50 Best Value Christian Online MBA Programs 2015

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50-Best-Value-Christian-Online-MBA-Programs-2015In our last featured ranking of the 50 Best Value Christian MBA Programs we began by highlighting the financial value of a MBA education. Today’s MBA graduates not only enjoy financial rewards but are highly sought after by employers seeking new hires. Those same benefits are offered to students seeking their MBA degree while doing so with the flexibility of a fully online program. This month we want to highlight Christian universities and colleges that offer this valuable degree in a fully online format.

To produce this ranking we began with schools that have been accredited by one of the following organizations: Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (TRACS) or Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU). In addition to these accrediting bodies, we have also considered members of the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI). We then took these schools and identified which institutions offered a fully online MBA program and then ranked this final pool of schools according to three different categories: 1) the number of MBA concentrations offered, 2) tuition costs, 3) special business school accreditation. We assigned a 20% weight to the number of MBA concentrations, 40% to the tuition costs, and 40% to the category of business school accreditation.

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Hope International University

Hope International University (HIU), located in Fullerton, California, is a private, Christian university established in 1928. A non-denominational institution, HIU is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. HIU offers an online MBA program with concentration available in International Development; Marketing Management; and Non-profit Management. A convenient learning option, online support is available to students 24/7 and access to online class material and group discussions are also available around the clock. Tuition costs are $690 per credit hour.

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Southern Wesleyan University

Southern Wesleyan University (SWU) is located in Central, South Carolina and was founded in 1906. Affiliated with the Wesleyan Church, SWU is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. SWU’s Online MBA program is available with a concentration in Healthcare. Designed to provide an engaging, challenging, and highly flexible learning environment, average completion time of the MBA program is 20 months. 40 credits are required to graduate and tuition is $1,775 per course, with an estimated total cost of $23,075.

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Indiana Wesleyan University

Indiana Wesleyan University (IWU) is located in Marion, Indiana and was established in 1920. A private, Christian university, IWU is affiliated with The Wesleyan Church and is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. IWU tied for #26 on U.S. News & World Report’s list of Best Regional Universities in the Midwest. IWU offers a 36 credit hour Virtual MBA program option as well an MBA program with concentrations available in Healthcare Administration; Personal Financial Planning; School Administration; and MSN-MBA. Tuition costs are $547 per credit hour.

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Missouri Baptist University

Missouri Baptist University (MBU), located in West County, St. Louis, Missouri, is a private, Christian liberal arts college, established in 1957. Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, MBU offers an Online MBA degree program which may be attended either full- or part-time with each course lasting approximately 8-weeks. Designed for maximum convenience while still adhering to the same rigors of traditional, on-campus degree options, online students have the freedom to set their own pace and access classes on their own schedule. Full-time students can earn their degree in as little as 18-24 months; tuition costs are $588 per credit hour.

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Azusa Pacific University

Azusa Pacific University (APU) is located in Azusa, California. A private, evangelical institution founded in 1899, APU is one of the largest Christian universities in the nation and has been named one of America’s Best Colleges by U.S. News & World Report. An AACSB candidate school, APU’s Online MBA program is fully accredited by IACBE and WASC. The program requires 38 units for graduation, with tuition costs of $752 per unit. Most students complete the program within 18 – 36 months, For those without a business background, APU offers an accelerated summer primer to help prepare students for the “rigorous MBA-level learning”.

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Crown College

Crown College, located in Saint Bonifacious, MN, was established in 1916 in affiliation with the Christian and Missionary Alliance. Ranked as having one of the “Top Online Graduate Programs” by U.S. News & World Report, Crown offers an Online MBA program with a concentration available in Non-Profit Management. Classes at Crown have been designed for maximum flexibility – students are able to work at their own pace throughout the course and experienced instructors are expected to respond to students within 24 hours. Tuition costs are $495 per credit hour, falling into the lower range for degrees of this type.

