What Is a Master of Business Administration?
A Master of Business Administration (MBA) is a graduate level degree awarded to students with an advanced knowledge of business. MBA program candidates cultivate skills in leadership with a focus on courses such as accounting, finance, economics, marketing and more.
There are many reasons to pursue an online MBA degree at GCU:
- Earn Your MBA in as Little as 12 Months
If you double up on courses at least three times and have waived credits.*
All MBA courses are offered 100 percent online.
- Finish Quickly
You may be able to finish your degree in as few as 34 credits.
- Accreditation from ACBSP
GCU’s MBA program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP), which speaks to the quality and excellence of research, teaching and student outcomes.
Start Your Online MBA With No GMAT Required
In any business-related career field, the MBA degree is highly sought after. The master's degree in business administration program at GCU enhances a broad range of marketable skills that can give job applicants an edge. Many working professionals want to get started on an MBA degree online but lack the time to study for the GMAT. The Colangelo College of Business addresses this issue by inviting you to apply for the MBA program, with no GMAT required.
Future business leaders and executives will focus on leadership development, operations management and organizational growth. GCU filters these content areas through the lens of ethical decision-making and critical thinking with a Christian worldview. GCU is a regionally accredited, private university. The core programs from the Colangelo College of Business are approved by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs.
Admission Requirements for the Master of Business Administration Degree at GCU
Admission into GCU’s MBA program requires an undergraduate degree from an accredited, GCU-approved college, university or program with a GPA of 2.8 or higher. If that requirement cannot be met, you may still be eligible through either the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) or the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Learn more about GCU’s graduate admission requirements.
The Benefits of Earning an Online Master's in Business Administration (MBA) Degree
The online MBA with no GMAT required offers a path for deepening your understanding of the business knowledge, skills and processes that fuel success. In this MBA program, you will enhance these skills:
- Servant leadership
- Effective communication
- Ethical decision-making
- Critical thinking and analysis
- Productive networking
This master’s in business administration program is designed with a broad range of business fields in mind. As an MBA candidate, you will develop transferable skills that can apply to any industry.
Master's of Business Administration Courses and Topics
GCU is a modern school that embraces a 21st century style of learning. With our online MBA program, you do not have to choose between your career and your education. Take courses online and take part in small group discussions in a diverse, online classroom. This affordable degree requires either 34 to 46 credits depending upon your undergraduate background. Most of the MBA online classes are eight weeks long.
The core program courses include:
- Leadership and Organizations
- Accounting Practices
- Finance Principles
- Applied Business Probability and Statistics
- Marketing Management
- Managerial Accounting
- Operations Management
You will also study quantitative tools and techniques, managerial finance, strategic management and economics. The coursework includes individual and group projects, case studies, theories and applications. Some of the core ideas you will examine include:
- Sustainability in the global marketplace
- Behaviors and techniques of efficient operations
- The use of economic data for smart decision-making
- Asset evaluation
GCU’s Colangelo College of Business provides a distinct lens from which students can learn and develop as business professionals. Areas of emphasis include:
- Business as a force for good: Elevating humanity through business done right, through conscious capitalism.
- Free markets and purpose for prosperity: Higher purpose of business and a stakeholder orientation for long-term success.
- Business as ministry: Approach business through a Christian perspective, love-care-support your team because everybody matters.
Job Opportunities With an MBA
The MBA is a respected degree that increases the capabilities and credibility of job applicants. You may decide to pursue your master's degree in business administration shortly after graduating from a bachelor’s program. Or, you may apply when it becomes apparent that having an MBA may be a path toward pursuing a career as an executive or manager.
Some examples of career paths that can stem from an MBA degree may include:
- Chief executive officer
- Vice president of operations
- Director of operations
The Value of an MBA Degree for Business Leaders
Business leaders are often expected to have an MBA. According to the Graduate Management Admission Council, 89% of all employers surveyed expected to hire MBA graduates in 2017.** A Master of Business Administration program can also open doors to future executives who are pursuing networking opportunities. According to the Graduate Management Admission Council, of all companies surveyed that implement internship programs, 87% of employers indicated they were confident business schools would prepare students for success in their business.**
MBA Degree FAQs
*Upon evaluation of their transcripts, students with business-oriented undergraduate degrees may waive all MBA fundamental courses to complete the program in as little as 18 months. A minimum 3.5 GPA is required to double up on coursework for an earlier completion time of one year. Students should consult their Student Service Counselor for options. Students will still have to complete the emphasis courses to complete the full degree in 22 months or 16 months if doubling up. Students with non-business undergraduate degrees may have the ability to waive one or more of the following fundamental courses associated with their programs of study if content was taken and completed with a B or better: ACC-502, FIN-504 and SYM-506.
**Retrieved from “Corporate Recruiter Survey: Year-End Poll of Employers,” Graduate Management Admission Council, in May 2021
* Please note that this list may contain programs and courses not presently offered, as availability may vary depending on class size, enrollment and other contributing factors. If you are interested in a program or course listed herein please first contact your University Counselor for the most current information regarding availability.
* Please refer to the Academic Catalog for more information. Programs or courses subject to change.