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Bachelor of Science: Business Administration

Earn your bachelor's degree onsite or online in a program designed to help you accomplish your career goals by offering a format that accommodates the lifestyle of busy adults.
Application Process
  1. Meet entrance requirements for admission to the AGS Bachelor's Degree Program:
    1. Present a minimum of 48 transferable semester hours from an accredited college/post-secondary institution.  If you have fewer than 48 hours of transfer credit, consider completing the credits necessary for admission by taking courses offered through Bryan's online associate's program. 
    2. Have a minimum GPA of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale on all prior course work.
    3. Requirement for B.S. in Applied Psychology students only: A general psychology course is required prior to admission to the program. This course must meet the requirements for transfer credit.
  2. Choose your location/start date.
  3. Complete the online application ($35 application fee).
  4. Request official transcripts from all colleges or universities you have attended. Submit military certificates earned and/or military transcripts.
CPL (Credit for Prior Learning)

All of us are lifelong experiential learners. That we are is a compelling fact. The question is not whether there will be experiential learning, but how effective it will be.

Because of this basic truth, two priorities arise for educators: (1) 'learning how to learn from experience' emerges as a major objective of education-at all levels; and (2) achieving the right blend of experiential and traditional classroom learning activities-to fit each individual's learning style-becomes a daily requirement for educators and other facilitators of learning.

— Whitaker, Urban
Assessing Learning: Standards, Principles, and Procedures
Philadelphia: CAEL, Council for Adult and Experiential Learning, 1989
 

Students in the Degree Completion Program are encouraged to develop a portfolio of prior learning (see Portfolio Handbook). Bryan College assesses that learning according to standards set by the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning. Some of these standards are:

  • Credit should be awarded only for learning, and not for experience.
  • College credit should be awarded only for college-level learning.
  • Credit should be awarded only for learning that has a balance, appropriate to the subject, between theory and practical application.
  • The determination of competence levels and of credit awards must be made by appropriate subject matter and academic experts.
  • Credit should be appropriate to the academic context in which it is accepted.

Credit for Prior Learning provides Bryan College with a means of assessing learning associated with previous life-learning situations. Participants may earn up to 31 semester hours credit for learning acquired through life experience. There is a Credit for Prior Learning fee for all credit earned through this process.

Curriculum
The B.S.B.A. curriculum is based on which of the following options you wish to pursue:
  • Organizational Management   - 13 courses (37 hours)
  • Healthcare Management  - 13 courses in the Organizational Management major plus 4 additional courses, for a total of 17 courses (49 hours)
  • Human Resource Management   - 13 courses in the Organizational Management major plus 4 additional courses, for a total of 17 courses (49 hours)
  • Leadership  - 13 courses in the Organizational Management major plus 4 additional courses, for a total of 17 courses (49 hours)

Organizational Management Courses

ACTA 337: FINANCIAL ACCOUNTING FOR MANAGERS (3 CREDITS, 5 WEEKS)
An introduction to the concepts and principles involved in the preparation of financial reports including accrual accounting, customer receivables, inventories, plant assets, debt, equity and cash flow. The course is designed to provide the student with a working knowledge of basic financial accounting concepts and an understanding of the economic events represented by the accounting process and financial statements.

BUSA 311: GROUP AND ORGANIZATIONAL BEHAVIOR - 3 CREDITS, 5 WEEKS
Study of group and organizational behavior and how group functioning affects organizational effectiveness. Emphasis is placed on decision-making and resolving conflict among groups. Students develop strategies for efficient and productive organizational management and determine which tasks should be handled by groups and which by individuals.

BUSA 414: MANAGERIAL MARKETING AND ADVERTISING (3 CREDITS, 5 WEEKS)
Concepts of effective marketing and advertising are studied as they impact the manager. Involves a study from the conception of the idea of a good or service to its utilization by the consumer with emphasis on the major decision areas (product, place, promotion, and price).

BUSA 420: MANAGERIAL FINANCE (3 CREDITS, 5 WEEKS)
Introductory managerial finance course presenting an introduction to managerial finance and basic financial concepts. The course introduces the scope of managerial finance, financial institutions and markets, financial statements (income statement, balance sheet, statement of retained earnings, and statement of cash flows), the analysis of financial statements, the time value of money, risk and return, and valuation.

BUSA 426: LEGAL ENVIRONMENT FOR MANAGERS - 3 CREDITS, 5 WEEKS
A practical study of business law as it relates to the organization and managers. The American court system, legal rules applying to business transactions (contracts, agency, corporations, and partnerships), and regulations relating to employment are emphasized.

ECNA 439: MANAGERIAL ECONOMICS - 3 CREDITS, 5 WEEKS
An introductory course in macroeconomics as it relates to managerial decision-making. It focuses on national income accounting, the determination of national output and employment levels, stabilization policy, the banking system, and monetary theory. Inflation, unemployment, lagging productivity, economic growth, and the public debt are considered. This course also allows the student to begin to integrate Scriptural principles concerning economics and money into personal experience.

MGTA 321: MANAGEMENT AND SUPERVISION - 3 CREDITS, 5 WEEKS
An examination of management concepts, resulting in an understanding of the role of professional management, the function of managing, and the skills, knowledge, and attitudes of people in supervisory and managerial positions. Students will utilize case studies and essays to provide insights into the issues, problems, and opportunities affecting management.

MGTA 340: BUSINESS ETHICS - 3 CREDITS, 5 WEEKS
Ethical theories and personal values are examined through readings and discussion, especially as they relate to cultural organizations. Emphasis is given to the development of a personal ethic for decision-making in the workplace.

MGTA 435: HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT - 3 CREDITS, 5 WEEKS
This course focuses on the strategic role HRM plays in creating an organization’s competitive advantage through people. Students will explore the internal and external issues that influence an organization’s decisions and policies affecting its human resources. They will learn about critical HR functions such as job analysis, recruitment, selection, development, appraisal, retention, compensation, and employee rights and discipline.

MGTA 449: STRATEGIC ORGANIZATIONAL DECISION-MAKING - 3 CREDITS, 5 WEEKS
This is the capstone course of the organizational management program, developing a comprehensive management perspective, emphasizing a strategic organizational decision-making approach to handling multifunctional business problems, and integrating this discipline with a Christian business ethic.

MGTA 491: ORGANIZATIONAL AND APPLIED RESEARCH I - 3 CREDITS, 5 WEEKS
Students will study issues of problem definition in doing organizational research and will complete the Introduction/Problem Definition, Literature Review, and Design portions of the research project prior to Part II of the project.

MGTA 492: ORGANIZATIONAL AND APPLIED RESEARCH II - 1 CREDIT, 1 WEEK
This course focuses on data collection.  Students will execute a plan for collecting the data necessary for the applied research project.  Part I is the prerequisite required before Part II can begin.

PHILA 321: PHILOSOPHY OF CULTURE - 3 CREDITS, 5 WEEKS
A survey of the comprehensive worldviews that are present in humanity. The emphasis is upon the universal nature of a worldview and the types of beliefs which are the result of worldviews, including ethical practices. 

