Master of Business Administration (MBA)

ACU’s online Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree program prepares professionals for Christian service and leadership in the global marketplace. This program is accredited by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business — only 5% of business schools hold this accreditation as it is the highest accreditation body for schools of business.

ACU’s online Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree program prepares professionals for Christian service and leadership in the global marketplace. This program is accredited by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business — only 5% of business schools hold this accreditation as it is the highest accreditation body for schools of business.

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Our online degree programs are designed for busy working adults just like you – intentionally structured to allow you to balance work, life and other commitments. As a student of ACU Online, you are part of a vibrant, virtual, Christ-centered community.

About the Program

This is exactly where we want to be, Master of Business Administration (MBA)

ACU’s fully online MBA program combines courses in leadership, organizational innovation, data-informed decision-making, faith and ethics to equip you to think critically, globally and missionally. The payoff of an MBA begins well before graduation. As you take your classes, you can implement what you’ve learned immediately into your work.

Program Structure

All the Details on Your Degree

Obtaining your MBA will set you apart in the job market and we offer six different tracks so you can customize your degree to your career goals. ACU’s Online Master of Business Administration degree is offered through a partnership between the College of Business Administration and the College of Graduate and Professional Studies at our ACU Dallas campus.

Required Hours

36 hours
24 months

Example Coursework

Foundations of Analytics
Operations and Information Technology Management
Business Law and Ethics
Digital Marketing and Social Media

Upcoming Start Dates

March 8, 2022
May 3, 2022


Data Scientist
Manager of Marketing Analytics
Director, Supply Chain Management
Project Manager
International Supply Chain Manager
Health Services Director
Director of Health Information Management
Brand Manager


MBA Business Analytics

Business Analytics

The Business Analytics concentration provides a foundation in problem-solving and data analysis skills by applying descriptive, predictive, and prescriptive models and methods for business decision-making.






MBA General


The general MBA offers a broad base of knowledge in management and the opportunity to take selected courses in areas of interest for your particular career field. The knowledge and skills you learn can be applied to many areas of business management.  Specific focus on leadership and decision-making skills are emphasized throughout the program with the opportunity to learn from top faculty and business peers in each course of study.



MBA Healthcare AdministrationHealthcare Administration

The Healthcare Administration concentration helps you gain the working knowledge and academic qualifications to lead in the rapidly changing healthcare environment.  Through the Healthcare Administration coursework, you will formalize strategic business knowledge while gaining experience in healthcare policies, regulations and understanding patient healthcare needs. You will be prepared to grow in the many opportunities as a leader in the healthcare industry.  




MBA International Business

International Business

International Business is the future for commerce and business growth. Developing and enhancing leadership skills applicable to administrative roles both domestically and abroad are part of the ever-changing business landscape. The International Business concentration explores the business environment from a global perspective that examines international management, logistics, and multinational business practices.




MBA Marketing


The Marketing concentration provides an in-depth opportunity for you to learn how to develop marketing plans that build on key concepts of consumer-based buying motivations, marketing research exploration of new trends, and integrating communication methods throughout the plan. Additionally, you will utilize technology and analytics to quantify marketing results and understand brand initiatives.




MBA Operations and Supply Chain Management

Operations and Supply Chain Management

The Operations and Supply Chain Management concentration provides an understanding of operations which are an integral part of every organization. Through the specific courses, you will learn about project management, operations strategies, lean Six Sigma, inventory management, and the overall importance of supply chain processes. The skills and knowledge gained through this concentration are in demand in every industry.

Meet the Program Director

Phil Vardiman, Master of Science in Management (MSM)

Dr. Phil Vardiman, Master of Business Administration (MBA)

Dr. Phil Vardiman is the program director of the Master of Business Administration (MBA) and Master of Science in Management (MSM) degrees that focus on training and developing future organizational leaders. He has extensive experience in operations management, human resources management, organizational development, and quality assurance. He has held several leadership and management positions while continuing his education. Vardiman received his degrees from Abilene Christian University, University of Mary-Hardin Baylor and Texas A&M University and also holds the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM-SCP) senior certified professional certification and the HRCI Senior Professional Human Resources (SPHR) certification. He is very active in the community serving on two boards, is involved with local church activities and owns his own consulting business.


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To be considered for admission, students must:

  • Complete the online program application accompanied by a non-refundable processing fee.
  • Have at least 2 years of demonstrated full-time responsibility in professional or entrepreneurial positions, OR a satisfactory GMAT score (50th percentile or better). Acceptable (equivalent) GRE score (50th percentile or better) may be substituted for the GMAT with the approval of the Program Director.
  • Submit official transcripts showing earned bachelor’s from a regionally accredited college or university or the equivalent.
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above, probationary status may be granted to applicants with a 2.5 – 2.9 GPA and 2+ years of work experience.
  • Submit a current resume and letter of intent; letters of recommendation may be requested by the Program Director.
  • Have completed course prerequisites which include basic accounting, economics, and statistics. ACU offers short courses to help any student who does not meet these requirements.
  • NOTE: Program Director may waive GMAT or professional work requirements for ACU students who have above a 3.0 GPA.
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ACU’s College of Business Administration is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB), the highest accreditation body for schools of business.

  • Of the more than 2,000 institutions in the world offering business degrees, only 5% have earned AACSB accreditation.
  • ACU’s College of Business is one of two business programs affiliated with the Churches of Christ that is AACSB accredited.
  • ACU’s College of Business is one of seven programs among more than 100 institutions in the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities (CCCU) that has achieved this level of academic distinction.
  • Of the 40+ private schools of business in the state of Texas, ACU is one of only nine achieving this accreditation.