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Master of Business Administration | Online

Choose from a wide variety of electives and develop leadership skills to best suit your specific career goals and professional aspirations while working full time.

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Why Master of Business Administration?

The Cairn MBA has been designed with input from our expert faculty in the School of Business, ensuring you graduate with the in-demand skills and knowledge that employers are looking for. The program requires 30 credits* from the core curriculum courses, and 6 credits from Bible/Theology courses. Please refer to the curriculum sheets below to get a clearer picture of the course sequences:

*Additional foundational courses may be required if you do not have a BS in Business Administration. Please contact our admissions team for additional information. 

Master of Business Administration at Cairn

Biblical Integration

While you'll study the same leadership, management, operations, and entrepreneurship concepts you would expect from any quality MBA program, all instruction is grounded in the timeless Truth of God's Word. No matter what your intended career path or field of study, Cairn is committed to helping professionals think about their current and future work through a biblical worldview.

Academic Opportunity

Your Choice: Online or Hybrid, Accelerated One-Year or Traditional Two-Year MBA Complete coursework from anywhere, in 12 months, through our asynchronous course design, reinforced by substantive faculty engagement and weekly course requirements.

Experienced Faculty

Our online courses are taught by faculty who not only have successful experience in business management but are committed to your professional and spiritual growth. Students don’t just have professors, they have mentors who invest in them throughout the program and often remain connected long after graduation.

Campus Community

Community is about more than simply taking classes together. It's more than having a similar experience. At Cairn, community is intentional. It's attended to closely as an outworking of the University’s biblical commitment and understanding that in Christ, we are one.

Personalized Education

Customize your program by choosing courses in organizational development, organizational culture, non-profit management, human resources, innovation, strategic planning, and more! Want to change your career and do not have a business degree? You can take one or more foundational courses in finance, accounting, marketing or statistics to properly prepare you for the MBA curriculum.

Flexibility

Cairn Online enrolls new students in early September, October, January, early March, May and early July. A term is typically only 7 weeks long. Start when you’re ready, instead of rushing (or waiting) for the traditional semester enrollment. You are eligible to enroll up to two weeks prior to the upcoming term.

Affordability

There's quite a bit of talk these days about the cost of higher education and the question of value. Many assume that you can't have both value and affordability, so they settle for lesser options or assume that the costliest options must have the most value. But when Cairn talks about walking a different path, value is no exception. It's possible to get a college education that is both affordable and valuable.

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Get an inside look at our MBA Program

There are over 70 unique programs at Cairn to choose from! Not sure if this is the best program for you? Here are some more details to help you decide.

Required Credits: 36

Curriculum Highlights: 

    • BUS 607 Operations
    • BUS 605 Global Business
    • BUS 625 Effective Organizations
    • BUS 691 Strategy
  • Operations Management
  • Sales & Marketing
  • Human Resources
  • City Management
  • Public Relations
  • Communication

NC-SARA Approved InstitutionCairn Online has been approved to participate in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA), which regionally oversees postsecondary online education.

Additional Accreditation Information

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Featured Faculty

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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.

Yunn Kang

Yunn Kang

Sr. Vice President for Finance; Dean, School of Business

Yunn Kang serves as Cairn University’s Sr. VP for Finance and teaches courses in accounting, finance, tax, auditing, applied statistics, international business, and creativity and innovation.

A former Certified Public Accountant, Yunn Kang came to Cairn after a career serving as finance manager for a retail chain, Director of Finance for a healthcare provider, and several years in public accounting as an auditor and consultant for KPMG LLC, a US audit, tax, and advisory services firm. While at KPMG, he audited clients in healthcare, telecommunications, and biotechnology, in addition to consulting for financial services firms and banks.

He is also ordained as a pastor and has served as a pastor at local Presbyterian churches.

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.