Additional Courses for Healthcare Management Option 

PSY 330: LIFE-SPAN DEVELOPMENT (3 CREDITS, 5 WEEKS)
This course is designed to provide a general overview of the developmental process in humans from conception through death. Included is attention to examination of the major theoretical perspectives related to the physical, mental, emotional, spiritual/moral, social, and vocational development in people over the lifespan.

MGTA 430: HEALTHCARE ADMINISTRATION (3 CREDITS, 5 WEEKS)
Techniques of management and leadership are examined. Emphasis is given to an overview of healthcare management and administration in day-to-day public and private sector healthcare systems.

MGTA 432: CONTEMPORARY ISSUES IN HEALTHCARE MANAGEMENT (3 CREDITS, 5 WEEKS)
This is a comprehensive course to allow synthesis and application of concepts to a variety of healthcare topics related to organization and administration in health services. This is a comprehensive course to allow synthesis and application of concepts to a variety of healthcare topics related to organization and administration in health services.

PHILA 314: HEALTHCARE ETHICS (3 CREDITS, 5 WEEKS)
Ethical theories and personal values are examined through readings and discussion, especially as they relate to healthcare organizations. Emphasis is given to the development of a personal ethic for decision-making in the healthcare environment.

Additional Courses for Human Resource Management Option

BUSA 341 Employee Selection (3 credits)
Development and implementation of effective employee selection programs is a critical component in an organization’s success. As part of the process of selection this course will examine the differences between staffing and selection, recruitment, predictors of job performance, and measurements.  

BUSA 342 Employee Benefits (3 credits)
An understanding of employee benefits programs and how they relate to human resource management and total rewards is important for managers who deal with human resource issues on a daily basis. This course will seek to strike a balance between academic thought and practical benefit administration examples providing students with a solid foundation for dealing with employee benefit issues and laws affecting benefits.  

BUSA 343 Performance Management (3 credits)
In today’s organization it is essential to establish systems and measures that develop motivated and productive employees. This course will explore how to get top employee performance by working toward a cooperative work environment and through goals-focused planning and appraisals. 

BUSA 344 Labor Relations & Collective Bargaining (3 credits)
The relationship between management and labor unions has historically played a major role, and continues to do so, in today’s business environment. This course will provide an in-depth analysis of this relationship. Topics covered will include labor agreements, collective bargaining, arbitration, and the rights and responsibilities of unions and management.

Additional Courses for Leadership Option


MGT 441 Leadership and Managing Change
This course explores leadership traits, styles, roles and responsibilities of successful leaders over time. This course seeks to determine the students’ individual leadership style and to promote the development of the servant leadership approach modeled by Christ. The course also deals with the practical issues of leading organizations through change and managing the day-to-day aspects of organizational change. Prerequisite: HRM 327

BUS 310 Team Management
Selected readings will offer students the opportunity to examine current topics and thought related to managing teams in the work environment. 

BUSA 345 Principles of Leadership
The course will prepare students for leadership roles in business, the community and in their professions. Students will gain knowledge about the components that make leadership successful. Theoretical and practical skills necessary for success in both personal and professional lives will be explored. It is intended for students who are interested in gaining a foundation in leadership studies and extended coursework in applied aspects of Leadership.

BUSA 440 Strategic Organizational Leadership
This course will provide students the opportunity to further develop their leadership skills as they apply to a variety of business settings. Emphasis will be placed on synthesis, analysis, and application of leadership theories in a variety of simulations and cases as encountered by leaders in today’s organizations.
Booklist
 The following information is provided to ensure you have your books and learning resources in time to complete assignments due the first class session:
  1. We recommend you purchase your books 3-5 weeks before your class start date.
  2. To ensure you are ordering the correct title, author, and edition, visit  Bryan College's virtual bookstore  to get complete information.
    1. Click "Order Textbooks."
    2. Choose your program from the drop-down list under "Select Your Courses."
    3. Find detailed information for the book(s) and/or other resources that are required for each course in your program.
  3. You may purchase your books through Bryan College's virtual bookstore  or any other source of your choosing.  Also note that in addition to purchasing a new textbook, some titles are also available as a used book, an eBook, or a for-rent book.  Books ordered from Bryan's online bookstore are typically shipped within 24-48 hours after your order is submitted.
  4. If you have textbook questions, please contact us at ags@bryan.edu

Graduation Requirements
  1. Complete a minimum of 124 semester hours accepted by Bryan College, based on the following:
    1. Transfer Credit (Your admissions counselor will discuss with you which college credits will transfer to Bryan.)
    2. Prior Learning Credit
    3. General Education Requirements based on your major
    4. Major Requirements - between 37 and 49 credits - determined by your major ( business or psychology ).
  2. Have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.0 (on a 4.0 scale) and grades of C or better in all courses in your major.  Please note that transfer credits do not impact your Bryan GPA.

Prior Learning Credit

A maximum of 31 non-traditional semester hours may be applied toward graduation.  Non-traditional semester hours may be earned through the following options:

  • CLEP or other recognized examination, such as Dantes (DSST)
  • Military training, based on American Council of Education and coursework/training as evaluated by ACE, PONSI  (click here for more information)
  • Credit for Prior Learning awarded by Bryan College upon evaluation of Credit for Prior Learning portfolio.
Please contact ags@bryan.edu if you wish to pursue any non-traditional semester hours as part of your educational plan.

General Education Requirements Based on Your Major

B.S. in Business Administration B. S. in Applied Psychology
The following General Education requirements must be completed either through Bryan electives or from credits that were approved for transfer to Bryan:
  • English Composition (3 hours)
  • College-level Mathematics (3 hours)
  • Natural Science (3 hours)
  • Oral Communication (3 hours)
  • Social Sciences (3 hours)
  • Bible (6 hours)
  • Humanities (9 hours)
Complete the General Education requirements as follows:

  • English Composition (3 hours)
  • College-level Mathematics (3 hours)
  • Natural Science (3 hours)
  • Oral Communication (3 hours)
  • Bible (6 hours)
  • Humanities (9 hours)
  • General Psychology (3 hours)

Financial Aid

Getting Started

Important Information


The purpose of financial aid is to provide financial resources to students who otherwise would not be able to obtain a college education.

We recommend completing the FAFSA during the initial stages of the admission application process.

The FAFSA must be submitted each year to determine eligibility for need-based grants (available only to students enrolled in undergraduate programs) and Stafford Loans.

If you are a first-time borrower of a Stafford Loan please complete Entrance Counseling and a MPN.
 