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Northwest Christian University

Northwest Christian University (NWCU), located in Eugene, Oregon, is a Christian liberal arts college, established in 1895. Accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, NWCU’s business school is also accredited by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE). NWCU offers an Online MBA degree program option which may be competed in as little as 12 months. Boasting a faculty with extensive, real-world experience, NWCU’s Online MBA program provides students with a convenient flexible learning option. Tuition costs are $657 per credit hour and include a Google Chromebook as well as online textbooks.

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Grace College and Seminary

Grace College & Seminary, located in Winona Lake, Indiana, was founded originally as a theological seminary in 1937 before expanding and adding the college eleven years later, in 1948. A fully accredited institution, the school has an impressive 95% retention rate and 90% graduation rate. 80% of Grace College faculty hold terminal degrees. Grace College recently launched their Online MBA program; the program has a 95% acceptance rate and does not require GMAT and GRE scores from students. Class sizes average between 23-25 students and tuition costs are $553 per credit hour. Most students are working adults and are employed upon enrollment into the MBA program.

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Spring Arbor University

Spring Arbor University (SAU), located in Spring Arbor, MI, was founded in 1873 and is the second-largest Evangelical Christian University in the state of Michigan. Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, SAU tied for #49 in U.S. News & World Report’s 2014 rankings of Best Regional Universities in the Midwest. SAU’s Online MBA program is available with the following concentrations: Finance; Healthcare Administration; Human Resource Management; Management; Organizational Development; and Strategic Leadership. SAU does not require applicants to take the GMAT/GRE or have any prior business school experience. Tuition cost for the entire program is $21,708 and students may earn their MBA in as little as 18 months, making SAU’s Online MBA an affordable and flexible option.

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Tabor College

Tabor College was established in 1908 by the Mennonite Brethren and Krimmer Mennonite Brethren denominations and is located in Hillsboro, Kansas. A private liberal arts institution, Tabor College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The school tied for #49 in U.S. News & World Report’s list of Best Regional Colleges in the Midwest. Tabor College’s Online MBA program has the option of concentrations in the areas of Sales Management and Leadership. The program is geared towards working adults and may be completed in less than 24 months. With a 60% acceptance rate, online class sizes average 12 students and there are no GMAT or GRE requirements. Tuition cost is $459 per credit hour.

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King University

King University is a private, Christian university, located in Bristol, Tennessee, founded in 1867. Affiliated with the Presbyterian Church, King was listed as #85 in US News & World Report’s list of Best Regional Universities in the South. King University School of Business is accredited by ACBSP and the school offers an Online MBA degree program with concentrations available in Accounting; Finance; Healthcare Management; Human Resources Management; Management; and Marketing. A minimum 36-semester hour program, tuition costs are $600 per credit hours. There are no GMAT score requirements for acceptance into the program.

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Corban University

Corban University, located in Salem, Oregon, is a private, independent institution. Established in 1935 as Western Bible College in Arizona, the school was moved to its current location in 1969 and was renamed in 2005. Accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, Corban has been named the 7th Best Regional College in the West by U.S. News & World Report. Corban’s Online MBA program seeks to equip and empower business leaders to excel in today’s business world. The program is designed to be convenient and attainable with tuition costs falling into the mid-to-low range at $520/credit hour. Students may earn their MBA in as little as 16 months.

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Samford University

Founded in 1841, Samford University holds the distinction of being the 87th oldest university in the nation. Located in Birmingham, Alabama, Samford has been ranked #3 of the Best Regional Universities in the South by U.S. News & World Report and the #1 Top University in Alabama by Forbes. 93% of the faculty hold terminal degrees and Samford’s business school is accredited by the AACSB. Samford offers a completely Online MBA program with concentrations available in Entrepreneurship and Finance & Marketing. Tuition falls in the upper range at $744 per credit hour.

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Belhaven University

Belhaven University is a private, Christian, liberal arts institution founded in 1883 and located in Jackson, Mississippi. The school was named #65 in U.S. News & World Report’s ranking of the Best Regional Universities of the South. An IACBE accredited degree, Belhaven offers an Online MBA degree program with concentrations available in Health Administration; Human Resources; Leadership; and Sports Administration. Designed for working professionals, Belhaven’s admission requirements include a 2.8 cumulative GPA and a minimum two years of full-time work experience. A 36-42 credit hour program, tuition for Belhaven’s Online MBA is $560 per credit hour and includes the cost of books.

