Master's of Business Administration (MBA) Degree Online

Master of Business Administration

Offered By: Colangelo College of Business

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.1
  • Convenience
    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:

  • Entrepreneur/founder
  • 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 2017.2 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.2

MBA Degree FAQs

Yes, an MBA is a master’s degree with a specific academic focus in business administration.

An MBA is a type of master’s degree, but choosing between a master’s and an MBA degree is purely up to your interests and where you wish to go in your career. A master’s degree can give you advanced knowledge into everyday professional skills that are needed in any workplace, while an MBA is best suited for those who wish to enter a business profession in areas such as finance or leadership.

Many online MBA programs require the same curriculum and academic study as their on-campus counterparts. Not only does an online MBA have value, online MBA programs provide more flexibility and convenience, giving you the opportunity to earn your degree from anywhere.

An MBA itself is a specialized graduate degree that focuses on all aspects of business. Just like any other master’s degree, an online MBA requires dedication and self-discipline to complete. Online MBA programs do not give you the social interaction of a physical classroom, but still come with the same benefit of accomplishing a higher education degree.

There is no right or wrong age for when you should get an MBA. Many students seek an MBA right after their undergraduate degree, some may wait a few years, while others may not go for an MBA until they have several years of work experience. When you choose to get an MBA should also depend on your overall aspirations and how you think it can increase your career trajectory.

GCU offers several different MBA types with a variety of emphases. You can choose to go for a dual degree with an MBA and a Master of Science in Leadership, or a dual degree with an MBA and a Master of Science in Nursing with an Emphasis in Nursing Leadership in Health Care Systems. Other MBA emphases include accounting, cybersecurity, finance, health systems management, leadership, marketing, project management, sports business and strategic human resource management.

1 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.

2 Retrieved from “Corporate Recruiter Survey: Year-End Poll of Employers,” Graduate Management Admission Council, in May 2021

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Total Credits: 46
Online: 8 weeks
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Up to 12 credits or 1/3 of the total program requirements in transfer (whichever is less)
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Course List

46 credits
Total Degree Requirements:
46 credits

Core Courses

Course Description

This course is designed to prepare students for the graduate learning experience at Grand Canyon University. Students have opportunities to develop and strengthen the skills necessary to succeed as graduate students in the College of Business. Emphasis is placed on utilizing the tools for graduate success.

Course Description

The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the College of Business, key concepts of leadership, and an overview of how the science of organizational behavior contributes to effective leaders and managers.

Course Description

This course is designed for students who are preparing for more advanced coursework in business but who have not had accounting in undergraduate work. Topics covered include the principles and practices of financial accounting, including the fundamentals of revenue recognition, the components of the balance sheet, and financial statement analysis. ?The course explores accounting theories using publicly traded companies and case studies.

Course Description

This course is designed for individuals who are preparing for more advanced coursework in accounting and is designed for students who have not had finance in undergraduate work. Topics covered include financial analysis, financial planning, asset evaluation, capital structure, and working capital management.

Course Description

The purpose of this course is to prepare students in mathematical, probability, and statistical concepts for their upcoming studies in quantitative methods. The course is intended for those students who have not had any prior statistical education, although students who have had statistics should also consider taking the course as a refresher.

Course Description

This course introduces microeconomic and macroeconomic concepts that are relevant to contemporary business. Emphasis is placed on using economic data for business decision making.

Course Description

This course is a study in the quantitative tools and techniques used to model business functions and applications. Emphasis is placed on how to set up models, and how to interpret and apply their results. Prerequisite: SYM-506.

Course Description

Management of the marketing function, market environmental analysis, and marketing planning, strategy, and control are fundamentals of marketing management. The course examines the marketing process, marketing research, product development innovation and diffusion, pricing strategy, distribution value drain, advertising and promotion, and strategic marketing issues. Emphasis is placed on case study analysis and current academic research with a marketing plan as a significant curriculum component.

Course Description

This course covers managerial accounting concepts and procedures for internal reporting, including the study of cost behavior, cost systems, budgeting, and performance evaluation. Coursework includes case studies, group projects, and class discussion. Prerequisite: ACC-502.

Course Description

Operations Management examines managerial concepts and strategies relating to the management of operations in both manufacturing and service environments. Emphasis is placed on methods to streamline and drive inefficiencies out of a firm’s internal processes to build a highly efficient organization. The course also focuses on external processes by examining ways to achieve greater supply chain integration with suppliers and customers. Quantitative and qualitative methods and tools are introduced and applied. Prerequisite: SYM-506.

Course Description

This course discusses elements of business financial decisions, including financial forecasting and development of proformas, management of working capital, capital budgeting, capital structure, and raising funds in capital markets. Prerequisite: FIN-504.

Course Description

This capstone course focuses on preparing and conducting a strategic analysis of a selected publicly traded firm to produce actionable intelligence used to formulate recommendations to promote the creation of a value-adding strategy. Based on the results of their strategic analysis, students are then required to prepare the framework of a strategic plan that creates significant value for the selected firm. Prerequisites: MGT-605, MKT-607, ACC-650, and FIN-650.

Program Locations

GCU Online Student

Pursue a next-generation education with an online degree from Grand Canyon University. Earn your degree with convenience and flexibility with online courses that let you study anytime, anywhere.

GCU Evening Student

Grand Canyon University’s evening programs cater to the demands of working professionals who prefer an in-person learning environment. Our night classes meet just once per week and offer the interaction and discussion of a typical college classroom.

* 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.

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