Cairn Online Frequently Asked Questions​

The tuition for post-secondary education has become expensive in general. However, Cairn Online programs rank amongst the most affordable online bachelor’s and master’s programs. While the tuition costs vary by program level, the rate is typically $425 per credit or 12K per year for A.A. and B.S. programs and $300-$725 per credit for graduate programs. 

The current tuition rates are available from this page. Scholarships and financial aid are also available. 

Currently there are over 6 million online learners in the United States, and those numbers are growing every day. Online degrees that have regional accreditation are held to the same standards as traditional universities, ensuring that students earn a valuable degree that will prepare them with the skills and credentials for their career. Do research to find an online degree that is accredited and reputable, such as those offered at Cairn University.

Cairn Online courses based on Cairn’s 100+ years tradition of excellence in biblical education. Our on faculty has carefully designed them taking into consideration what works best for the online learner. The modular design and asynchronous delivery enable you to complete your studies while you pursue your career, ministry and spend time with your family.

Courses typically contain seven units and are delivered in 7-week terms*. Each unit contains 5-7 modular activities. Each learning activity includes instructional videos accompanied by reflections, quizzes, discussion forums and other assessments. Courses also utilize adaptive learning technologies such as Cerego for long-term retention of concepts and VoiceThread for enhanced collaboration.

The asynchronous delivery provides flexibility around your daily busy schedule. In most courses, interactive activities are typically due by Wednesday while the rest of the unit’s work is due by Sunday night. The MBA, M.A. in Music and Criminal Justice programs use the 7RD2 process and require the completion of certain activities daily to optimize learning.

Our own Cairn faculty intentionally participate in the course throughout the week to provide you with an incarnational experience.

*Few capstone courses are intentionally offered in 14 weeks to optimize student learning.

A.A. programs usually take 2 years and B.S. and B.A. programs typically take 3-4 years to complete.

Graduate programs vary in length by program. As an example, Cairn’s traditional MBA typically takes 20 months to complete but then there is also the accelerated One-Year MBA that you can complete in 12 months.

If you are looking to complete your program sooner, you can consider taking more 7-week courses at a time. 

All courses are developed by one or more course developers and taught by our own faculty. The instructors are also intentionally involved in the course throughout the week by providing direction in the course activities, participating in the forum discussions, grading the student work and providing substantive feedback. Most courses also offer optional office hours weekly via Zoom or similar video conferencing tools.

Our instructional design team works very closely with the course developers and carefully plans the courses to balance the technology requirements. Most courses use the eLearning platform for hosting the course materials, Panopto for video capture and storage, VoiceThread for enhanced discussion forums, and Cerego for adaptive learning. Zoom is used at times for virtual office hours. These sessions are optional.

Except for the Hebrew and Greek language courses for the B.S. in Biblical Studies program, typically there are no required meeting times for the completing the course activities.  

The course transfer depends on where you are transferring from, and what program you are transferring to. If you are coming to Cairn Online from another institution, it is very likely you will have some credits that will transfer. Because there are so many options, we encourage you to talk to an enrollment counselor. If you are transferring out, Cairn is a regionally accredited school and some credits should transfer with relative ease. Each college sets their own transfer criteria, so be sure to check their policies for specifics.

Cairn Online offers a variety of options for prior learning and experience. You can receive up to 6 credits for prior learning for graduate programs. At the discretion of the program advisor, three to six credits for prior learning (CPL) can be awarded for students with extensive background in areas addressed by specific courses. Additionally, advance standing may be granted for Bible or theology credits earned at an accredited Bible college, Christian liberal arts college or university, or seminary. Credits will be granted on a course by course basis.

Cairn is approved to offer financial aid because of its regional accreditation. There are many options available and typically students qualify for at least one type of federal aid. Many students receive scholarships and grants that make earning their degree even more affordable. Cairn offers a variety of scholarships and discounts in addition to options for loans and grants. Please refer to this page for details. 

The requirements depend on the program you are considering. Please refer to this page for details. 

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