Master of Business Administration (MBA) Online

Master of Business Administration

Offered By: Colangelo College of Business

What Is a Master of Business Administration?

A Masters 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 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.*
  • 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.

Start Your Online MBA With No GMAT Required

In any business-related career field, the MBA degree is highly sought after. The Master of 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 program 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.

The Benefits of Earning an Online Master's in Business Administration (MBA)

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 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 or 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 MBA 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

Business leaders are often expected to have an MBA. According to the Graduate Management Admission Council, 79 percent 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, 66 percent planned to offer these opportunities to MBA students in 2017.**

*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: in 2016.

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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)
Online: $622 per credit [More Info]

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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