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Theology and Business

The College of Business and Public Administration at the University of Louisville offers the Master of Business Administration degree program and is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International) and the International Association of Management Education (IAME). Additionally, the program is accredited through the University’s regional accreditation of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). Contact the University of Louisville at 502-852-3969 or http://business.louisville.edu/mba for more information.

The joint Master of Divinity/Master of Business Administration recognizes the value of professional education in two interrelated fields and encourages students who have an interest in both ministry and business to pursue these fields simultaneously. The Seminary accepts 18-24 credits of MBA work as the equivalent of nearly one year of seminary study. This work is registered in Area C. Dual competency students must complete 66-72 hours of work at the Seminary, normally in four or five semesters of 12 hours each, two January terms of 3 credits each, and two summer terms of 3 credits each. Within these 66 hours, students will complete at least a 25-hour distribution in Area A, 20 hours in Area B, and 15 hours in Area C, including Practical Theology in Congregations and Basic Preaching. Students must complete two units of congregational based field education and 2 additional units, plus complete the Statement of Faith or the Senior Seminar.

  • A student may enter the Dual Degree Program from business or theology. 
  • Applications must be submitted independently to each academic institution. 
  • The Seminary encourages students to begin and complete the core requirements of one degree program before beginning the other. Students who begin with the MBA program are expected to take all courses according to the sequence identified in the Graduate Studies catalog. Students who begin with the M.Div. program are expected to complete the first two years of the program before commencing work in the M.B.A. program. 
  • For the College of Business and Public Administration, the student may be awarded the MBA degree once all 36 or 48 credits of course work are completed. For Louisville Seminary, the student may be awarded the MDiv degree upon completion of work in both programs. 
  • A final integrative exam will be held during the final semester of the student’s enrollment in the dual degree program, and will be conducted by faculty of the College of Business and Public Administration and Louisville Seminary.
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