Master of Divinity and Master of Arts in Business Administration Dual Degree

A dual degree student will graduate with two masters degrees in less time than it would take to complete those degrees individually.

The dual degree master of divinity and master of business administration combines the theological, biblical and pastoral training of a master of divinity with business and organizational leadership training that focuses on the values of stewardship, sustainability, justice, and social entrepreneurship.

A unique strength of Eastern Mennonite Seminary is our formation program. We believe that focusing on one’s own formation during the seminary journey is the way for ministering persons to be healthy and whole in their vocations. Formation in God’s Story I & II (2 credits each) helps students understand their own lives in conversation with and connection to God’s story as found in Scripture and being written in the present in their own lives through spiritual practices. Formation in Ministry I & II (3 credits each) offers students the opportunity to put their learning into practice in internship sites related to their vocational leanings with a mentor to help with on-site theological reflection. Formation in Missional Leadership I & II (2 credits each) provides space for students to integrate what they have learned about themselves, God, the world, and the church as they look forward to their future in ministry. For more information please visit the formation page.

Degree Requirements

  • Seminary MDiv degree requires 81 SH, 50 SH core requirements and 31 SH of Ministry Track electives.
  • MBA is a 36 SH degree.

For a Dual Degree MDiv/MBA (total of 97 SH): In light of the Association of Theological Studies policy on “shared credit in degree programs,” we are allowing up to 11 SH to be reduced from the current MDiv requirements. A student would be free to take additional electives in either program.

MDiv: a total of 70 SH required (53 SH of the MDiv core curriculum and 17 of Ministry Track electives).

Of the 17 elective hours, 6 hours will be required with the following three courses:

  • SMCL 671 (MBA 671)Leadership and Administration
  • BVG 541 (MBA 541)Biblical Foundations for Justice and Peacebuilding

MBA: 21 SH from core, the 9 SH required from the seminary electives above, and two 3 SH electives from the MBA program (chosen in consultation with academic advisor) for a total of 36 SH.

21 SH of MBA Core Requirements

  • OLS510 Leadership and Management for the Common Good
  • OLS520 Comparative Perspectives on Business and Society
  • OLS530 Organizational Behavior
  • OLS540 Managerial Finance and Accounting I
  • MBA640 Managerial Finance and Accounting II
  • MBA630 Managerial Economics
  • MBA650 Sustainable Organizations for the Common Good

9 SH from the required seminary electives

  • SMCL 671 (MBA 671)Leadership and Administration
  • CTE 702 (MBA 702)Christian Ethics
  • BVG 541 (MBA 541)Biblical Foundations for Justice and Peacebuilding

Two 3 SH elective courses from among the following:

  • OLS550 Technology, Information and Data Analysis
  • MBA555 Legal Aspects of Human Resources
  • MBA660 Stewardship, Innovation & Social Entrepreneurship
  • OLS610 Strategic Marketing Management
  • MBA665 Project Management & Grant Writing

Admissions Requirements

Students must be admitted to both the seminary and the MBA program to be enrolled in the dual degree program. Students may fill out one application for both programs but are strongly encouraged to communicate how they will integrate the two degrees.

The Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) is the preferred entrance exam for the MBA. Other graduate exams may also be considered, and no entrance exam is required for students already in possession of a graduate degree. Candidates who do not have a background in business may need to take a few prerequisite courses (offered by EMU); all prerequisites may also be waived with a strong GMAT score.

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