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Graduate Catalog 2013-2014

Alton W. and Lois H. Overton Graduate School of Business

Administration

Scott Hicks, B.S., M.B.A., Ph.D.
Dean, School of Business
Associate Professor of Business

Anita Satterlee, B.S., M.A., Ed.D.
Associate Dean, School of Business
Professor of Business

Earl Smith, B.S., M.B.A.
Associate Dean, School of Business
Assistant Professor of Business

Michael J. Hart, B.S., M.S., M.A.R., Ed.D.
Chair, Business Management Information Systems
Associate Professor of Business Management Information Systems

Gene Sullivan, B.S., M.S., M.R.E., Ph.D., CPA
Co-Chair, Department of Accounting, Finance, and Economics
Professor of Accounting

Eric Richardson, B.S., M.B.A., Ph.D.
Chair, Department of Human Resources, International Business, Management, Project Management
Associate Professor of Business

David Calland, B.S., M.B.A., Ph.D.
Chair, School of Business
Associate Professor of Business

Terrence Conner, B.S., M.A.
Chair, School of Business
Assistant Professor of Business

David Duby, B.S., M.S., Ph.D., PMP
Chair, School of Business
Associate Professor of Business

Emily Knowles, B.S., M.A.
Chair, School of Business
Assistant Professor of Business

Brian Satterlee, B.S., M.S., Ed.D., D.B.A.
Doctor of Business Administration, Program Director
Professor of Business

Melanie Hicks, B.S., M.B.A., D.B.A.
Co-Chair, Department of Accounting, Finance, and Economics
Director of Accreditation
Professor of Accounting


Faculty

RESIDENTIAL – FULL-TIME
Professor
George; Hicks, M.; Light, A.; Moore; Preacher; Satterlee, A.; Satterlee, B.; Shelton; Sones, Sullivan, G.

Associate Professor
Brunson; Calland; Duby; Hart, M.; Hicks, S.; McLaughlin; Richardson; Young, G.; Young, P.

DISTANCE EDUCATION – FULL-TIME
Assistant Professor
Anthony; Boyce; Corum; Erickson; Hinton; Johnson, D.; Jose; Karaffa; Kippenhan; Maddox; Marin; Matthews, A.; McCarty; McChesney; McFaul; Perry; Poirier; Quigg; Rauch; Richmond; Saez; Saunders; Schultz, J.; Sette-Roach; Smith, G.; Smylie; Spotts; Sullivan, A.; Waldo; White, D.; White, W.; Willert; Wilson


PURPOSE
To educate our business students with the values, knowledge, and skills they need in the development of the whole person to enable them to impact their world. Inherent in this mission are the following fundamental imperatives:

  1. That all teaching be given within a distinctively Christian worldview.
  2. That the Word of God be honored as the final authority for life and practice.
  3. That justice and ethics be exalted within a context of limited government and a free market system in a global economy.
  4. That all of life’s tasks are sacred and are to be done as unto the Lord.
  5. That the education process be a collaboration with faculty and staff, helping to transform students into self-sufficient, lifelong learners.
  6. That courses of instruction be designed and delivered to provide our graduates with a competitive advantage as they pursue their chosen careers.

TRANSFER OF CREDIT
Applicants may transfer coursework based on the program to which they are applying. Please refer to the transfer section of this Catalog for specific hour amounts.  In order for a transferred course to replace a Liberty University core course, the following requirements must be met:

  1. The school at which the course was taken must be appropriately accredited.
  2. The course credit must be at least three semester hours or five quarter hours.
  3. The student must have earned a grade of B or better in the course.
  4. The course must overlap one of Liberty’s core courses by at least 80%.
  5. The course(s) to be transferred must have been completed within seven years of the start date of the student’s program at Liberty University. For the Master of Science in Information Systems (M.S.I.S.), courses must have been completed within five years of the start date of the student’s program at Liberty University.Credits from a prior degree on the same academic level.
  6. Credits from a prior degree earned through Liberty University are considered transfer credits.

Courses related to business administration that meet all but criterion #4 above may be transferred in as elective courses.  Transfer credit for BUSI 690 – Policy and Strategy in Global Competition will not be given. Courses from an earned master’s degree will not transfer.


Master of Arts in Management and Leadership (M.A.M.L.)

