Graduate School of Business

Master of Business Administration

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    Combine the advanced business skills and principled leadership to provide cutting edge and ethical solutions in business.

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This 100% online MBA program is highly flexible and designed with the needs of working professionals in mind. Harding's Master of Business Administration (MBA) program is an ethics-based course of study designed to prepare business professionals for advancement and success through both personal and professional growth. Every MBA course includes an emphasis in business ethics, critical thinking processes, and communication skills and problem-solving techniques. Our curriculum focuses on developing leaders of integrity who can provide solutions that contribute to the ethical culture of their organization.

Program features:

  • Program can be completed in as little as 12 months or paced up to seven years
  • Fully online delivery lets you complete coursework when it’s convenient for you
  • Quality Matters developed curriculum ensures academic rigor
  • Courses are offered in eight-week blocks
  • Master schedule platform allows you to see course offerings and plan your program from start to finish
  • One-to-one academic advising and support is available
  • Some live events and presentation opportunities are offered and recorded for playback
  • Foundational readiness courses are available to prepare you for a successful start

Dual BBA-MBA 

An accelerated dual degree is offered to Harding University undergraduate business students with a minimum of 90 hours and a 3.0 GPA. You can receive dual credit for select courses by taking graduate-level and undergraduate courses concurrently. The result is the completion of a BBA-MBA in five years or less.

Best Online MBA:

Harding University's online MBA program has been recognized as one of the best in the country in 2018 by BestColleges.com, a leading provider of higher education research and college planning resources. The ranking highlights accredited, not-for-profit institutions who​​ have developed exceptional academic online programs for students looking to advance their knowledge, skills, and careers in business administration. 

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How to Apply

Harding University Graduate School of Business is participating in the Business Centralized Application Service (BusinessCAS).

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Technical Information

Application Requirements

  • Complete and submit the BusinessCAS application and applicable fees
  • Request official transcripts be sent to BusinessCAS*
    (not required of Harding University alumni OR current Harding University students.)
  • Request three letters of recommendation in BusinessCAS
  • Upload one writing sample in BusinessCAS 
  • Upload a current resume/CV in BusinessCAS
  • Request GMAT or GRE scores, as applicable. (See Admissions Requirements below.)

Additional Requirement for International Students

  • TOEFL scores, as applicable. TOEFL CODE: B888 (See additional information below.)

Transcripts
*Transcripts should be sent directly to:

BusinessCAS Transcript Processing Center
P.O. Box 9221
Watertown, MA 02471

Admission Requirements 

Admission to the Harding University Graduate School of Business is determined on an individual basis. Requirements include:

  • A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university with an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher (on a 4.0 scale). Persons with less than a 3.0 GPA may be considered for provisional admission.

  • GMAT (target score of 500) or GRE (target score of 300)

  • WAIVERS: The GMAT/GRE entrance exam is waived for applicants with a GPA of 3.5 with less than 5 years’ professional experience or with a GPA of 3.0 with a minimum of 5 years’ professional experience. Additional waivers for the entrance exam may be possible (e.g., previous graduate work, analytical responsibilities including P&L, CPA licensure).

Leveling requirements

Though not a requirement for admission, if your degree did not include courses in accounting, financial management and statistics, you may be required to take short leveling readiness courses prior to taking your first courses in the program. Please speak to a graduate advisor to determine placement within these courses.

Provisional standing due to academic reasons

Not all candidates meet the criteria for regular admission but may demonstrate the ability to succeed in graduate level work. Students entering the Graduate School of Business with an undergraduate GPA of 2.5-2.99 or with entrance exams below the required target scores may be granted provisional admission with the condition that the student maintains a GPA of no less than 3.0 on the first 9 hours of graduate work completed. Upon satisfying this condition, the student will be granted full matriculation.

About additional documents for international students

Harding University requires all international applicants for whom English is not their 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.

TOEFL CODE: B888

When To Apply

Apply for MBA sessions by the following dates:

Spring 2020 Block 1: December 6, 2019

Spring 2020 Block 2: February 7, 2020

Summer 2020: May 8, 2020

Fall 2020 Block 1: July 17, 2020

Fall 2020 Block 2: September 18, 2020

Program Structure & Curriculum Plan

Program Structure

Students who possess an undergraduate degree and have been exposed to the Common Business Proficiency Components may move directly into the MBA.

The program begins with an emphasis on essential skills necessary to be successful in Harding's MBA program. Students move on to explore core business fundamentals in the areas of ethics, management, accounting, financial management, quantitative business analysis, and marketing. The curriculum is presented in a logical flow to facilitate the learning process, culminating in an experiential capstone course.

The MBA curriculum requires the completion of 7 core classes, representing 21 credit hours of study. In addition to the core classes, students choose three elective courses, representing 9 credit hours of study, resulting in completion of the required 30 hours for an MBA degree. Students may choose their electives from a portfolio of elective offerings.

Students will pace themselves through the program. A student taking the maximum credits allowed can earn their degree in as few as 12 months. We use a Master Schedule and a student can take up to 7 years to complete the program.

For program schedules, please see the Semester Course Schedules on the Graduate School of Business home page.

Curriculum Plan

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For additional information about the Harding MBA, you may want to consult the Catalog.

Course Schedule

For a list of current classes offered, please see the Semester Course Schedules on the Graduate School of Business home page.

MBA Pace Sheet pdf

Helpful Hints about Registering for MBA classes:

  • You can take up to two classes per 8-week block, and there are five blocks in each year.
  • If you plan to take courses during each block, be sure to register for them at the same time as the classes may fill up quickly or are subject to cancellation if minimum class size is not met.
  • Once you begin the program, for the most up-to-date list of MBA course offerings and dates throughout the year, please reference the schedules posted on the Graduate School of Business page.

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Accreditation

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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Mailing address:
Harding University
Graduate School of Business
Box 10774
Searcy, AR 72149-5615