Graduate School of Business

Master of Business Administration


Elevate your career | Strengthen your faith

This degree program is highly flexible because it is designed with the needs of working professionals in mind. Harding's Master of Business Administration (MBA) program is an ethics-based course of study designed to prepare business professionals for advancement and success through both personal and professional growth. Every MBA course includes an emphasis in business ethics, critical thinking processes, and communication skills and problem-solving techniques. Our curriculum focuses on developing leaders of integrity who can provide solutions that contribute to the ethical culture of their organization.

Program features:

  • Complete the program in as little as 18 months or pace through for up to seven years
  • If you are a Harding student, get started on your MBA while in your last semester of undergraduate and take up to 9 hours worth of MBA coursework
  • Fully online delivery lets you logon to complete coursework when it’s convenient for you
  • Quality Matters developed curriculum ensures academic rigor
  • Courses are offered in eight-week blocks
  • Master schedule platform lets you see all course offerings and plan your program from start to finish so you know what you need to take and when
  • One to one academic advising and support
  • Some live events and presentation opportunities are offered and recorded for playback
  • Foundational readiness courses are available to prepare you to get started

Best Online MBA:

Harding University's online MBA program has been recognized as one of the best in the country in 2018 by, a leading provider of higher education research and college planning resources. The ranking highlights accredited, not-for-profit institutions who​​ have developed exceptional academic online programs for students looking to advance their knowledge, skills, and careers in business administration. 

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Program Structure

Accelerated track | 36 credit-hour program
10 core courses + 2 elective courses.

Can be completed in as little 4 semesters or 18 months

Undergraduate students can dual enroll their final semester and graduate the spring following their spring commencement.

Begin the program at one of 3 launch points: August, January or May.

Complete the program entirely on-line via a richly varied content experience including written and video lectures, discussion questions, assignments and live events.

Program Structure

Students who possess an undergraduate degree and have been exposed to the Common Business Proficiency Components may move directly into the MBA.

The program begins with an emphasis on essential skills necessary to be successful in Harding's MBA program. Students move on to explore core business fundamentals in the areas of ethics, management, accounting, financial management, quantitative business analysis, and marketing. The curriculum is presented in a logical flow to facilitate the learning process, culminating in an experiential capstone course.

The MBA curriculum requires the completion of 10 core classes, representing 30 credit hours of study. In addition to the core classes, students choose two (2) elective courses, representing 6 credit hours of study, resulting in completion of the required 36 hours for an MBA degree. Students may choose their electives from a portfolio of elective offerings.

Students will pace themselves through the program. A student taking the maximum credits allowed can earn their degree in as few as 4 semesters. We use a Master Schedule and a student can take up to 7 years to complete the program.

2018 Pace Sheet.pdf

For program schedules, please see the Semester Course Schedules on the Graduate School of Business home page.

For additional information about the Harding MBA, you may want to consult the Catalog.


For a list of current classes offered, please click on the master schedule PDF link below. To enroll in our courses, please submit an application and contact our office.

Application Packet pdf

Helpful Hints about Registering for MBA classes:

  • You can take up to two classes per 8 week block and there are five blocks in each year.
  • If you plan to take courses during each block, be sure to register for them at the same time as the classes may fill up quickly or are subject to cancellation if minimum class size is not met.
  • Once you begin the program, for the most up to date list of MBA course offerings and dates throughout the year, please reference the schedules posted on this page.

MBA Master Schedule.pdf

MBA Spring Schedule (2019) 

When To Apply

Students may enroll in the MBA program during the fall, spring or summer semester.  

Admissions Requirements

Entrance into the Graduate School of Business at Harding University is selective. With a large pool of applicants and limited openings, it is important that you understand the requirements and the process for applying to the MBA program.

We seek candidates who are academically strong, hold an undergraduate degree with a GPA of 3.0 or higher, and who will not only benefit from, but also contribute to the program. Undergraduate study in business is not required for admission. However, students with an undergraduate degree in a business discipline will find their track to the MBA to be one of shorter duration. Additionally, work experience is not required for admission to the program, but will strengthen most applications.

In reviewing an application and the accompanying essays from the potential student, many different indicators of performance are evaluated, including undergraduate and graduate records, work history, recommendation letters, and extracurricular activities. Additionally, an attempt is made to see if there is congruence between the program's goals and the applicant's interests, as well as an attempt to determine student motivation for seeking the degree.

GMAT Requirement

GMAT (target score of 500) or GRE (target score of 300) is required unless the applicant has one of the following:

A Cumulative Bachelor Degree GPA of 3.5 with less than 5 years full-time work experience.

A Cumulative Bachelor Degree GPA of 3.0 with 5 years full-time work experience.   

GMAT Resource Guide

Kaplan GMAT Preparation Resources The Official GMAT website

3.0 GPA

A baccalaureate degree (in any major) from a regionally accredited college or university with a minimum undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale). Persons with less than a 3.0 GPA may be considered for provisional admission.

Readiness Courses

To be selected for admission, it is not a requirement that you hold a bachelor's degree in business. However, in order to be prepared for the MBA program, each student should have completed at least one course in each of these major areas: accounting, financial management and statistics. These courses will provide students with the skills necessary to succeed at the graduate level. If you do not hold your bachelor's degree in business or have not had these readiness courses, they are available for purchase through Harding University. They are delivered online and satisfy the requirement for the MBA program. Please speak with a graduate adviser to determine placement within these courses.

TOEFL Score (International Students only)

Harding University requires all international applicants for whom English is not the first language or who have not graduated from an American university to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). TOEFL results for international students should be 550 PBT, 213 CBT or 80 iBT minimum score (no older than five years) or demonstrated performance at a U.S. institution of higher learning.


Download the Graduate School of Business Application PDF

Step 1:

Submit the following items to the Graduate School of Business

1. Graduate Admissions Application
2. $50.00 non-refundable application fee
3. Two Recommendation Forms (Professional or Academic)
4. Official academic transcript
5. Resume
6. Three essay questions required (Details on pg. 9 of the application packet)
7. Official GMAT or GRE scores
Please mail the items to:
Harding University
Graduation School of Business Admissions
HU Box 10774
Searcy, AR 72149-0774
*Please allow two (2) weeks for acceptance notification. 
Step 2:
Upon notification of acceptance, you may contact the Graduate School of Business to schedule an advising session with a Graduate Advisor. You will be advised for enrollment in classes at this time.
*This ensures entry to the appropriate courses.
Who Do I Contact For More Information?
If you have any questions about the Harding MBA, please feel free to contact us. 
Dr. Christopher M. Davis, Chair of the Graduate School of Business
501-279-4853 or
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The Graduate School of Business is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).

The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) is a leading specialized accreditation association for business education supporting, celebrating, and rewarding teaching excellence. The association embraces the virtues of teaching excellence and emphasizes to students that it is essential to learn how to learn.

ACBSP accredits business, accounting, and business-related programs at the associate, baccalaureate, master, and doctorate degree levels worldwide. Recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) in 2001 and again in 2011, ACBSP was the first to offer specialized business accreditation at all degree levels.

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Graduate School of Business

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