PURPOSE
The Master of Arts in Management and Leadership is a 30-hour graduate program that will provide students with a foundation in business, leadership and management and is for those from any academic background. The goal is to develop management, leadership and business knowledge within the Christian worldview.  In pursuit of this purpose, the M.A. in Management and Leadership degree faculty seeks the following student learning outcomes:

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES
The student will be able to:

  1. Incorporate Christian worldview perspectives when solving management and leadership ethical dilemmas.
  2. Evaluate and present scholarship relevant to management and leadership contexts.
  3. Solve complex management and leadership issues within various contexts.
  4. Examine effective management and leadership practices.

PROGRAM SPECIFIC ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS
In addition to the general admission requirements, admission to candidacy in the M.A. in Management and Leadership program requires:

  1. Earned baccalaureate degree or its equivalent from an institution accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (e.g., SACS, TRACS, ABHE, etc.)
  2. An undergraduate cumulative GPA of 2.50 or above (on a 4.00 scale)
  3. Technology Questionnaire: Computer access and literacy for word processing, Internet, and e-mail are required for all graduate students. This form is available online.
  4. TOEFL (if applicable)

Students who do not meet all of the above requirements may be admitted on a provisional basis for nine hours of graduate coursework. Students who do not meet the minimum GPA requirement may be admitted on Academic caution status; these students must take and pass GRST 500 – Introduction to Graduate Writing in their first semester. Students who have less than an undergraduate 2.00 GPA will not be admitted to the program.

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS
In addition to other regulations governing graduation, as stated in the Liberty University catalog, M.A. in Management and Leadership students must meet the following requirements:

  1. Complete 30 total hours.
  2. A minimum of 24 hours must be completed through Liberty University, not to include credits from a prior degree earned through Liberty.
  3. A maximum of six (6) hours of transfer credit, including credit from a degree on the same academic level previously earned through Liberty, may be applied to the degree.
  4. Maintain a 2.50 GPA to remain in the program. While all course grades are averaged into the GPA, credit toward degree completion is not granted for a grade of D (or D+/D-) or F.
  5. All Online students admitted on Academic Caution are required to enroll in and pass GRST 500 in their first semester.
  6. Degree must be completed within five years from the date of admission.
  7. Liberty University credits earned towards a degree must have been earned within the past seven years of the completion date, or students will be required to retake the course.
  8. Submit a Graduation Application to the Registrar’s Office at the beginning of the final semester.

Program of Study

(M.A.M.L.) Master of Arts in Management and Leadership (30 hrs)
Program Option: Online Format
Core Courses (30 hrs)
BMAL 500 Organizational Behavior 3
BMAL 501 Executive Leadership and Management 3
BMAL 530 Accounting for Non-Financial Managers 3
BMAL 550 Effective Executive Communication 3
BMAL 560 Corporate Responsibility 3
BMAL 602 Nonprofit Management 3
BMAL 604 Managing and Leading Across Cultures 3
BUSI 520 Strategic Marketing Management 3
BUSI 561 Legal Issues in Business 3
Choose one of the following courses:
BMAL 590 Business Common Professional Components 3
BMAL 603 Entrepreneurship  1 3

Students may choose BMAL 603 or a 500-600 level ACCT/ BUSI elective where prerequisites have been met

 


Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.)

PURPOSE
The Master of Business Administration is a 36-hour core program that provides master’s level training to prepare persons for business leadership. In addition, an additional 9 hours may be gained where students are able to specialize in one of ten key business areas: Accounting, Criminal Justice Administration, Healthcare Management, Human Resource Management, International Business, Leadership, Marketing, Project Management, Public Administration, and Public Relations.  Alternatively, a student may choose to pursue the general program.  In accordance with the mission of Liberty University, the graduate faculty seeks to educate the whole person, developing the values, knowledge, and skills individuals need to impact their business world.  The context for all instruction is the Christian worldview.  In pursuit of this purpose, the M.B.A. faculty seeks the following program learning outcomes for both the 36-hour and the 45-hour MBA program:

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES
The student will be able to:

  1. Incorporate Christian worldview perspectives when solving business ethical dilemmas.
  2. Evaluate and present scholarship relevant to business contexts.
  3. Solve complex business issues within various contexts.

