The global economy runs on business. Small and large, global corporations and sole proprietorships impact the economy on a local level and national level. The integrity of several companies has come under close scrutiny lately; the need for business leaders with good moral character is becoming more evident daily. Christian Colleges and Universities help to meet this need by providing a business education to graduates who will enter the workforce and shape the corporate culture under godly and biblical principles. It is from this perspective that Christian Universities Online (CUO) is happy to present the Top 10 Business Degree Programs for 2017. More than just a census of business degree programs available, CUO has used other standard criteria to finalize this ranking. Our desire is to help guide the prospective student in their decision as they pursue shaping the corporate culture or launching a small business of their own.
George Fox University
George Fox University is a private, coeducational institution of the liberal arts and sciences and professional studies located in Newberg, Oregon. Affiliated with the Northwest Yearly Meeting of Friends, George Fox was founded in 1885 as the Friends Pacific Academy. In 1891 the school’s name was changed to Pacific College and in 1949 was again renamed George Fox College (eventually attaining university status) after the founder of the Quaker movement. Today, George Fox University’s mission is to be a “Christ-centered community [which] prepares students spiritually, academically, and professionally to think with clarity, act with integrity, and serve with passion.” George Fox University has a total enrollment figure of nearly 4,000, including more than 2,500 undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 14 to 1. A member of the Council of Independent Colleges as well as the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities, George Fox ranks high among Christian colleges in the nation (according to Forbes Magazine) and has been classified as a first-tier “Best Regional University (West)” by U.S. News & World Report.
George Fox University is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities and has been so since 1959. More than 40 undergraduate majors, culminating in a Bachelor’s degree, are available as well as several adult degree programs, six seminary degrees, and more than a dozen master’s and doctoral degree programs in a wide variety of areas. The University offers nearly a dozen business-related degrees including undergraduate majors in Accounting, Business Administration, Economics, Finance, Global Business, Management, Marketing, and Organizational Communication. The University’s Graduate School of Business offers One-Year Master of Business Administration (MBA), an 11-month, full-time program; a Part-Time MBA which follows an ethics-based curriculum with a global perspective and is geared towards experienced professionals; and a Doctor of Business Administration designed to offer management education and is available both on campus or online.
- Business Administration
- Global Business
- Organizational Communication
- One-Year MBA
- Part-Time MBA
Wheaton College is a private, nonprofit, coeducational, Christian liberal arts institution located in Wheaton, Illinois. Founded in the evangelical Protestant tradition, Wheaton College was established in 1860. Well known for its strong Christian heritage and solid academic results, Wheaton College has a total enrollment figure of nearly 3,000, including nearly 2,500 undergraduates, with a student to faculty ratio of 11 to 1. Fully 7% of Wheaton College’s students come from either missionary or third culture backgrounds and 20% of students represent ethnic minority groups. The College describes its mission as being to serve “Jesus Christ and [advance] His Kingdom through excellence in liberal arts and graduate programs that educate the whole person to build the church and benefit society worldwide.” The institution’s motto expresses its commitment to “do all things ‘For Christ and His Kingdom.’”
Wheaton College is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since the mid 19-teens. More than 40 undergraduate majors are offered through the College’s several Departments, including the Business and Economics Department. Offering two majors in Economics and Business/Economics as well as a minor in Economics, Wheaton College’s Department of Business and Economics seeks to provide students a “broad, versatile preparation for lifelong careers in business, government, law, public policy and wide variety of other professions” and offers an ideal launching pad for further graduate study in the fields of economics, law, business administration and more. Each major offers different upper-level course electives that build upon the economic core that is “consistent with a liberal arts foundation and are intentional about integrating the Christian faith and perspective with the study of economic life.” Established as part of Wheaton College in 1954, the Business and Economics Department has only continued to grow and its two major programs are among the most popular with students.
Union University is a private, Christian, four-year, coeducational, liberal arts-based institution located in Jackson, Tennessee. Union University’s main campus contains 290 acres and is situated approximately 80 miles east of Memphis and 120 miles west of Nashville. Additionally, the University operates extension campuses in both Germantown and Henderson, Tennessee. Union University’s mission is to provide a “Christ-centered education that promotes excellence and character development in service to Church and society.” The University has a total enrollment figure of more than 3,500, including over 2,500 undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 10 to 1. Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Union has received a number of major recognitions from names such as U.S. News & World Report, The Princeton Review, and has been ranked in Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, among others. Affiliated with the Tennessee Baptist Convention and established in 1823, Union holds the distinction of being the oldest Southern Baptist-affiliated institution.