Contact Information

423.775.7339
423.775.7300 (fax)

Financial Aid Office
P.O. Box 7000
Dayton, TN 37321
 
FAFSA View My Awards

Start Dates

Online

Cohort Location Orientation Date Start Date Day
1 Online July 31, 2014 August 7, 2014 Thursday

Onsite

Cohort Location Orientation Date Start Date Day
2 Chattanooga State July 31, 2014 August 7, 2014 Thursday
3 Cleveland July 29, 2014 August 5, 2014 Tuesday
4 Athens July 28, 2014 August 4, 2014 Monday
5 Catoosa County July 29, 2014 August 5, 2014 Tuesday
6 Knoxville July 31, 2014 August 7, 2014 Thursday
7 Dayton July 31, 2014 August 7, 2014 Thursday

Electives
Please note the following:
  • Register here ONLY if you have received (a) an acceptance letter and (b) your graduation plan.  Please contact agshelp@bryan.edu if you have questions.
    • Maximum two courses per session, six courses per term
    • Maximum 18 hours total per term (online and onsite)
Please click here to sign in to your eStudent account and register.
Tuition & Fees
Program Options Tuition
37-Hour Program:   This core program provides for the completion of the Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration: Organizational Management. $285 per credit hour

 
12-Hour Optional :  After completing the 37-hour program, you have the option to take 12 additional hours for the completion of a Healthcare Management, or Human Resource Management
$285 per credit

 
36-Hour Program: This core program provides for the completion of the Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Psychology.  $285 per credit hour

Additional Expenses* 

  • Students are responsible for purchasing textbooks .  
  • Application Fee is $35.
  • $125 Graduation Fee is due two weeks before commencement exercises.
  • Credit for Prior Learning Assessment Fees are charged according to the hours assessed.  The rate is $50 per credit hour.
  • $30 Software Licensing Fee is due during the first course.

*Fees subject to change

Program Features
Complete your bachelor’s degree in as little as 18 months, convert significant life experience into college credit, experience classes taught from a Christian worldview, and choose from a number of convenient locations.
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Bachelor of Science: Applied Psychology

Earn your bachelor's degree onsite or online in a program designed to help you accomplish your career goals by offering a format that accommodates the lifestyle of busy adults.
Application Process
  1. Meet entrance requirements for admission to the AGS Bachelor's Degree Program:
    1. Present a minimum of 48 transferable semester hours from an accredited college/post-secondary institution.  If you have fewer than 48 hours of transfer credit, consider completing the credits necessary for admission by taking courses offered through Bryan's online associate's program. 
    2. Have a minimum GPA of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale on all prior course work.
    3. Requirement for B.S. in Applied Psychology students only: A general psychology course is required prior to admission to the program. This course must meet the requirements for transfer credit.
  2. Choose your location/start date.
  3. Complete the online application ($35 application fee).
  4. Request official transcripts from all colleges or universities you have attended. Submit military certificates earned and/or military transcripts.
CPL (Credit for Prior Learning)

All of us are lifelong experiential learners. That we are is a compelling fact. The question is not whether there will be experiential learning, but how effective it will be.

Because of this basic truth, two priorities arise for educators: (1) 'learning how to learn from experience' emerges as a major objective of education-at all levels; and (2) achieving the right blend of experiential and traditional classroom learning activities-to fit each individual's learning style-becomes a daily requirement for educators and other facilitators of learning.

— Whitaker, Urban
Assessing Learning: Standards, Principles, and Procedures
Philadelphia: CAEL, Council for Adult and Experiential Learning, 1989
 

Students in the Degree Completion Program are encouraged to develop a portfolio of prior learning (see Portfolio Handbook). Bryan College assesses that learning according to standards set by the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning. Some of these standards are:

  • Credit should be awarded only for learning, and not for experience.
  • College credit should be awarded only for college-level learning.
  • Credit should be awarded only for learning that has a balance, appropriate to the subject, between theory and practical application.
  • The determination of competence levels and of credit awards must be made by appropriate subject matter and academic experts.
  • Credit should be appropriate to the academic context in which it is accepted.

Credit for Prior Learning provides Bryan College with a means of assessing learning associated with previous life-learning situations. Participants may earn up to 31 semester hours credit for learning acquired through life experience. There is a Credit for Prior Learning fee for all credit earned through this process.

Curriculum
General Education Requirements:
  • English Composition (3 hours)
  • College-level Mathematics (3 hours)
  • Natural Science (3 hours)
  • Oral Communication (3 hours)
  • Bible (6 hours)
  • Social Sciences (3 hours)
  • Humanities (9 hours) 
The B.S.A.P. consists of the following 12 courses (36 credits):
HIS 341 TWENTIETH CENTURY AMERICA - 3 credit hours – 5 weeks
An in depth analysis of the people, trends, events, and ideas impacting the U.S. in the twentieth century.

PHILA321/BIBA 321 PHILOSOPHY OF CULTURE - 3 credit hours – 5 weeks
A survey of the comprehensive worldviews that are present in humanity. The emphasis is upon the universal nature of a worldview and the types of beliefs, which are the result of worldviews, including ethical practices.

PSY 228 FAMILY LIFE - 3 credit hours – 5 weeks
A study of marriage and the family, including dating,  partner choice, premarital and biblical roles, communication, and conflict management. A variety of integrative texts are used to communicate relevant research findings and the biblical perspective.

PSY 322 RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODOLOGY - 3 credit hours – 5 weeks
Introduction to research design and methodology. Focus is primarily on quantitative methods. Includes the development of a research project utilizing the appropriate research methods and statistical analyses. 

PSY 325 PERSONALITY THEORY - 3 credit hours – 5 weeks
A study of the psychology of personal adjustment with emphasis upon the various theories of personality and how they organize the human psyche.

PSY 327 METHODS AND MODELS OF INTEGRATION - 3 credit hours – 5 weeks
A study of several approaches Christian psychologists have used for integrating Christianity and psychology.  Emphasis on approaches which deal effectively with both theology and psychology. Includes implications for academic psychology and counseling.

PSY 330 LIFE-SPAN DEVELOPMENT - 3 credit hours - 5 weeks
This course is designed to provide a general overview of the developmental process in humans from conception through death. Included is attention to examination of the major theoretical perspectives related to the physical, mental, emotional, spiritual/moral, social, and vocational development in people over the lifespan.

PSY 334 SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY - 3 credit hours – 5 weeks
A survey of theories and findings concerning social influences on human behavior. Includes such topics as attitude change, prejudice, effects of the presence of others, conformity, and forming impressions of others.

PSY 424 ABNORMAL PSYCHOLOGY - 3 credit hours – 5 weeks
A study of disorganized personalities.  Emphasis on a descriptive classification of the various behavior disorders using the current classification procedures. Investigation of therapy techniques for the various disorders.

PSY 429 COUNSELING THEORIES - 3 credit hours – 5 weeks
A study of the major secular theories of counseling. Highlights various principles and techniques used in the more popular approaches. Study of how counselees get in and out of dysfunction.

PSY 449 COUNSELING TECHNIQUES
- 3 credit hours – 5 weeks
Basic helping skills such as reflective listening, rapport building and developing empathy will be covered.  Students will be confronted with case studies and role plays to apply various techniques in the counseling process.  Emphasis is on active student learning, and this course is taught in a seminar type format.