PROGRAM SPECIFIC ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS
In addition to the general admission requirements, admission to candidacy in the M.B.A. program requires:

  1. Earned baccalaureate degree in a business discipline or its equivalent from an institution accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (e.g., SACS, TRACS, ABHE, etc.)
  2. An undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.00 or above (on a 4.00 scale)
  3. Technology Questionnaire: Computer access and literacy for word processing, Internet, and e-mail are required for all graduate students. This form is available online.
  4. TOEFL (if applicable)
  5. Fifteen hours of upper-level undergraduate business courses from an institution accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (e.g., SACS, TRACS, ABHE, etc.)

Students who do not meet the minimum GPA requirement may be admitted on Academic Caution status; these students must take and pass GRST 500 – Introduction to Graduate Writing in their first semester.  Students who do not have the 15 hours of upper level undergraduate business courses, but meet the 3.00 GPA requirements will be denied admission and automatically moved to the M.A. in Management and Leadership program. Once the student has successfully passed all portions of BMAL 590, he/she may request admission to the M.B.A. program.

Additional prerequisites for admission to the Master of Business Administration – Accounting program include:

ACCT 211      Principles of Accounting I
ACCT 212      Principles of Accounting II
ACCT 301      Intermediate Accounting I
ACCT 302      Intermediate Accounting II
ACCT 311      Cost Accounting I
ACCT 404      Auditing
ACCT 401      Taxation I
       OR
ACCT 412      Taxation II

Students without an accounting undergraduate degree are recommended to take ACCT 403 Advanced Accounting II in order to meet the governmental accounting course requirement for the CPA exam.


GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS
In addition to other regulations governing graduation, as stated in the Liberty University Catalog, M.B.A. students must meet the following requirements:

45-hour MBA Program:

  1. Complete 45 total hours.
  2. A minimum of 33 hours must be completed through Liberty University, not to include credits from a prior degree earned through Liberty.
  3. A maximum of 12 hours of transfer credit, including credit from a degree on the same academic level previously earned through Liberty, may be applied to the degree.

36-hour MBA Program:

  1. Complete 36 total hours.
  2. A minimum of 30 hours must be completed through Liberty University, not to include credits from a prior degree earned through Liberty.
  3. A maximum of 6 hours of transfer credit, including credit from a degree on the same academic level previously earned through Liberty, may be applied to the degree.

In a cooperative agreement with the Liberty University School of Law, the School of Business will accept the transfer of six (6) hours of approved Law courses to allow currently enrolled Liberty University School of Law J.D. students or Liberty University School of Law alumni to earn the 36-hour M.B.A. degree. Please see the School of Law section of this Catalog for more information.

Both MBA Programs:

  • Maintain a 3.00 GPA to remain in the program, with no more than two C’s permitted (includes grades of C+ & C-). While all course grades are averaged into the GPA, credit toward degree completion is not granted for a grade of D (+/D-) or F. Students may petition the School of Business to repeat up to two courses in which a C+/C/C- or below was earned. The most recent grade will be calculated into the GPA.
  • Degree must be completed within 5 years
  • Liberty University credits earned towards a degree must have been earned within the past seven years of the completion date, or students will be required to retake the course.
  • All Resident students are required to enroll in and pass GRST 500 in their first semester
  • All Online students admitted on Academic  Caution are required to enroll in and pass GRST 500 in their first semester
  • Submit a Graduation Application to the Registrar’s Office at the beginning of the final semester

Program of Study

(M.B.A.) Master of Business Administration (45 hrs)
Program Options: Online or Resident Format
Core Courses (33 hrs)
BUSI 520 Strategic Marketing Management 3
BUSI 530 Managerial Finance 3
BUSI 561 Legal Issues in Business 3
BUSI 600 Business Research Methods 3
BUSI 601 Accounting for Decision Making 3
BUSI 604 International Business 3
BUSI 610 Organizational Design and Structure 3
BUSI 620 Global Economic Environment 3
BUSI 642 Contemporary Issues in Human Resource Management 3
BUSI 650 Operations Management 3
BUSI 690 Policy and Strategy in Global Competition 3
Cognate Courses (12 hrs)
Select one of the following cognates: Accounting, Criminal Justice Administration, Healthcare Management, Human Resources, International Business, Leadership, Marketing, Project Management, Public Administration, Public Relations

