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Business Administration (BS) + MS Nonprofit Leadership

Develop your business know-how alongside your passion for effective nonprofit work, all in as few as five years.

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Why Business Administration (BS) + MS Nonprofit Leadership?

A BS in Business Administration and MS Nonprofit Leadership builds your general business knowledge with a specific bent toward work in the nonprofit sector. Learn what makes businesses work and how you can apply that to the nonprofit context for the betterment of those you serve. Courses concentrate on nonprofit financial management, project management, international business, and nonprofit strategy.

This dual-level program allows you to condense what would be six years of study (four-year bachelor’s + two-year master’s) into just five years by starting master-level courses as early as your junior year. You’ll be able to complete all requirements for both degrees in as few as five years without taking summer courses. 

You will also continue to receive your undergraduate scholarships and tuition aid for all five years of study, which will save you thousands of dollars.


Business Administration (BS) + MS Nonprofit Leadership at Cairn

Biblical Integration

Integrate your faith into business practice at a University that values truth and integrity.

Career Preparation

Earn a Bachelor's and Master's degree, preparing you for careers in program leadership, marketing, Human Resources, and more.

Academic Opportunity

Join Enactus, the University's nationally recognized entrepreneurship organization, and utilize Cairn’s business connections to enter world-class internships while you study.


Earn both degrees in as few as five years, all while qualifying for undergraduate financial aid.

Experienced Faculty

Be mentored by professors who have successful, global experience in business.

Honors Program

Join the Honors Program and dive deeper into a personal academic interest.

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Required Credits: 153

Curriculum Highlights:

    • ACC 303 Business Law 
    • BUS 315 Business Economics
    • BUS 301 Principles of Management and Leadership
    • BUS 311 International Business 
    • BUS 491 Business Policy and Strategy 
    • NPL 621 Nonprofit Innovation
    • ORL 611 Communication Skills for Leaders

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An Affordable Education

While the cost of a Cairn University education is competitive with similar institutions, we realize you may need financial assistance to take this journey.  You are not alone. 97% of our full-time undergraduate students receive some form of financial assistance. 

Meet Our Faculty

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Deb Rice

Assistant Professor, School of Business

Deb has an extensive professional background in human resource management, strategic planning, operations management, consulting, and leadership coaching. She has served in a variety of profit and non-profit organizations for over 25 years, including manufacturing, media, faith-based, academia, retail, and agriculture. As a professor, she invests in students to help them gain professional competency, learn to lead effectively, and develop in their Christian faith. Deb is married to Jim and is grateful to be a mom to four grown sons, a mother-in-law, and a grandma.

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Joseph Miller

Professor, School of Business

Joe Miller is a licensed attorney and seasoned entrepreneur. Prior to coming to Cairn, his law practice served businesses, non-profits, municipalities, and the general public. Additionally, he’s worn hats as a town supervisor, board director, and certified attorney for children. He’s enthusiastic about helping entrepreneurs turn their ideas into opportunities. Together with his wife Stephanie he has 4 future Highlanders currently aged 12 and under.

What Our Students Have To Say

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Christian Donk

The Business Administration program has been great because our professors have decades of professional experience. I am grateful for them and their investment in us as students and people.”

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