Master of Business Administration (MBA) [Online or Hybrid]

Eager to make a switch or advance in your career? Cairn University’s accredited online MBA program is designed for Christian working professionals who wish to bring an innovative perspective and entrepreneurial mindset to the workplace.


Credit Hours


Years (Avg.)

Next Start Date

July 3, 2023

Class Type
100% Online,  7-Week Terms, Asynchronous




A Master’s Degree That Prepares You to Be a Business Leader

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.

Why an MBA from Cairn University?

Faith and Truth Do Matter

Cairn University is committed to the centrality of Christ and the Word of God and is reflected in the curriculum and instruction. We must do more than say it matters, we must act in a way that demonstrates it matters.

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.

Community Happens Here

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.

An Education That Has Value

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.

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.

Eager to make a switch or advance in your career? Select the One-Year Online MBA.

Want to balance ministry and family while completing your studies? Select the traditional online MBA or the hybrid option. All MBA programs use the same curriculum.

Committed Faculty Mentors

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.

Programs Begin Every 7-8 Weeks

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.

Designed to Accommodate your Specific Career Goals

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.


In an effort to allow our students to concentrate on their studies and their service to Christ, Cairn University makes every effort to keep our tuition rates and fees affordable.

Onsite or Hybrid MBA: $645/credit

Online MBA: Simple, flat $400/credit*. 
*Applies to the 2022–2024 academic years. 

Financial Aid

Scholarships, veterans benefits, federal grants and loans, and discounts are available to Cairn Online students. Please refer to this page for details.

Program Curriculum

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. 

BUS 601 Decision Analytics (3 credits)
A course that focuses on the application of economic principles and quantitative methodologies to the decision making-process of the business. This course establishes a foundation in theories of consumer behavior, demand analysis and forecasting, production and cost analysis, and cost concepts for decision making. Students apply economic principles and quantitative techniques in a variety of decision situations, including market analysis, product pricing, and bargaining and negotiation.

BUS 603 Financial Management (3 credits)
A course that explores the theory and practice of financial decision-making in the firm, with emphasis on the practical application of financial decisions. This course is based on the principle that a firm should be managed to increase the wealth of the shareholders. Topics presented are financial management, capital investment decisions, financing decisions, and managing for value creation. This course teaches the concept that the value of the firm must be evaluated in terms of the sequencing and amount of cash flow generated.

BUS 604 Strategic Marketing (3 credits)
A course designed to explore the main aspects of strategic marketing theories and concepts and their applications. This course assists students in developing strategic marketing thinking in an international setting and leadership and management skills for planning and conducting activities in the global marketplace.

BUS 605 Global Business (3 credits)
A course that examines key strategic issues that managers in enterprises face when considering global expansion. Course discussions include trade issues; the role of the WTO; and the relationships between multinational firms, governments, and local partner firms. Decisions that influence global strategy and the coordination of subsidiaries are also explored. The influence of national cultural differences on working relationships and the social responsibility of multinational firms are studied.

BUS 606 Legal Environment of Business (3 credits)
A course that explores and examines effective strategies and management approaches designed to avoid negative implications, minimize liability, and control exposure to legal risk. Discussions include contracts, employment law, mergers and acquisitions, real estate, intellectual property, and the ethical dilemmas facing organizations

BUS 607 Operations Management (3 credits)
A course that examines how manufacturing and service operations contribute to organizational effectiveness. Concepts such as productivity, project management, quality concepts, statistical concept control, supply chain management, inventory management, forecasting, and material requirements planning are studied.

BUS 691 Strategic Management (3 credits)
A course that provides an overview of the strategic-visioning process as it applies to organizations. Included are working definitions of mission, vision, core values, philosophy, objectives, and planning. Also included is discussion of the integration of faith, planning, and implementation in order for students to develop critical thinking and planning skills (3 credits).

ORL 601 Foundations of Organizational Leadership (3 credits)
A foundational course that examines the formal and informal structures and processes that are often present in organizations and explores methods for redesigning them so that they are both healthy and productive. The course also provides an overview of systems theory and learning as it applies to functions and behaviors within organizations. Students examine the complexity of these systems, explore behaviors that hinder learning, and what they can do to create an environment that will enhance their abilities to solve complex problems and prevent the formation of new problems.

THE 601 Overview of Christian Theology (3 credits)
An introduction to the major doctrines of the Bible.

THE 622 Theology of Business and Leadership (3 credits)
A course which integrates Christian theological reflection with the principles, practices, and theory of business and leadership. The examination of theological truths is specifically applied to situations that arise from the context of the workplace. Special attention is given to business as missions (BAM) and social entrepreneurship.

Business Electives (6 Credits)
Any course with a prefix of ACC, BUS, NPL, or ORL that is not already required. Please refer to the list of courses from the course catalog under School of Business. The variety of electives enables you to select a concentration that fits your interests and career goals.

Receive credit for previous experience and coursework: 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.

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. 

Program Details

Additional Information

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.

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