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Academic Catalog 2017-2018

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 several emphases:

  • The MBA with emphasis in leadership provides a more in-depth study of leadership theory and ethical practice.  Students also develop knowledge and skills in financial responsibility and control, markets and promotional strategy, problem-solving and decision-making, human resource management, international business and 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.  Students must possess an undergraduate degree in accounting (or equivalent) to take this emphasis.
  • The MBA with emphasis in Health Care Administration focuses on the practical application and unique requirements of the health care field, preparing leaders to be effective across a multiple of industry responsibility areas. 
  • 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. Students interested in obtaining a PMI Project Management Professional (PMP) certification may apply 42 professional development units (PDUs) for each of the following courses:

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 operations and corporate 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

Applicants to the MBA program are evaluated on the basis of previous academic performance, personal and professional accomplishments and goals. 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 2.5 on a 4.0 scale. Applicants with an undergraduate grade point average between 2.0 and 2.49 will be admitted on a conditional admit (CAD) basis for the first semester.  CAD students must maintain a 3.0 GPA or better in their first nine (9) credits to remain in the program.
  • Completed online application form (including essay, references, transcripts, and fees). References must come from individuals who are not family members.
  • Professional resume and employment record. It is expected that MBA candidates will have at least 5 years of professional experience or the equivalent.
  • Demonstrated completion (C or better) of the following three undergraduate-level prerequisites: accounting, finance, 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.

Credit by Portfolio

Credit by Portfolio is currently offered to current Master of Business Administration (MBA) graduate students as a way to substitute a three (3) credit course requirement, or add an emphasis or specialty in their degree plan. Portfolios allow students to demonstrate masters-level knowledge and skills gained from prior learning experiences by submitting documentation and written descriptions of student’s learning. Prior learning may have come from work experience, on-the-job training, volunteering, personal experience, teaching or other sources.

Time Limitation

The MBA program is a 39 credit-hour degree designed to be completed within 18 months of intensive study by persons who work or are otherwise occupied by the equivalent of a full time job. MBA courses are taken online, or in some cases in our hybrid format (a combination of online and classroom content delivery).

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 an introduction to performance measurements, budgeting, and income tax accounting.
  • Finance - 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.
  • 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)
  • 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.

Purchase and download prerequisite courses on the Ivy Software website.

Notify your CCU Student Service 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 with an emphasis in Leadership


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 CPA credential. You may find more information about attaining your CPA in the State of Colorado at: https://www.thiswaytocpa.com/exam-licensure/state-requirements/CO/. This emphasis 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 Health Care Administration


The MBA with an emphasis in Health Care Administration focus is on the practical application and unique requirements of the health care field preparing leaders to be effective across a multiple of industry responsibility areas.

39 credit hours consisting of the following classes:

Graduate Certificate in Health Care Administration (12 credits)


The graduate Health Care Administration Certificate is designed for: 1) students who may already possess an MBA but are interested in working in the health care industry; or 2) for those who already have a position of leadership and management in health care but are new to health care systems, regulations and industry expectations.

 Required Core:

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. Students interested in obtaining a PMI Project Management Professional (PMP) certification may apply 42 professional development units (PDUs) for each of the courses in the certificate.

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

 Required core:

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 Advanced Accounting, MBA with an emphasis in Health Care Administration, or MBA with an emphasis in Project Management.
  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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