Graduate School of Business

Master of Business Administration

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This degree program is highly flexible because it is 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:

  • Complete the program in as little as 18 months or pace through for up to seven years
  • If you are a Harding student, get started on your MBA while in your last semester of undergraduate and take up to 9 hours worth of MBA coursework
  • Fully online delivery lets you logon to 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 lets you see all course offerings and plan your program from start to finish so you know what you need to take and when
  • One to one academic advising and support
  • Some live events and presentation opportunities are offered and recorded for playback
  • Foundational readiness courses are available to prepare you to get started

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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Program Structure

Accelerated track | 36 credit-hour program
10 core courses + 2 elective courses.

Can be completed in as little 4 semesters or 18 months

Undergraduate students can dual enroll their final semester and graduate the spring following their spring commencement.

Begin the program at one of 3 launch points: August, January or May.

Complete the program entirely on-line via a richly varied content experience including written and video lectures, discussion questions, assignments and live events.

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 10 core classes, representing 30 credit hours of study. In addition to the core classes, students choose two (2) elective courses, representing 6 credit hours of study, resulting in completion of the required 36 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 4 semesters. We use a Master Schedule and a student can take up to 7 years to complete the program.

2018 Pace Sheet.pdf

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

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

Schedules

For a list of current classes offered, please click on the master schedule PDF link below. To enroll in our courses, please submit an application and contact our office.

Application Packet 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 this page.

MBA Master Schedule.pdf

MBA Spring Schedule (2019) 

When To Apply

Students may enroll in the MBA program during the fall, spring or summer semester.  

Admissions Requirements

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Admission to the Harding University Graduate School of Business is determined on an individual basis. While not all inclusive, the following indicators are considered: (1) academic preparation, (2) character, (3) educational interests, (4) academic potential, (5) the ability to bring value to the program, (6) letters of recommendation, and (7) writing samples. Effort is made to admit all students who qualify and who can benefit from the unique educational program and opportunities available at Harding University.

As a general rule, application requirements for the Graduate School of Business include:

  1. A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university.
  2. Two letters of recommendation. Recommendations should preferably be from professors or employers.
  3. Three writing samples (essay questions in application form.)
  4. Official copies of all transcripts from the college or university that granted the bachelor’s degree and any other institution attended before or after that time.
  5. Students are required to submit a current resume with their application for admission.
  6. If applicable, present acceptable GMAT/GRE entry tests, as described below.
  7. Provide supplemental information or participate in an admission interview with the chair of the Graduate School of Business. This may be required for an applicant who might be granted provisional admission due to academic reasoning.

UNCONDITIONAL ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS BY PROGRAM

Master of Business Administration (MBA)

  • 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.
  • Evidence of competency in the areas of accounting, financial management and statistics. Examples of evidence could include successful completion of undergraduate courses or the completion of readiness courses offered through the Graduate School of Business. Please speak with a graduate advisor to determine placement within these courses.
  • GMAT/GRE entrance exam (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).
    • GMAT (target score of 500) or GRE (target score of 300)

PROVISIONAL STANDING DUE TO ACADEMIC REASONING

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.

ADMISSION CHECKLIST

Download the Graduate School of Business Application PDF (linked)

Submit the following items to the Graduate School of Business:

  1. Graduate Admissions Application
  2. $50 non-refundable application fee
  3. Two Recommendation Forms (Professional or Academic)
  4. *Official academic transcript
  5. Resume/CV
  6. Three essay questions (details on page 9 of the application packet)
  7. Entrance exam score (if applicable)

*Official undergraduate and graduate transcripts should be sent directly to the Graduate School of Business from the original school(s) via mail or electronic method.

Email the application materials to gsb@harding.edu or mail to:

Harding University

Graduate School of Business Admissions

HU Box 10774

Searcy, AR 72149-0774

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.

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Accreditation

The Graduate School of Business is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).

The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) 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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The Graduate School of Business is part of the College of Business

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Harding University

Graduate School of Business

Box 10774

Searcy, AR 72149-5615