|Bryan College||MBA Christian Ministry|
|Dallas Baptist University||MBA/MA Christian Ministry|
|North Park University Theological Seminary||MBA/MA Christian Ministry|
The Christian Ministry MBA makes it possible for students to combine their passion for ministry with their aptitude for business. According to North Park University Theological Seminary (NPTS), throughout this unique MBA program, students will deepen their biblical and theological foundation while gaining the skills needed for management. “No matter your role,” explains NPTS “understanding organizational behavior, budgeting, financial decision making, and strategic management will help you confidently and sustainably grow your ministry and lead your congregation, clients, or colleagues.”
Graduates of Christian Ministry MBA programs will be “fully equipped to pursue career advancement or seek a new ministry position.”
Christian Ministry MBA Program Requirements
Program requirements for Ministry MBA programs may vary slightly by school. There will also be some differences between programs that offer a dual degree option, such as the MBA/MA in Christian Ministry, and the specialization. In general, the Christian Ministry MBA requires a minimum of 36 credit hours to graduate. A dual degree program typically requires a minimum of 60 upper level credit hours to graduate. Both programs require field education hours, which allows students to gain experience and practice the skills of ministry in churches and organizations across the country and world.
The MBA portion of the program will consist of a capstone as well as an internship, experiential learning experiences, and study abroad opportunities. Each component will allow students to gain knowledge and hands-on experience in the business sector, both locally and overseas.
Courses for Christian Ministry MBA Programs
Courses for Ministry MBA programs consist of traditional MBA courses and required Ministry courses. Bryan College, which offers a fully Online Christian Ministry MBA, has the following curriculum:
- Accounting Information for Management Decisions
- Biblical/Worldview Principles of Management
- Christian Theology
- Christian Worldview
- Integrated Strategic Management
- Management and Leadership
- Managerial Economics
- New Testament Literature and Interpretation
- Old Testament Literature and Interpretation
- Vocation of Ministry
Students may also choose several electives to further refine the degree. Sample courses for the dual MBA/MA in Christian Ministry may look something like this:
- Business Ethics
- Corporate Finance
- Creative Problem Solving Marketing Decisions
- Ethical Leadership
- Financial Accounting
- Financial Decision Making
- Global Macroeconomics for Managers
- Leadership in Management
- Management Information Systems
- Managerial Accounting
- Managerial Finance
- Marketing Analysis and Consumer Behavior
- Microeconomics for Managers
- Multi-Sector Convergence and Social Responsibility
- Organizational Behavior and Ethics
- Quantitative Analysis for Managers
- Quantitative Decision Making
- Strategic Management Decisions (Capstone)
- Strategy for Competitive Advantage
- Applied Hermeneutics
- Biblical Servant Leadership
- Christian History and Heritage
- Christian History
- Christian Theology
- Foundations of Christian Ministry
- Intercultural Spirituality: The Road Together
- Journey: The Story of Our Lives
- Leading and Teaching in Ministry
- Ministry Identity and Practice
- Ministry Mentorship
- New Testament: The Texts and Their World
- Old Testament: Pentateuch and Interpretation
- Shepherding in the 21st Century
- Spiritual Formation and Worship
- Systematic Theology
Students will have the opportunity to choose several electives to further refine both degrees.
Schools that Offer Online Christian Ministry MBA Programs
The following schools offer Online Christian Ministry MBA programs.
- Bryan College - MBA Christian Ministry
- Dallas Baptist University - MBA/MA Christian Ministry
- North Park University Theological Seminary - MBA/MA Christian Ministry (MACM), MBA/MACM (Online and Hybrid)
Salaries and Employment Outlook
Graduates of Christian Ministry MBA programs work in a wide variety of organizations and roles. Based on this, along with geographic location, industry, and many other factors, individual salaries will vary greatly. However, the Financial Times (FT) reports that between 2008 and 2014, the average salary for MBA graduates three years after they left business school increased four percent to $127,000. By 2017, salaries increased to an average of $142,000, up 12 percent from 2014. “If the latest trend continues,” reports FT, “the overall average salary should be near to $150,000” for 2018.
Because the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports salary and employment information for the broad “Directors, Religious Activities and Education” group, we can also give you an idea of what earnings are this occupation (we’ll stick to the high end), along with the top states and industries for this occupation. Combine FT’s MBA salary report and figures from the BLS, and you will likely arrive at an impressive salary and employment outlook for Christian Ministry MBA graduates.
The BLS reports that there are 21,430 “Directors of Religious Activities and Education.” The Bureau expects a three percent increase in employment over the next decade. High performers in this field can expect to earn an average salary of $82,570. Average salaries are higher in states such as North Carolina ($87,860) and Alabama ($83,470), and even higher in certain industries such as Federal Executive Branch ($96,420), and Continuing Care Retirement Communities and Assisted Living Facilities for the Elderly ($88,170).
The industries with the highest levels of employment for this occupation are:
- Religious Organizations
- Elementary and Secondary Schools
- Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools
- Individual and Family Services
- Social Advocacy Organizations
- Grantmaking and Giving Services,
- Business Schools and Computer Management Training
- Civic and Social Organizations
Of these industries, the highest paying is Business Schools and Computer and Management Training ($80,190, average).
The states with the highest employment levels are:
- New York
The states with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients are Montana, Oregon, DC, New York and Hawaii.
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