PSY 472 PSYCHOLOGY PRACTICUM – 3 credit hours – third term  
The establishment and performance of a working experience in a non clinical setting related to psychology. Includes on-site supervision and assignments directed by the instructor. A background check may be required as a prerequisite to completing the practicum. 
Graduation Requirements
  1. Complete a minimum of 124 semester hours accepted by Bryan College, based on the following:
    1. Transfer Credit (Your admissions counselor will discuss with you which college credits will transfer to Bryan.)
    2. Prior Learning Credit
    3. General Education Requirements based on your major
    4. Major Requirements - between 37 and 49 credits - determined by your major ( business or psychology ).
  2. Have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.0 (on a 4.0 scale) and grades of C or better in all courses in your major.  Please note that transfer credits do not impact your Bryan GPA.

Prior Learning Credit

A maximum of 31 non-traditional semester hours may be applied toward graduation.  Non-traditional semester hours may be earned through the following options:

  • CLEP or other recognized examination, such as Dantes (DSST)
  • Military training, based on American Council of Education and coursework/training as evaluated by ACE, PONSI  (click here for more information)
  • Credit for Prior Learning awarded by Bryan College upon evaluation of Credit for Prior Learning portfolio.
Please contact ags@bryan.edu if you wish to pursue any non-traditional semester hours as part of your educational plan.

General Education Requirements Based on Your Major

B.S. in Business Administration B. S. in Applied Psychology
The following General Education requirements must be completed either through Bryan electives or from credits that were approved for transfer to Bryan:
  • English Composition (3 hours)
  • College-level Mathematics (3 hours)
  • Natural Science (3 hours)
  • Oral Communication (3 hours)
  • Social Sciences (3 hours)
  • Bible (6 hours)
  • Humanities (9 hours)
Complete the General Education requirements as follows:

  • English Composition (3 hours)
  • College-level Mathematics (3 hours)
  • Natural Science (3 hours)
  • Oral Communication (3 hours)
  • Bible (6 hours)
  • Humanities (9 hours)
  • General Psychology (3 hours)

Booklist
 The following information is provided to ensure you have your books and learning resources in time to complete assignments due the first class session:
  1. We recommend you purchase your books 3-5 weeks before your class start date.
  2. To ensure you are ordering the correct title, author, and edition, visit  Bryan College's virtual bookstore  to get complete information.
    1. Click "Order Textbooks."
    2. Choose your program from the drop-down list under "Select Your Courses."
    3. Find detailed information for the book(s) and/or other resources that are required for each course in your program.
  3. You may purchase your books through Bryan College's virtual bookstore  or any other source of your choosing.  Also note that in addition to purchasing a new textbook, some titles are also available as a used book, an eBook, or a for-rent book.  Books ordered from Bryan's online bookstore are typically shipped within 24-48 hours after your order is submitted.
  4. If you have textbook questions, please contact us at ags@bryan.edu

Financial Aid

Getting Started

Important Information


The purpose of financial aid is to provide financial resources to students who otherwise would not be able to obtain a college education.

We recommend completing the FAFSA during the initial stages of the admission application process.

The FAFSA must be submitted each year to determine eligibility for need-based grants (available only to students enrolled in undergraduate programs) and Stafford Loans.

If you are a first-time borrower of a Stafford Loan please complete Entrance Counseling and a MPN.
 

Contact Information

423.775.7339
423.775.7300 (fax)

Financial Aid Office
P.O. Box 7000
Dayton, TN 37321
 
FAFSA View My Awards

Start Dates

Online

Cohort Location Orientation Date Start Date Day
8 Online July 31, 2014 August 7, 2014 Thursday

Onsite

Cohort Location Orientation Date Start Date Day
9 Chattanooga State July 31, 2014 August 7, 2014 Thursday

Electives
Please note the following:
  • Register here ONLY if you have received (a) an acceptance letter and (b) your graduation plan.  Please contact agshelp@bryan.edu if you have questions.
    • Maximum two courses per session, six courses per term
    • Maximum 18 hours total per term (online and onsite)
Please click here to sign in to your eStudent account and register.
Tuition & Fees
Program Options Tuition
37-Hour Program:   This core program provides for the completion of the Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration: Organizational Management. $285 per credit hour

 
12-Hour Optional :  After completing the 37-hour program, you have the option to take 12 additional hours for the completion of a Healthcare Management, or Human Resource Management
$285 per credit

 
36-Hour Program: This core program provides for the completion of the Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Psychology.  $285 per credit hour

Additional Expenses* 

  • Students are responsible for purchasing textbooks .  
  • Application Fee is $35.
  • $125 Graduation Fee is due two weeks before commencement exercises.
  • Credit for Prior Learning Assessment Fees are charged according to the hours assessed.  The rate is $50 per credit hour.
  • $30 Software Licensing Fee is due during the first course.

*Fees subject to change

Program Features
Complete your bachelor’s degree in 17 months, convert significant life experience into college credit, and experience classes taught from a Christian worldview.
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Associate of Science: Business

Bryan offers fully online the Associate of Science in Business so that students can achieve their academic and career goals on their schedule. The online courses mimic the on-campus atmosphere by providing students with a learning environment in which they can collaborate and interact with professors and peers.
Application Process
To be eligible for admission into the Associate of Science in Business Online Program, a student must meet the following requirements: 
  1. Possess a high school diploma or equivalent.
  2. Complete the online application
  3. Request official transcripts from high school or equivalent (required) and all colleges or universities attended (required only if applicable) be sent to: 
Bryan College
School of Adult and Graduate Studies
100 West MLK Blvd., Suite 200
Chattanooga, TN 37402
  1. Once accepted and registered for classes, please complete the online orientation prior to the beginning of the first course. 
Financial Aid

Getting Started

Important Information


The purpose of financial aid is to provide financial resources to students who otherwise would not be able to obtain a college education.

We recommend completing the FAFSA during the initial stages of the admission application process.

The FAFSA must be submitted each year to determine eligibility for need-based grants (available only to students enrolled in undergraduate programs) and Stafford Loans.

If you are a first-time borrower of a Stafford Loan please complete Entrance Counseling and a MPN.
 

Contact Information

423.775.7339
423.775.7300 (fax)

Financial Aid Office
P.O. Box 7000
Dayton, TN 37321
 
FAFSA View My Awards

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I get started?

  1. Review entrance requirements.
  2. Complete the online application.  
  3. Request official high school transcript and all colleges or universities (if applicable) you have attended. Submit military certificates earned. Ask the institutions that apply to your situation to mail official transcripts to the following address:

Bryan College
School of Adult and Graduate Studies
100 West MLK Blvd., Suite 200
Chattanooga, TN 37402

Is Bryan's online program asynchronous vs. synchronous?

Online programs through Bryan College can be completed when convenient for the student and are asynchronous. There are no requirements for synchronous assignments.

How many online courses are taken at a time?

Two online courses are taken at a time. These courses last for seven consecutive weeks.

How do I buy textbooks?

Textbooks can be purchased through our bookstore by clicking here.

How do I get technical assistance?