Cognates for the Master of Business Administration (45 hr)

(M.B.A.) Master of Business Administration - Accounting Cognate (12 hrs)
Accounting Cognate (12 hrs)
ACCT 521 Advanced Cost Accounting 3
ACCT 531 Accounting Information Systems 3
ACCT 612 Tax Research and Jurisprudence 3
Choose one of the following courses: 3
ACCT 622 Advanced Auditing
ACCT 632 Advanced Financial Accounting Theory
(M.B.A.) Master of Business Administration - Criminal Justice Administration Cognate (12 hrs)
Criminal Justice Administrative Cognate (12 hrs)
CJUS 500 Criminal Justice Integration 3
CJUS 520 Administration of Justice Organizations 3
CJUS 550 Topics and Trends in Criminal Justice 3
CJUS _____ (Elective) 1 3

Choose one of the following courses for which prerequisites have been met: BUSI 502, 503, 504, 605, 606, 607, 612, 613, 614, 643, 644, 645, 680, 681, 682, COMS 532, 560 or 658.

(M.B.A.) Master of Business Administration - Healthcare Management Cognate (12 hrs)
Core Courses (33 hrs)
Healthcare Management Cognate (12 hrs)
HLTH 551 Christian Ethics and Health Behavior 3
HLTH 553 Grant Acquisition and Management 3
HLTH 556 Politics and Health Policy 3
BUSI ____ (Elective) 1 3

Choose one of the following courses for which prerequisites have been met: BUSI 502, 503, 504, 605, 606, 607, 612, 613, 614, 643, 644, 645, 680, 681, 682, COMS 532, 560 or 658.

(M.B.A.) Master of Business Administration - Human Resources Cognate (12 hrs)
Core Courses (33 hrs)
Human Resources Cognate (12 hrs)
BUSI 643 Workforce Planning and Employment 3
BUSI 644 Human Resources Development 3
BUSI 645 Compensation Management 3
BUSI ____ (Elective) 1 3

Choose one of the following courses for which prerequisites have been met: BUSI 502, 503, 504, 605, 606, 607, 612, 613, 614, 680, 681, 682, COMS 532, 560 or 658.

(M.B.A.) Master of Business Administration - International Business Cognate (12 hrs)
International Business Cognate (12 hrs)
BUSI 605 Environment of International Business 3*
BUSI 606 Global Financial Markets 3*
BUSI 607 Developing Global Markets 1 3
BUSI ____ (Elective) 2 3
*BUSI 604 is the prerequisite for BUSI 605 & 606

BUSI 605 is the prerequisite for BUSI 607

Choose one of the following courses for which prerequisites have been met: BUSI 502, 503, 504, 612, 613, 614, 643, 644, 645, 680, 681, 682, COMS 532, 560 or 658.

(M.B.A.) Master of Business Administration - Leadership Cognate (12 hrs)
Leadership Cognate (12 hrs)
BUSI 502 Servant Leadership 3
BUSI 503 Leadership Theory 3
BUSI 504 Leading Organizational Change 3
BUSI ____ (Elective) 1 3

Choose one of the following courses for which prerequisites have been met: BUSI 605, 606, 607, 612, 613, 614, 643, 644, 645, 680, 681, 682, COMS 532, 560 or 658.

(M.B.A.) Master of Business Administration - Marketing Cognate (12 hrs)
Marketing Cognate (12 hrs)
BUSI 612 Marketing Promotions 3
BUSI 613 Supply Chain Management 3
BUSI 614 Marketing Research 3
BUSI ____ (Elective) 1 3

Choose one of the following courses for which prerequisites have been met: BUSI 502, 503, 504, 605, 606, 607, 643, 644, 645, 680, 681, 682, COMS 532, 560 or 658.

(M.B.A.) Master of Business Administration - Project Management (12 hrs)
Project Management Cognate (12 hrs)
BUSI 680 Advanced Project Management I 3
BUSI 681 Advanced Project Management II 3
BUSI 682 Global Project Management 3
BUSI ____ (Elective) 1 3

Choose one of the following courses for which prerequisites have been met: BUSI 502, 503, 504, 605, 606, 607, 612, 613, 614, 643, 644, 645, COMS 532, 560 or 658.

