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MBA – Economics Emphasis

The MBA with an emphasis in Economics integrates economics theory and concepts with the practical knowledge, skills, and processes necessary to attain organizational objectives related to strategic management and economic development in the domestic and international arenas. It provides a foundation in microeconomics and macroeconomics theory. You will also master skills in decision-making, teamwork, and leadership in the business world.

Economic reasoning is a necessary competency for leaders in business, politics, law and society

The foundation of the MBA emphasis in Economics is built on traditional neoclassical (market-based) theories and quantitative methods. Every course in this economics program integrates a real-world biblical view preparing leaders to apply their knowledge of business economics, financial management, business strategy, and market research with a Christian perspective.

    • 39 total credit hours
    • Program Format: 100% online degree; no on-campus courses required
    • Prerequisite(s) or applicable transfer credit required
    • MBA courses are taken one at a time and are typically completed in five-week and seven-week blocks
    • Designed for busy adult learners; complete in as little as 18 months of consecutive coursework, even with a full-time or part-time job
    • MBA students can transfer up to nine graduate-level credit hours
    • Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission
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  • MBA Courses

    CCU's MBA curriculum includes 13 online courses designed to develop effective, ethical leaders. Each course is typically taken over a five-week time period. Weekly assignments are required, but the course design generally allows participants to complete coursework at the times and places that work best for them (prior to scheduled deadlines).

    CCU students utilize Brightspace, a leading solution in electronic education, to participate in MBA classes that blend the latest in eLearning technology with the latest business theory and practice. Students in this online master's in business program attend classes electronically, do research using the Internet, exchange email, and participate in online discussions. Assignments and tests are submitted online for in-seat students as well as those taking their program online.

    MBA Economics Emphasis Courses

    The Economics emphasis integrates economics theory and concepts with the practical knowledge, skills, and processes necessary to attain organizational objectives related to strategic management and economic development in the domestic and international arenas.

    MBA in Economics concentration courses at CCU include:

    • Intermediate Economic Theory. This is an advanced course in managerial economics, which applies economic tools to financial decision making in business and non-profit organizations. Specific topics include price and distribution theory, demand analysis, costs of production, and price and quantity determination in various market structures.
    • Intermediate Macroeconomic Theory. This macroeconomics course covers the stabilization of the domestic economy through fiscal and monetary policy, the impact of domestic policy on global economic relations, national income accounting, the business cycle’s impact on business strategy, economic growth and inequality, and the role of government in our economy.
    • Economic Development. This course studies economic characteristics of developing countries, different models of economic development, obstacles to economic development, and policy and planning to facilitate economic development.
    • International Political Economy. This course addresses the interrelationship between the economic and political factors that impact differing socioeconomic systems as well as the different sectors or groups within a society.
  • Admission to the MBA Program

    Admission to the Master of Business Administration (MBA) program offered through CCU's School of Business and Technology is selective. Applicants are evaluated on the basis of previous academic performance, personal and professional accomplishments and goals, and strength of character. A strong desire to complete graduate-level work in a Christ-centered, biblically based community is important.

    Application Deadlines

    You can enter the MBA program at multiple points in the academic year. You should complete the admission process as early as possible so you will have adequate time to work with an advisor and qualify for financial aid.

    Prerequisite Coursework

    All applicants to CCU's MBA program are required to have fulfilled prerequisite courses for Accounting, Finance, and Statistics. Specific emphases may have additional prerequisites.

    Review the MBA Prerequisites prior to application submission.

    Admission Requirements
    • Complete the graduate admission application online (including essay and transcripts).
    • Provide a professional resume and employment record. It is expected that MBA candidates will have at least 5 years of professional work experience or the equivalent.
    • Submit an official transcript that reflects an undergraduate bachelor's degree or a master's degree from an accredited higher education institution. For those seeking an emphasis in advanced accounting, a bachelor's degree in accounting is required.
    • Have a minimum undergraduate grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale. Applicants with an undergraduate grade point average between 2.0 and 2.49 will be admitted on a conditional admit (CAD) basis for the first semester. CAD students must maintain a 3.0 GPA or better in their first nine (9) credits to remain in the program.
    • Complete any needed prerequisite courses. Review the MBA prerequisites prior to application submission.
    • The Office of Admission reserves the right to request additional information as deemed necessary to make a selection decision. Please note that the GMAT is not required for admission to CCU's MBA program.
    Transfer of Courses

    Students may transfer up to nine semester hours of graduate credit from an accredited college or university. The coursework must be comparable to that offered at CCU and fulfill the CCU MBA degree program requirements.

    International Applicants

    If you are not a U.S. citizen, you are considered an international student. Learn more about whether or not you'll be required to submit TOEFL scores, and find additional information on our International Students page.

    To submit application-related materials that were not already submitted through the online application, email them to or mail to:

    Colorado Christian University
    Attn: Registrar's Office/Transcripts
    215 Union Blvd, Suite 600
    Lakewood, CO 80226

Why get an MBA in economics?

There is a need for corporate leaders and working professionals with a solid background in economics whether they are in business, healthcare administration, government (local, state, and national), research, or non-profit/NGOs.

The MBA with an emphasis in economics prepares you for a business management or leadership role with a fuller understanding of the theoretical and quantitative aspects of running an organization than traditional MBA degrees and MBA programs. You will understand the greater domestic and global markets and how your particular organization is impacted by external macroeconomic, microeconomic, and international arenas. As you study policy-making, financial markets, purchasing power, and pricing indices, you will gain a solid foundation and necessary fundamental knowledge in business analytics, corporate finance, and operations management.

What can I do with an MBA in economics?

An Master of Business Administration with an economics concentration prepares students to go into business, but also work in public policy, government, and international NGOs. The economics courses within the online MBA program open up many applications of using economic expertise to serve the Kingdom, both at home and abroad.

State Exclusions for Online Students

Colorado Christian University is required by the U.S. Department of Education to be in compliance with state laws regarding where we can offer distance and/or online education. The College of Adult and Graduate Studies at Colorado Christian University offers courses to online students in all states with some exceptions for specific academic programs.

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