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5 Year Plan

Bachelor's in four + MBA in one


So you are not a business major…

An M.B.A. degree is often referred to as one of the most versatile degrees because it can be applied to many fields and pursued by students with  various educational backgrounds.  Regardless of your career path or chosen profession an M.B.A. degree can provide students with essential leadership, organizational and management skills relevant to success in all professions.  While students pursuing an M.B.A. receive an academic foundation in business, much of the course work focuses on the development of essential skills and abilities such as communication, leadership and organizational management which combined with critical thinking and problem-solving skills, results in a qualified professional who is ready to take on the responsibilities of almost any position.


The program

Harding’s Master of Business Administration program is an ethics-based course of study designed to prepare business professionals for advancement and success through both personal and professional growth.  Harding’s M.B.A. program offers two tracks of study, the Accelerated (General) Track (36 hours) and the Concentrated Track (42 hours).  Regardless of the track chosen, every M.B.A. course includes an emphasis in business ethics, critical thinking processes, communication skills and problem-solving techniques.  Course work begins with an emphasis in skills necessary to succeed in the program.  Students move on to explore core business fundamentals in the areas of ethics, management, accounting, financial management, quantitative business analysis and marketing.  Electives will be offered in the areas of Leadership & Organizational Management, International  Business, Healthcare Management and Information Technology Management.  The curriculum is presented in a logical flow to facilitate the learning process and culminates in an experiential capstone course and portfolio project.


Foundational/Readiness Classes

Each student entering the M.B.A. program must have taken undergraduate courses that provide a foundation in accounting, finance and QBA.  Students pursuing The 5 Year Plan should structure their undergraduate course load to ensure they have taken these foundational classes.  Students who were unable to take these foundational classes on the undergraduate level will be required to take a readiness course in the areas found to be deficient.  All readiness courses can be taken through an online self-study program.  Courses are taken for no grade or credit and at the students own pace.  Students needing readiness classes may begin other M.B.A. course work but will not be allowed to enroll in any of those particular classes until coursework is complete. 


Block System

The M.B.A. semester is divided into 2 blocks:

On ground classes - students taking classes on ground are required to meet one night a week for eight weeks.  On ground classes will be held either on Monday, Tuesday or Thursday evenings from 6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Online classes - students taking classes online are required to long-on five out of seven days in the week for six weeks.  Students have the flexibility to log-on any time during the day or night whether it is 2 a.m. or 2 p.m.


Program Pace

While students can complete their M.B.A. in as short as 12 months, all required work for the M.B.A. degree must be completed within seven calendar years from the date of first enrollment.  On average Harding M.B.A. students complete their degrees in 18-24 months respectively. 

Please note that Harding undergraduates who are within 9 hours of graduation, if admitted, may be co-enrolled for one semester.  Co-enrolled students may take a maximum of 9 undergraduate hours and 6 graduate hours in their final semester. 


5 Year Plan

Bachelor's in 4 + M.B.A. in 1


1st Semester

Block 1:  MGT 600 Management Skills & Analysis                           

             MGT 650 Managing People & Organizations

Block 2:  BUS 601 Ethic, Legal & Social Issues

              ACCT 655 Accounting Theory & Practice 

2nd Semester

Block 1:  Elective

              BUS 651 Financial Management

Block 2:   ECON 653 Applied Theory for Business


3rd Semester

Block 1:   BUS 652 QBA/Research

               MKTG 654 Marketing Management

Block 2:   BUS 640 Ethics in the Legal Environment

               MGT 668 Corporate Strategy & Planning


The Application

Application Requirements:

  • Graduate admission application
  • Non-refundable application fee
  • Official undergraduate transcript
  • Official GMAT or GRE score report*
  • Current Resume
  • Writing samples (three personal essays)
  • Two recommendation forms
  • Immunization form (only on-campus students)

 *Target GMAT score 500/Target GRE score 300.  GMAT/GRE requirement can be waived for applicants with an over all GPA of 3.5.

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