Master of Business Administration

All graduate degrees

With a master’s degree in business from Southern, you are positioned for career advancement.

  • Graduates are prepared for expanded job responsibility and administrative roles.
  • Southern graduates are heavily recruited.
  • Chattanooga is “Gig City.” With the fastest internet service in the country, Chattanooga hosts several major-name employers in business and industry.
  • Southern has a strong healthcare affiliation. The School of Business maintains close ties with leaders in healthcare organizations and enjoys strong collaboration with the School of Nursing. View more about the dual-degree program: MSN/MBA »

How the program works

Each on-campus class is scheduled to meet one evening a week. Online courses provide even more convenience and flexibility. Most part-time students complete the MBA program in two to three years. Full-time students may finish in one calendar year.

Also available completely online
The MBA degree is also offered completely online for emphases in Accounting (for students who have already taken Intermediate Accounting 1 and 2), Healthcare Administration, and Management

Eligibility

  • Bachelor's degree:  Bachelor’s degree in any area from an accredited program
  • GPA requirement:  Minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0

Admission process

  1. Graduate application:  Submit a graduate application (with non-refundable fee of $25). Apply now
  2. Transcripts:  Submit official college and university transcripts. Many institutions subscribe to the convenient transcript-request service at National Student Clearinghouse, or you may also contact your institution directly. For best results, request to have transcripts sent to the Graduate Studies office.
  3. Recommendations:  Submit two recommendation forms (completed by work supervisors or professors). This may be done as part of the online application process, or Download form
  4. GMAT requirements:  Submit scores from the Graduate Management Admission Test taken within the past five years.
      • Possible exceptions: With approval, applicants may be admitted without the GMAT if they have an undergraduate degree from an accredited U.S. institution with a minimum GPA of 3.25 or above, or a GPA of 3.00 and five years of full-time business-related management experience. These possible exceptions do not extend to international students, who must provide an official GMAT score and a TOEFL score of at least 100 (Internet-based) as a prerequisite for acceptance. 

*For more detailed official and complete admission requirements, please see our catalog here.

Application deadlines

Term U.S. Residents International
Fall July 1 May 1
Winter November 1 September 1
Summer April 1 February 1

International students

Applicants who are not citizens or permanent residents of the United States are considered international students and must meet additional requirements for admission.

  • View international-student admission requirements »

    1. Applicants from non-English institutions must submit certified English translations and evaluations of official university records, including demonstration of the equivalency of a bachelor's degree.
      Transcript evaluations must be submitted directly to Southern from one of the following agencies:
    2. Applicants from non-English-speaking countries must demonstrate English proficiency.
      Unless an applicant is a native English speaker or received the college/university degree from an English-medium institution, s/he must have a minimum TOEFL score of 100. TOEFL scores are valid for two years from the test date. Learn more at ets.org/toefl »

    3. Submit Declaration of Finances.
      International students must have financial resources sufficient to support themselves for the calendar year, in addition to an international-student deposit of $3,000 (USD). Download Form
      • To be issued an I-20 Form, students must also provide a letter from financial sponsors (including their name and address), as well as copies of bank statements for the last three months showing the balance history for the student's account or the financial sponsor's account.

Online programs
Since international students enrolling in programs offered completely online do not travel to the United States, they are not required to obtain the Form I-20 or F-1 Student Visa, and they do not have to submit the Declaration of Finances. The MBA emphases available completely online are:

  • Accounting (for students who have already taken Intermediate Accounting 1 and 2)
  • Healthcare Administration
  • Management

On-campus programs
International students who will be coming to Southern's campus need some additional information about travel documents and living on campus.