Union University is comprised of multiple Colleges and Schools and offers more than 100 programs of study across a broad range of academic fields. The University’s McAfee School of Business Administration offers several business-related degrees, including undergraduate majors in Accounting, Business Administration, Economics, International Business, Management, and Marketing as well as graduate-level programs including Master of Accountancy and Master of Business Administration. The School boasts a high employment rate among graduated students with 85% of graduates reporting that they had accepted employment before graduation. 90% reported to be employed within 3 months following graduation, and 100% of accounting majors reported having employed by the time they had graduated. McAfee School of Business Administration also holds accreditation through the AACSB (Association for the Advancement of Collegiate Schools of Business International), putting it among the top 5% among business schools worldwide which have attained this level of accreditation.
- Business Administration
- International Business
- Master of Accountancy
Milligan College is a private, Christian liberal arts institution located in the mountains of Upper East Tennessee in Milligan College, TN. Founded by the Reverend Wilson G. Barker, a minister of the Buffalo Creek Christian Church, a congregation of the Disciples of Christ, Milligan College’s history dates back to 1866. Beginning as a private secondary school called the Buffalo Male and Female Institute, in 1881 the school began offered its first collegiate level programs under the leadership of Dr. Josephus Hopwood, a Disciples of Christ minister and educator. Today, Milligan College’s mission is to “honor God by educating men and women to be servant-leaders.” The College’s vision is to be a “premier Christian liberal arts college where Jesus Christ is exalted and excellence in the standard” and to “change lives and shape culture through a commitment to Christian leadership.” The College has a total enrollment figure of more than 1,000, including nearly 900 undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 9 to 1.
Milligan College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. More than 100 majors, minors, pre-professional degrees, and concentrations are offered in a variety of areas through the College’s several schools. In the area of business, Milligan College’s William B. Greene, Jr. School of Business & Technology offers nine degree programs, including undergraduate majors in Accounting; Applied Finance & Accounting; Business Administration (with concentrations in accounting, economics, health sector management, international business, legal studies, management, marketing, secondary education licensure, sports management); Computer Information Systems; Computer Science; Economics; Electrical Engineering; and Mechanical Engineering. Milligan College also offers a single graduate-level business degree: the Master of Business Administration. Students have opportunity to put classroom learning into action by participating in the College’s internship program through which they gain valuable skills and experience working part-time in banks, financial service firms, corporations, hospitals, and government agencies.
- Applied Finance & Accounting
- Business Administration
- Computer Information Systems
- Computer Science
- Electrical Engineering
- Mechanical Engineering
Indiana Wesleyan University
Indiana Wesleyan University is a private, coeducational, evangelical Christian liberal arts institution located in Marion, Indiana. Established in 1920, the school was founded by the Trustees of the Indiana Conference of the Wesleyan Methodist Church and originally called Marion College. Since those early days, the school has grown and expanded and now offers a wide range of undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Indiana Wesleyan University’s intention is to be a “Christ-centered academic community” and the University is “committed to changing the world by developing students in character, scholarship and leadership.” The University has a total enrollment figure of nearly 15,000, including over 10,000 undergraduates, with an institution-wide student to faculty ratio of 15 to 1. The largest member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities, Indiana Wesleyan University is also the largest private college in the state of Indiana as well as one of the largest employers within Grant County.
Indiana Wesleyan University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1966. The University’s College of Arts & Sciences includes the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences and Business which houses the DeVoe Division of Business. Indiana Wesleyan University offers 17 distinct business-related degree programs, including majors in Accounting, Business Administration, Management, Marketing, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Business Information Systems, and Healthcare Administration. Available master’s degree programs include the Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership; the Master of Business Administration (MBA), with concentrations in Personal Financial Planning, Healthcare Administration, and School Administration; an MSN-MBA; a Virtual MBA with concentrations in Executive Management and International Business; Master of Science programs in Accounting, Human Resource Management, and Management; and lastly, a PhD in Organizational Leadership. All programs offered through the DeVoe Division of Business are “infused with the application of ethics and values” and students are encouraged to integrate both faith and leadership in their business practices.
