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  Dec 15, 2017
 
Academic Catalog 2012-2013 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Master of Business Administration (MBA)


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The MBA program mission is to equip future business and non-profit leaders and managers with a Christian world-view and a broad business administration and technology knowledge-base, prepared with the skills and tools required for excellence in leading and growing their organizations in the global economy.

The MBA is currently available with nine options. The traditional MBA has leadership as its primary focus. Students travel internationally, and develop problem-solving and human resource management and business research skills. The MBA with an emphasis in Advanced Accounting is designed for students who plan to pursue their Certified Public Accounting credential, and provides for the educational requirements in the Colorado State Board of Accountancy for students seeking the CPA credential. The MBA with an emphasis in Project Management builds the knowledge, skills, and processes necessary to attain organizational objectives related to strategic management, project-based teamwork, risk reduction, and risk management. The MBA with an emphasis in Corporate Training is a hybrid degree that combines all the functions of business with best practices from the field of adult education in mastering the training of adults for maximum impact and effective group dynamics. There are five emphases in Information Security offered in conjunction with the University of Fairfax in Vienna, VA. There are four courses in each emphasis that will be taken through University of Fairfax’s online program and then transferred to CCU. 

Please visit the MBA Program Web site for more information.

Objectives of the Master of Business Administration Degree Program

Students who successfully complete the MBA program will:

  • Master the ability at the graduate level to integrate the following functions of management: planning, organizing, staffing, leading, and controlling.
  • Analyze and solve business problems in the context of the integration of these functional areas.
  • Identify, analyze and evaluate domestic and global business opportunities.
  • Evaluate an organization and construct a business, human resource management and organizational development plan to meet the constantly changing business environment and the objectives of the organization.
  • Appraise electronic work processes and organizational opportunities in precise terms of costs and benefits.
  • Apply the financial concepts of security pricing and valuations, risk and return, derivative securities, hedging corporate risk exposure, and international financial markets and foreign exchange.
  • Synthesize historical and modern management theories to develop and implement a practical and cohesive theory of management.

Admission to the Master of Business Administration Degree Program

Admission to the MBA program is selective. Applicants are evaluated on the basis of previous academic performance, personal and professional accomplishments and goals, and strength of character. A strong desire to complete graduate-level work in a Christ-centered, biblically based community is important. All MBA admissions decisions are made by and only by Colorado Christian University.

Admission Requirements:

  • Earned Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  • A minimum undergraduate grade point average of 2.7 on a 4.0 scale. The grade point average minimum may be waived in certain situations.
  • Completed online application form (including essay, references, transcripts, and fees) at www.ccu.edu/ccu/grad/
  • Professional resume and employment record. It is expected that MBA candidates will have at least 5 years of professional experience or the equivalent.
  • GMAT or GRE score (Students who have not previously taken either test must submit GMAT score). GMAT requirement will be waived if the student’s undergraduate coursework reflects a GPA of 3.0 or above.
  • Demonstrated completion (C or better) of the following three undergraduate-level prerequisites: accounting, finance or economics, and statistics.

Transfer of Courses

Students may transfer up to nine semester hours of graduate credit from a regionally accredited college or university. The coursework must be comparable to that offered at CCU and fulfill the CCU MBA degree requirements.

Time Limitation

The MBA program is a 39 credit-hour degree designed to be completed within two years of intensive study by persons who work or are otherwise occupied by the equivalent of a full time job. MBA courses may be taken online or in our hybrid format (a combination of online and classroom content delivery). Full time students may complete the MBA program in two years.

All work applied toward a master’s degree must be completed within a four-year period from the date of enrollment. After the four-year period, a MBA student who has not completed the requirements to graduate will be withdrawn from the program. Students who go beyond the four-year period and wish to complete their MBA degree will be required to apply for reconsideration by completing a Petition for Exception to Academic Policy. Readmitted students will be required to adhere to the degree plans and academic policies in place at the time they are readmitted.

MBA Prerequisites


All applicants to the Colorado Christian University program are required to have a background in the areas listed below. This background may be obtained through undergraduate coursework as demonstrated by the student’s transcript, or taken at CCU or another accredited institution. Additionally, the student may complete the equivalent CLEP or DSST exams.

  • Accounting - An introduction to corporate financial accounting, focusing on the accounting process, balance sheet, and income statement. Emphasizes the accounting cycle, financial statement analysis and generally accepted accounting principles. Includes a introduction to performance measurements, budgeting, and income tax accounting.
  • Finance or Economics - The Finance prerequisite can be met through coursework or testing that involves a practical overview of relevant foundational aspects of business finance such as the role of the finance manager, risk-return, time value of money, ratio analysis, and financing decisions; basic application of these principles to the business environment. The Economics prerequisite must be representative of coursework or testing that examines the scope and structure of economic principles and their effect on the business enterprise. The distinction between macro and microeconomics, their relationship to each other and their combined effect on the business sector, an understanding of the various economic systems.
  • Statistics - An introduction to probability and statistics with primary focus on collecting, displaying, analyzing, and interpreting sample data. Using probabilities to solve problems. Application of basic probability distributions, methods of statistical inference including parameter estimation and hypothesis testing.

An MBA candidate may start CCU’s MBA program before completing the prerequisites, but must complete the appropriate prerequisite prior to registering for the class for which it is required.

