Master of Arts in Leadership, Business Management Emphasis

Business Management Career Opportunities

  • Corporate Trainer
  • Chief Executive Officer
  • Administrative Supervisor
  • Human Resources Manager
  • Health Services Manager
  • School Principal
  • Sales Manager
  • Compensation and Benefits Manager
  • Management Analyst
  • Military Officer
  • Training and Development Manager
  • Operations Manager
  • Community Services Manager

Elevate People and Businesses with a Master’s in Leadership

Are you drawn to lead and bring out the best in people? Managing a business–and its employees–isn’t easy. Mid-America Christian University’s (MACU) Master of Arts in Leadership with an emphasis in business management will put you on the path to advancing your career as a servant leader with the skills and knowledge to manage in a wide variety of industries. 

Whether you have a business background or want to change careers, a leadership master’s in business management will prepare you to manage both finances and people using leadership strategies rooted in ethics. Employment in management occupations is projected to grow 9 percent from 2020 to 2030 and will result in about 906, 800 new jobs. 

MACU, a bible-based university, is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA).

Specialized Master’s in Leadership Integrates Business Management

As a student in our leadership and management degree program, you’ll explore business topics through engaging course material and peer discussions. By integrating these disciplines, we shape professionals into business leaders who are effective in both creating healthy organizational cultures and in carrying out the day-to-day operations necessary for a company to succeed. 

You’ll gain a foundation in basic leadership principles through courses in project management, organizational culture, development and leading change. In addition, you’ll study topics specific to business management such as economic theory, legal environment, and managerial accounting. Also, every course in the business leadership degree program includes an ethical component so you’ll be equipped to address every area of business management as a servant leader with a Christian perspective.

Program Information

An Online Master’s in Management and Leadership: Accelerated, Affordable and Flexible for Adult Learners

Since 2008, MACU has been an expert at providing affordable, accelerated and flexible online master’s degree programs. Our six-week classes for an online master’s degree in organizational leadership are designed to work around the schedule of a busy professional. Although this degree is offered completely online, select courses may be offered on campus depending on student interest and faculty availability. 

You can be assured that you won’t be a number in our program. With small classes, our professors–all with real-life leadership experience in business–are committed to offering you individual attention and support. They, along with our caring staff, will do everything they can to make you feel like a part of the MACU community. As an online master’s degree student, here are some of the benefits you’ll appreciate: 

  • Just one class at a time in a consecutive order
  • Full support from our experienced student services team
  • Consistent career networking opportunities
  • Emphasis on soft-skills training

As you prepare to begin your degree at MACU, our enrollment counselors are ready to assist you. Please take a look at this downloadable degree sheet, featuring an overview of MACU’s Leadership degree program. Don’t hesitate to reach out by emailing [email protected] or calling 888-888-2341 if you have any questions.

MACU is Committed to Developing Servant Leaders

We offer a supportive online environment that encourages the personal, professional and spiritual growth of our students. You’ll learn to use your God-given talents to lead and manage–people and business finances–effectively and ethically, with a Christian worldview perspective.

Request More Information


MGMT 5113

Organizational Behavior

This course introduces the theories of behavior in human management. A critical analysis is performed on the contributions to the organizational behavior discipline and its research as applied to the business environment. The student will apply the theories of its research as applied to the business environment. The student will apply the theories of culture development, time management, job design, change, motivation, leadership development, communication, small group dynamics, and negotiation in the business setting.

COMM 5103

Advanced Professional Communication and Leadership Practicum

Advanced Professional Communication Leadership will provide a dynamic range of oral, written, and digital communication opportunities that will enhance student experience through diverse presentation methods. The course will posit opportunities for students to employ concepts, strategies, and content selected from individual areas of interest and adapt these labors into public and/or digital performances that demonstrate applied skills across multiple modalities.

ML 5143

Leadership Theory and Practice

This course explores the history and development of leadership theory as in the students’ current organizational settings. Although leadership and management are not the same, they are often confused. The unique features of each are studied along with practical application of case studies of current leaders as well as from history. Managers develop subordinates, leaders develop followers, and the most highly successful leaders develop leaders. Students will evaluate their own leadership style using the Leadership Practices Inventory developed by Kouzes and Posner. Students will gain hands-on experience by analyzing their performance in a current or new leadership role.

ML 5163

Training and Development

This course addresses the core aspects of instructional systems design as applied to workforce learning and performance. Learners apply key principles involved in assessing, designing, developing, implementing, and evaluating employee development and performance improvement programs. Learners gain hands-on experience by creating an active training event.

ML 5243

Leading Change

Leaders often attempt changes that they believe are critical to the survival of the organization only to find those changes are resisted by the very people the leader is attempting to help. People’s response to change depends on the degree to which they understand the need for change, are involved in the change process, and understand the implications the change has for their roles. This class explores the processes necessary to identify the need for change using appropriate models, plan the process of change, obtain authorization for the change and motivate the appropriate stakeholders to ensure success.

ML 6023

Integrative Leadership Project

This course serves as a capstone for the MA Leadership program. Students will complete an application project related to their emphasis and field of interest.

ML 5263

The Adult Learner

Learners explore the basic theories and current research in adult education. This class draws from both adult development and adult education to explore the stages of human development, issues concerning adult learning ability, how and why adults learn, and how to make sure that learning has taken place.

ML 5273

Nonprofit Leadership

This course examines the unique leadership challenges and opportunities presented in nonprofit organizations. Students will learn about the nature of the nonprofit sector and gain perspectives on management, financial, leadership, and governance issues facing nonprofits.

ML 5343

Financial Development and Resource Management

Leaders must be able to find the money to fund the budget for the planned programs to accomplish the mission of the group they are leading. Funding, budgeting, and financial accountability are prerequisites to success in any organization. This class explores the skills necessary for budgeting, stewardship, donor development, funding, accountability and ethical use of resources. While not an accounting course, the differences between for-profit, not-for-profit, and cash flow accounting requirements are explored.

ML 5353

Decision Making

Leadership decisions must often be made with incomplete evidence. This course provides an understanding of various forces which influence the process of making and implementing decisions. Students will learn leadership decision making from individual, small group, and social environment contexts, as well as values of good decisions and the unintended consequences of poor decisions.

ACCN 5133

Managerial Accounting

Accounting systems, concepts, and principles; formation, organization, and operations of corporations and partnerships; departments and branches, statement analysis, cost, and management. Prerequisite: ACCN . Offered every spring semester.

ECON 5223

Managerial Economics in the Globalized Environment

This course applies the principles of economics to rational business operations. The course will focus on managerial economics: demand theory, pricing and elasticity, forecasting and production levels, costs, capital allocation, distribution, and consumption. Students will explore such economic concepts as opportunity costs, the concepts of supply versus demand, profit maximization, and monetary systems. Economic geopolitical events with cause and effect relationships will be highlighted throughout the course.

MGMT 5233

Marketing Analysis and Strategy, Sales and Consumer Behavior

This course examines the marketing functions and strategies related to the product, place, price and promotion of goods or services provided by the organization. The student will become familiar with the elements of a marketing plan and will be capable of analyzing complex situations leading to feasible solutions.

MGMT 5413

Legal Environment

This course examines the impact of laws and the legal system on the business environment and managerial decision making. Major topics include: contracts, commercial transactions, agency relationships, organization choices, federal-state-local governance with special emphasis on EEOC and ADA issues, property law, and hiring practices. Special emphasis will be placed on recent court cases impacting the business arena.