  • View more information for international applicants

    • Form I-20:  After all qualifying documentation is received, Southern Adventist University issues a letter of acceptance and the Form I-20. The letter and form must be presented to the U.S. consular officer when applying for a student visa. Only students approved by the Immigration and Naturalization Service for attendance at Southern may enroll.
    • On campus:  International students are encouraged to arrive on campus two weeks prior to the beginning of classes. They should contact the international student adviser as soon as they arrive. Graduate Studies must be notified if there is any change in the arrival date after admission has been granted. Individuals with student visas are required to be enrolled in a full course study (a minimum of nine graduate credit hours) during the school year.
    • Employment:  International students with an F-1 Student Visa may work on campus, provided that employment is available and provided that the student is enrolled in a full course of study and is making progress to the completion of a degree. On-campus employment is limited to 20 hours per week while classes are in session and 40 hours per week during university vacation days.
    • When you are ready to travel: International students should not leave their homeland until they have in their possession:
      1. An admission letter of acceptance from Southern Adventist University
      2. Form I-20 issued by Southern Adventist University
      3. A valid passport
      4. A valid F-1 Student Visa to travel to the United States
      5. Sufficient funds for the first year at Southern Adventist University

 

Graduate assistantship application

For more information about a graduate assistantship, please contact the graduate enrollment counselor.

Course guide

Select an emphasis:

Accounting

Accounting Emphasis

Finance Emphasis

Healthcare Emphasis

Management Emphasis

Marketing Management Emphasis

Customized Emphasis

Business Administration Core Courses Credits
  BUAD 505 Management in a Changing World 3
  BUAD 510 Accounting for Control and Decision Making 3
  BUAD 520 Financial Management 3
  BUAD 530 Organizational Behavior 3
  BUAD 540 Marketing Management 3
  BUAD 555 Leadership and Change 3
  BUAD 562 Integrating Faith and Business  3
  BUAD 570 Strategic Decision Making 3
MBA Core Total   24
Accounting Emphasis Credits
  Accounting courses (except ACCT 505, 507, 508, and 510) 9
  Elective: Accounting, Management, Human Resource Management, Marketing Management, Business Administration, Economics, Finance, Healthcare Administration, or Nonprofit Leadership 3
Accounting Emphasis Total   12
Additional Required Courses if lacking undergraduate equivalents Credits
  ACCT 505 Financial Accounting 3
  ACCT 507 Intermediate Financial Accounting I 3
  ACCT 508 Intermediate Financial Accounting II 3
  FNCE 505 Principles of Finance 3
Business Administration Core Courses Credits
  BUAD 505 Management in a Changing World 3
  BUAD 510 Accounting for Control and Decision Making 3
  BUAD 520 Financial Management 3
  BUAD 530 Organizational Behavior 3
  BUAD 540 Marketing Management 3
  BUAD 555 Leadership and Change 3
  BUAD 562 Integrating Faith and Business 3
  BUAD 570 Strategic Decision Making 3
MBA Core Total   24
Finance Emphasis Credits
  Finance courses 9
  Elective: Accounting, Management, Human Resources Management, Marketing Management, Business Administration, Economics, Finance, Healthcare Administration, or Nonprofit Leadership 3
Finance Emphasis Total   12
Additional Required Courses IF LACKING UNDERGRADUATE EQUIVALENTS Credits
  ACCT 505 Financial Accounting 3
  FNCE 505 Principles of Finance 3
Business Administration Core Courses Credits
  BUAD 505 Management in a Changing World 3
  BUAD 510 Accounting for Control and Decision Making 3
  BUAD 520 Financial Management 3
  BUAD 530 Organizational Behavior 3
  BUAD 540 Marketing Management 3
  BUAD 555 Leadership and Change 3
  BUAD 562 Integrating Faith and Business 3
  BUAD 570 Strategic Decision Making 3
MBA Core Total   24
Healthcare Administration Emphasis Credits
  Healthcare Administration courses 9
  Elective: Accounting, Management, Human Resources Management, Marketing Management, Business Administration, Economics, Finance, Healthcare Administration, or Nonprofit Leadership 3
Healthcare Administration Emphasis Total   12
Additional Required Courses IF LACKING UNDERGRADUATE EQUIVALENTS Credits
  ACCT 505 Financial Accounting 3
  FNCE 505 Principles of Finance 3
Business Administration Core Courses Credits
  BUAD 505 Management in a Changing World 3
  BUAD 510 Accounting for Control and Decision Making 3
  BUAD 520 Financial Management 3
  BUAD 530 Organizational Behavior 3
  BUAD 540 Marketing Management 3
  BUAD 555 Leadership and Change 3
  BUAD 562 Integrating Faith and Business 3
  BUAD 570 Strategic Decision Making 3
MBA Core Total   24
Management Emphasis Credits
  Twelve hours from the following courses:  
  BEXM 505 Legal Framework of Decisions 3
  BEXM 520 Corporate Intrapreneurship 3
  BEXM 560 Seminar in Entrepreneurship 3
  BEXM 585 Contemporary Issues in Management 3
  BEXM 594 Business International Study Tour 3
  BEXM 595 Independent Study 3
  BEXM 597 Management Research 3
  BHRM 510 Human Resource Management 3
  ECON 521 Managerial Economics 3
Management Emphasis Total   12
Additional Required Courses IF LACKING UNDERGRADUATE EQUIVALENTS Credits
  ACCT 505 Financial Accounting 3
  FNCE 505 Principles of Finance 3
Business Administration Core Courses Credits
  BUAD 505 Management in a Changing World 3
  BUAD 510 Accounting for Control and Decision Making 3
  BUAD 520 Financial Management 3
  BUAD 530 Organizational Behavior 3
  BUAD 540 Marketing Management 3
  BUAD 555 Leadership and Change 3
  BUAD 562 Integrating Faith and Business 3
  BUAD 570 Strategic Decision Making 3
MBA Core Total   24
Marketing Management Emphasis Credits
  Twelve hours from the following courses:  
  BEXM 505 Legal Framework of Decisions 3
  BHRM 510 Human Resource Management 3
  BMKT 520 Integrated Marketing Communications 3
  BMKT 550 International Marketing Management 3
  BMKT 585 Contemporary Issues in Marketing Management 3
  BMKT 595 Independent Study 3
  BMKT 597 Marketing Research 3
Marketing Management Emphasis Total   12
Additional Required Courses IF LACKING UNDERGRADUATE EQUIVALENTS Credits
  ACCT 505 Financial Accounting 3
  FNCE 505 Principles of Finance 3
Business Administration core courses Credits
  BUAD 505 Management in a Changing World 3
  BUAD 510 Accounting for Control and Decision Making 3
  BUAD 520 Financial Management 3
  BUAD 530 Organizational Behavior 3
  BUAD 540 Marketing Management 3
  BUAD 555 Leadership and Change 3
  BUAD 562 Integrating Faith and Business  3
  BUAD 570 Strategic Decision Making 3
MBA Core Total   24
Customized Emphasis Credits
  You may choose courses from the following areas to design a customized program (dean’s approval is required): Accounting, Management, Human Resource Management, Marketing Management, Business Administration, Economics, Finance, Healthcare Administration, and Nonprofit Leadership 12
Customized Emphasis Total   12
Additional Required Courses IF LACKING UNDERGRADUATE EQUIVALENTS Credits
  ACCT 505 Financial Accounting 3
  FNCE 505 Principles of Finance 3

Faculty

Michael Cafferky
Michael Cafferky

Professor
mcafferky@southern.edu
423.236.2658

Robert Gadd
Robert Gadd

Professor
bobgadd@southern.edu
423.236.2697

Julie Hyde
Julie Hyde

Professor
jhyde@southern.edu
423.236.2682

Robert Montague
Robert Montague

Professor
montague@southern.edu
423.236.2752

Cliff Olson
Cliff Olson

Professor
olson@southern.edu
423.236.2757

Braam Oberholster
Braam Oberholster

Professor
braam@southern.edu
423.236.2771

Dennis Steele
Dennis Steele

Professor
steele@southern.edu
423.236.2699

Get started

Thank you for considering Southern Adventist University for your master's in business administration! Our program is flexible, convenient, and offers a seamless integration of faith and business. I would love to talk to you about what we can offer you. Please feel free to email or call!

Nelly Montoya

Graduate Enrollment Counselor
nellym@southern.edu
423.236.2527