Thank you for your interest in the Western Orthodox University Christian Bachelor 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 constitutes 15 semester credit hours to make a total of 120. A candidate completing 60 semester credit hours will qualify for the degree of Christian Associate of Business Administration.
A. 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.
B. 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.
C. Business and the organization
Introduction to the study of business. Functions of management. The nature of organisations. People in organisations.
Study of the foundations of economics. Market structures and behaviour. Economic growth and market failures. The principle economic systems.
Introduction to marketing. Consumer behaviour and psychology. Advertising and sales promotion. The marketing mix. Global markets. Market research and marketing strategies. Public relations.
F. Finance and Control
Financial measurement and reporting. Business ratios. Costing. Introduction to accounts.
G. Leadership and Entrepreneurialism
Effective leadership strategies. Management ethics. The human resource function. Entrepreneurial skills and techniques, based on case studies of successful entrepreneurs.
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.
The programme can form a sound foundation for the exploration of many of these topics in greater depth in the course of an M.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 secondary education (high school)
- at least three years of professional experience in a business environment
Candidates will normally have attained the age of twenty-two 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.