  • For technical help with the online course:  Contact the Learning House Help Center at 1.866.259.4329 or click on the Help Center box on the upper left corner of the class website for login assistance.
  • For technical help with Bryan email or eStudent account:  Contact the Bryan College Help Desk at 1.800.277.9522 ext. 333 or helpdesk@bryan.edu.
  • For password reset (used to access Bryan email, eStudent account, and Library resources):  Reset your password here.

Do students have access to library resources?

Yes, you can log in to the library using your Bryan College eStudent username and password.  Bookmark this link: www.bryan.edu/library

How do I submit a change of address?

If you need a change of address please email AGS@bryan.edu from your current Bryan College student email account.

How do I register for classes?

Once you are enrolled in the Bachelor’s or Master’s programs, you will be automatically registered for subsequent terms as long as your account is current with the business office and you maintain the 2.0 GPA requirement.

How do I submit assignments?

All assignments will be submitted through the online learning portal for each course.

Do we have quizzes?

There are quizzes associated with online courses. These quizzes test your knowledge from reading the previous week's material.

How are courses graded?

Each course will be graded independently. It will be important that you locate this information on your instructor’s syllabus.

When will I get my final grade?

Final grades are posted 10 days after the final day of the course.

How do I obtain a transcript?

Transcripts may be obtained by using this form.

How do I withdraw from a course?

You can withdraw from a course by e-mailing agshelp@bryan.edu.

The deadline to voluntarily withdraw from a 5-week course is by the end of the third week.  The deadline to voluntarily withdraw from a 7-week course is by the end of the fourth week. There are no refunds available for withdrawal, once a course has begun.


Course Requirements
The Associate of Science in Business (A.S.B.) curriculum:
  1. Is designed to be completed in five consecutive semesters.
  2. Leads to an A.S.B. degree and the completion of all general education requirements in the School of Adult and Graduate Studies paving the way for matriculation into the B.S. Onsite Program or the B.S. Online Program.

Course Requirements (60 hours)


General Education

 

Intro Course

ENG 109 College Writing I 3 GS 100 Personal Effectiveness 3
COMM 111 Intro to Communication 3   Total Intro Hours 3
HIS 112 Western Civilization II 3

Business Core

MUS 210 Music Appreciation 3 BUS 121 Introduction to Business 3
BIO 115 Environmental Science 3 BUS 135 Business Information Systems 3
MATH 116 Contemporary Math 3 MGT 237 Principles of Management 3
CT 114 Christian Thought & Apologetics 3 ACCT 231 Principles of Accounting I 3
ENG 110 College Writing II 3 BUS 243 Principles of Marketing 3
BIB 115 Biblical Foundations 3 BUS 210 Personal Finance 3
PHIL 211 Intro to Philosophy 3 ECFN 210 Introduction to Economics 3
PSY 111 General Psychology 3 BUS 220 Global Issues in Business 3
  Total Gen Ed Hours 33   Total Bus Core Hours 24

 

Program Features
Bryan College developed the Online Degree Completion Program to meet the needs of adult students.  Each cohort completes courses in an accelerated format completely online allowing an early completion of the degree.  The curriculum is designed to help adults accomplish their career goals and allow them to be more effective managers, supervisors, or business people.

This program, begun in the fall of 1993:
  • Offers three Bachelor of Science degrees in Business Administration:  Organizational Management, Business Management, and Healthcare Management. 
  • Recognizes experiential learning.
  • Provides professionally relevant coursework in an accelerated format.
  • Incorporates principles of the Adult Education Model.

Class Format

Online A.S. in Business students participate in a 100% online environment through interactions with professor and students through discussion postings, online lectures, and integrated assignments. The program is scheduled to last approximately five consecutive semesters (18 months). 

Class format is designed to provide adult learning synergy through discussions. Assignments consist of outside readings and short papers on topics relating to the courses. Activities are designed to integrate theory with application to work, church, or family situations.

Benefits of the Associate of Science in Business Degree Program

  • Graduate with an accredited degree and be eligible for the Bachelor's in Business Administration Program.
  • Complete the Associate of Science degree in as little as 18 months.
  • Attend class online and complete coursework during a time that works well for you
  • Improve communication, management, and other skills and enhance or advance your position in the job market.

Adult Education Model

Adults who need a class schedule that allows them to maintain their job while completing a degree, need this alternative to traditional degree programs. The adult educational model provides class times and meeting places that are an alternative to traditional, daytime classes.

Adult participants approach a new learning opportunity with two basic questions, consciously or unconsciously:
  1. Who is in charge? The burden of this question is-can I be a part of this learning opportunity and continue to be in charge of my own life? Can I participate and be self-directed. I do not want to surrender who I am in order to participate in this or any group?
  2. Will I be loved? Will I be accepted by the facilitator and by other participants?

Learning for the participant does not begin until the two critical questions are answered satisfactorily. Initial activities of the courses are designed to provide satisfactory answers to the two critical questions.

Program History

Bryan College is an independent, Christian, comprehensive college founded upon the belief that God is the author of truth; that He has revealed Himself to humanity through nature, conscience, the Bible, and Jesus Christ; that it is His will for all people to come to a knowledge of truth.  Bryan College believes that an integrated study of the liberal arts and the Bible, with a proper emphasis on the spiritual, mental, social, and physical aspects of life, will lead to the balanced development of the whole person.

As a college for the intellectually curious Christian, Bryan College is committed to meeting the educational needs of the community.  That commitment led to the development of an innovative learning program for adults using the field experience model.

Booklist
 The following information is provided to ensure you have your books and learning resources in time to complete assignments due the first class session:
  1. We recommend you purchase your books 3-5 weeks before your class start date.
  2. To ensure you are ordering the correct title, author, and edition, visit  Bryan College's virtual bookstore  to get complete information.
    1. Click "Order Textbooks."
    2. Choose your program from the drop-down list under "Select Your Courses."
    3. Find detailed information for the book(s) and/or other resources that are required for each course in your program.
  3. You may purchase your books through Bryan College's virtual bookstore  or any other source of your choosing.  Also note that in addition to purchasing a new textbook, some titles are also available as a used book, an eBook, or a for-rent book.  Books ordered from Bryan's online bookstore are typically shipped within 24-48 hours after your order is submitted.
  4. If you have textbook questions, please contact us at ags@bryan.edu

Start Dates

Online

Cohort Orientation Date Start Date Day
13 July 31, 2014 August 7, 2014 Thursday
91 May 15, 2014 May 22, 2014 Thursday

Electives
Please note the following:
  • Register here ONLY if you have received (a) an acceptance letter and (b) your graduation plan.  Please contact agshelp@bryan.edu if you have questions.
    • Maximum two courses per session, six courses per term
    • Maximum 18 hours total per term (online and onsite)
Please click here to sign in to your eStudent account and register.
Tuition & Fees
Tuition cost per credit hour
Total cost for 60-hour program
$285
$17,100

Additional Expenses (estimated)

 
Textbook estimate per semester.** 
Application Fee
Graduate Fee (due two weeks before commencement exercises)
$500
$35
$125

*Expenses determined by individual needs are not included. Provided for planning purposes and subject to change.
** Students are responsible for purchasing textbooks .

program features
Bryan College developed the Associate of Science in Business Program to meet the needs of adult students. Each cohort completes courses in an accelerated format completely online. The curriculum is designed to help adults accomplish their career goals and allow them to be more effective managers, supervisors, or business people.
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Master of Business Administration

Realize your personal and professional goals by earning your Master in Business Administration Onsite or Online . Whatever delivery method you choose, the program is designed to accommodate the lifestyle of busy adults. Earning an MBA prepares students for positions of leadership in today’s fast-paced work arena. Coursework is delivered in an accelerated format, allowing students the opportunity to finish in as little as 18 months.
Application Process
  1. Must have a bachelor's degree with a minimum 2.75 GPA.
  2. Select start date for which you are applying.
  3. Complete Online Application.
  4. Include a current résumé.
  5. Secure two letters of recommendation (one work-related reference).
  6. Submit a $50 non-refundable application fee.
  7. Request an official copy of your college transcript(s).
  8. Online pretest. (Details given during orientation.) 

