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Integrated MBA Program | 4+1

Earn a bachelor’s plus an MBA in just 5 years.

Integrated MBA Bridge Program

Mount Vernon Nazarene University’s integrated Master of Business Administration (MBA) bridge program is geared toward ambitious traditional undergraduate and working adult students seeking to expand their credentials while gaining versatile management and leadership skills. Studies have shown that candidates with an MBA degree experience higher earnings in today’s increasingly competitive job market. In turn, MVNU’s innovative format provides this advantage while reducing tuition costs and time spent in school.

All candidates start their bachelor’s degree, whether on campus or online, before applying to the 100% online MBA program. Certain MBA core courses replace upper division bachelor’s requirements, counting toward both degrees, and upon finishing all undergraduate credits, students transition to the MBA program. All undergraduate majors have the opportunity to take advantage of this integrated pathway and improve their career opportunities.

Curriculum stats/highlights

Individuals accepted into the integrated MBA program replace two upper-division undergraduate courses (six credit hours) with 2 MBA courses. 

Once accepted into the MBA program, students work through a 36 credit–hour curriculum consisting of a 27 credit–hour core and nine credit–hour concentration:

Additional Courses

Required MBA Courses

  • Ethical Leadership
  • Managerial Economics
  • Marketing Management
  • Legal Issues in Management
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Global Business
  • Managerial Accounting
  • Corporate Finance
  • Strategic Management
  • Total MBA Core Hours
  • + MBA Concentration
  • Total MBA Hours

Credit Hours

  • 3
  • 3
  • 3
  • 3
  • 3
  • 3
  • 3
  • 3
  • 3
  • 27
  • 9
  • 36

MBA Bridge Program Courses and Formats

The MBA bridge program takes two general forms based on your educational pathway:

Traditional undergraduate students (4+1 or 5-year MBA):

Traditional undergraduate students starting on campus can complete a Bachelor of Science (BS), Bachelor of Arts (BA), or Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree and an MBA in five years of full-time study. After acceptance during your senior year, you’ll begin taking select MBA classes in place of upper-division requirements and transition toward a full-time 100% online program that can be completed in one year’s time. All traditional undergraduate majors are eligible to begin the 4+1 MBA structure.

Bachelor’s degree completion to MBA:

Working adult students enrolled in any Graduate and Professional Studies (GPS) bachelor’s degree completion program can pursue the integrated MBA following GPS’s flexible course-by-course structure. As you are preparing to earn 90 credit hours of undergraduate coursework, you’ll apply toward the MBA bridge program through your advisor. Following acceptance, you’ll replace upper-division undergraduate courses with MBA core subjects before wrapping up your bachelor’s degree. Then, you’ll apply to the fully online MBA program to continue with your coursework.

Courses fulfilling MBA and undergraduate requirements include:

  • Managerial Economics
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Global Business
  • Ethical Leadership
  • Legal Issues in Management
  • Marketing Management

In the process, this 4+1 format provides traditional and working adult students with a foundation in quantitative analysis, global business practices, marketing management, economics, and organizational dynamics that sets them up for success in a program emphasizing:

  • Functional business areas, including accounting, finance, marketing, management, and economics
  • Effective written and oral communication skills
  • The use of data analysis to form business decisions and solve organization issues
  • Ethics and social responsibility in strategy and decision making
  • The use of technology in business
  • The importance of strong team leadership and interpersonal skills

After proceeding through the MBA’s core courses, students develop a specialization by selecting one of the following concentration areas:

  • Accounting
  • Data Analytics
  • Logistics Management
  • Finance
  • Marketing
  • Organizational Management
  • Human Resource Management
  • Human and Social Services Leadership
  • Ministry Leadership

Faith & learning at MVNU

As an intentionally Christian University, we integrate our faith into everything we do at MVNU. From prayer before class to exploring real-world moral and ethical dilemmas, we’ll teach you what it means to shine forth.

Learn More About the 4+1

If you are wanting to maximize your time and budget, you can earn your Master’s in Business Administration in just one year. Click the pre-recorded webinar link below to hear directly from the program coordinator about program structure, length to complete and cost. You will also learn more about next steps and how to connect with our enrollment team.


Need a little help with finances? We’ve got you covered. Explore scholarships, grants, and other resources to help you pay for your education.

MVNU has many endowed scholarships available for students of a wide variety of backgrounds and majors.

MBA Program Tuition

Students begin with the undergraduate tuition structure or our online programs’ per-credit tuition rate. The six credits of MBA courses substituting upper-division coursework will be billed as undergraduate-level classes in terms of tuition. After a student completes all undergraduate requirements, the tuition shifts to the online MBA’s per-credit, course-by-course structure for the last 30 credits:

Group 7002

Cost Per Credit



Credit Hours Required


Group 7002 (2)

Total Tuition


Admission Requirements

All undergraduate students interested in the MBA bridge program must have:

  • A cumulative 3.5+ GPA for acceptance
  • 3.0–3.49 GPA with faculty recommendation

Students are encouraged to apply during their junior year or after fulfilling most of their core and upper-division requirements.


In the current marketplace, all career paths benefit from advanced business skills, especially if you’re eyeing a management position down the road. At the same time, the business world is becoming less insular, with different viewpoints and skill sets sought out beyond the typical profile. Whichever direction you choose, the Bureau of Labor Statistics found that 5% more management occupations will be created between 2019 and 2029.


Administrative services managers are needed in every area of industry, many positions requiring an MBA.


Advertising, promotions, public relations, and marketing managers are in high demand in organizational and agency environments.


Architectural and engineering managers need leadership skills to guide and direct cross-functional teams.


HR Managers and compensation and benefits managers need a solid business foundation to attract and retain talent.


Financial Managers


Fundraising managers and Foundation directors need executive-level nonprofit leadership training to thrive.


Sales managers and directors need to not only hone their craft but train and develop interconnected sales and service teams.


Social and community service managers lean on business backgrounds to develop thriving and well-funded agencies.


Training and development managers need a solid business foundation to train all departments of an organization.


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