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Franciscan University of Steubenville

Located in Steubenville, Ohio, the Franciscan University of Steubenville was founded in 1946 by the Franciscan Friars of the Third Order Regular. A Catholic university, Franciscan has been ranked by U.S. News & World Report in their annual ”Best Regional Universities” list as #30 in the Midwest. Franciscan offers a 37-credit hour Online MBA program which focuses on the application of functional business knowledge with the goal of producing “a generalist rather than a specialist.” Tuition costs are $550 per credit hour.

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Colorado Christian University

Since its founding in 1914, Colorado Christian University (CCU) has become known as Colorado’s premier interdenominational Christian college and has been ranked among the nation’s top universities. CCU’s Online MBA program is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and offers five concentration options, including Advanced Accounting; Corporate Training; and Health Care Administration. CCU’s online courses last approx. 7 weeks and are geared towards working professionals seeking to wish to advance their careers. Courses are asynchronous and follow a cohort model where students progress through the program together as a group. Tuition costs are $722 per credit hour and 39 credits are required to complete the MBA program.

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Cornerstone University

Cornerstone University is an accredited, private, evangelical university located in Grand Rapids, Michigan and was originally established in 1941. Cornerstone offers an Online MBA degree program that is designed to be both convenient and flexible. As part of their MBA program, Cornerstone offers a Global Business Experience: 3-credit, 10-day international trip that is optional for all MBA students. Minimum internet speed requirement for the programs is DSL. Free tutoring is available to Cornerstone’s online students as well as 24/7 live tech support. Tuition costs are $470 per credit hour plus a $160 educational resource fee/per course.

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University of the Southwest

University of the Southwest (USW), located in Hobbs, New Mexico, is a private, non-denominational university established in 1962 and is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. USW offers an Online MBA degree program with concentration options in an impressive ten areas, including Marketing; Research Track; Law Enforcement & Corrections; Sports Management; and Finance. Class sizes are kept small and courses are delivered via the latest technology (including Blackboard), providing interactive and dynamic learning environments that may be accessed at anytime and from anywhere. Tuition costs are $580 per credit hour and include texts, technology and a Google Chromebook.

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Warner University

Warner University was founded in 1968 and is located in Lake Wales, Florida. Affiliated with the Church of God denomination, Warner is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. Warner’s Online MBA program offers concentrations in three areas: International Business; Accounting; and Human Resource Management. Warner’s courses typically run on eight-week long schedules and their degrees may be earned entirely online in as little as 24 months. Tuition costs are $515 per semester hour.

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Greenville College

Greenville College, located in Greenville Illinois, is a liberal arts college affiliated with the Free Methodist Church. Founded in 1892, the school’s primary focus is to provide a distinctively Christ-centered higher education. Greenville ranked #33 in US News & World Report’s list of the Best Regional Colleges in the Midwest. Greenville offers an Online MBA degree program with the optional concentration in Business Management; their online courses are designed to provide students with a flexible, quality learning opportunity within a collaborative and supportive learning environment. Tuition costs for the 39 credit hour program are $418 per credit hour and that price includes textbook rentals.

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Bryan College

Located in Dayton, Tennessee, Bryan College is a Christian liberal arts college established in 1930. Founded in response to the aftermath of the 1925 Scopes Trial, the school is committed to equipping students with a Biblical worldview – their motto being, “Christ Above All”. Ranked as #22 in U.S. News & World Report’s list of Best Regional Colleges in the South, Bryan College offers a MBA program available both on-site and online. An IACBE accredited program, concentrations are available in Marketing; Human Resources; and General Management. A minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.75 is required for admission and tuition costs are $495 per credit hour with an estimated total program cost of $17,640.

