounting, Business Administration, and Sport Management; the Bachelor of Arts degree earned through degree completion in the Malone Management Program (MGMT) with a major in Organizational Management; and the Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) degree are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).

ACBSP may be contacted at:

Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs
11520 West 119th Street
Overland KS 66213


The School of Business and Leadership conducts assessment of student learning outcomes in order to continuously improve the curriculum. This assessment program includes three components: (a) Master Business Learning Assessment exam, (b) Business Critical Thinking Skills test, and (c) Business research or practicum. Completing the assessment are required components of graduation.

Details of the assessment processes are available in the Department of Business and Technologies. Since student learning outcomes assessment is a dynamic process, the department reserves the right to make changes in the process.

Admission Requirements

Regular Admission

To be granted regular admission, the applicant must hold a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution with a minimum g.p.a. of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

Conditional Admission

Applicants who hold a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution with a cumulative g.p.a. between 2.5 and 3.0 may be considered for Conditional Admission. Evidence must be provided that the applicant has the potential to be successful in the M.B.A. program. Contact the Office of Graduate and Professional Studies to discuss the review process. Students admitted conditionally through this procedure will be granted Regular Admission upon completion of 12 semester hours with a minimum g.p.a. of 3.0.

Applicants who do not hold the baccalaureate degree, but who are within 15 hours of graduating from an undergraduate program at Malone University, may be considered for Conditional Admission by meeting the conditions as specified in the Non-Degree Classifications section (found under Introduction and Enrollment Procedures: Admissions to Graduate Studies) of this Graduate Catalog. Students admitted conditionally through this procedure will be granted Regular Admission upon completion of 12 semester hours of MBA courses (undergraduate or graduate credit) with a minimum cumulative g.p.a. of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale and successful completion of the baccalaureate program at Malone University.

Tools for Success

A student desiring to enter the M.B.A. program will be offered a Math Quiz as a self-assessment tool, with websites for free video help to sharpen algebraic skills. In addition to the quiz, an enrolled student may contact his or her M.B.A. adviser to request a packet of basic accounting information. This packet will be helpful for MBA 505 - Finance and Accounting: Principles and Practice .

The Nonlinear Learning Approach (with Classroom and/or Online Delivery)

Malone University has organized its non-linear curriculum for the Master of Business Administration around Collaboration, Abstract Reasoning, and Systems Thinking. This allows the student to enroll in any course in the program without dependencies on other courses (i.e., prerequisites). Two delivery methods are available: classroom or online.

Students who opt for classroom delivery attend classes the same weeknight(s) throughout the program for 24 months. Classroom courses are offered on Tuesday nights. Students who opt for online delivery complete all coursework electronically in 20 months. Students may also opt to mix delivery modes, taking some courses in the classroom and others online. Customized programs of study can be created on this basis.

Students may enter the program at six (6) different times during the year: at the beginning and midpoint of each semester: Fall, Spring, and Summer.


Students admitted to the master’s program are advised to confer with the M.B.A. Program Coordinator to determine specific scheduling and graduate program requirements. Generally, the following checklist will serve as a guide.

  1. Application for admission to the M.B.A. Program complete with transcripts and references
  2. Written notification of acceptance for admission
  3. Completion of all coursework and requirements for the M.B.A.
  4. Application for Graduation:
    • Complete the Application for Graduation provided by the Office of the Registrar.
    • Return the completed form to the Office of the Registrar by January 30 for candidates who plan to complete degree requirements by the end of a spring semester or a summer session, or September 30 for candidates who plan to complete degree requirements by the end of a fall semester. See Academic Policies  for complete graduation policies and procedures.


In each course, one excused absence is permitted without any course-grade penalty, as long as the absent student fulfills all the course requirements specified by the instructor. Each additional absence in a course will result in a course-grade penalty. The instructor for each course will determine the magnitude of the grade penalty for that course and specify it in the course’s syllabus. (The grade penalty may include failure in the course.)

Academic Dismissal

A student shall be dismissed from the M.B.A. Program upon:

  1. Receiving more than six hours of “C” or below or
  2. Receiving a second grade of “F” or
  3. Failure to achieve the required cumulative g.p.a. of 3.0 (excluding prerequisites) at the conclusion of any probationary period.
  4. Failure to meet the standards and/or aims of the University, both academic and non-academic.

Course Retake Policy

A student may petition the MBA Director for permission to retake an MBA course. Retakes are limited to no more than two courses and no more than once for a particular course. A student may not retake a course if he/she has met the criteria for academic dismissal.

Program of Study