(M.B.A.) Master of Business Administration - Public Administration Cognate (12 hrs)
Public Administration Cognate (12 hrs)
PADM 501 Fundamentals of Public Administration 3
PADM 530 Politics, Strategies, and Initiatives of Community Economic Development 3
PADM 550 Public Policy Analysis 3
BUSI ____ (Business Elective) 1 3

Choose one of the following courses for which prerequisites have been met: BUSI 502, 503, 504, 605, 606, 607, 612, 613, 614, 643, 644, 645, 680, 681, 682, COMS 532, 560 or 658.

(M.B.A.) Master of Business Administration - Public Relations Cognate (12 hrs)
Core Courses (33 hrs)
Public Relations Cognate (12 hrs)
COMS 532 Media Technologies and Communication Strategies 3
COMS 560 Communication and Conflict 3
COMS 658 Strategic Communication Campaigns for the Digital Age 3
BUSI ____ (Business Elective) 1 3

Choose one of the following courses for which prerequisites have been met: BUSI 502, 503, 504, 605, 606, 607, 612, 613, 614, 643, 644, 645, 680, 681, 682.


Master of Business Administration (36 hr)

(M.B.A.) Master of Business Administration (36 hrs)
Program Options: Online or Resident Format
Core Courses (36 hrs)
BUSI 520 Strategic Marketing Management 3
BUSI 530 Managerial Finance 3
BUSI 561 Legal Issues in Business 3
BUSI 600 Business Research Methods 3
BUSI 601 Accounting for Decision Making 3
BUSI 604 International Business 3
BUSI 610 Organizational Design and Structure 3
BUSI 620 Global Economic Environment 3
BUSI 642 Contemporary Issues in Human Resource Management 3
BUSI 650 Operations Management 3
BUSI 690 Policy and Strategy in Global Competition 3
Elective 1 3

Choose one of the following courses for which prerequisites have been met: ACCT 531, 612, 622, 632, 642, BUSI 502, 503, 504, 605, 606, 607, 612, 613, 614, 643, 644, 645, 680, 681, 682, CJUS 500, 520, 550, COMS 532, 560, 658, HLTH 551, 553, 556, PADM 501, 530 or 550.


Master of Science in Accounting (M.S.)

PURPOSE
The Master of Science in Accounting is a 30-hour graduate program that, in accordance with the mission of Liberty University, serves to educate the whole person, developing the values, knowledge, and skills individuals need to impact their business world. The goal is to develop accounting knowledge and expertise, within the Christian worldview, essential for functioning in a variety of accounting and business contexts.

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES
The student will be able to:

  1. Incorporate Christian worldview perspectives with the profession’s established code of professional conduct, when solving accounting ethical dilemmas.
  2. Evaluate and present scholarship relevant to accounting contexts.
  3. Solve complex accounting issues within various contexts.

PROGRAM SPECIFIC ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS
In addition to the general admission requirements, graduation from the M.S. in Accounting requires:

  1. Earned baccalaureate degree or its equivalent from an institution accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (e.g., SACS, TRACS, ABHE, etc.)
  2. An undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.00 or above (on a 4.00 scale)
  3. Technology Questionnaire: Computer access and literacy for word processing, Internet, and e-mail are required for all graduate students. This form is available online.
  4. TOEFL (if applicable)

Students who do not meet all of the above requirements may be admitted on a provisionary basis for nine hours of graduate coursework. Students who do not meet the minimum GPA requirements may be admitted on Academic caution status; these students must take and pass GRST 500 – Introduction to Graduate Writing in their first semester. Students who do not have course work in accounting, or do not have a Bachelor’s degree in accounting, will be required to take up to 21 credits of undergraduate prerequisites before beginning graduate level accounting course work.

PREREQUISITES FOR ADMISSION
Prerequisites for admission to the Master of Science in Accounting program are:

ACCT 211      Principles of Accounting I
ACCT 212      Principles of Accounting II
ACCT 301      Intermediate Accounting I
ACCT 302      Intermediate Accounting II
ACCT 311      Cost Accounting I
ACCT 404      Auditing
ACCT 401      Taxation I
       OR
ACCT 412      Taxation II

Students without an accounting undergraduate degree are recommended to take ACCT 403 Advanced Accounting II in order to meet the governmental accounting course requirement for the CPA exam.


GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS
In addition to other regulations governing graduation, as stated in the Liberty University Catalog, M.S. in Accounting students must meet the following requirements:

  1. Complete 30 total hours.
  2. A minimum of 24 hours must be completed through Liberty University, not to include credits from a prior degree earned through Liberty.
  3. A maximum of six (6) hours of transfer credit, including credit from a degree on the same academic level previously earned through Liberty, may be applied to the degree.
  4. Maintain a 3.00 GPA to remain in the program, with no more than two C’s permitted (includes grades of C+ & C-). While all course grades are averaged into the GPA, credit toward degree completion is not granted for a grade of D (or D+/D-) or F.  Students may petition the School of Business to repeat up to two courses in which a C+/C/C- or below was earned.  The most recent grade will be calculated into the GPA.
  5. Additional requirements, beyond those listed on the degree completion plan, may be necessary depending upon the student’s academic background, and the degree being pursued (i.e. course prerequisites at the undergraduate level may be required before enrollment in graduate course work can take place).
  6. All Online students admitted on Academic Caution are required to enroll in and pass GRST 500 in their first semester.
  7. Degree must be completed within five years from the date of admission.
  8. Liberty University credits earned towards a degree must have been earned within the past seven years of the completion date, or students will be required to retake the course.
  9. Submit a Graduation Application to the Registrar’s Office at the beginning of the final semester.

Program of Study

(M.S.) Master of Science in Accounting (30 hrs)
Program Option: Online Format
Core Courses (21 hrs)
ACCT 511 Advanced Business Law for Accountants 3
ACCT 521 Advanced Cost Accounting 3
ACCT 531 Accounting Information Systems 3
ACCT 612 Tax Research and Jurisprudence 3
ACCT 622 Advanced Auditing 3
ACCT 632 Advanced Financial Accounting Theory 3
ACCT 642 Accounting Ethics 3
Elective Courses (9 hrs)
Choose three of the following courses: 9
BMAL 500 Organizational Behavior
BMAL 501 Executive Leadership and Management
BMAL 550 Effective Executive Communication
BMAL 603 Entrepreneurship
BUSI 520 Strategic Marketing Management
BUSI 530 Managerial Finance
BUSI 604 International Business

Master of Science Information Systems (M.S.I.S.)

PURPOSE
The purpose of the Master of Science in Information Systems is address the growing importance of “information” as a critical business resource. The 36-hour program is designed to provide students with a broad perspective of information-related issues, and examine knowledge as a critical organizational resource. The overall focus of the program is on improving the student’s understanding of, and the ability to manage information/knowledge in today’s dynamic information technology and global business environments.

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES
The student will be able to:

  1. Incorporate Christian worldview perspectives when solving managerial level information systems dilemmas.
  2. Evaluate and present knowledge relevant to management of information systems in diverse business environments
  3. Solve complex information systems challenges within various contexts.

PROGRAM SPECIFIC ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS

In addition to the general admission requirements, admission to candidacy in the M.S. in Information Systems program requires:

  1. Earned baccalaureate degree or its equivalent from an institution accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (e.g., SACS, TRACS, ABHE, etc.)
  2. An undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.00 or above (on a 4.00 scale)
  3. Technology Questionnaire: Computer access and literacy for word processing, Internet, and e-mail are required for all graduate students. This form is available online.
  4. TOEFL (if applicable)
  5. Students must have at least 3 hours in programming courses (C, C#, C++, or Java), 3 hours in algebra (MATH 121 or higher), 3 hours in statistics (MATH 201/BUSI 230), and 27 hours in Business-related courses (ACCT, BUSI, ECON). If the student does not have the business related courses, they can enroll in BMIS 590.

 Students who do not meet the minimum GPA requirement may be admitted on Academic Caution status; these students must take and pass GRST 500 – Introduction to Graduate Writing in their first semester. Students who have less than an undergraduate 2.00 GPA will not be admitted to the program.

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

  1. Complete 36 total hours.
  2. A minimum of 30 hours must be completed through Liberty University, not to include credits from a prior degree earned through Liberty University.
  3. A maximum of six (6) hours of transfer credit, including credit from a degree on the same academic level previously earned through Liberty, may be applied to the degree.
  4. Maintain 3.00 GPA to remain in the program.
  5. No more than two (2) grades of C may be applied to the degree (includes grades of C+ & C-).
  6. No grade of D may be applied to the degree (includes grades of D+ & D-).
  7. The degree must be completed within 5 years.
  8. All Online students admitted on Academic Caution are required to enroll in and pass GRST 500 in their first semester.
  9. Submit a graduation Application to the Registrar’s Office at the beginning of the final semester.