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Bakke Graduate University

Located in Seattle, Washington, Bakke Graduate University (BGU) was established in 1990 by Overlake Christian Church. Accredited by the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools, BGU offers a 36-credit hour Online MBA degree program. Concentrations are available in four areas: Social Transformation; Entrepreneurship; Project Management; and Personal Leadership Development. Students are encouraged to travel to foreign countries for the purpose of enriching their MBA education experience by observing different cultural real-life applications of the principles and skills they are learning as a student. Tuition costs for the Online MBA are $500 per credit hour, or $9,000 a year.

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Faulkner University

Faulkner University was originally established in 1942 as the Montgomery Bible College and is located in Montgomery, Alabama. A private, Christian university, Faulkner is affiliated with the Churches of Christ denomination and is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Ranked at #47 in US News & World Report’s list of the Best Regional Colleges in the South, Faulkner is also known as a military-friendly school. Faulkner’s online programs are designed to provide a flexible option for busy adult learners and the school offers a 30-credit hour Online Executive MBA degree program. Enrollment for the Online MBA degree begins in either September or January; a 10-course program, students may earn their degree in as little as one year. Tuition costs are $535 per credit hour.

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Oklahoma Wesleyan University

Oklahoma Wesleyan University (OKWU) is a private, Christian university located in Bartlesville, Oklahoma. Ranked #6 in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Regional Colleges in the West, OKWU is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission. OKWU’s Online MBA program is available with concentrations in four areas: Finance; Human Resources; Marketing; and Nursing Management. OKWU’s courses are asynchronous, allowing students to set their own schedules and complete coursework within set deadlines. Tuition costs are $499 per credit hour.

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Northwest University

Northwest University, established in 1934, is located in Kirkland, Washington. Affiliated with the Assemblies of God denomination, Northwest was tied for #16 on U.S. News & World Report’s list of the Best Regional Colleges (West) and their business school is accredited through ACBSP. Northwest University was also listed in U.S. News’s list as offering one of the Best Online MBA Programs, ranking at #136. Geared towards working professions, Northwest keeps their online classes small and follows a cohort model where classmates progress through the program together. Tuition costs are $824 per credit hour.

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Shorter University

Shorter University, a private liberal arts university established in 1873 under the Georgia Baptist Convention, is located in Rome, Georgia. Named one of the “Best in the Southeast” by The Princeton Review as well as one of the “Top 20 Southern Comprehensive Colleges” by U.S. News and World Report, SU is an accredited member in the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Shorter University offers an Online MBA program with an emphasis in Sports Management recently made available this Spring. Tuition costs fall into the low range at $500/credit hour and the program is designed to be completed in as little as one year.

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University of Sioux Falls

The University of Sioux Falls (USF), located in Sioux Falls, North Dakota, was established in 1883 and is affiliated with the American Baptist Churches. USF tied for 38th Best Regional College in the Midwest in U.S. News & World Report’s 2013 ranking. USF’s Online MBA program is available with the option of a concentration in Management. There are no GMAT or GRE requirements for students and the program’s acceptance rate is 90%. Courses are taught by experienced faculty who have received certification for online teaching. Classes are made up of about 15 students and the program’s tuition falls into the low-range category for degrees of this type at $375 per credit hour. USF is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

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Charleston Southern University

Charleston Southern University (CSU), located in Charleston, SC, is one of South Carolina’s largest accredited private universities. Founded in 1964, CSU is affiliated with the South Carolina Baptist Convention and has been rated one of America’s Best Christian Colleges. CSU’s Online MBA program is available with concentrations in Finance; Leadership; and Management Information Systems. The program has an 80% acceptance rate and 99% of students enrolled in the MBA program are employed prior to admission. Each class averages between 12 to 15 students and tuition costs fall into the mid-to-low range for degrees of this type at $625 per credit hour. 24/7 live tech support is available to online students.

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Ohio Christian University

Ohio Christian University (OCU), located in Circleville, OH, was established in 1948 and is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association. Aside from their general MBA track, OCU currently offers their Online MBA program with six concentration options including: Accounting; Digital Marketing; Finance; Healthcare Management; Human Resources; and Organizational Leadership. A 36 semester credit program, tuition costs are $475 per credit.