More Information

  • Check out financial aid information here.
  • If you have any questions regarding the graduate programs, please contact an MBA admissions counselor at 877.256.7008 or AGS@bryan.edu.
Start Dates

Online

Cohort Location Orientation Date Start Date Day
10 Online July 31, 2014 August 7, 2014 Thursday

Onsite

Cohort Location Orientation Date Start Date Day
11 DT Chattanooga July 31, 2014 August 7, 2014 Thursday
12 Knoxville July 31, 2014 August 7, 2014 Thursday


Curriculum

MBA in General Management

36 Credit Hours
(12 courses; 3 credits each)

MBA with Marketing Concentration

36 Credit Hours
(12 courses; 3 credits each)

MBA with Human Resource Concentration

36 Credit Hours
(12 courses; 3 credits each)




Course Descriptions 

BUSM 511 Management and Leadership
This course focuses on competencies that research has identified as essential to effective leadership. The course challenges students to identify successful leadership competencies and to examine and develop their own leadership skills.

BUSM 513 Biblical/Worldview Principles of Management
Within the context of scripture, biblical/worldview principles are identified, discussed, and applied to business problems and situations, including the organization’s responsibility to the individual and to society, and the individual's responsibility to the organization.

BUSM 515 Research Methods and Statistical Analysis
This course is designed to help improve skills in analyzing data and presenting results in a case analysis framework. The skills that will be in focus include data collection, the presentation of data in tables and charts, numerical descriptive measures (with emphasis on standard deviation and coefficient of variation), the normal and t-distribution, confidence interval estimation, hypothesis testing, linear regression, time-series forecasting, and statistical applications in quality and productivity management.

BUSM 517 Legal Frameworks of Decisions
This course examines the legal framework of business by focusing on the legal foundation of business activity, government regulation and public policy, social issues and business ethics. Contracts and sales, product liability, and employment arrangements are surveyed.

BUSM 521 Accounting Information for Management Decisions
The objective of this course is to provide students with an opportunity to understand the complex accounting and financial data they will receive as operating managers. Students will learn how to use the data as an effective management tool for coordinating managerial and organizational activities.

BUSM 525 Managerial Economics
This course deals with the economic models and the decision-making process as they affect business firms. The theories of the firm and market structures are studied: the firm in pure competition, production decisions and resource utilization, entry and exit decisions, the process of general equilibrium, and the firm in other market situations such as monopolistic competition and imperfect factor markets.

BUSM 527 Ethical Issues of Business
This course raises a student’s moral recognition level, provides them with the apparatus to make moral decisions in a business context, and considers ethical problems in business according to the three dominant theories of ethics; eternal law, utilitarianism, and universalism. Emphasis is placed on the role of the leader in organizations.

BUSM 531 Strategic Marketing
The impact of globalization and technological changes on a dynamic marketplace is considered as this course examines a wide range of marketing principles including customer/client satisfaction and advanced marketing strategies both for profit and non-profit enterprises.

BUSM 533 Managing Human Resources
The topics in this course are designed to enhance organizational effectiveness by managing human resources appropriately. Topics include, but are not limited to, creation of change, performance evaluation, motivation, and intervention systems.

BUSM 536 Financial Management
Students will learn the theory and practice of financial decisions with an emphasis on practical application. The course will examine topics including, but not limited to, capital budgeting, capital structure and financing decisions, and managing for maximization of shareholder value. The purpose of the course is to develop financial management skills in a variety of functional levels in the organization. 

BUSM 537 Business in a Global Environment
Students learn about economic, legal, and global issues, and how analysis of them can be used in managerial decision-making. The impact of international trade theory, taxation, legal structures, and resource allocations will be considered as they affect the organization.

BUSM 539 Integrated Strategic Management
This course will provide an opportunity for the student to integrate and apply many of the theoretical constructs and practices studied throughout the MBA program. Students will gain experience in strategic planning and decision-making. Each student will participate in making strategic decisions in the areas of marketing, product development, human resource management, financial analysis, accounting, manufacturing, and quality management.  

BUSM 550 - Marketing Research

The general objective of this course is to develop the ability to conduct marketing research and provide information for marketing decision-making.  The broad course objectives are to help students understand the central concepts of marketing research, the methods of conducting marketing research and how to use research to solve the problems faced by a marketing manager.
 
BUSM 551- Human Resource Development 
This course examines employee training and development from a strategic and practical perspective. Key aspects of training, including assessment, design and evaluation are studied. The strategic significance of employee development as it relates to career management will also be covered.

BUSM 552 - Consumer Behavior 
Marketing begins and ends with the customer, from determining customers’ needs and wants to providing customer satisfaction and maintaining customer relationships.  This course examines the basic concepts and principles in customer behavior with the goal of understanding how these ideas can be used in marketing decision making.  Topics covered include customer psychological processes (e.g. motivation, perception, attitudes, decision-making) and their impact on marketing (e.g. segmentation, branding, customer satisfaction).  The goal is to provide a set of approaches and concepts to consider when faced with a decision involving understanding customer responses to marketing actions.

BUSM 553 - Strategic Compensation Management
This course studies the strategic importance of compensation taking into consideration current theory, research, and business practices. Emphasis will be placed on understanding the elements of a total compensation plan including system design, compensation strategy, individual pay, benefits, and compensation system management issues.

BUSM 554 - Integrated Marketing Communication
In this course, students learn how to identify and evaluate the full gamut of competitive strategic alternatives in both business to business and business to consumer marketing using a wide variety of analytic tools to develop and analyze consumer insights.  Based on this analysis, the major elements of a communication plan are put in place: media, message, target audiences, testable objectives, and budgets. Students learn to measure consumer and business target audiences by their demographic, psychographic and attitudinal characteristics and to analyze the style and appeal of messages within campaigns. Students also learn how to develop a balanced marketing communication plan utilizing the multitude of vehicles available to reach a target audience using the latest today’s technological tools and media.

BUSM 555 - Managing Organizational Change
Students will understand the dynamics of change and how they impact the strategic planning of an organization. The course examines the concept of change and its impact on organizations. Special focus will be given to managing and leading change, current change theories, resistance to change, and understanding the dynamics of change.

