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Graduate Studies Program

Master of Business Administration
Master of Arts | Public Administration
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Contact:  M.B.A. program only
Carol Cogen | 301-891-4062
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The Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) degree is offered to provide an opportunity to develop advanced business skills in a small university setting, located near real-world business opportunities in Washington, D.C.
Through nontraditional scheduling, the program endeavors to meet the needs of individuals who have family, job and community responsibilities, and who are seeking a more productive role in society through higher education.
Applications and registrations for the Master of Business Administration degree are processed by the School of Graduate and Professional Studies. Admission, academic testing and graduation eligibility are determined by the university's Admissions office and Office of the Registrar.


  1. Admission to the Master of Business Administration program is based on:
  2. Completion of an undergraduate business degree or an alternate undergraduate degree with successful completion of required prerequisite courses.
  3. Graduate School application.
  4. Overall undergraduate GPA of 2.75. Applicants whose GPA falls between 2.60 and 2.74 must submit a minimum GMAT score of 500 in order to be considered for admission.
  5. Quality of written statement and curriculum vitae.
  6. Interview with the director.
  7. All applications and transcripts must be sent directly to the School of Graduate and Professional Studies.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Upon completion of their program of study, graduates of Washington Adventist Universityís Master in Business Administration program will demonstrate the following:
  2. Developed or enhanced leadership skills that will enable the learner to lead and work in small or large groups within various organizations.
  3. Developed or enhanced effective communication skills that will enable the learner to create, write and verbally present a variety of effective written business documents.
  4. Developed or enhanced ability to apply, analyze and/or integrate business knowledge and information to any given business situation.
  5. Developed or enhanced ability to apply critical thinking and analytical skills to solve problems in any dynamic business situation.
  6. Developed or enhanced ability to apply ethical reasoning skills to recognize and analyze ethical issues of business decisions and situations.
  7. Developed or enhanced understanding of core business concepts in the five fundamental areas of business operations, including: understanding of accounting principles, understanding of economic principles, understanding of management principles, understanding of finance principles and understanding of marketing principles, quantitative business analysis, business information systems and business law.

Master of Business Administration

The curriculum consists of 37 hours of study and provides a solid foundation in major business functional areas. Information literacy, speaking, writing and interpersonal skills are stressed throughout the curriculum.
Due to the intensive nature of the program, it must be assumed that students are familiar with basic business concepts and applications in a variety of business discipline areas.

The following undergraduate courses serve as prerequisites to core M.B.A. courses:

ACCTPrinciples of Accounting Course(s) – ACCT 211 or 304
ECONMicroeconomics and Macroeconomics, or a combination course
ECON 265 and 266 in traditional program, ECON 375 in SGPS
MATH 110Probability and Statistics




37 hours

BAUD 500Graduate School Fundamentals1
ACCT 610Managerial Accounting3
ACCT 620Financial Accounting3
BUAD 555Decision Science and Statistics for Managers3
BUAD 560Management Communication3
ECON 528Managerial Economics3
FNCE 680Corporate Finance3
MGMT 540Operations Management3
MGMT 621Group Behavior and Team Building3
MGMT 622Developing Ethical Leadership3
MGMT 630Managing Human Capital3
MGMT 689Strategic Management3
MKTG 676Marketing Management3


School of Arts & Social Sciences 

The School of Arts & Social Sciences offers a curriculum focused on fostering the development of the skills essential to be successful in the global service economy of the 21st Century: writing, critical thinking, debate, analysis, and an understanding and appreciation for cultural diversity.

School of Health Professions, Science & Wellness

The School of Health Professions, Science & Wellness employs a philosophy that balances practical training and theory in approaching education for future health sciences professionals. We bridge the gap between concept and practice.

School of Graduate & Professional Studies (SGPS)

For more than 30 years, WAU has been a leader in providing career building undergraduate degree programs for working professionals. WAU has continued to expand those offerings by adding graduate programs. This provides undergraduate students the opportunity to transition into graduate programs and continue to enhance their skills and competitive marketability.