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Union University

Union University, founded in 1823 and located in Jackson, Tennessee, holds the distinction of being the oldest institution in the nation affiliated with the Southern Baptist denomination. Ranked #12 in the Best Regional Universities in the South by U.S. News & World Report, Union’s Online MBA program has also been named among the best by U.S. News. Accredited by the AACSB, tuition for Union’s online MBA is $940 per credit hour. Taught by the experienced faculty members with diverse backgrounds and intellectual perspectives, Union’s online MBA may be earned in as little as 24 months.

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Southern Nazarene University

Southern Nazarene University (SNU) founded in 1899 by the Church of the Nazarene SNU is a private, Christian, liberal arts university, located in Bethany, Oklahoma. The school tied for #84 in U.S. News & World Report’s ranking of Best Regional Universities in the West. SNU’s school of business is accredited by the ACBSP. SNU currently offers two Online MBA programs in both a general MBA track and an MBA with a Health Care concentration. A 40 credit hour program, most students complete their degree in as little as 22 months. Tuition costs are $27,280 for the entire online program.

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Messiah College

Messiah College, located in Mechanicsburg, PA, was founded in 1909 by the Brethren in Christ Church and is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. Named #5 in the U.S. News & World Report’s ranking of the Best Regional Colleges (North); the school boasts a 13:1 student-to-faculty ratio and 85.5% of faculty have earned their terminal degrees. Messiah launched their Online MBA program in the fall of 2014. The program offers an emphasis in Leadership. Tuition costs are $610 per credit hour and GMAT and GRE scores are not required. Online class size is limited to 15 students and the program has a 100% acceptance rate.

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California Baptist University

California Baptist University (CBU) is located in Riverside, CA and was founded in 1950 by the California Southern Baptist Convention. A private liberal arts college, CBU is known as one of the best Christian universities in Southern California and has been named in U.S. News & World Report’s rankings for Best Regional Universities in the West. ACBSP accredited, CBU also tied for #82 in U.S. News’s list of Best Online MBA Programs. CBU offers a Fully Employed MBA with specialization in either accounting or general management. Geared toward working professionals who are seeking to advance their careers, approximately 36 units are required to complete the program and tuition is $726 per unit.

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Dallas Baptist University

Dallas Baptist University (DBU), located in Dallas, Texas, is a private liberal arts university and was founded in affiliation with the Baptist General Convention of Texas in 1898. DBU is known as one of the “pioneers in Christian online education” and their Online MBA program was named one of the best by U.S. News & World Report. DBU’s Online MBA program is available with concentrations in six areas: Finance; Health Care Management; International Business; Management Information Systems; Marketing; and Project Management. A minimum GMAT score of 425 is required for acceptance into the program. Tuition costs are $2,355 per 3-hour course. A minimum of 36 credit hours are required for MBA graduates.

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Malone University

Malone University is a private, Christian, liberal arts university, located in Canton, Ohio. Founded in 1892, Malone originally had its start as a Bible College. Malone offers an Online MBA program which is fully accredited by the ACBSP. No thesis is required for graduation and students can earn their MBA degree in as little as 18 months (if enrolled fulltime) to 24 months. A 36 semester hour program, tuition for Malone’s MBA program is $625 per credit hour, with an estimated total tuition cost of $22,500.

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Northwest Nazarene University

Northwest Nazarene University (NNU), founded in 1913 and located in Nampa, Idaho, is a Christian, liberal arts institution affiliated with The Church of the Nazarene. NNU has been named among the Best Regional Universities in the West by U.S. News & World Report and their business school is accredited by the ACBSP. NNU’s Online MBA program is available with concentrations in Healthcare; Operations Management; Finance; Global Business; and Leadership. Tuition costs are $550/credit hour and the school offers a variety of student support services including library resources; tutoring; writing assistance; and advising services. Designed for the working adult, NNU’s Online MBA program may be completed in as little as 16 months.

