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November 4, 2010 / compassioninpolitics

Top Christian Masters in Business Administration (MBA)

Choosing the best Christian MBA program doesn’t have to be a complicated process. Picking a top Christian MBA program is primarily about:

1) your chosen vocation
2) the schools various focuses (academics, research focuses, and which companies recruit at the given MBA program)
3) additional criteria you set up like location, price, overall financial package, and employment success of graduates (percentage employed at or near graduation or some other criteria for ranking MBA programs)

Here are the top Christian MBA programs in the United States. All of them are ranked by nationally respected organizations (like Forbes, Business Week, the Princeton Review, and US News and World Report who applies a complicated algorithm to determine value of program and strength of reputation). I’ve also included two Catholic institutions as honorable mentions:

1) Pepperdine University (Graziado School of Business and Management)

Graziado School of Business
6100 Center Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90045
(310) 558-5500

2) Southern Methodist University (SMU’s Cox School of Business) (SMU MBA Ranking and Acclaim)

Street Address:
SMU – Cox School of Business
6212 Bishop Blvd.
Dallas, Texas 75275-0333

Mailing address:
SMU – Cox School of Business
PO Box 750333
Dallas, TX 75275

Full Time MBA Contact Info:
(800) 472-3622
(214) 768-1214
(214) 768-3956 (Fax)

3) Belmont University (mostly due to entrepreneurship, accountancy, and health care focuses) (Jack C. Massey School of Business)

The Jack C. Massey Graduate School of Business
1900 Belmont Blvd
Nashville, Tennessee 37212

Phone: 615-460-6480

4) Texas Christian University (TCU) (various rankings for the Neely School of Business)

Street Address
Neeley School of Business at TCU
2900 Lubbock Avenue
Fort Worth, Texas 76129

Mailing Address
The Neeley School of Business
TCU Box 298530
Fort Worth, TX 76129

Main Neeley Directory (817) 257-7527

5) Abilene Christian University MBA Program
Abilene, Texas 79699
Campus Operator: 325-674-2000
Admissions Helpline: 800-460-6228

6) Acton MBA in Entrepreneurship
Campus Location:
1404 East Riverside Drive
Austin, Texas 78741

Mailing Address:
Acton School of Business
816 Congress Avenue
Suite 1240
Austin, Texas 78701

Other Ways To Reach Us:
Main Phone Number – 512.703.1232
Fax Number – 512.495.9480
* I’m not sure how Actons faith & business interact. You might inquire with the school via phone or email. For instance, I believe its run on Christian principles, but I’m not sure it has any faith elements beyond that. Also, its just an entrepreneur MBA, not an MBA in the larger sense.

7) ????? (if you have other recommendations for the best Christian MBA programs, feel free to leave a comment)

Both SMU & Belmont University MBA programs both made Business Week’s list of top part-time Masters of Business Administration programs–which is pretty impressive. All four programs seem to have a solid reputation as MBA programs, depending on the focus you want to pursue and your professional background.

Top MBA: Honorable Mentions
You might also look into the MBA program at Notre Dame (Catholic) or Boston College (Catholic), both of which have ranked business programs.

Top MBA: Other Christian Options
If this handful of Christian graduate business school programs is too small, check out this list of member universities of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities, which is a decent list of 110 Christian Universities. I would assume that Wheaton, Azusa, and Biola would be some of the better Christian Universities on the list. Not on the list is David Lipscomb University–especially for program focuses which they have a particular expertise, but might be worth checking out if you can’t attend one of the others.

You can find various top ranked b-school and MBA rankings and then check out the nature, size, and activity of their campus Christian organizations :

US News and World Report Rankings
Business Week Rankings
Forbes Magazine Rankings
Financial Times Rankings

You may also want to check out some top christian universities here.
I hope all this information is helpful for you as you make your decisions about choosing a Christian MBA program which fits your academic, spiritual, social, and financial needs.


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  1. compassioninpolitics / Nov 4 2010 11:15 am

    Georgetown (Catholic) , Wake Forest, and Emory all have faith-based roots, but I believe that later two don’t have any particular attachment to those faith traditions.

    You might be well served by searching for how large or active Christian groups are on various campuses….if they don’t have a faith-based culture (the University of Texas and Duke University both have top ranked MBA programs whose Christian organizations show up high in the search results–although their relative rank may not say much about the organizations themselves).

    You might also checked out the “businesses that recruit here” on the career services page for the respective MBA program to get an idea of what companies you might be targeting when you graduate.

  2. Ana / Nov 5 2010 6:06 pm

    Check out Judson University (Elgin, IL): Great program, great people. I personally believe that Judson is committed on educating great professionals and great people.

  3. compassioninpolitics / Nov 15 2010 3:55 pm

    Thanks for commenting. It is important to point out two things.

    First, Judson’s program is M.A. in Organizational Leadership, not an MBA program and that means human resources and potential recruiters will likely not treat it the same.

    Second, the four programs I listed are at the top of the game and are very established. All of them have a reputation for turning out great MBA students and professionals. When you’re investing this much time and money in a degree these distinctions are incredibly important and directly effect your income potential afterward.

    As such, I’m not sure I see Judson as being comparative to the MBA programs at Pepperdine, Southern Methodist University, Texas Christian University, or Belmont.

    Again thanks for sharing…I hope that programs grows into a fantastic MA leadership program.

  4. CHbobray11 / Jan 4 2011 10:28 pm

    SMU & TCU do not have Christian MBA’s. They require no course that are faith based neither do they incorporate it into the current curriculum.

  5. Ron / Aug 7 2012 5:26 am

    You’re leaving out Balyor University, Regents University and ORU. They may not be quite as highly ranked as SMU Cox or Pepperdine, but Baylor consistently is ranked higher and is far more respected overall in the region than TCU and as a strong Southern Baptist infuses it’s Christian values far better than any of the ones you listed except for Pepperdine. Dallas Baptist University and Houston Baptist University also have programs that are strong in values and at least recognized in the region if not ranked nationally. University of Dallas and University of St. Thomas likewise are regionally respected Catholic institutions. Regents probably infuses Christian values better than all of the above and is gradually gaining in level of respect.

    I’m a strong Christian who is considering an MBA and am considering Acton but will likely end up at one of the more traditional albiet secular schools because I need a good, respected, Executive format MBA program with emphasis in my line of work, and unfortunately none of the Christian universities above offers that. Pepperdine, SMU Cox, and Baylor do, but are not close to where I live and so would be too cost prohibitive.

    Good luck!

    • Ham / Oct 30 2014 2:50 pm

      Ron, thank you for that! I too am looking for a university that has a strong MBA program, respected in the industry, and infuses strong Christian principles into the teaching. The last thing that I am looking for is to get into a great “secular” school that launches my career upwards, but incorporates minimal biblical values. Although I am not Catholic, I attended a Catholic university; not to my surprise, they did not incorporate the Catholic traditions and values into their classes but only offered voluntary mass and other stuff that many students generally did not attend…not to mention the university was wrought with the typical destructive college lifestyles.


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