Christian Master of Business Administration (and Executive Master of Business Administration)

1. Introduction 

Thank you for your interest in the Western Orthodox University Christian Master of Business Administration programme. The programme is designed for the serious student who is interested in approaching the nexus between traditional Christian principles and the business world, with particular emphasis on ethics and Biblical standards. The Mentors for this programme include established business leaders who are also ordained ministers of the Gospel.

The programme is outlined below, but individual details may be varied on the initiative of the Mentor and/or student, always subject to ratification by the University. In principle, the aim is to provide a fully bespoke, individualized learning experience that takes into account the particular strengths, interests and previous learning of the student, and thus offers a flexible but rigorous route to the degree.

The programme currently consists of eight modules, listed below with their main topics. Each module counts for four semester credit hours, making a total of 32 credit hours for the complete programme. Note that module E is designated as a specialization module, and together with the dissertation will determine the concentration of the degree.

The Christian Executive Master of Business Administration is reserved for business professionals with 10 or more years of experience, and replaces module A with a second dissertation or business project.

A. Organizational Management
Organizational behaviour and structure. Leadership and management theory. Corporate strategy. Operations management.

B. Christian ethics and business
Connections between the policies of a business and principles of Christian faith and theology. What the Bible says about business. Christian social responsibility and ethics in a business context. Principles of Christian economics and finance. Christian approaches to strategic management.

C. Christians in business
Case studies of businesses run according to Christian principles and Christians within businesses that are not explicitly Christian. Overcoming conflicts between Christian and non-Christian values. Christian approaches to human resources. Christian approaches to for-profit, non-profit and social enterprise structures.

D. Economics
Microeconomics. Macroeconomics. Decision-making for business.

E. Marketing
Marketing strategy. Marketing implementation. Negotiation.

F. Finance and Control
Financial measurement and reporting. Corporate finance. Capital markets. The role of probability and statistics.

G. Specialization Module
Choose from the following, subject to Mentor approval:

E1. E-business
E2. Christian Strategic Management
E3. Entrepreneurism
E4. Christian Human Resources
E5. Business and Law
E6. Christian Leadership Studies
E7. Property Markets

H. A Dissertation Topic

2. Aims and objectives
The programme is designed to produce graduates with significant insight into the way in which they may integrate the practical challenges of business with God’s plan for their lives in a strong, Biblically-founded ethical framework. It is likely that a number of graduates will seek to occupy management positions in large Christian organizations, including mega-churches and charities, where they will need both a faith-based understanding and advanced skills in management and finance.

The programme also seeks to produce business leaders who are Biblically-based change agents, ready to transform the culture of their organizations by example into one that is attuned to the values of Jesus Christ. To that end, a strong focus in strategic management is possible, with associated skills gained through the study of theory, process, implementation and evaluation. Further specialisms may include strategic human resource management.

There is scope for specialization during the programme, and this can form a sound foundation for the exploration of many of these topics in greater depth in the course of a D.B.A. programme or research towards an M.Phil. or Ph.D. in business.

3. Methods of delivery 

The delivery of the teaching for the course is by distance learning. Students will be assigned a Mentor who will be a practitioner in the field and/or an established academic. They will work out the exact details of what is to be studied and how this will be assessed in co-operation with the Mentor with this learning contract then ratified by the University. In most cases, students will communicate with their Mentor via electronic communications (e-mail, fax) although some Mentors prefer to work via postal mail, and many will also offer telephone support.

4. Course materials

The chosen methods of learning are designed to offer the student the maximum of flexibility and scope in tackling the programme.

The individualized nature of the programme means that traditional course materials in the form of structured course notes are rarely appropriate or practical, although it is hoped that where possible, Mentors will make their notes on particular topics available to the student. Students are, of course, responsible for creating their own course notes based on their reading and related work.

Most work within the programme will consist of directed readings from key texts selected by the Mentor. The student will be responsible for obtaining books, which are not included in the tuition fees, although both the Mentor and the University will endeavour to assist in the event of any difficulty in obtaining books. The Mentor will set regular assignments based on the directed reading, most of which will be in the form of an essay or paper. Mentors will also provide guidance on background reading for each topic.

5. Entry requirements 

The usual minimum requirements for entry to the course are as follows:

  • Completion of a first degree or an equivalent professional qualification, or in exceptional cases, extensive experience in managerial positions in business

Candidates will normally have attained the age of twenty-eight years. All candidates will be expected to show a proficiency in the English language.

It is a key principle of the University that each application should be considered on its own merits, and admission to the course and all interpretations as to the eligibility for such admission remain at the discretion of the University.