Bachelor of Arts in Management

Management (BA) Online Degree

Gain the key principles of management and leadership uniquely delivered with a biblical foundation through the Bachelor of Arts in Management program, powered by Vanguard University, in partnership with Jakes Divinity School (JDS).

This accredited management degree online program will help you grow into the next generation of Christian business leadership by developing your critical thinking, personnel management, ethical decision-making, and communication skills. You will be prepared to effectively lead an organization at all stages of development — and you will do it while building the intrinsic abilities necessary to take your ministry into the marketplace.

Through academically rigorous courses led by premier Spirit-filled scholars, you will earn your management degree online in fellowship with other spiritual learners. Like you, they value a versatile business degree that will launch them into their careers as effective influencers and global leaders.

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Focus on one course at a time in 5 to 8-week modules
Learn from Spirit-filled scholars and business leaders
Be mentored by JDS Ambassadors for academic and moral support
Attend face-to-face residency opportunities twice a year
Integrate your faith with the principles of business leadership

Why Jakes Divinity School for your management degree?

This accessible management program allows you to earn your degree while taking courses online — a flexible learning approach that enables you to uphold your personal, ministerial, and professional responsibilities.

What’s more, the practical, evidence-based strategies you will learn are infused with faith and integrity, providing you with the strong foundation you need to lead through change and bring about creative innovation in your field.

With approximately 15 students or fewer in your online business management courses, you will experience focused attention from Christian leaders who are passionate about your success. This collaborative and supportive environment will cultivate innovative leadership skills that will help you stand out in the business world.

In addition to your management courses, you will have access to specialized sessions throughout your academic journey during the fall and spring residencies and the International Leadership Conference. Taught by JDS faculty and guest lecturers, these sessions will give you a strong foundation in biblical leadership and Christian ethics.

Keep your personal and professional commitments while working toward your bachelor’s degree in management. As part of the JDS partnership, VU offers three 5-week, or two 7- to 8-week modules per semester. Many take one course per module, but you can request to complete two courses if desired.

Connect with a culturally diverse group of fellow Christian business scholars who share your biblical worldview. Work together to build lasting, faith-based networks that will prepare you to lead wherever you are called — across the nation or around the world.

Find moral and academic support to help you along the way from JDS Ambassadors, fellow students who will be there for you even before you enroll in your management degree. Build leadership and communication skills by becoming an Ambassador.

You can attend two residencies per year — in the spring and fall — to develop extra skills and competencies that will help you succeed in your online management courses, ministries, and career. Network with other JDS students, faculty, and staff, and learn exclusive information from top industry and ministry leaders.

Participate in lively conversations on topics such as social justice, societal and church leadership, theological perspectives, and more in JDS Town Halls. You will have the opportunity to ask questions, get feedback, and learn about JDS during these dynamic events.

Gain inspiration and enlightenment from JDS founder and chancellor Bishop T.D. Jakes through virtual master classes. Bishop Jakes shares theological insights and wisdom gained from his multifaceted career to help you along your journey.

What can you do with a bachelor’s degree in management?

Upon completing your coursework, you will be prepared to enter the workforce with a solid understanding of the principles of management — or continue working toward a graduate degree. No matter the path you choose, you will have the knowledge, critical-thinking skills, and ethical foundation to shape the business world.

This management program prepares you for the following business areas: 

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Financial analysis
  • General and operations management
  • Human resources 
  • International business
  • Marketing
  • Nonprofit management
  • Sales

Job outlook with a management degree

Management careers are expected to grow by 5% through 2029 — a higher rate of growth than employment opportunities overall, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Begin your management degree online

Join a vibrant spiritual community and start your online management courses. If you still need more information about our management program, reach out at 1-866-85-MYJDS (1-866-856-9537) or email info@jakesdivinity.org.

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Apply online today for the management degree at Jakes Divinity School. See the application requirements below for more information.

Learn More about Financial Aid

Start on your path to your business career by applying for federal loans, grants, and/or scholarships. It begins with completing the FAFSA and using School Code: 001293 for Vanguard.