- Business Administration
- Business Information Systems
- Healthcare Administration
- MS Accounting
- MS Human Resource Management
- MA Organizational Leadership
- MBA – Master of Public Administration – Public Management
- MS Management
- MSN MBA
- Virtual MBA – Executive Management, International Business
- PhD Organizational Leadership
Azusa Pacific University
Azusa Pacific University (APU) is a private, evangelical Christian institution of higher education, rooted in the Wesleyan-Holiness tradition and located in Azusa, California, a suburb of Los Angeles. APU is home to the second largest evangelical undergraduate student body with an undergraduate enrollment of nearly 6,000 and a total enrollment figure of nearly 10,000. The University began in 1899 and was founded by a small group of Quakers and a Methodist Evangelist in Whittier, California as the first Bible college on the West Coast. Today all ties to the Quaker denomination are diminished as APU holds to a more evangelistic theology and is non-denomination. After merging with three other Evangelical colleges in Southern California, APU moved to its current location in 1949. Today, the University holds its accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, which was granted in 1961.
Azusa Pacific University offers a variety of undergraduate, graduate, and special programs through its several colleges and schools. In the area of business, nearly a dozen distinct degrees are offered through the University’s School of Business and Management. At the undergraduate level, these include a Bachelor of Science in Business Economics, Entrepreneurship, Finance, International Business, and Marketing, as well as a Bachelor of Arts in both Economics and Business Management. Two graduate-level programs are also offered, both of which may be earned online, including the Master of Business Administration and the Master of Business Management. Declaring its mission as being to prepare “professionals to lead with integrity”, APU’s School of Business also offers five undergraduate business minors, including Business Management, Economics, Entrepreneurship, Finance, and Marketing minors. In addition to all these, two accounting degrees, namely the Bachelor of Science in Accounting as well as a Master of Professional Accountancy, are available through APU’s Leung School of Accounting.
- Accounting, B.S.
- Business Economics, B.S.
- Business Management, B.A.
- Economics, B.A.
- Entrepreneurship, B.S.
- Finance, B.S.
- International Business, B.S.
- Marketing, B.S.
- Master of Professional Accountancy
Whitworth University, located in Spokane, Washington, is a private, residential Christian liberal arts institution and is affiliated with the Presbyterian Church. The University was established in 1883 by George F. Whitworth as the Sumner Academy and was originally located in the small town of Sumner in the (then) Washington Territory. By the early 1890s the school had been incorporated as Whitworth College, (the new name chosen to honor its founder) and in 1899 was moved to Tacoma. In 1914 the school again relocated, this time to its current location of Spokane. In 2006 the board of trustees voted to rename the college Whitworth University; this change was officially adopted in July of 2007. Today, the University describes its mission as being to “provide its diverse student body an education of mind and heart, equipping its graduates to honor God, follow Christ, and serve humanity.” Whitworth University has a total enrollment figure of more than 2,500, including over 2,000 undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 11 to 1.
Whitworth University is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities and has been so since 1933. Whitworth University is characterized not only by the academic excellence it offers but also the way in which it purposefully integrates both faith and learning. A variety of undergraduate and graduate degrees and programs are offered through the University’s several schools, including The School of Business. Five distinct business-related degrees are available, including the Bachelor of Business Administration which offers majors in Business Management, Economics, Finance, and Marketing, as well as the Master of Business Administration. Whitworth University’s School of Business seeks to emphasize “values and ethics within a rigorous academic setting that provides practical application experiences and prepares graduates to succeed in today’s international marketplace.”
- BBA Business Management
- BBA Economics
- BBA Finance
- BBA Marketing
Anderson University - IN
Anderson University is a private Christian liberal arts institution located in Anderson, Indiana. Founded in 1917 as the Anderson Bible Training School, the school was established by the Church of God movement. Accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools since 1946, Anderson University is built upon the five pillars of Integrity, Excellence, Servant Leadership, Responsibility, and Generosity. The University’s mission is to “educate for a life of faith and service in the church and society.” Service and ministry are close to the heart of Anderson’s students and faculty and students volunteer as many as 24,000 hours annually. Anderson University sits on a 100-acre suburban campus and has a total enrollment of nearly 2,500 students, including just under 2,000 undergraduates, with a student to faculty ratio of 11 to 1.
Anderson University offers nearly a dozen business-related degree programs through its Falls School of Business. Undergraduate majors include Accounting (with concentrations in Forensic Accounting and CPA Preparation); Business Administration (a complementary major only – student’s main major must be outside of the Falls School of Business); Entertainment and Music Business; Finance (with concentrations in Entrepreneurship and investments); Global Business (with concentrations in Accounting, Economics, Finance; Management, and Marketing); Management (with concentrations in Entrepreneurship, Global Business, Nonprofit Leadership, Organizational management, and Event Planning); Marketing (with concentrations in Social Media, Marketing Strategy and Tactics, Integrated Branding and Promotion, Global Marketing, Music Business, Event Planning, and Sport Marketing); and a brand new major program in Sport Marketing. Two graduate-level degrees in business are also offered, namely the Master of Business Administration and the Doctor of Business Administration. Anderson University also offers students the opportunity to participate in the International Business Institute (IBI) program, a 10-week, 12-credit-hour summer program which allows students to gain international business experience and interact with business leaders from top multinational corporations from around the world.
