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Lee University Catalog 2017-2018 
Lee University Catalog 2017-2018 [Archived Catalog]

Master of Business Administration (Distance) (BUSOL.MBA)

J. Matthew Melton, Dean
College of Arts and Sciences

Dewayne Thompson, Chairperson
Department of Business

Shane Griffith, Director
Graduate Studies in Business

Joshua J. Black, Executive Director
Division of Adult Learning

Mission and Philosophy

Lee University seeks, through an advanced degree in business taught from a Christian worldview, to better prepare individuals to face the challenges of a complex world. The mission of this distinctively faith-based program is to develop business leaders who will guide their organizations with an appreciation for making meaningful contributions to society.


Graduates from the Master of Business Administration Program should demonstrate:

1. Increased awareness of the global economic environment
2. Deeper understanding of the functional areas of an organization including finance, management, marketing, and operations
3. Improved skills in research, analysis, synthesis, and evaluation in problem solving
4. Increased ability to develop and implement specific strategies to address organizational problems
5. Sensitivity to the application of Judeo-Christian values in decision-making

Learning Objectives

1. Complete a financial analysis to examine an organization’s financial position
2. Design and evaluate organizational structure
3. Evaluate the effectiveness of marketing strategies
4. Determine the efficiency and effectiveness of the organizational culture
5. Develop strategies to better accomplish institutional goals
6. Utilize sophisticated quantitative models to solve business problems
7. Determine budgetary needs to implement a selected strategy

Admission Policy

Graduate programs at Lee University are open to persons holding a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university whose undergraduate or graduate work has been of sufficient quality and scope to enable them to profitably pursue graduate study. Specific criteria for admission to the MBA program include:

  • An undergraduate cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or above on a 4 point scale
  • Recent (within 5 years) scores from the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT Institutional Code: 8QV-QG-11). Test dates/locations and informational materials for the GMAT are available online at  
  • A cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above on a 4 point scale for any graduate work completed
  • No specific undergraduate major is essential for admission. However, applicants without undergraduate courses in accounting, economics, finance, management, marketing, and statistics will be required to complete the appropriate undergraduate course prior to full acceptance. Contact the program office to inquire about different options which will satisfy this requirement. 
  • Applicants must submit a completed Lee University Application to Graduate Studies, ( official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended, two professional or academic recommendations, a statement of background and professional goals, and a resume.
  • If an applicant does not meet the admission requirements, he/she may be considered for probationary acceptance. The student will be granted full admission status upon completion of the first six hours with no grade below a B.

International Students

The University is authorized under federal law to enroll non-immigrant alien students on an F-1 visa. International applicants are expected to apply well in advance of their projected beginning date. All academic records and other credentials must be accompanied by an official English translation. If transfer credit from an institution outside the United States is desired, an evaluation from World Education Services ( must be submitted. [Refer to the “Transfer Credit” section under Graduate Academic Policies for additional information.]

In addition to general admissions requirements, international students must supply the following:

  1. TOEFL Scores: All applicants who are not native speakers of English and who will attend the university on a student visa and who are not graduates of an American college or university are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Information on this test can be attained by writing to TOEFL Educational Testing Service; Princeton, New Jersey 08540; U.S.A. (or go to All test scores should be sent directly from the testing agency to Lee University (Lee University Code: 1401).  To be admitted to Lee University graduate studies without English remediation, a minimum TOEFL score of 61(iBT) is required. Remediation requirements are determined by the individual graduate programs.
  2. Financial Statement: An applicant on an F-1 student visa must supply, on the form provided by the University, sufficient evidence of financial support for the applicant and all members of his/her family who will accompany the applicant to Lee. This requires that the applicant certify that his/her intent is to attend full time and that no employment will be required. 

All of the above credentials must be received and approved before a SEVIS Form I-20 can be issued to the applicant.  More information can be found in the Graduate International Student Booklet.

Transfer Credit

The transfer of up to six semester hours of graduate-level coursework from a regionally accredited institution may be allowed upon approval of the director of the graduate program.

Hybrid Format

Each course is offered in a hybrid format consisting of a traditional in-class and an online component. The courses are designed so that the online content is effectively integrated with classroom activities. This unique format enables students to complete two courses each semester while attending class only one evening each week.

Completion Requirements for Degrees in the Graduate Programs in Business

A minimum of 32 semester hours is required to complete the Master of Business Administration degree. It is assumed that a typical student will take two courses each semester and complete the program in five semesters. A student has a maximum of six years from the beginning of the first semester to complete all required courses.

Academic Policy

In accordance with the Lee University policy for graduate studies, satisfactory progress toward the degree is required. A student may be disqualified from further graduate work if a 3.0 grade point average is not maintained. In the event that the grade point average drops below the minimum level, the student may be given one enrollment period to raise it to the satisfactory level. Additionally, no more than two “C’s” are acceptable. Students will be dismissed from the program with a third “C” or below.

Business Graduate Committee

The Business Graduate Committee’s responsibility is to give administrative oversight to the graduate program. The committee considers and recommends curricular changes to the Graduate Council, approves all program policies, assesses effectiveness of the graduate program, serves as the Admissions Committee, reviews candidacy and approves applicants for graduation.