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General Education:
34-37 units
$415 per unit
$15,355

Electives:
35-38 units
$415 per unit
$15,770

Management Core:
48 units
$545 per unit
$26,160

  • Submit a FREE online application.
  • Official high school and college transcripts
    • All official transcripts should be submitted as follows:
      • Physical transcripts can be sent to the address below and must be in a sealed envelope from the school remitting the transcript to be accepted:
        Vanguard University
        School for Professional Studies
        55 Fair Drive
        Costa Mesa, CA, 92626
      • Electronic transcripts can be sent to: spsadmissions@vanguard.edu (must be sent from a third-party Safe Sender, such as eScrip or Parchment to be accepted).
  • Statement of Purpose
    • Write a detailed statement of purpose that describes how your chosen degree program aligns with your vocational aspirations and is related to your Christian faith.
    • Statement must be a minimum of 250 words, double-spaced, 12-point Times New Roman font.
    • Please email your completed statement of purpose (in Word document or pdf format) to eedwards@jakesdivinity.org with the subject “JDS Statement of Purpose – (Your first and last name here)”.
  • Complete the FAFSA, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, by visiting fafsa.ed.gov. Vanguard’s school code is 001293.

This degree is offered in an online hybrid format with opportunities for face-to-face residencies twice a year and live video conferencing.

  • Design Thinking and Innovation
  • Organizational Communication
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Research Methods
  • Data Analytics for Business Decisions
  • Intercultural Dynamics in Business
  • Business Through Eyes of Faith
  • Organizational Ethics
  • Speech Comp/Presentation
  • Marketing Course – Select any Introductory Marketing (MRKT) or equivalent course
  • Psychology Course – Select any PSYD or equivalent Psychology course
  • Select one course: Managerial Economics, Finance (FINC) or equivalent course
  • Special Topic in Management (Conflict Management and Negotiations)
  • Managing Organizational Change
  • Human Resource Management
  • Strategic Marketing Management
  • Social/Cultural Psychology
  • Principles of Management
  • Managerial Leadership

Management Program Format

The course format consists of three, 5-week modules per semester (Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters). Most students take one course per module. If a student needs to complete two courses in a single module, it must first be approved by the Student Success Coordinator.
Students are also encouraged to participate in two residencies per year – the International Leadership Summit and the JDS Symposium.

Estimated tuition costs based on 2020-2021 tuition rates.

  • $415-545 per unit
  • Technology and Program Fee: $400 per semester
General Education: 34-37 units $415 per unit $15,355
Electives: 35-38 units $415 per unit $15,770
Major: 48 units $545 per unit $26,160
Powered by Vanguard University

The degree is offered online with some face-to-face opportunities for learning, networking, and hands-on experience. All of Jakes Divinity School students will have face-to-face residency opportunities twice a year. The first is during the International Leadership Summit each spring of a given degree program. Students will arrive on site of the summit the Sunday evening prior and remain for a week until the end of the summit. The second residency will likely take place in Dallas, TX, at Jakes Divinity School in the fall of each year.

PLEASE NOTE: We are not eligible to accept students from the states of Alabama, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Maryland, Minnesota, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Rhode Island, Utah, Vermont, Wisconsin, and Wyoming in degrees powered by Vanguard University

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Students in the online bachelor’s degree in business management program have the option of applying for federal loans, grants, and/or scholarships. To apply for financial aid, complete a FAFSA application (Spanish FAFSA application) and use School Code: 001293 for Vanguard.

Financial Aid Requirements
Federal guidelines generally require students to be enrolled in a minimum of 6 units/semester hours to use federal financial aid. Students are not eligible to use federal financial aid (FAFSA) if starting in Module 3 of any semester. If starting in Module 3, students will only be enrolled in 3 units (1 course). Students can still be admitted for Module 3 of a semester and pay out of pocket for tuition.

Financial Aid Application Deadline
Please refer to the financial aid registration deadline and academic registration dates made available through your JDS Enrollment and Student Services Coordinator.

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