Master of Business Administration (MBA)

Area of Business

Updated Fall 2013

The Master of Business Administration program is designed to prepare students for roles of leadership in business. Students’ knowledge of the major functional areas within business is reinforced while a commitment to Christian values and ethical conduct prepares students to meet the challenges of a highly competitive business environment with integrity and character. The program is a cohort-based, 32-credit hour degree delivered over approximately 14 months, divided into four semesters. Classes meet approximately one Saturday each month and continue via extensive Internet-based contact with fellow students and with faculty in the period between class sessions. The combination of weekend class meetings and distance-based components is well suited for mature, working students. The Director of Graduate Admissions-MBA or the MBA Program Coordinator should be contacted for current schedules and cohort start dates.

The Master of Business Administration program supports the following goals of Milligan College:

The following outcomes are expected to have been achieved upon completion of the curriculum and have been developed in support of the college’s overall mission and vision as a Christian, liberal-arts college:

Requirements for Graduation

Students must achieve a cumulative grade point average of “B” (3.0) to graduate from the MBA program. In addition to the graduation requirements under the academic policies of this catalogue, students are required to submit one assignment from each class into their MBA Portfolio to document their mastery of applicable Milligan College graduate program outcomes. Candidates for a degree are identified through their completion of the “Intent to Graduate” form.

Faculty Adviser

The nature of a cohort-based program minimizes the need for extensive and ongoing academic advising. However, it is recognized that questions related to such things as withdrawal, readmission, graduation requirements, and other academically related matters may arise. In the event of such questions, students should contact the MBA Director for assistance. The Director will either respond to your questions directly, or may forward your question to others for response.


The P. H. Welshimer Memorial Library is a vital gathering place for studying and learning. In addition to its collection of print and media resources that support all the college’s academic programs, the Library’s website serves as a portal to a wide array of high quality electronic information resources, accessible on- or off-campus, 24 hours a day/7 days a week. These resources include many business-related news and journal databases such as ABI/INFORM Complete, General Business File, and LexisNexis Academic. Qualified librarians are available to assist you with your resource and research needs through in-person consults, telephone, or online reference services.

The Library is a participating member in the shared online catalog of the Appalachian College Association’s (ACA) Bowen Central Library of Appalachia. The Library also subscribes to WorldCat, an online catalog that gives Milligan students access, through our interlibrary loan service, to the holdings of thousands of libraries worldwide. Locally, the Library participates in resource-sharing agreements with the libraries of Emmanuel Christian Seminary and East Tennessee State University (main campus and medical school).

Required Courses

Required courses in the MBA consist of a core curriculum and a selected track (total of 32 hrs):

Core Curriculum (total of 20 hrs)

Track courses - Select one track (total of 12 hrs)


Health Care Management

Operations Management