BUSM 556 - Global Marketing
Global marketing is an extremely demanding discipline but, from a career standpoint, one which is both challenging and rewarding.  Inherent to the success of any global marketing processional, yet many times overlooked and/or underappreciated, is the critical nature of human understanding and relationships in business planning and execution.  This is especially relevant in today’s business environment when you consider the dual multinational company imperative of continued revenue and profit growth in mature markets and successfully expanding into new growth and emerging markets.  This course assumes an understanding of marketing principles and some exposure to and appreciation of the global environmental.  This objective of this course is provide an understanding of how the global environment (particularly cultural diversity) affects the application of marketing principles and business practice on a global basis and the competencies necessary to be a successful global manager.

BUSM 557- Employment Law 
An examination of employment and personnel law, this course gives an overview of the large body of laws, administrative rulings, and precedents which encompass all areas of the employer/employee relationship. Some of the topics considered will include employment discrimination; wages; unemployment compensation; pensions; workplace safety; and workers’ compensation.

BUSM 558 – Seminar in Marketing
An examination of current topics in the area of marketing is the focus of this course. Outside readings, case studies, a variety of written assignments, and a final research project are generally required.

BUSM 559- Seminar in Human Resources 
This course will examine current topics in the area of human resource management. Outside readings, case studies, a variety of written assignments, and a final research project are generally required.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the curriculum like?
The MBA curriculum adopts and implements three creative components: a cohort-based learning model, a fully integrated curriculum, and a transformational learning experience for personal and professional development. Graduates of Bryan College’s MBA Program will demonstrate moral and ethical decision-making skills, an ability to employ qualitative and quantitative analytical tools, an understanding of complex financial and economic indicators, an appreciation for the intricacies of strategic planning, and an ability to synthesize all of the program learning outcomes to show that they understand and can apply outcomes to influence organizational structure, culture, and control systems.

What courses are offered?
Please see the course of study page for a complete listing of classes offered.

How many hours does it take to graduate with an MBA at Bryan College?
The total number of hours required for the MBA at Bryan is 36 semester hours. The program is adult-oriented, cohort modular-based and designed for working professionals. Class options include online studies or meeting one night per week in either our downtown Chattanooga or Knoxville locations. Full-time, terminally qualified Bryan College faculty, along with select specialists from the business community, provide instructional excellence in the MBA Program.

How much does it cost?
The cost of the MBA at Bryan is $5,604 per term for three terms . This fee is for tuition and does not include books, graduation fees, etc. Financial Aid is available to assist with the cost of the program.

How do I apply?
Applications are now being accepted for enrollment in the next cohort of the MBA at Bryan. Here are the steps to the admissions process:

 

  1. Must have a bachelor's degree with a minimum 2.75 GPA.
  2. Complete the Application Online.
  3. Include a current résumé.
  4. Secure two letters of recommendation (one work-related reference).
  5. Submit a $50 non-refundable application fee.
  6. Request official copies of your college transcripts.
  7. The entrance exam (BCTST) will be administered during the first course. 
Congratulations on taking this important step toward achieving a graduate education in business administration that will provide challenging new career opportunities. If you have any questions regarding the MBA at Bryan, please contact an MBA admissions counselor toll free at 877.256.7008 or mba@bryan.edu  to discuss the details of this exciting graduate program in business administration.
Financial Aid

Getting Started

Important Information


The purpose of financial aid is to provide financial resources to students who otherwise would not be able to obtain a college education.

We recommend completing the FAFSA during the initial stages of the admission application process.

The FAFSA must be submitted each year to determine eligibility for need-based grants (available only to students enrolled in undergraduate programs) and Stafford Loans.

If you are a first-time borrower of a Stafford Loan please complete Entrance Counseling and a MPN.
 

Contact Information

423.775.7339
423.775.7300 (fax)

Financial Aid Office
P.O. Box 7000
Dayton, TN 37321
 
FAFSA View My Awards

Booklist
 The following information is provided to ensure you have your books and learning resources in time to complete assignments due the first class session:
  1. We recommend you purchase your books 3-5 weeks before your class start date.
  2. To ensure you are ordering the correct title, author, and edition, visit  Bryan College's virtual bookstore  to get complete information.
    1. Click "Order Textbooks."
    2. Choose your program from the drop-down list under "Select Your Courses."
    3. Find detailed information for the book(s) and/or other resources that are required for each course in your program.
  3. You may purchase your books through Bryan College's virtual bookstore  or any other source of your choosing.  Also note that in addition to purchasing a new textbook, some titles are also available as a used book, an eBook, or a for-rent book.  Books ordered from Bryan's online bookstore are typically shipped within 24-48 hours after your order is submitted.
  4. If you have textbook questions, please contact us at ags@bryan.edu

Testimonials


Read what some in the program have to say about their experiences with the MBA at Bryan, and judge for yourself whether this is the right choice for you or your managers that are being groomed for leadership and promotion within your company and industry:
  • "I chose Bryan College MBA because it is a well respected college and the program is a good fit for working adults." - Shirley Bennett, BCBS of TN
  • "The MBA at Bryan offers a comprehensive business education program using a principled-centered approach to make a difference in the real world." – Tom Causey, Intab, Inc.
  • "Bryan is more affordable than other comparable MBA programs in this area, and to my knowledge, is the only MBA program that offers courses that integrate biblical principles with business ethics." – Sekhar Talluri
  • "The energetic and knowledgeable instructors have encouraged me not only academically, but in my current position as I train and develop store managers, district managers, and regional vice-presidents with our company." – Ron Ingle   
     
Tuition & Fees

Direct Full-Time Expenses

 
Tuition per credit hour
Total for entire program
$490
$17,640

Additional Indirect Expenses (estimated)

 
Books and Supplies
Transportation
Living Expenses
Software Licensing Fee
$1,200
$576
$5,574
$30

Fee for Onsite Students Only  

 
BCTST (first term only)
$50

Fee for All MBA Students

 
Graduation Fee (due two weeks before commencement exercises)
$200

*Expenses determined by individual needs are not included. Provided for planning purposes and subject to change.
Program Features
Leadership formation, academic rigor, technological competence, global astuteness, research orientation, and service commitment
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Master of Arts: Christian Studies

The Master's Degree in Christian Studies provides an exceptionally strong biblical foundation in ministry for increased effectiveness in church and para-church leadership roles. Bryan's MACS provides an accredited graduate program that seeks to develop leaders and managers who were unable to obtain seminary training but need to advance their skills in biblical basics, worldview/apologetic thought, and ministry leadership.
Application Process
  1. Must have a bachelor's degree with a minimum 2.75 GPA.
  2. Complete the online application.
  3. Submit a 5-7 page essay where you describe (a) your spiritual journey and (b) why you wish to pursue a MACS degree.
  4. Secure two letters of recommendation (one from a spiritual mentor or pastor).
  5. Submit your résumé.
  6. Submit a $50 non-refundable application fee.
  7. Request official copies of your college transcripts.
  8. Complete the CSAT (Christian Studies Assessment Test); $50 charge.

