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Overview

The Piedmont Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree is designed for professionals who are seeking to advance their career. Whether you are a mid-level manager seeking to move up the career ladder into senior leadership, or a non-profit professional seeking to establish a charitable organization, or a fresh graduate from a non-business discipline, the Piedmont MBA will equip you with the cutting edge business disciplinary competencies and skills necessary for success in the 21st century business environment.

Notably, the MBA provides an opportunity to develop the breadth of skills necessary to move into leadership ranks or transition from staff roles into management positions. And for most graduates, it is an avenue for upward financial and social mobility. As reported by US News, "the average starting salary for MBA grads in the class of 2019 will be $84,580 – more than $25,000 higher than the average starting salary projection for grads with a bachelor's degree in business."

Graduates from any discipline can apply for the Piedmont MBA. No prior business knowledge is required. Our teaching is highly student-centric and designed to give you every tool for success.

Courses can be taken face to face or online. Our program is flexible and designed to accommodate those in employment.

Professionals with substantial track records in relevant work environments may qualify for waivers of some elective courses. Please speak with an advisor if you believe you should be eligible for waivers.

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Special Requirements

  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Professional Resume

Graph comparing salary before and after MBAThe MBA salary premium

 

What our graduates are saying:


As I began my career at the Police Department, I found myself starting with a critical education deficit having joined the military out of High School. I found this excellent business program which was offered by PIU. The education I received here has helped me advance through a variety of roles and assignments at my agency.

— Kenneth Shultz

The Business Management program allowed for me to quit thinking about my dreams and instead to act on them. I am now equipped for a broader range of opportunities and experiences. The training in self-discipline, time management, entrepreneurship, and ethics create real success not only for yourself but also for those who surround you.

— Alexia Infante

The business school for me was helpful and very eye-opening. They helped to prepare me for the real world and what to expect. The Patterson School of Business is an excellent school for future business owners and people who will work in the field of business.

— Kevin Iglesias

Objectives

Upon completion of the requirements, the graduate will be equipped to do the following:

  • Apply both theoretical and practical business knowledge in a global market place that is infused with biblical truths of leadership and management
  • Utilize effective communication skills and research practices that are necessary for today’s business environment;
  • Apply leadership characteristics and management practices within intercultural workplaces
  • Be able to integrate course-specific skills and knowledge while being able to identify ethical dilemmas and apply Christian values to resolve those dilemmas.

Credit Hours

36 total hours

Degree Completion Plan

Maximum Time Limit to Complete Program
Six years

Minimum Hours to be completed at Piedmont
27 hours

Transfer of Credits and Advanced Standing
Transfer credits are not to exceed 25 percent (9 semester hours) of degree-level courses and must have a grade of B or higher. No Advanced Standing is available.

Length of Program and Graduation
The program is 36 semester hours, with graduation upon completion of prescribed courses (including Transfer) with a minimum overall GPA of 3.00.

In order to become a candidate for graduation a student

  1. Shall have completed a minimum of 30 credit hours at PIU;
  2. Shall have maintained a minimum academic average of C (higher for some programs);
  3. Shall have passed all courses in his/her curriculum and made a C or better in key courses designated as essential in each program;
  4. Shall have completed at least 24 of the final 30 hours with Piedmont International University;
  5. Shall have satisfactorily completed the Christian Service requirements;
  6. Shall have given evidence of high Christian character and conduct in accord with University standards. He/she shall also manifest essential agreement with the Statement of Faith;
  7. Shall have paid in full his/her account with the University;
  8. Must have received a decision of eligibility for graduation from the Faculty.

In order to become a candidate for graduation a student

  1. Shall have completed a minimum of 30 credit hours at PIU;
  2. Shall have maintained a minimum academic average of C (higher for some programs);
  3. Shall have passed all courses in his/her curriculum and made a C or better in key courses designated as essential in each program;
  4. Shall have completed at least 24 of the final 30 hours with Piedmont International University.