Jun 24, 2021  
Graduate Catalog 2012-2013 
Graduate Catalog 2012-2013 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

School of Business and Management

Accredited by International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education

Dean and Program Coordinator: Don Van Ornam

Graduate Enrollment Counselor:  Linda Wilhelm

Faculty: Michael Cafferky, H. Robert Gadd, Julie Hyde, Rob Montague, Braam Oberholster, Cliff Olson, Dennis Steele, Don Van Ornam, Jon Wentworth

Adjunct Faculty: Harry W. Miller III, Doug Tilstra, Neville Webster, Ben Wygal

Mission Statement

The mission of the School of Business and Management lies within the mission of Southern Adventist University. The mission of the School of Business and Management is to develop Christ-centered business leaders who integrate knowledge and application with high moral values.


In order to carry out this mission, the Graduate School of Business and Management seeks to accomplish the following goals for each master emphasis:

  1. To give the student a broad background of knowledge of the free enterprise system within a framework of moral and ethical guidelines.
  2. To assist the student in developing a sound Christian philosophy toward our current economic environment and the ever-changing business world of the future.
  3. To provide the student with a quality academic program at the graduate level with skills required for today’s job placement.
  4. To prepare the student to serve in a position of business leadership.
  5. To provide the necessary academic background for entrance into terminal degree programs in business or related areas of concentration and obtain professional degrees.

Degrees Offered

The School of Business and Management offers a Master of Business Administration (MBA), Master of Financial Management (MFM), and a Master of Science in Administration (MSA). In conjunction with the School of Nursing, a Master of Science in Nursing/Master of Business Administration degree is offered (MSN/MBA).

Online Program

The Master of Business Administration (Management and Healthcare Administration emphases) degree program is available online. You may contact http://business.southern.edu or the School of Business and Management (423.236.2751) for more information.


Southern Adventist University has received specialized accreditation for its business and business-related programs through the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE), Olathe, Kansas. The following degree programs are accredited by the IACBE:

  • Bachelor of Business Administration degree
  • Bachelor of Science degrees in Business Administration, Corporate Community Wellness Management, Long-Term Care Administration, Nonprofit Management, and Sports Studies
  • Master of Business Administration
  • Master of Financial Management
  • Master of Science in Administration

Prerequisites for Admission

Students with a non-business undergraduate background may be required to take specific courses in accounting and/or finance.

Admission Requirements 

The School of Business and Management considers both qualitative and quantitative factors when considering an applicant’s acceptance into its graduate programs.  While no single formula exists for determining acceptance, the following factors are considered: undergraduate GPA, GMAT score, undergraduate degree, work experience, and the application essay.  These factors, as well as additional factors, are considered in determining the applicant’s potential for success in our graduate programs as well as success in a business career upon completion of our program.

In addition to the general admission requirements for graduate study, a candidate for a Master of Business Administration, Master of Financial Management, or a Master of Science in Administration will comply with the following requirements:

  1. A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in any major.
  2. A cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 3.00 or higher.
  3. A Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) taken within the past five years.  An applicant with an undergraduate degree from an accredited U.S. college or university, and who has an undergraduate GPA of 3.25 or above, or a GPA of 3.00 and five years of full-time business-related management experience may be admitted without a GMAT score.
  4. International students must provide an official GMAT score as a prerequisite for acceptance. In addition they must have a TOEFL score of at least 600 (paper based)/250 (computer-based)/100 (internet-based), having taken the test within the past year or demonstrate proficiency in the use of the English language.

Provisional Admission

A student accepted on provisional basis may be admitted to regular status upon the completion of 12 credit hours taken through Southern with a minimum grade of “B” in each course. Students are not permitted to repeat courses in order to satisfy this requirement. Students who do not satisfy this requirement will not be permitted to continue in the program.

The above provision does not apply to students accepted provisionally for other reasons.

Admission to the Programs

Full-time students may be admitted into the program during the fall semester. Part-time students may enter the program at the beginning of fall or winter semester.

Time Limits

The programs are structured to meet the needs of the part-time as well as the full-time student. Normal progress through the programs for the full-time student will be four courses per semester. Normal progress for part-time students will be one or more courses per semester. The time allowed from enrollment to the graduate program to the conferring of the Master of Business Administration degree may not exceed five years. Application for an extension will be considered on an individual basis.


The last 30 semester hours (24 hours for the MFM) must be taken through the Southern Adventist University School of Business and Management.

Transfer Credit and Progression

  1. A maximum of six semester hours with a minimum grade of B may be transferred into the program to satisfy graduation requirements provided they are equivalent to course requirements.
  2. A course may be repeated one time for the purpose of improving the GPA. A maximum of two courses may be repeated.

Second Emphasis

Each emphasis must include a minimum of 12 hours that do not overlap with any other emphasis.

Graduation Requirements

A candidate must:

  1. Complete an application to graduate, which must be filed with the Records and Advisement Office two months prior to the anticipated graduation date.
  2. Complete all coursework with a minimum grade-point-average of 3.00, including no more than two classes with a grade below B-. Classes with a grade below a C will not be counted for credit toward the master’s degree.


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