- Business Administration (complementary)
- Business Information Systems
- Entertainment and Music Business
- Global Business
- Sport Marketing
Dallas Baptist University
Dallas Baptist University (DBU) is a private, coeducational, Christian liberal arts institution. Located in Dallas, Texas, DBU sits on a beautiful 292 acre campus in the hills of Southwest Dallas and is affiliated with the Baptist General Convention of Texas. Established in 1898, the school was originally called Decatur Baptist College and was the first two-year institution of higher education to be founded in the state of Texas. In 1965 the school relocated to Dallas and was renamed Dallas Baptist College before achieving university status in 1985. Today, DBU’s describes its mission as being to “provide Christ-centered higher education in the arts, sciences, and professional studies at both the undergraduate and graduate levels to traditional age and adult students in order to produce servant leaders who have the ability to integrate faith and learning through their respective callings.” The university has a total enrollment of more than 5,000 students, including over 3,000 undergraduates with a student to faculty ratio of 13 to 1 and an average class size of 13 students.
Dallas Baptist University is fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. The University offers twenty distinct business degrees (in addition to several accelerated Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programs) through the College of Business and the College of Professional Studies. At the Undergraduate level a Bachelor of Business Administration is offered with majors in Accounting, Business Administration, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Hotel and Hospitality Management, Management, Management Information Systems, Marketing, and Music Business; a Bachelor of Business Studies is also offered with majors in Accounting, Business Administration, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Hotel/Hospitality Management, Management, Management Information Systems, and Marketing. Three master-level programs are also available through DBU’s Graduate School of Business, including the Master of Arts in Management, the Master of Business Administration, and the Master of Science in Management.
- B.B.A. Accounting
- B.B.A. Business Administration
- B.B.A. Entrepreneurship
- B.B.A. Finance
- B.B.A. Hotel and Hospitality Management
- B.B.A. Management
- B.B.A. Management Information Systems
- B.B.A. Marketing
- B.B.A. Music Business
- B.B.S. Accounting
- B.B.S Business Administration
- B.B.S Entrepreneurship
- B.B.S Finance
- B.B.S Hotel/Hospitality Management
- B.B.S Management
- B.B.S Management Information Systems
- B.B.S Marketing
- Master of Arts in Management
- Master of Business Administration
- Master of Science in Management
Located in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, Messiah College is a private, non-denominational Christian institution of the liberal arts and applied arts and sciences. Established in 1909 Messiah College was originally founded by the Brethren in Christ Church. The College was first called the Messiah Bible School and Missionary Training Home and was originally located in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, not far from its present-day location. In the early 1950s the school began offered its first four-year college programs and was renamed Messiah College. Today, the College’s mission is to “educate men and women toward maturity of intellect, character, and Christian faith in preparation for lives of service, leadership, and reconciliation in church and society.” Messiah College has a total enrollment figure of over 3,000, including more than 2,500 undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 12 to 1.
Messiah College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and has been so since 1963. Nearly a dozen business-related degree programs are offered through the College’s School of Business, Education and Social Sciences. Undergraduate degree programs include a Bachelor of Science degree with majors in Accounting, Business Administration, International Business, and Marketing; a Bachelor of Arts degree with majors in Chinese Business, Economic Development, Spanish Business, and Sport Management; as well as a Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Arts in Economics. At the graduate level, Messiah College offers a Master of Business Administration, with concentrations available in Digital Marketing, Social Entrepreneurship, Organizational and Strategic Communication and Management, as well as a Master of Arts in Leadership, with an emphasis in Strategic Leadership. Committed to preparing students to “serve God in Church, society, and [their] profession”, the School of Business, Education and Social Sciences seeks to equip students to be able to apply an “understanding of human thought, development, learning, social structures and interaction to complex social issues and environments.”
- BS Accounting
- BS Business Administration
- BA Chinese Business
- BA Economic Development
- BS/BA Economics
- BS International Business
- BS Marketing
- BA Spanish Business
- BA Sport Management
- MA Leadership