Program of Study

(M.S.I.S.) Master of Science in Information Systems (36 hrs)
Program Option: Online Format
Core Courses (24 hrs)
BMIS 501 Executive Leadership and Management 3
BMIS 510 Enterprise Models 3
BMIS 520 IT Infrastructure 3
BMIS 530 Systems Analysis, Modeling and Design 3
BMIS 570 Ethics and Legal Issues 3
BMIS 580 Human Computer Interaction and Emerging Technologies 3
BMIS 650 Operations Management 3
BMIS 690 Integrated Capstone 3
Cognate Courses (12 hrs)
Select from the following cognates: Information Assurance or Technology Management.
(M.S.I.S.) Master of Science in Information Systems - Information Assurance Cognate (12 hrs)
Information Assurance Cognate Courses (12 hrs)
BMIS 662 Telecommunications and Network Security 3
BMIS 663 Secure Enterprise Design and Development 3
BMIS 664 Information Forensics, Compliance and Risk Management 3
BMIS 665 Information Operations and Security 3
(M.S.I.S.) Master of Science in Information Systems - Technology Management Cognate (12 hrs)
Technology Management Cognate Courses (12 hrs)
BMIS 601 Decision Making and Executive Information Systems 3
BMIS 603 Business Simulation and Modeling 3
BMIS 683 Advanced IT Project Management I 3
BMIS 684 Advanced IT Project Management II 3

Doctor of Business Administration (D.B.A.)

PURPOSE
The purpose of the Doctor of Business Administration is to improve the student’s understanding of, the ability to provide data necessary for decision-making, and the ability to make decisions on relevant data supplied. This 60-hour program is designed for individuals pursuing careers as consultants and/or academia, and provides training in all of the core areas of business needed at the doctoral level.

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES
The student will be able to:

  1. Integrate qualitative and quantitative tools to perform effective business analysis.
  2. Evaluate advanced theoretical and applied research in business administration.
  3. Evaluate programs for the improvements of business and organizational practice.
  4. Integrate the Christian worldview in all business and management decisions.

Accounting Cognate         

  • The student will be able to implement qualitative and quantitative decision-making techniques for the allocation of financial resources.

ADMISSIONS AND GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS
Program policies follow the current approved matrices set forth for post-master’s and doctoral degree programs:

  1. Earned Master of Business Administration degree with Graduate GPA of 3.25
  2. GMAT score of 600
  3. Residential Orientation course (1 week intensive), 2 other mandatory 1-week intensives
  4. No  Cautionary admission
  5. 15 hours of course work (cognates) may be transferred in (5-year age limit)
  6. Repeat policy may be used for 3 credit hours
  7. No grades lower than a “B-“ allowed for graduation
  8. The degree must be completed within five years
  9. Submit a Graduation Application to the Registrar’s Office at the beginning of the final semester

Program of Study                                                                                                                         

(D.B.A.) Doctor of Business Administration (60 hrs)
Program Option: Online Format
Core Courses (48 hrs)
BUSI 700 DBA Orientation Seminar 3* ^
BUSI 710 Advanced Business Research Methods Seminar 3
BUSI 720 Business Forecasting and Modeling 3
BUSI 730 Strategic Allocation of Financial Resources 3
BUSI 740 Strategic Supply Chain Management 3
BUSI 750 Human Resource Development Seminar 3
BUSI 755 Organizational and Executive Coaching Seminar 3
BUSI 760 Quality Management and Productivity Seminar 3
BUSI 770 Strategic Thinking for Decision-Making Seminar 3
BUSI 780 Business Case Study Design Seminar 3
BUSI 785 Doctor of Business Administration Colloquium 3* ^
BUSI 988 Applied Doctoral Research Project I 1 5 ^
BUSI 989 Applied Doctoral Research Project II 5 ^
BUSI 990 Applied Doctoral Research Project III 2 5* ^
Cognate Courses (12 hrs)
Select one of the following cognates: Accounting, Human Resources, International Business, Leadership, Marketing, Project Management
*Mandatory Residential Intensive
^ The following courses cannot be transferred into the degree: BUSI 700, 785, 988, 989, 990.

