BA/BS in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics/Master of Business Administration

The BA/BS in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics/Master of Business Administration degree program equips students with the knowledge of political theory, economic systems, and philosophical schools in order to engage the complex challenges of the modern business world with a deeper understanding of the factors surrounding them. As the world becomes more connected, knowledge of politics and economics provides a foundation from which to understand government involvement in the business world. Study of philosophy provides an opportunity to think more deeply about difficult questions of ethics that arise in the context of the 21st century. Accelerated MBA students will acquire the practical knowledge required to operate in the worlds of finance, marketing, management, and other facets of business. Graduates will be prepared to lead successfully in the various sectors of for-profit and non-profit operations.

Undergraduate Requirements

courses

credit hours (ba)

credit hours (bS)

Developing a Christian Mind
DCM 2301 - Developing a Christian Mind

3

3

English

12

9

(BA)

ENGL 1301 - Composition and Rhetoric I

ENGL 1302 - Composition and Rhetoric II

ENGL 2301 - World Literature I

ENGL 2302 - World Literature II

(BS)

ENGL 1301 - Composition and Rhetoric I

ENGL 1302 - Composition and Rhetoric II

ENGL 2301 - World Literature I

or

ENGL 2302 - World Literature II

Fine Arts
FINE 1306 - Introduction to Fine Arts

3

3

Foreign Language
*Six hours at the 2000 level if adequate requisites are met.

14*

0

Foundations for Excellence

1

1

FOUN 1101 - Foundations for Excellence

is required of all first-year and transfer students with fewer than 15 credit hours. (AP, CLEP, IB, or dual/concurrent credit earned while in high school does not count toward these 15 credit hours.)

History

6

6

Choose two:

HIST 1301 - U.S. History to 1865

HIST 1302 - U.S. History Since 1865

HIST 2301 - World Civilization I

HIST 2302 - World Civilization II 

Kinesiology

2

2

KNES 1101 - Fitness for Living

and one additional activity course (KNES 1102-1122); for veterans or those 25 years of age or older prior to enrollment at DBU, KNES courses are waived.

Mathematics

3

3

Choose one:

(BA)

MATH 1301 - Math for Liberal Arts

MATH 1303 - College Algebra

MATH 1307 - Finite Math for Business Analysis

MATH 1405 - Calculus and Analytic Geometry

(BS)

MATH 1303 - College Algebra

MATH 1307 - Finite Math for Business Analysis

MATH 1405 - Calculus and Analytic Geometry

Natural Science (1000 or 2000 level courses only)

4

15

One laboratory science (BA)

or

15 semester hours of laboratory science (BS)

selected from two or more areas of Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Geology, Physical Science, or Physics

Religion

9

9

RELI 1301 - Old Testament Survey

RELI 1302 - New Testament Survey

and three additional credit hours depending on credit hours transferred at time of initial enrollment

Social Science (1000 or 2000 level courses only)

6

6

POLS 2301 - American National Government

and an additional three credit hours may be selected from Economics, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, or Sociology.

TOTAL GENERAL STUDIES HOURS

63

57

Politics, Philosophy, and Economics Major

Required Courses

24

ECON 2301 - Principles of Macroeconomics
ECON 2302 - Principles of Microeconomics
ECON 4312 - History of Free Market Thought
PHIL 2301 - Introduction to Philosophy
POLS 3313 - Internship in Political Science (S-L)

POLS 4302 - Comparative Government

POLS 4310 - Fundamentals for International Relations (S-L)
Choose one of the following:
LED 3307 - A Christian Worldview of Business, Politics, and the Law
LED 4308 - Great Leaders in History
PHIL 3303 - Philosophy of Religion
POLS 2303 - Statistics for the Social Sciences
POLS 4305 - American Political Tradition
POLS 4306 - Religion and Politics in the United States

Shared Undergraduate/Graduate Courses

6

6

MANA 6310 - Leading Innovation

MANA 6320 - Business Ethics

*PLEASE NOTE: In order to pursue the MBA portion of this accelerated degree, required MBA Foundational Course requisites must first be completed. The requirement may be satisfied through taking undergraduate classes which may fulfill the foundational course requirements. Please see the list of MBA Foundational Courses below with the acceptable undergraduate classes listed in bold print and brackets.