Taking Prerequisite Courses Online

CCU has partnered with Ivy Software to provide students with a convenient and flexible way to fulfill prerequisite requirements at an affordable cost. The following courses are available for purchase:

  • Business Math and Statistics (fulfills Statistics prerequisite)
  • Financial Accounting: A Management Perspective (fulfills Accounting prerequisite)
  • Fundamentals of Economics (fulfills Economics prerequisite)
  • Understanding Corporate Finance (fulfills Finance prerequisite)

Each program takes on average 20 hours to complete. Students are able to download all course material. The student must pass a final course test with at least an 80% in order for the course to count toward the prerequisite. This test may be taken up to three times.

Purchase instructions:

  1. Go to shop.ivysoftware.com
  2. Click “Graduate Software” (on left)
  3. Select “MBA Programs”
  4. Select “Colorado Christian University”
  5. Choose program and add to cart
  6. Proceed with payment

Notify your CCU Student Services Advisor (SSA) of any problems you encounter with an Ivy Software program or any time you pass a test. He or she will be able to take the appropriate action to ensure that your degree plan is updated with the completed prerequisite information.

Required Courses for the Master of Business Administration Degree


39 credit hours consisting of the following classes:

Graduate Certificate in Leadership (9 credit hours)


The Graduate Leadership Certificate challenges students to stretch their skills to meet today’s organizational needs that are so entrenched in technology. The certificate coursework also includes social networking and collaboration approaches. Theories and realities of leadership/followership are addressed with special emphasis on the biblical principles related to organizational leadership. Students then have the option to choose either an international focus or one that explores values-aligned leadership.

Courses can be taken either in the classroom or online, providing maximum flexibility to study at convenient times and places.

Required core:

Required Courses for the Master of Business Administration Degree with an emphasis in Advanced Accounting


The MBA with an emphasis in Advanced Accounting is designed for those students who plan to pursue their Certified Public Accounting credential. It combines the essence of CCU’s MBA with its mission to equip future business and non-profit leaders and managers with a Christian worldview and broad business administration and technology-base, with an advanced accounting emphasis that includes: accounting ethics, accounting research, advanced auditing (accounting information systems within a forensic framework), and advanced tax accounting. This program is reserved for students who have an undergraduate degree in accounting and is in compliance with the Colorado State Board of Accountancy education requirements.

39 credit hours consisting of the following classes:

Required Courses for the Master of Business Administration Degree with an emphasis in Project Management


39 credit hours consisting of the following classes:

Graduate Certificate in Project Management (9 credit hours)


The Graduate Project Management Certificate focuses on the development of leadership as well as technical skills in the management of project teams. The role of a program manager with responsibility for oversight of multiple projects and several project managers is covered. The Graduate Project Management Certificate provides students with the skills required to plan, analyze, and evaluate project performance and associated risk to gain competitive advantage.

Courses can be taken either in the classroom or online, providing maximum flexibility to study at convenient times and places.

 Required core:

Required Courses for the Master of Business Administration Degree with an emphasis in Corporate Training


39 credit hours consisting of the following classes:

Graduate Certificate in Corporate Education (9 credit hours)


The Corporate Education Certificate provides the knowledge and skills needed to become an effective corporate educator who can make a significant impact on individual learners and on an organization’s success. Throughout the program students are exposed to the latest educational research and theory, trained in educational technology and visual literacy to enhance the learning experience, and have multiple opportunities for practical application in educational situations. Students who have completed the Corporate Education Certificate can transfer EDU 536 and EDU 538 into CCU’s MBA with an emphasis in Corporate Training degree.

Required Core:

Required Courses for the Master of Business Administration Degree with an emphasis in Information Security for the Enterprise - emphasis courses taken in conjunction with the University of Fairfax**


39 credit hours consisting of the following classes:

Required Courses for the Master of Business Administration Degree with an emphasis in Information Security Analysis - emphasis courses taken in conjunction with the University of Fairfax**


39 credit hours consisting of the following classes:

Required Courses for the Master of Business Administration Degree with an emphasis in Information Security Engineering - emphasis courses taken in conjunction with the University of Fairfax**


39 credit hours consisting of the following classes:

Required Courses for the Master of Business Administration Degree with an emphasis in Information Security Auditing - emphasis courses taken in conjunction with the University of Fairfax**


39 credit hours consisting of the following classes:

Required Courses for the Master of Business Administration Degree with an emphasis in Information System Certification - emphasis courses taken in conjunction with the University of Fairfax**


39 credit hours consisting of the following classes:

**University of Fairfax


The mission of the University of Fairfax is to provide adult learners with accessible, practitioner-oriented, quality graduate education in specialized areas of information security and information technology.

University of Fairfax was founded in Vienna, VA, just outside of Washington, DC, after the World Trade Center bombings in 2001 in answer to the call of the Federal government’s immediate need to train qualified professionals in the information security field. http://www.ufairfax.net

Graduation Requirements for the Master of Business Administration Degree


The faculty recommends students in the Master of Business Administration to the Board of Trustees as candidates for graduation when they have completed the following requirements.

  1. Completion of 39 credit hours for a general MBA, MBA with an emphasis in Project Management, MBA with an emphasis in Corporate Training, or MBA with an emphasis in one of the Information Security degrees.
  2. A letter grade of C- or better and a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher on the University’s 4.0 grade scale in all CCU course work.
  3. Formal and timely application for graduation by the date specified by the University Registrar.
  4. No outstanding financial obligations to the University.

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