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Bethel College

Located in Mishawaka, Indiana, Bethel College, is a private, Christian, liberal arts institution and was founded in 1947. Affiliated with the Missionary Church, Bethel’s business school is accredited by IACBE and the school was ranked by U.S. News & World Report as #19 in their list of Best Regional Colleges in the Midwest. Bethel offers a 36-semester hour Online MBA degree program which may be completed in as little as 24-months. Designed to offer maximum flexibility, students may begin their studies at anytime within the academic year. Tuition costs are $495 per credit hour.

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Cedarville University

Cedarville University, located in Cedarville, Ohio, is affiliated with the Baptist Church. Founded in 1887, Cedarville tied as the 6th Best Regional Colleges in the Midwest in U.S. News & World Report’s 2013 ranking. The school’s MBA program is accredited by ACBSP. Cedarville’s Online MBA program is geared toward working Christian professionals and has been designed to provide a flexible, affordable option. Terms last for eight-weeks and are taught by experienced faculty who interact with students on a personal level. The 36 credit hour program lasts 24 months and tuition is $572 per credit hour. Students are assigned a program advisor to help guide students in reaching their educational goals while balancing life and other commitments.

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Mount Vernon Nazarene University

Mount Vernon Nazarene University (MVNU) is located in Mount Vernon, Ohio and has earned a reputation of being Ohio’s premier Christian university. Affiliated with the Church of the Nazarene, MNVU tied at #67 in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Regional Universities list (Midwest). MNVU’s Online MBA degree program is ACBSP-accredited and is available with concentrations in Finance; Human Resource Management; Healthcare Management; and Organizational Management. Tuition costs are $595 per credit hour.

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Regent University

Regent University, located in Virginia Beach, VA, was founded in 1978. U.S. News & World Report has named Regent as having the 78th Best Online MBA Program in the nation. Regent currently offers twelve areas of concentration for their Online MBA program, including: Accounting; Entrepreneurship; Finance & Investing; Franchising; Leadership; Marketing; and Healthcare Management. Regent’s MBA is accredited by the ACBSP. Tuition costs fall in the mid range for degrees of this type at $650 per credit hour. Online class size averages 19 students and the average GMAT and GRE scores are 485. Regent has a 64% acceptance rate into their program and 96% of students are employed three months after graduation.

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Campbellsville University

Campbellsville University (CU) was founded in 1906 as a Baptist institution. Located in Campbellsville, Kentucky, CU has been named one of the Best Regional Universities in the South by U.S. News & World Report, CU’s MBA program was also rated #73 in U.S. News’s list of Best Online MBA Programs. A 36 credit hour program, tuition costs fall into the low-range at $465/credit hour, CU’s online MBA can be completed in as little as two years and offers specializations in the areas of: Church Management; Healthcare Management; Human Resource Management; Information Technology; International Business; and Marketing. CU’s program seeks to equip students with the leadership skills necessary for managerial positions and to provide real-world preparation.

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John Brown University

John Brown University (JBU), located in Siloam Springs, Arkansas, is a private Christian university, founded in 1919. Named one of America’s Best Colleges by Forbes, JBU also tied for #1 in US News & World Report’s ranking of Best Regional Colleges in the South. JBU offers an ACBSP accredited Online MBA degree program with concentrations in three areas: Leadership and Ethics; International Business; and Global Continuous Improvement (for Walmart and Sam’s Club associates exclusively). Programs are scheduled in eight-week long courses and do require 3 hours of residency which may be fulfilled in a variety of ways, including taking one course in an actual classroom or an international studies trip. Tuition cost is $548 per credit hour and 24/7 live tech support is available for online students.

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Grand Canyon University

Grand Canyon University (GCU) was established in 1949 and is located in Phoenix, Arizona. Known as one of Arizona’s premier private universities, GCU offers an ACBSP accredited Online MBA degree program. Emphases for the Online MBA are available in seven areas, including Finance; Health Management Systems; Leadership; and Marketing. Tuition costs for the 34 credit hour program are $550/credit hour.