Additional Upper-Level Electives Required*

*(will require 24 Upper-Level hours if POLS 2303 is chosen in the major)

21

21

Additional Lower or Upper-Level Electives Required*

6

12

TOTAL UNDERGRADUATE WITH SHARED HOURS REQUIRED

120

120

A 120-credit-hour minimum for a bachelor's degree is required. Students must complete all Undergraduate hours and shared undergraduate/graduate hours prior to enrolling for remaining Graduate hours.

*Elective Requirements

  • In order to satisfy the “Undergraduate only” portion of an accelerated degree plan, sufficient lower-level and upper-level elective hours must be taken to complete the minimum number of Undergraduate credit hours required for each specific accelerated degree.

  • As part of this accelerated degree plan, 6 shared Graduate hours will be counted toward a minimum of 42 upper-level Undergraduate credit hours required for all bachelor’s degrees.

Remaining Graduate Requirements

MBA FOUNDATIONAL REQUIREMENTS

As the MBA is a generalist master's business program designed to meet the further educational needs of the broadest range of working professionals with potentially non-business-related undergraduate degrees, no foundational courses are required.     

Nevertheless, three-session self-study requisite courses are included with certain MBA courses and are designed to specifically prepare non-business graduates for the requirements of the MBA level course. The requirement for a student to complete a requisite course is determined by the MBA Program Director. All requisites must be completed by the end of the third semester and before continuation to the balance of the MBA program.  The requisite courses carry no credit or tuition fees. The pass to proceed threshold is 85%.     

   

Basic Concept Requisites Policy:    

The following table indicates the criteria by which decisions are normally made in relation to prerequisite exemptions.    

BuSINESS GRADUATE APPLICANTS

nON-BuSINESS GRADUATE APPLICANTS

Business Experience

Accounting/Finance

Business Experience

Non-Accounting/Finance

Business Experience

Accounting/Finance

Basic Concepts in Accounting

Exempt

Exempt/Non-Exempt*

Exempt/Non-Exempt*

Basic Concepts in Finance

Exempt

Exempt/Non-Exempt*

Exempt/Non-Exempt*

Basic Concepts in Quantitative Analysis

Exempt

Non-Exempt

Non-Exempt

Basic Concepts in Business Economics

Exempt

Non-Exempt

Non-Exempt

mba requirements

credit hours (Ma)

Required Core Courses

25.5

ACCT 6321 - Managerial Accounting (Requisite: see Foundational Requirements. Self-study three-week requisite course passed with a minimum of 85% course grade.)

FINA 6301 - Corporate Finance (Requisite: see Foundational Requirements. Self-study three-week requisite course passed with a minimum of 85% course grade.)

MANA 51.523 - Critical Thinking, Research, and Writing

MANA 6302 - Quantitative Analysis and Modeling for Decision-Making (Requisite: see Foundational Requirements. Self-study three-week requisite course passed with a minimum of 85% course grade.)

MANA 6333 - Managing Operations Technologies

MANA 6341 - Strategic Management Decisions (S-L) (Must be taken in the last core semester in the program.)

MANA 6344 - MBA Program Capstone Course (Requisite:  Course may not be started until beginning of next to last semester of the program. Completion of 25.5 credit hours at a minimum mean of 3.0 GPA.)

MISM 6314 - Management Information Systems

MRKT 6301 - Advanced Marketing Strategies (S-L)

Concentration
Select any 12-hour MBA concentration.

12

TOTAL ADDITIONAL GRADUATE HOURS REQUIRED

37.5

TOTAL CREDIT HOURS REQUIRED FOR ACCELERATED DEGREE

157.5

Note: After successfully completing 75 semester hours of the BA/BS in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics degree, the student may apply for the BA/BS in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics/Master of Business Administration degree program if the student has a minimum overall GPA of 3.0. Additionally, applicants must: 1) show strong moral character commensurate with the University’s mission of producing servant leaders, 2) demonstrate through their academic record a likelihood of success in the accelerated program; and 3) show a record of service in the community and in positions of leadership

(S-L) = Course(s) with field-based service-learning component.

Refer to course descriptions for course requisites.

Course Descriptions

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