2023-2024 Catalog 
    Jul 25, 2024  
2023-2024 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Master of Business Administration, M.B.A.

Jeff Doolittle, D.S.L., Director

Olivet’s Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program was created to enhance the professional skills of business managers and organizational executives. The program is designed for adult professionals who seek to build their business education foundation to complement their  work experiences, to further their personal and professional career aspirations.

  • Apply the fundamental principles and theories of human engagement to effectively communicate across a range of business, cultural, societal, and functional sectors.
  • Leverage innovation and data to address organizational challenges, make ethical and informed decisions, regarding human resource needs, and strategically allocate resources.
  • Analyze the financial health of an organization, explore financing options, employ capital management techniques, recommend a capital structure, and identify budget resources.
  • Use an entrepreneurial mindset and critical thinking to develop a competitive business strategy aligned with an organization’s strategic goals and measure progress using a balanced scorecard.
  • Recognize personal and professional ethical challenges and propose solutions that do not compromise ethical standards and faith-based principles.
  • Demonstrate cultural intelligence, acclimate to foreign business climates, and view traditions, cultural, and social differences through a lens of empathy.
  • Conduct market research to help competitively position a company and its products.

Built on the values of Olivet Nazarene University, the Olivet M.B.A. is designed to transfer knowledge and develop skills that are in alignment with the values and mission of the University.  Olivet has a rich educational heritage and exists to help people improve themselves and the world around them.  The Olivet M.B.A. curriculum is designed to deliver the following core values:

Community - Learners will demonstrate what is needed to sustain a culture of community through effective communication, teamwork, and organizational development.

Stewardship of Resources - Learners should be able to demonstrate quantitative analysis, critical thinking and decision-making skills to responsibly utilize all available human and capital resources through asset allocation, organizational and personal development.

Innovation and Distinction - Learners should be able to demonstrate how ethics, strategy, and implementation lead to creating distinction and innovation within organizations.

The M.B.A. curriculum is designed to provide students with an integrated educational experience consisting of a foundation of business administration courses; an exploration of ethical decision-making aligned with the educational values and mission of the institution; and a vertical sequencing of business and management courses that enable graduates to effectively impact an increasingly complex business environment.

The program offers a curriculum that examines business operations within an organizational entity emphasizing sustainable corporate accountability and profitability. Learners’ will apply academic theories and methodologies to their own professional experiences to address key business challenges.

The M.B.A. program is geared toward students who have had academic success, as well as experience in the professional world. Under particular circumstances, learners may be admitted without preferred undergraduate credit in the areas of statistics, accounting, finance, and microeconomics. These probationary students are required to complete online tutorial courses before taking the corresponding graduate courses (refer to “Admission to Master of Business Administration ” under Admission Policies section).

36 hours

Complete one of the following tracks:

Leadership, Healthcare Leadership, Corporate Communication, Nonprofit Management, Intercultural Competence, Corporate Training Instructional Design, Human Performance and Training, New Employee Onboarding, Tableau Data Analytics, Salesforce Management.  See the Certificate Programs below for specific course requirements.

Choose one of the following electives:

Tableau Data Analytics Certificate

  • Students will be awarded three credits on their transcript (PLA 699) for completion of the Desktop Certified Professional Certificate.
  • *Students may enroll in the certificate program before achieving  Tableau Desktop Specialist or Tableau Certified Data Analyst status but must earn certification status within 12 months of enrollment to receive the certificate.

Salesforce Management Certificate

  • PLA 699 - Salesforce Pathways microcredential
  • *Students may enroll in the certificate program before achieving administrator credentials but must complete a Salesforce Administrator Certification (e.x., Administrator, Advanced Administrator, CPQ Specialist, Marketing Cloud Aministrator, or Platform App Builder) status within 12 months of enrollment to receive the certificate.


To graduate, a student must complete the MBA core and track curriculum with a GPA of 3.0 or better.  Students falling below a 3.0 will be placed on academic probation and may be subject to suspension from the program