We offer three graduate programs in business with foundations in servant leadership
to prepare you to achieve your professional goals.
- Master of Business Administration (MBA)
With concentrations in Accounting and financial management and Leadership
- Master of Arts in Organizational Management (MAOM)
- Collaborative MBA
Courses offered online through collaboration with other Mennonite schools
Bluffton's graduate programs in business are offered in:
- Bluffton, Ohio, at Bluffton University
- Piqua, Ohio, at Edison Community College
- Online from anywhere
Students complete their program in cohorts of approximately 15 students. Our programs
emphasize experiential learning in a cohort, rather than a traditional lecture style.
All programs can be completed in just four semesters.
Our Master of Business Administration is focused on leadership development and helping you understand management and leadership from a different perspective. Classes are one night a week and delivered in a blended online format.
You can specialize in one of two concentrations:
Darby Benroth describes Bluffton’s MBA program in a way that everyone can relate to.
“It helped me become confident and assertive in ways I’ve never been before. There are some people who are natural-born leaders—who are confident right when they
step into that role—and there are others, and I’m not afraid to say like me, for whom
it didn’t come naturally and needed to develop that skillset"
>>> Darby's story
- Program Characteristics
- Develop your leadership capacity and gain managerial skills in a variety of areas
- Join a cohort and move through the curriculum together taking classes one night a week, on campus
- One evening a week
- Degree completion in as little as 4 semesters
The accounting and financial management concentration will prepare you for leadership in the functional areas of finance and accounting in both for-profit and nonprofit contexts. If you're aspiring to a position as controller or chief financial officer, you will benefit from this concentration. Courses focus on categories of practice included in Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and Certified Management Accountant (CMA) exams. Eligibility includes having completed 18 semester hours of undergraduate accounting courses. This four-course concentration has one course in year one and three in year two.
mba with a Leadership concentration
The leadership concentration within the Bluffton MBA is designed to help you prepare for executive leadership roles in a wide range of organizational contexts. The courses address the nature of the supervisory relationship, the leader's level of self-understanding and emotional intelligence and the role of the leader as an agent of organizational change.
- Assessing and Developing Leadership Skills
- Leading Innovation and Change
Our Master of Arts in Organizational Management program offers a unique education to help you lead differently in the workplace. We focus on preparing you to examine your role not only within your organization but within a larger society and encourage you to examine the roles organizations play in an era of rapid global change.
The MAOM program is cohort-based and designed to be completed in four semesters.
Our alumni/Our faculty
From student to teacher, Roel Galvan, is still learning. Galvan is a graduate of Bluffton’s first Master of Arts in Organizational Management cohort. Now, alongside his position as director of employee relations and training at Sauder Woodworking in Archbold, Ohio, Galvan teaches four classes in Bluffton’s degree-completion program for working adults.
“I could have been satisfied with my bachelor’s degree, but I wanted to go to the next level.” >>>Roel's story
- Course work
- Analyze trends in leadership
- Emphasis on understanding the nature of a managerial role
- Develop a work-related research project
- Prepares students for enhanced roles within their organizations and a global society
- Designed to be finished in 2 years
- Interactive courses with opportunities for experiential learning
- Receive personalized attention from faculty who are experts in relevant fields
- Convenient evening course schedule formatted for working adults
The Collaborative MBA isn't your typical MBA. It focuses not only on the traditional
skills of accounting and management, but emphasizes the concept of leadership for
the common good. The program includes weekly classes via live video-conferencing and
Student cohorts complete the two-year program together. The program begins with a Thursday to Sunday long weekend at one of the collaborating institutions: Bluffton University, Canadian Mennonite University in Manitoba, Eastern Mennonite University in Virginia or Goshen College in Indiana. The second residency is an international study trip to study the development of sustainable environmental practices and collaborative organizations. Other courses are offered via live videoconferencing.
When Mark Leinbach, who already had a master’s degree in social work, was encouraged to pursue an MBA, he chose Bluffton’s partnership with The Collaborative MBA.
“It’s been a year. We finished up in June of last year, but we’re planning a Zoom
(videoconference) meeting to get the group back together. It was a distinct approach
to an MBA program.”
The next cohort begins August 2018 with a Thursday to Sunday residency.
>>> more about the Collaborative MBA