Student may not register for BUSI 788 unless they have passed comprehensive exam and completed all coursework prior to BUSI 785

BUSI 990 is a 16 week course with a 1 week intensive built into the course.


Cognates for the Doctor of Business Administration

(D.B.A.) Doctor of Business Administration - Accounting Cognate (12 hrs)
Accounting Cognate Courses (12 hrs)
BUSI 601 Accounting for Decision Making 3
Choose three (3) of the following courses for which prerequisites have been met:
ACCT 612 Tax Research and Jurisprudence 3
ACCT 622 Advanced Auditing 3
ACCT 632 Advanced Financial Accounting Theory 3
ACCT 642 Accounting Ethics 3
(D.B.A.) Doctor of Business Administration - Human Resources Cognate (12 hrs)
Human Resources Cognate Courses (12 hrs)
BUSI 642 Contemporary Issues in Human Resource Management 3
BUSI 643 Workforce Planning and Employment 3
BUSI 644 Human Resources Development 3
BUSI 645 Compensation Management 1 3

(D.B.A.) Doctor of Business Administration - International Business Cognate (12 hrs)
International Business Cognate Courses (12 hrs)
BUSI 604 International Business 3
BUSI 605 Environment of International Business 3
BUSI 606 Global Financial Markets 3
BUSI 607 Developing Global Markets 3
(D.B.A.) Doctor of Business Administration - Leadership Cognate (12 hrs)
Leadership Cognate Courses (12 hrs)
BUSI 502 Servant Leadership 3
BUSI 503 Leadership Theory 3
BUSI 504 Leading Organizational Change 3
BUSI 610 Organizational Design and Structure 3
(D.B.A.) Doctor of Business Administration - Marketing Cognate (12 hrs)
Marketing Cognate Courses (12 hrs)
BUSI 520 Strategic Marketing Management 3
BUSI 612 Marketing Promotions 3
BUSI 613 Supply Chain Management 3
BUSI 614 Marketing Research 3
(D.B.A.) Doctor of Business Administration - Project Management Cognate (12 hrs)
Project Management Cognate Courses (12 hrs)
BUSI 650 Operations Management 3
BUSI 680 Advanced Project Management I 3
BUSI 681 Advanced Project Management II 3
BUSI 682 Global Project Management 3

DEGREE COMPLETION PLANS (DCP)
The Degree Completion Plans for the graduate programs in the School of Business are available online at http://www.liberty.edu/index.cfm?PID=27639.


 

Overton Graduate School of Business - Graduate Certificates

The Overton Graduate School of Business offers graduate certificates in several areas of study through Liberty University Online.      

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
Please refer to the Admissions Requirements Matrix for Certificates in the Graduate Admissions section of this Catalog.

CERTIFICATE COMPLETION REQUIREMENTS

  1. 9 total hours
  2. All courses must be completed through Liberty University
  3. 2.00 GPA
  4. No grade of D (includes grades of D+ & D-) may be applied to the degree
  5. Degree must be completed within 3 years
  6. Submit a Certificate Completion Application to the Registrar’s Office at the beginning of the final semester

Note: Students who want to apply certificate courses to a graduate or seminary degree program will have to abide by the GPA and grade requirements of that degree program.

CERTIFICATE COMPLETION PLANS
Certificate Completion Plans (CCP) can be accessed online at http://www.liberty.edu/index.cfm?PID=27910.


Graduate Certificate in General Business

Graduate Certificate in General Business (9 hrs)
BUSI 520 Strategic Marketing Management 3
BUSI 561 Legal Issues in Business 3
BUSI 604 International Business 3

Graduate Certificate in Management and Leadership

Graduate Certificate in Management and Leadership (9 hrs)
BMAL 500 Organizational Behavior 3
BMAL 501 Executive Leadership and Management 3
BMAL 550 Effective Executive Communication 3

Graduate Certificate in Marketing

Graduate Certificate in Marketing (9 hrs)
BUSI 520 Strategic Marketing Management 3
BUSI 612 Marketing Promotions 3
BUSI 614 Marketing Research 3


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