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Oklahoma Baptist University

Oklahoma Baptist University (OBU), is located in Shawnee, OK, was founded in 1910 and is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and the ACBSP. Ranked by U.S. News & World Report as the 4th Best Regional College in the West, OBU has been Oklahoma’s highest ranking regional college for over 20 years. OBU’s Online MBA program features four concentrated areas of study (along with their general MBA) in Energy Management; Leadership; Project Management, and International Business. The program has a 73% acceptance rate and the mean GMAT and GRE score is 520. Tuition costs fall into the low range for degrees of this type, at $450/credit hour and class size averages five students. 100% of OBU’s MBA graduates are employed at graduation and experience an overall 20 – 30% increase in salary after graduating.

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Oral Roberts University

Oral Roberts University (ORU), established in 1963, is an interdenominational, Christian, liberal arts university. Located in Tulsa, OK, the school tied for #46 in U.S. News & World Report’s list of Best Regional Universities in the West. In the fall of 2014, ORU launched their ACBSP accredited Online Leadership MBA (LMBA) program, geared toward working professionals with the desire to advance their careers. The program does not require GMAT or GRE scores from its students and classes average five students. The program was designed to follow a cohort model, where students advance through the program together, in order to build strong relationships with peers and faculty. Tuition costs are currently $349 per credit hour and the program acceptance rate is 90%.

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Oklahoma Christian University

Oklahoma Christian University (OC), a comprehensive Christian university, was established in 1950 and is affiliated with the Churches of Christ. Located in Edmond, OK, OC has been ranked #40 in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Regional Universities (West). OC’s school of business is ACBSP accredited and their Online MBA program offers concentrations in seven areas including: Accounting; Finance; Human Resources; Marketing; and Project Management. A 36 credit hour degree, the program may be completed in as little as 12-16 months, or up to 24 months. Tuition costs are $500 per credit hour.

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Liberty University

Liberty University, founded in and located in Lynchburg, Virginia, has been ranked #80 in U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Regional Universities” in the South. An ACBSP-accredited program, Liberty offers their Online MBA degree with concentrations available in an impressive ten areas, including Accounting; Criminal Justice; Human Resources; Public Relationships; and Leadership. A 36 to 45 credit hour program, tuition costs fall between $520- $565 per credit hour. Known for their expansive online-degree program offerings, Liberty keeps classes small with a maximum of 20 students per class.

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Southeastern University

Southeastern University, a Christian liberal arts university located in Lakeland, Florida, was founded in 1935. Named #41 in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Regional Colleges (South), Southeastern’s business school is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges and is a member of both the ACBSP and the AACSB-International. Southeastern offers an Online MBA program with concentrations in: Executive Leadership; Missional Leadership ; Criminal Justice; and Sport Management. Tuition costs are $525/credit hour. Designed for busy professionals, students may earn their degree in as little as 12 months or as many as 24. All instructors have received training for online teaching and hold terminal degrees in their fields.

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Anderson University - SC

Anderson University, located in Anderson, South Carolina, is a private Southern Baptist school and was established in 1911. Anderson has been ranked by U.S. News & World Report as #21 among the Best Regional Colleges in the South and their business programs are accredited by ACBSP. Anderson offers their Online MBA with concentrations available in six categories, including: Human Resources; Financing; Accounting; and Marketing. Anderson MBA program has a 90% acceptance rate; there is no GMAT requirement, however if students’ undergraduate GPA is less than 2.75, they are required to submit a GMAT of 510 or higher. Tuition costs are $403 per credit hour.

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Mississippi College

Mississippi College (MC), located in Clinton, MS, was founded 1826 and is the oldest College in Mississippi as well as the the second oldest Baptist University in the United States. A private Baptist institution, U.S. News & World Report has ranked MC as the 29th Best Regional University in the South. Regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, MC also holds accreditation by the ACBSP. MC will launch their Online MBA program during the Fall Semester of 2015. Tuition costs are $545 per credit hour. Areas of concentration for the online MBA include Accounting and Finance in addition to the general MBA track.