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Master in Business Administration

The Master of Business Administration will strengthen your leadership skills, while also deepening your knowledge of an array of disciplines that apply to careers in public, private and nonprofit business management, making you a competitive candidate for advancement opportunities in your field.

Graduate Admissions

In the Master of Business Administration program, you will learn techniques for being innovative in solving problems and making decisions, with opportunities to study with other professionals who have similar interests and varying work experience. While developing your knowledge of key business functions such as accounting, economics and marketing, you will also gain reality-based experience through internships, service opportunities, course projects, course simulations and interactions with business leaders. Emphasis areas in accounting, banking and finance, economics, forensic accounting, healthcare management, human resource management, international business, marketing, management information systems, sport management, and tax accounting are available.

The MBA program includes online options, and you will work with your academic advisor to determine the best path for you.

Graduates with an MBA degree possess a flexible career skillset that offers many choices for career advancement in business and management in various industries, including

  1. accounting
  2. finance
  3. logistics
  4. marketing
  5. senior administration

In addition to the University’s required prerequisites, the Master of Business Administration includes 36 semester credit hours of graduate-level studies with 30 hours in the core and six hours of electives in an area of emphasis. Each course is three credit hours. The curriculum requires the completion of a Capstone course in strategic management.

  1. Graduate from a regionally accredited institution of higher education with a bachelor’s degree.
  2. Complete undergraduate course prerequisites or equivalents with a “C” or better. Persons who have not completed this requirement may be granted “conditional acceptance,” and after satisfactorily completing the required courses at Gardner-Webb University or elsewhere may be granted full admission. See below for required prerequisites by program.
  3. Present a minimum cumulative undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale for MBA, IMBA, MAcc or MWTM program on all undergraduate coursework completed on the last 64 hours of undergraduate or graduate work attempted.
  4. A completed application with a $40 non-refundable processing fee.
  5. Original transcripts from all institutions attended.
  6. Detailed resume of professional experience.
  7. Three confidential letters of recommendation on our standard form.
  8. Official GRE or GMAT score if cumulative GPA is below 3.7.
  9. If the applicant submits the GRE score, we will use the GRE® Comparison Tool for Business Schools available at

    A satisfactory GMAT or GRE score according to the Quantitative Acceptance Index (QAI) formula:

    QAI-GMAT:  [(GPA*200)+GMAT Score >= 950] 

    If the applicant submits the GRE score, we will use the GRE Comparison Tool for Business Schools available at:  

Additional information, including specific courses and their corresponding credit hours, is available in the Academic Catalog.

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