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Online Master of Business Administration

Elevate your career with the 12-month online Master of Business Administration (MBA) program at Ouachita Baptist University. As the only private AACSB-accredited business school in Arkansas, Ouachita’s Hickingbotham School of Business is proud to deliver a comprehensive, flexible MBA experience tailored to the needs of working professionals.

Position yourself for success by pursuing advanced education at your own pace in a faith-focused, academically rigorous learning community.

Choose Ouachita's MBA to elevate your current role or equip yourself for a career change. Benefit from instruction by Hickingbotham School of Business faculty, business leaders and visiting professors from larger universities, preparing you for advancement in a variety of fields including:


Budget Analysis

Business Operations Management

Financial Management

Human Resources

Project Management

Explore the dynamic curriculum of Ouachita's online MBA program, which includes the following key courses:

Economic Tools for Managerial Decisions

Entrepreneurship/Intrapreneurship Practicum

Financial Analysis and Valuation

Leadership, Faith and Business

Managing Data

Managing with Accounting Information

Telling Your Story: Digital Marketing and Personal Selling

Prospective MBA students must have a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited university with an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher. Students must also complete College Algebra or an equivalent course.

The online MBA degree program from the Hickingbotham School of Business begins with a summer orientation on Ouachita's campus. The remainder of the program is fully online. Ouachita’s MBA application opens on January 1, 2024, and closes on July 15, 2024, for enrollment starting in August 2024.

Explore Graduate and Professional Studies at Ouachita, including financial aid and cost information.






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Program Takes One Year to Complete

In their words

hear from a faculty member

"Many MBA programs are merely academic in nature, with standardized, traditional undergraduate courses squeezed into a smaller time frame. While we will not lose the academic rigor, our goal is to offer unique content with an emphasis on applicability to business leaders. We also believe that a Christian worldview is important and underrepresented in business education."

Bryan McKinney headshotBryan McKinney, J.D.
Dean, Hickingbotham School of Business

program details

Ouachita General Graduate Admissions Requirements:

  • Conferred bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • 2.5 minimum GPA on a 4.0 scale (individual programs may require a specific GPA)
  • Completed Ouachita graduate application with a statement of purpose
  • Three references

Online MBA Program Admissions Requirements:

For admission to Ouachita's online MBA program, students must meet Ouachita’s general graduate admissions requirements and have an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher. They must also have two years of full-time work experience. While it is not required, we recommend submitting a GMAT or GRE score.

2024-2025 Online MBA Program Cost of Attendance:

2024-2025 Online MBA Program Cost of Attendance

  • Tuition per graduate credit hour: $629
  • Estimated total tuition and fees for full 30 hour program: $19,310

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Students in Ouachita’s MBA program learn how to:

  • Master the standard functions of business
  • Interpret data for use in strategic planning and organizational decisions
  • Identify and solve problems related to business ideas, challenges and opportunities
  • Appraise ways in which the Christian faith can be integrated into business principles and lives of meaningful work.
  • Demonstrate effective leadership skills in business contexts.

If you’re interested in applying to a Ouachita graduate program but are not a U.S. citizen, contact your graduate admissions counselor, Angie Schleiff, at schleiffa@obu.edu before submitting an application. Due to visa requirements, admission requests from non-U.S. citizens are addressed on a case-by-case basis and take extra time. Please inquire early in the process.

Minimum English proficiency requirements for international students are:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL):
    • At least a 79 on the internet-Based TOEFL (iBT)
    • At least a 550 on the paper-based TOEFL
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS):
    • At least a 6.5 on the IELTS exam

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Career Advancement for Business Leaders of Faith

Elevate your business career by learning effective leadership skills through a Christian worldview in the state’s only faith-based AACSB-accredited business school. Our MBA program will equip you to integrate your faith with your professional endeavors, providing a holistic approach to your education and business success.

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Challenging and Accessible Curriculum

Dedicated to delivering an exceptional academic journey and comprehensive career preparation, Ouachita’s online MBA degree program demands your best efforts. At the same time, our highly individualized approach to education makes your success our priority. We provide you with tools to enhance your professional skill set, empowering you to progress in your career.

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Realistic Time Expectations

We know your time is valuable, and we structure our MBA with that in mind. Most MBA programs demand a full-time commitment spanning two years, but Ouachita's fully online MBA allows degree completion in just one year. This approach gives you more time to dedicate to your personal life and to enjoy the professional advantages that come with earning an advanced degree.


A Strategic Blend of Experienced Faculty

Composed of distinguished HSB faculty, accomplished industry experts with MBA credentials and seasoned visiting professors from research-focused universities, our faculty pool reflects a diverse range of perspectives. Their depth of knowledge and real-world insights prepare you for success in the dynamic landscape of business leadership.

Hickingbotham School of Business

Inspired by the innovative, entrepreneurial spirit of Frank D. Hickingbotham, founder of TCBY and member of the Arkansas Business Hall of Fame, Ouachita’s Hickingbotham School of Business offers a unique experience. Learn to do well and to do good from expert faculty who invest personally in your academic and career success, and grow under the mentorship of business leaders who provide direct access to extensive professional networks. Discover numerous internship and job opportunities fostered by the personal attention that sets our business school apart.


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Your journey to a rewarding online MBA experience and advanced career starts at Ouachita. We're here to guide you each step of the way. Reach out or schedule a call with a graduate admissions counselor.

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