Executive Master of Business Administration

Executive Master of Business Administration

Jakes Divinity School (JDS) and Paul Quinn College (PQC) are developing a new Executive Master of Business Administration degree program for business executives, entrepreneurs, and Christian leaders. Pending Board approval, JDS and PQC will launch the eMBA program fall 2021.

Develop the skills needed to be an agent of change in the global marketplace by growing in your spiritual formation, creative innovation, and business acumen through the online Executive MBA program at Jakes Divinity School (JDS).

Powered by Paul Quinn College, this MBA program delivers courses on topics ranging from economics to strategic business development to ethical decision-making. Focused on fostering the next generation of entrepreneurial Christian business leaders, this Executive MBA expands on business principles and provides applied learning experiences. Fuse your faith, spirituality, and scholarship while you learn to use your professional life as a platform for your biblical ministry.

This accessible Executive MBA program will teach you practical, evidence-based solutions to organizational issues while instructing you on how to bear witness in business. It is a top Executive MBA program led by scholars who are both experienced business leaders and dedicated theologians.


Executive MBA students will have face-to-face and innovational learning experiences built into the two-year program.  The experiences will include engaging in the International Leadership Summit each spring, studying abroad during the student’s first fall semester, and creating or expanding a business venture.


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What can you do with an executive MBA?

Anchored in biblical values, this Executive MBA program will help you to advance your personal brand—at JDS and into your career. The Executive MBA program online aids aspiring Christian leaders like you to advance your spiritual calling through rigorous academics, leadership coaching, and exclusive programming.

JDS Executive MBA program graduates can go on to succeed in:

  • Business development
  • Business operations
  • Executive leadership
  • Financial management
  • Healthcare operations
  • Marketing leadership
  • Product management

Executive Master of Business Administration

Core Course Descriptions (24 units)

Christian Ministry or Business? The limited few who can operate within these Two Gifts may experience the push or pull of choosing one or the other. This course will explore what it means to fully embrace both gifts to serve God and utilize business and entrepreneurial endeavors to serve the people of God.

Write the vision and make it plain… A new or existing business venture must have a plan of attack which considers the good and bad times. The course will review different approaches to business implementation and structural plans. Learners will draft their new or expansion business plan to share to a panel of business experts for real feedback.

What will the public perceive about your business? Are your Christian values communicated through all you do? Are decisions made from a Christian perspective? Students will review real world businesses who have experienced identity crisis’ related to their ethics and values

A full understanding of debits and credits, budget and cash flow is required in order to maintain and grow a business. Quantitative skills and budget evaluation will be covered with the goal of how to identify new sources of capital, maximizing profits, and avoiding common pitfalls related to financing, including internal fraud.

Organizational management is the study of how various people interact within a shared environment. Understanding roles, skills, motivations. Conflict and resolution will assist in the effectiveness of a business or entrepreneurial endeavor.

6 week term divided into 2 weeks of preliminary study leading up to a 3 week study abroad experience, and a 1 week debrief / final exam/presentation period.

2020 was a year of crisis. What would you have done as the owner, CEO of a business or community based organization? Real examples of leadership, decision making, or lack there of will be reviewed to help create Emergency Response Plans to preserve life and property in any type of crisis or emergency. Learners will select a crises and research impact, response and recovery. The final project will include an evaluation of the entity post crises and role play presentation of how the learner would have responded.

Data driven decisions will save time and money, and increase the bottom line. This statistical analysis course will explore how data can be used to enhance knowledge of existing clients and potential customers, pricing models, customer feedback, etc. including effective communication of data results and its interpretation for specific audiences.

Businesses have access to financial statements, cash flow reports, annual audits, etc. What does this information mean? What type of data is needed for specific types of decisions? This course will lead the learner through data evaluation exercises with a focus on “what if” scenarios for current and future financial projections. The learner will also learn key financial indicators which communicate strengths and weaknesses in the financial model, such as over or under budgeting, misappropriation of funds, non-traditional indicators, etc. Additionally, the course will focus on the presentation and interpretation of financial data for different audiences, such as clients, funders or external auditors / evaluators.

How many successful businesses plan to be overly successful? Who is going to take over from the founder upon retirement, illness, death or scandal? How will the entity recover from failure? All three of these risks are possible, and must be mitigated through effective business planning with the appropriate perspectives from law, insurance, public relations, etc.

Everyone does not approach business from the Christian perspective. The law, US or International, the contract and the negotiating process provide protections for business to be done legally, but not always ethically. This course will review the basics of business law and contract negotiations. Issue of intellectual property and public domain will also be covered.

Technology will be a part of any successful business even if technology is not the product or service. Without an understanding of technology your business could be vulnerable to attack, underprepared to compete in the marketplace and not able to grow or pivot when needed. This course will introduce the learner to the typical business technologies for regular operations, cyber security, basic website and app development, and social media as a business platform.

The Entrepreneurial Thought and Action Techniques will be used to develop and expand solid business plans around your BIG dream / idea. The course will culminate in a business, product or service launch.

Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission, you must have a minimum GPA in college courses of a 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.

You must submit the following:

  • A completed application via the PQC application portal
  • One letter of recommendation from a college professor or employer. Email your letter of recommendation to email address: kgreen@jakesdivinity.org.
  • A 500-word essay on which business specialization interests you and why. Email your essay to kgreen@jakesdivinity.org.
  • A detailed resume and email it to kgreen@jakesdivinity.org with the subject “EMBA Applicant Resume – (Your first and last name here)”.
  • An official transcript from every college or university you attended

Transcripts must be submitted in sealed, signed envelopes and mailed directly from the college or university to this address:

Melissa Orozco
Enrollment Management at Paul Quinn College
3837 Simpson Stuart Road
Dallas, TX 75241-4398

eMBA@pqc.edu or morozco@pqc.edu


  • The tuition and fees for the 36-credit hour eMBA program will range from $44,801.33 to $48,498.66.
    • Specific tuition and fees to be charged are:
      • Per credit hour tuition – $788
      • Technology fee – $1666.67 per term (prorated for Winter-term)
      • Graduate Student fee – $1950.00 (only charged fall and spring term)
      • Student Health Insurance Fee (waived if student holds ACA Compliant Insurance) – amount is determined annually
      • Graduation Fee – $300 (for degree audit, regalia rental, ceremony expenses)
    • The study abroad costs are not included in the above tuition and fees. The study abroad experience is considered to be mandatory and an integral component of the learning experience. Study Abroad trips will start once international travel is deemed safe post the COVID-19 Pandemic.

    Estimated tuition costs based on 2021-2022 tuition rates.

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