Business Administration (MBA) Program Overview

Maximize your leadership potential by earning your Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree in as little as 10 months. Our online MBA program prepares you to become an ethical servant leader in the business career you choose. Building upon your undergraduate courses or what you learned in your work life, our 30-credit MBA program helps you move ahead more quickly. You can discover your full potential with an MBA degree by specializing in healthcare administration, justice administration, or leadership.

Leverage Prior Experience Toward Your Online MBA Degree

Do you have experience in your field already? You can apply what you have learned toward your MBA at Bluefield University with prior learning credit. Our online MBA focuses on fundamental business skills that are central to every organization. Your coursework teaches you to become a strategic thinker, solving real-world problems through case studies and projects. You will also get the opportunity to identify and develop solutions to a business issue that’s important to you and your work while obtaining your online MBA degree with Bluefield University.

Are you ready to make your career dreams a reality? Then take the next step toward enhancing your skills and expertise in leadership, criminal justice, or healthcare administration by applying for admission to the online MBA program offered by the Caudill School of Business at Bluefield University.

Available Concentrations

Healthcare Management

Whether you want to work in a hospital or medical clinic, lead an online team of medical providers, or become a leader in a government agency, the MBA in Healthcare Management will prepare you for success. Students gain foundational knowledge in financial analysis, marketing services, and healthcare economics and hone their leadership skills. The program also helps students learn to navigate the unique challenges of providing high-quality healthcare to individuals from diverse backgrounds.

Justice Administration

Are you interested in becoming a public safety leader in your community? The MBA in Justice Administration blends business and criminal justice courses that teach students to lead organizations within the field. You will gain foundational knowledge about human resources, financial management, and data analysis which are essential to lead public organizations. Combining this business knowledge with courses in crisis management, public policy, and law enforcement will enhance your ability to solve complex problems and respond to a rapidly changing environment.


Through the MBA in Leadership program, you will evaluate your current leadership style and develop a plan for taking your skills to the next level. Students study a wide range of leadership topics, such as learning how to use data to make decisions and drive innovative organizational change. A core tenet of the MBA in Leadership program is relationship building. Students build relationships with classmates, MBA faculty, and advisors, which form the foundation of a professional network. This network will help expand opportunities for servant leadership and professional growth.

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Tuition: $495 Per Credit Hour
Next Start: May 10, 2023 (Online)
Time to Complete: 10 months

Courses & Requirements

Master's Degree (MBA)
Core Requirements (21 Credits)

  • How to be a Leader
  • Marketing & Public Relations
  • Legal & Ethical Decision Making
  • Managerial Economics
  • Financial Statement Analysis
  • Human Resources Management
  • Data Analytics
Specializations (9 Credits)

Choose a Specialization (3 Available)

  • Specialization – Healthcare Management
    • Intro to Healthcare Service Systems
    • Intro to Healthcare Policy
    • Healthcare Financial Management
  • Specialization – Justice Administration
    • Justice Issues Seminar
    • Public Policy
    • (Choose 1)
      • Law Enforcement Administration
      • Corrections Administration
    • Research Methods
    • Crisis Command, Control, & Aftermath
    • Capstone
  • Specialization – Leadership Specialization
    • Project Management
    • Organizational Behavior & Change
    • Innovation & Entrepreneurship
Total Credits: 30

Career opportunities available to graduates of this program include:

Marketing Manager
Medical & Health Service Manager
Business Operations Manager
Forensic Accountant
Financial Analyst

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Do I only apply once?

  • No. Students must apply each academic year for the fall semester and submit the necessary documents.

Do I have to take the classes specified in the Associate's Degree tracks as they are listed on the information sheet?

  • No. Students may take any of the courses that are offered in a given term.

Where do I find the textbook listing, and where do I purchase the books?

  • Log in to myBU, and under the "Student" tab, you will find a list of the textbooks required (if any) for each course. Students are responsible for purchasing their own textbooks.

How long is a semester?

  • Our semesters are divided into two 8-week terms.

Is there an orientation?

  • Yes. Students can attend an orientation session that explains how to access courses, how to register for classes, and answers other questions.

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Does the student need to take the SAT or ACT in order to take Dual Enrollment classes?

  • No. If a student decides to study at BU full time, BU is currently test-optional for the 2021-2022 admissions cycle.

Are the classes live? Do students need to log in and participate at certain times?

  • Classes are offered online, so a student can log-on and study at their convenience and their own pace. Students have assignments due each week; you can complete your assignments at any point in time before the deadline.

Does an Early College student need to come to campus for anything?

  • No. However, we would love to have you visit our campus if you are interested in continuing with traditional on-campus study. Students who complete their associate's degree have the option to walk at our commencement ceremony.

Are Early College students able to receive Financial Aid?

  • No. However, Early College courses are very affordable compared to other options. The cost for an online Dual Enrollment course is $100 per credit hour.

How do transferring credits work?

  • Each College or University completes a transcript review in order to decide which courses transfer. Sticking to general education classes generally makes transferring credits simple. All Early College courses at Bluefield University are general education classes that should transfer to another accredited institution.

Is an Early College student considered, and treated, as a transfer student when they become a full-time college student if they have earned enough credits to be a Junior?

  • No. Since they have not graduated from high school, they are considered a first-time college student regardless of how many credits transfer. However, by transferring credits when they enroll as a full-time student, they will have to take fewer classes to receive their bachelor's degree, which shortens the length of time to earn the degree.

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