Paul R. Carter College of Business Administration
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    Accelerated Dual Degrees

    Accelerate your professional advancement by starting a career with a master's degree.

The Graduate School of Business allows currently enrolled undergraduate students to complete a bachelor’s and a master's degree together in five years or less. Students with a minimum of 90 hrs and a 3.0 GPA in the undergraduate level can launch into the master's program before graduation and receive dual credit for select courses, thus accelerating their track through the master’s program.

Undergraduate coursework will be completed on campus at Harding University during traditional semesters. Graduate coursework will be completed online in an 8-week block format or with on-ground dual-listed courses.

Students who are not in the dual degree pathways, but planning to join the MBA or MSIS programs, may declare an Accelerated Minor to begin graduate coursework. Undergraduate students will earn a minor while simultaneously earning credit toward their graduate degree. 


Accelerated dual degrees are available

  • Bachelor of Business Administration-MBA
  • Bachelor of Business Administration-MSIS

Business Accelerated Minor pathway

  • Business to MBA
  • Information Systems to MSIS

Benefits and Outcomes:

  • Save tuition dollars while transitioning seamlessly from general education to professional preparation.
  • Engage in hybrid learning through online flexibility and interactive on-ground delivery.
  • Accelerate your professional advancement by starting a career with a master's degree.
  • Add an MBA or MSIS to your resume.
  • Use the master's program to complete the 150 hours required to sit for the CPA exam.
  • Receive undergraduate and graduate-level credit for with select courses for up to 12 credit hours.

When to Apply

Admission for dual enrollment is available to students who have completed at least 90 undergraduate hours and have a 3.0 GPA or above. Students should talk to their undergraduate academic advisor about timing the MBA and MSIS application and entry point.

How to Apply

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For questions regarding the dual degree application, please call Rochelle Waddill at 501-279-4523 or email

Application Requirements

  • Complete the Harding Dual Degree application
  • Request one letter of recommendation from a Harding College of Business faculty member
  • An official Harding transcript is NOT required of current students

Admission Requirements 

Admission to the Harding University Graduate School of Business is determined on an individual basis. The applicant must:

  • Be a currently enrolled Harding University student in the College of Business
  • Have completed 90 undergraduate hours
  • Have maintained an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher (on a 4.0 scale) 
  • Declare a major, business minor (MBA) or information systems minor (MSIS) within the Paul R. Carter College of Business Administration

About additional documents for international students

Harding University requires all international applicants for whom English is not the first language or who have not graduated from an American university to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). TOEFL results for international students should be 550 PBT, 213 CBT or 80 iBT minimum score (no older than five years) or demonstrated performance at a U.S. institution of higher learning.

Program Structure & Schedules

Curriculum Plans

  • Bachelor of Business Administration-MBA
  • Bachelor of Business Administration-MSIS

Students who are not pursuing a Bachelor of Business Administration can declare a business minor as an accelerated pathway to the MBA program or an information systems minor as an accelerated pathway to the MSIS program.

For additional information about the Harding dual degrees in the Graduate School of Business, consult the Harding Catalog.

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The Graduate School of Business is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)which is a leading specialized accreditation association for business education supporting, celebrating, and rewarding teaching excellence.

The association embraces the virtues of teaching excellence and emphasizes to students that it is essential to learn how to learn. ACBSP accredits business, accounting, and business-related programs at the associate, baccalaureate, master, and doctorate degree levels worldwide. Recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) in 2001 and again in 2011, ACBSP was the first to offer specialized business accreditation at all degree levels.

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