Master of Business Administration (MBA)

ACU’s online 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 (AACSB) — only 5% of business schools hold this accreditation as it is the highest accreditation body for schools of business.

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.

Designed with the working professional in mind, ACU’s online MBA degree program is flexible, convenient and accessible – and you will be part of a dynamic online learning community of your peers and instructors. The payoff of an MBA begins well before graduation. As you take your classes, you can implement what you’ve learned immediately into work.

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. ACU’s College of Business Administration is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International), the highest accreditation body for schools of business.

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Meet the Program Director

 Dr. Phil Vardiman is the program director of the Master of Business Administration (MBA) and Master of Business 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. He received his degrees from Abilene Christian University, University of Mary-Hardin Baylor and Texas A&M University. Dr. Vardiman 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. 

Dr. Phil Vardiman

What Our Students Say

"ACU’s online MBA program has had a very positive impact on my career. I went back to school to help fill the gaps in business knowledge required from my current job. I now feel so much more confident in the management decisions I make on a regular basis, and can communicate so much more effectively with specialists (financial, information systems, etc...) in our organization."

-MBA student

Degree Highlights


General Business


Healthcare Administration

Operations and Supply Chain Management


International Business


Credit Hours: 36

Program Length: 24 months

Example Coursework

BUSA 550: Foundations of Analytics

BUSA 652: Operations and Information Technology Management

BUSA 678: Business Law and Ethics

MKTG 620: Digital Marketing and Social Media


School of Professional Studies and College of Business Administration

Upcoming Start Dates

January 12, 2021

March 9, 2021

Earn Your MBA with Abilene Christian University

Ready to grow professionally and take your career to the next level? Wondering if an MBA is worth it? Contact ACU today to learn more about how our MBA focuses on Christian values and servant leadership.

Recently earned your undergraduate degree and looking for an edge to jump start your career? Learn more about our Master of Science in Management program.

Potential Career Outcomes?

  • Data Scientist
  • Manager of Marketing Analytics
  • Director, Supply Chain Management
  • Project Manager
  • Supply Chain Strategist
  • International Supply Chain Manager
  • Health Services Director
  • Director of Health Information Management
  • Director Physician Practice
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Admission Requirements

  • Application and fee.
  • 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.
  • Minimum 3.0 undergraduate or graduate GPA for standard admission.
  • Applicants with a 2.5 – 2.9 GPA and 2+ years of work experience can be reviewed for probationary admission.
  • Resume and letter of intent required; letters of recommendation may be requested by the Program Director.
  • Course prerequisites for admission to the program include basic accounting, economics, and statistics. ACU offers short courses to help any student who does not meet these requirements.
  • Program Director may waive GMAT or professional work requirements for ACU students who have above a 3.0 GPA.

MBA faculty

Dr. Orneita Burton

  • Operations, Information Systems
  • MS, American Technological University; PhD, Arizona State University

Dr. Brad Crisp

  • Leadership, Information Systems
  • MBA, University of Texas; PhD, University of Texas

Dr. Andy Little

  • Business Law and Ethics
  • MA, West Texas A&M University; J.D., Texas Tech University

Dr. David Perkins

  • Accounting
  • MBA, University of Memphis; PhD, Texas A&M University

Dr. Mark Phillips

  • Management, Marketing
  • MS, Purdue University; PhD, Oklahoma State University

Dr. Don Pope

  • Statistics, Operations
  • MEngr, Texas A&M University; PhD, Texas A&M University

Dr. Ian Shepard

  • Management, Leadership, Economics
  • MBA, Belmont University; DA, Middle Tennessee State University

Dr. Phil Vardiman

  • Management, Human Resource Management
  • MBA, University of Mary Hardin-Baylor; PhD, Texas A&M University

Dr. Brent Reeves

  • Operations, Information Systems
  • Ph.D., Computer Science, University of Colorado
  • M.A., Computer Science, University of Colorado
  • M.A., Biblical studies, ACU
  • B.B.A., Business Computer Science, ACU
  • C.D.P., Certificate of Data Processing

Dr. Jody Jones

  • Finance
  • B.S.B.A. - Oklahoma Wesleyan University
  • MBA - Oklahoma City University
  • Ed.D. - Oklahoma State University