United Theological Seminary Partnership

Earn an MBA and MDiv through one easy-to-navigate program.

Dakota Wesleyan University and United Theological Seminary have partnered together to offer one program with two master’s degrees.

Pursue God’s Call

First, complete your coursework toward a Master of Divinity (MDiv) at United Theological Seminary in
Dayton, Ohio.

51 core credits

denominational credits 
2, 3-day ministry retreats 
online courses available

Develop as a Leader

Second, earn a Master of Business Administration (MBA) at DWU. 

Only 30 credits to complete your MBA 
7-week courses
100% online courses
No thesis required

What’s the Difference at DWU?

  • To meet the demand of expanding leadership and administrative expectations for ministry professionals, this program offers you an innovative and educational experience that reaches well beyond the traditional seminary preparation. 
  • Two degrees, one program.  
  • Each degree is tailored to meet the unique needs of today’s church and prepare you as a spiritual leader to make measurable impacts upon the congregations you will serve. 
"DWU has demonstrated its ability to equip those in the nonprofit sector, especially pastors, to think and act effectively in the business situations they encounter in their ministries. At United, we have the expertise to equip pastors to minister faithfully and fruitfully through spiritual formation, and grounding in the theological and pastorial disciplines. It just made sense for the two institutions to partner, to the benefit of future pastors."
- Dr. Scott Kisker, associate dean for master's programs at United

United Theological Seminary was founded in 1871 and is a seminary of The United Methodist Church. 


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"United is such a well-respected seminary, and DWU's strength in preparing pastors for the administrative and strategic courses in our MBA program made for a win-win partnership. The responsibilities and roles that churches are asking their pastors to assume today are far broader and more complex than they were only a generation ago. In addition to preaching and discipleship, pastors are often asked to manage resource development, personnel management, strategic planning and church communications. It became evident early in the conversation that we both had so much to offer each other and our students."
- Fredel Thomas, vice president of admissions and marketing at DWU

Master of Business Administration Courses

At DWU, you’ll take 30 coursework credit hours

BUS 606 Adaptive Leadership & Change Management

3 Hours
Organizations are faced with constant and rapid changes in their local and global environments. This perpetual change necessitates that leaders have skills in resiliency, adaptation and innovation. During this course, students will explore theories of adaptive leadership, reflect on their adaptive leadership skills and develop strategies for improvement. In the second part of the course, students will explore principals of change management, learn how to uncover and address resistance to change, develop change plans, and implement and monitor change progress. Students will be able to: incorporate strategies to improve resiliency and adaptation in their context, conduct a stakeholder analysis and address resistance to change through appropriate behavior change plans.

BUS 625 Practical Economics

3 Hours
Students will explore aspects of the global economy including resources acquisition, development, global shocks, international business, and trade. Students will investigate globalization and seek to provide an understanding of today's interdependent world. Students will be able to demonstrate the ability to: evaluate elements of global economics and reflect on their impact to local context, analyze economic interdependencies created by globalization and synthesize economic metrics for financial, marketing, and operational performance.

BUS 626 Data-Driven Decision Making

3 Hours
This practical managerial decision-making class will incorporate analysis of financial statements and accounting metrics. Using case study and application students will: improve their ability to use data to drive financial, marketing, and operational decisions as well as use appropriate metrics to measure performance. Students will demonstrate the ability to: analyze financial statements, use financial analysis for business planning, use statistics and data to drive business decisions.

BUS 635 Coaching and Mentoring in the Workplace

3 Hours
Coaching is a trending competency in progressive organizations. Having an executive coach helps leaders move more quickly and more intentionally in their leadership journey. Coaches can be internal to the organization, working from within, as well as external to the organization, serving as a consultant. This class will help students gain skills and experience for coaching internal and external professionals. Coursework will explore coaching theory, adult learning styles (andragogy), and decision-making styles. Students will be able to: apply adult learning (andragogy) to personal change, develop executive coaching skills at the personal and managerial level and deploy a variety of decision-making styles.

BUS 655 Project Management

3 Hours
Contemporary business leaders are often tasked with leading the execution of projects. Throughout this course students will learn tools and techniques for connecting the organizations mission and vision to organizational deliverables. Experiential work will engage in development of a project plan that benefits an organization of their choosing using tools such as WBS, PERT, grant charts and heat maps. Students will be able to: use appropriate project management techniques and tools for project design and delivery and demonstrate principles of benefits realization management.

BUS 660 Regulatory/Reporting Environments

3 Hours
This course is designed to equip students with the tools necessary to analyze an organizations exposure to risk and formulate solutions to mitigate or eliminate such exposure through identification, assessment and prioritization. This course offers a contemporary perspective on legal and ethical issues that organizations face. Students will understand components of legal and regulatory environments, liabilities, contracts, and more. Students will demonstrate the ability to: analyze legal dilemmas and make decisions that mitigate risk and identify, assess, prioritize, and develop strategies that maximize mission profitability while honoring corporate ethics.

NPA 610 Financial Resource Development

3 Hours
This course will discuss the current state of giving within the church, examine the underlying tenets of giving from a scriptural and a human perspective, and explore different approaches for cultivating giving within the church that will enable short and long-term sustainable resource development.

NPA 620 Governance, Personnel and Volunteer Management

3 Hours
In this course, students will learn the different roles and responsibilities of governing boards, staff members and volunteers, and learn how to navigate roles, responsibilities and relationships within these structures. Students will discover ways to respond to challenges, and how to design appropriate structures and methods for recruiting, training, developing, sustaining and retaining the right talent for important roles and responsibilities in the church.

NPA 650 Vision, Strategy, and Evaluation

3 Hours
Each church has a unique vision. Each board and congregation bring a different perspective on what their purpose is. Each pastor is tasked with determining the appropriate ways to execute this vision and purpose. This course delivers content about how to develop and evaluate vision, mission, and purpose as well as how to design, implement and evaluate the effectiveness of a strategy at both the organization and program levels.

NPA 661 Communications and Community Outreach

3 Hours
In this course, students will develop an understanding of their churchs alignment with the needs of their congregational community as well as the needs of their community of geographic proximity. Students will explore a variety of mediums and communication strategies to design (or modify) methods of internal and external communications, develop skills in marketing and messaging to and for their church, and evaluate and engage strategies for effective outreach.

Your Contacts

At DWU, we will take the time to establish personal and meaningful connections with you. As you explore this program, you’ll work with an admissions representative and our program director who will focus on you and your goals.

Diana Goldammer, Ed.D.

Associate Professor | MBA Program Director | Director of the Kelley Center for Entrepreneurship

Fredel Thomas, MBA

Vice President of Admissions and Marketing

Janet Greenway

Graduate & Online Enrollment Coordinator

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