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Master of Business Administration

Give yourself a competitive edge in your career by earning a Master of Business Administration degree online from Ouachita's Hickingbotham School of Business. Building on the tradition of excellence established by Arkansas' only private AACSB-accredited business school, Ouachita's MBA program is curated to meet the educational needs of college graduates already working in their chosen profession. We offer excellent academic training in a faith-focused learning community, as well as the tools you'll need for career advancement in a variety of fields.

Ouachita’s low-residency Master of Business Administration program begins with a summer orientation session on Ouachita’s campus. The remainder of the program is offered fully online.

Ouachita’s MBA is a great option to elevate established careers or equip you to change career paths altogether. With instruction from our unique blend of HSB faculty, business leaders and visiting professors from larger universities, you'll be prepared for advancement in a number of fields, including these:

Business Operations Management


Budget Analysis

Financial Management

Human Resources

Project Management

Entrepreneurship/Intrapreneurship Practicum

Economic Tools for Managerial Decisions

Telling Your Story: Digital Marketing and Personal Selling

Financial Analysis and Valuation

Managing with Accounting Information

Leadership, Faith and Business

Managing Data

Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited university

Undergrad grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher

Completed College Algebra or equivalent course

The application opens January 1, 2024, and closes July 15, 2024, for enrollment starting in August 2024.

View the MBA Curriculum PDF to see all courses included in the program.

Learn more about Graduate & Professional Studies at Ouachita.

Learn more about Graduate & Professional Studies financial aid and cost information.

View Graduate Course Catalog.

Learn more about the Hickingbotham School of Business.



All Instructors Have Relevant Business Experience



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Program Can Be Completed in One Year



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"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

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Prepare for career advancement and personal engagement in the state's only faith-based AACSB-accredited business school. You'll not only be equipped with advanced business knowledge and the ability to interpret data used in decision making – you'll also learn effective leadership and problem-solving skills from a Christian worldview to help you integrate your faith and your work.

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We're committed to providing you with a stellar academic experience and thorough career preparation. Ouachita's MBA program is rigorous, so be prepared to bring your A-game. But our highly individualized approach to higher education makes your success in the classroom our priority. We'll equip you with the tools you need to expand your professional skill set and advance in your career.

MBA student at home


Your time is valuable. Traditional residential MBA programs typically require a full-time investment of two years – not a practical option for those already at work in their chosen field. Ouachita's fully online MBA can be completed in 12 months, giving you more time to apply what you learn and reap the professional benefits of having an advanced degree.



brings strengths from many perspectives.

The program's 10 academic courses will be taught by an equal mix of outstanding HSB faculty, exceptional business leaders who hold MBA degrees, and experienced business professors from larger, often research-focused universities. You'll hear from some of the Hickingbotham School's best instructors, industry experts with tremendous business acumen and professors who bring depth of knowledge and diversity of perspective to Ouachita's MBA program.

program details

For admission to Ouachita's MBA program, students must have earned a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution and graduated with a grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher, and they must have two years of full-time work experience. Candidates for the program must submit a completed application, which includes a personal statement and three references. GMAT or GRE score is not required, but recommended.

These preliminary admissions requirements are university wide. Each graduate program will have additional requirements. Please review the program-specific requirements on the webpage of your desired program.

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 will delineate more specifics)
  • Completed application, which includes a statement of purpose
  • Three references
  • Minimum English proficiency requirements for international students are as follows:
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL):
      At least 79 on the Internet-based TOEFL (iBT)
      At least 550 on the paper-based TOEFL
    • International English Language Testing System (IELTS):
      At least a 6.5 on the IELTS exam

Hickingbotham School of Business

Do you want to be more than a number? Come study in the Hickingbotham School of Business at Ouachita. Here, you will find eminently qualified professors who know your name, who care about you, your education and your future. You will find countless career opportunities thanks to the individual investment made in you, and the direct access you will have to our professional networks.


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