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A dual degree student will graduate with two masters degrees in less time than it would take to complete those degrees individually. The dual degree master of divinity and master of business administration combines the theological, biblical and pastoral training of a master of divinity with business and organizational leadership training that focuses on the values of stewardship, sustainability, justice, and social entrepreneurship.

Admissions Requirements

Students must be admitted to both the seminary and the MBA program to be enrolled in the dual degree program. Students may fill out one application for both programs but are strongly encouraged to communicate how they will integrate the two degrees.

The Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) is the preferred entrance exam for the MBA. Other graduate exams may also be considered, and no entrance exam is required for students already in possession of a graduate degree. Candidates who do not have a background in business may need to take a few prerequisite courses (offered by EMU); all prerequisites may also be waived with a strong GMAT score.

Degree Requirements

  • 70 hours of study in the master of divinity program (53 hours of core curriculum and 17 electives)
  • 36 hours in the MBA program (21 hours of core curriculum, 9 hours of integrative electives and 6 hours of MBA electives)
  • FS 501/502 Formation in God’s Story I and II
  • BVOT 511 Old Testament: Text in Context
  • BVNT 512 New Testament: Text in Context
  • CTH 501/512 Christian Tradition I and II
  • FS 601/602 Formation in Ministry I and II
  • CTT 634 Living Theology
  • CM 643 Missio Dei in Cultural Context
  • CTE 702 Christian Ethics
  • 12 hours of Biblical languages or the alternate language track
  • OLS510 Leadership and Management for the Common Good
  • OLS515 Introduction to Leadership Studies
  • OLS530 Organizational Behavior
  • OLS540 Managerial Finance and Accounting I
  • MBA640 Managerial Finance and Accounting II
  • MBA630 Managerial Economics
  • MBA680 Sustainable Organizations for the Common Good

9 SH from the required seminary electives

  • SMCL 671 (MBA 671)Leadership and Administration
  • CTE 702 (MBA 702)Christian Ethics
  • BVG 541 (MBA 541)Biblical Foundations for Justice and Peacebuilding

6 SH elective courses from among the following:

  • MOL510 Leadership Seminar
  • MBA555 Legal Aspects of Human Resources
  • MBA560 Stewardship, Innovation & Social Entrepreneurship
  • OLS610 Strategic Marketing Management
  • OLS665 Project Management & Grant Writing
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