More Information

  • Check out financial aid information here.
  • If you have any questions regarding the graduate programs, please contact an admissions counselor toll-free at  877.256.7008 or macs@bryan.edu.
Start Dates

Online

Cohort Orientation Date Start Date Day Schedule

Curriculum
The adult-friendly environment includes hybrid courses with classes held on alternate weekends (Friday evening and Saturday morning) at the Bryan College Chattanooga campus and required Internet activities between class meetings.

Required Courses (All Courses 3 Credits; 36-Hour Program)

CSM 511 Language Study Methods and Materials
CSM 513 Foundations of Biblical Interpretation
CSM 517 Cultural Contexts of the OT and NT
CSM 519 Christian Theology I
CSM 522 Worldview and Apologetics I
CSM 524 Ecclesiology
CSM 526 History of Christianity
CSM 520 Christian Theology II
CSM 531 Church Leadership
CSM 537 Vocation of Ministry
CSM 533 Worldview and Apologetics II
CSM 539 Capstone Seminar

Course Descriptions

CSM 511 Language Study Methods & Materials
This course is designed to 1) introduce the student to the most recent computer tools available for Bible study and interpretation together with the best internet resources for Bible study, and 2) introduce the student to how major schools of interpretation use Bible study methods to arrive at their particular interpretations of the Bible.

CSM 513 Foundations of Biblical Interpretation

This course will focus on foundational principles of biblical research and interpretation, covering various hermeneutical approaches and Bible study methods. Special attention is given to the importance of interpreting the Scriptures through the lenses of context, grammar, semantics, genre, canon, and theology.

CSM 517 Cultural Contexts of the OT and NT
This course will survey the cultural contexts of the Bible by focusing on the geographical, historical, social, political, religious, philosophical, linguistic, and literary backgrounds of the biblical books and authors. These contexts include the ancient Near East (Old Testament) and Second Temple Judaism and Greco-Roman culture (New Testament).

CSM 519 Christian Theology I
This course is intended to be a study of the science of God and His relations to the universe. Includes the major doctrines that have constituted the history of Christian thought, specifically: prolegomena, revelation and authority of the Bible, God, the Trinity, the person and work of the Father, creation, anthropology and sin.

CSM 520 Christian Theology II
This course is intended to be a study of the science of God concerning Christian thought on: the person and work of Christ, salvation, Christian life, Biblical Covenants, the church, and prophecy.

CSM 522, 533 Worldview and Apologetics I & II
This two-semester course is an in-depth study of the claims and dissonances of major worldviews, with an emphasis on the Christian theistic worldview. The students will learn a systematic, logical way to define and defend the Christian belief system. To this end, attention will be paid to various apologetic methods as tools for understanding and defending a Christian worldview. Contemporary social and cultural issues will be examined so that students will be better equipped to communicate the Gospel and minister in a pluralistic world. The course also involves thinking through a Christian value system and some ethical implications of the Christian worldview. It includes in-depth reading and writing from significant texts, journals, and popular literature in worldview and apologetic studies. The course will consist of two independent semesters, each addressing different issues in philosophy, theology, culture, and apologetics. 

CSM 524 Ecclesiology

An exegetical and theological study, this course will focus upon key passages from the New Testament and trace the development of the church's thinking about itself. Although the course will consider historical questions, it is primarily concerned with the understanding of the church as presented in the New Testament and how this ecclesiology might impact present conceptions of the church, worldviews and apologetics.

CSM 526 History of Christianity
An understanding of the history of Christianity will be developed using parallel themes: major historical events, and history of Christian thought. Students will read about and discuss selected writings from leading Christian thinkers from the second century through the twentieth century. Some of these are St. Augustine, Thomas Aquinas, Desiderius Erasmus, Martin Luther, John Wesley, John Wesley, Richard Hooker, Henry Ward Beecher, Walter Rauschenbusch, Amy Cartwright, and Dietrich Bonhoeffer.

CSM 531 Church Leadership
This course is designed to trace the biblical, theological, and historical foundations of church leadership. Particular attention will be given to the various leadership roles within the church and forms of church government throughout biblical and contemporary history. Issues and matters related to the contemporary church will be examined and discussed, with specific focus being given to the role of church leadership related to such issues and matters.

CSM 537 Vocation of Ministry

This course is designed to deal with the issues regarding ministry as vocation from a biblical and practical framework as it relates to their individual ministry callings. Particular attention will be given to ministry as calling, cultivation and creation of culture in ministry, family and ministry, and specific tasks and roles of the individual minister. The student will describe a comprehensive ministry philosophy as part of this course.

CSM 539 Capstone Seminar
This course is designed to 1) allow the student to develop a project touching on an issue of interest to the current Christian community, and 2) bring to bear the skills acquired in the MA/CS program in order to analyze the issue and articulate a Christian approach to that issue.

  1. Complete a minimum of 124 semester hours accepted by Bryan College, based on the following:
    1. Transfer Credit (Your admissions counselor will discuss with you which college credits will transfer to Bryan.)
    2. Prior Learning Credit
    3. General Education Requirements based on your major
    4. Major Requirements - between 37 and 49 credits - determined by your major ( business or psychology ).
  2. Have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.0 (on a 4.0 scale) and grades of C or better in all courses in your major.  Please note that transfer credits do not impact your Bryan GPA.

Prior Learning Credit

A maximum of 31 non-traditional semester hours may be applied toward graduation.  Non-traditional semester hours may be earned through the following options:

  • CLEP or other recognized examination, such as Dantes (DSST)
  • Military training, based on American Council of Education and coursework/training as evaluated by ACE, PONSI  (click here for more information)
  • Credit for Prior Learning awarded by Bryan College upon evaluation of Credit for Prior Learning portfolio.
Please contact ags@bryan.edu if you wish to pursue any non-traditional semester hours as part of your educational plan.

General Education Requirements Based on Your Major

B.S. in Business Administration B. S. in Applied Psychology
The following General Education requirements must be completed either through Bryan electives or from credits that were approved for transfer to Bryan:
  • English Composition (3 hours)
  • College-level Mathematics (3 hours)
  • Natural Science (3 hours)
  • Oral Communication (3 hours)
  • Social Sciences (3 hours)
  • Bible (6 hours)
  • Humanities (9 hours)
Complete the General Education requirements as follows:

  • English Composition (3 hours)
  • College-level Mathematics (3 hours)
  • Natural Science (3 hours)
  • Oral Communication (3 hours)
  • Bible (6 hours)
  • Humanities (9 hours)
  • General Psychology (3 hours)

Frequently Asked Questions


What is the curriculum like?
The MACS curriculum adopts and implements three creative components: a cohort-based learning model, a fully integrated curriculum, and a transformational learning experience for spiritual and personal development. MACS graduates will provide leadership to their respective organizations; evaluate and manage ministry efforts with biblically based leadership; strategically analyze, synthesize and evaluate theological worldview and Christian apologetic ministry; and integrate biblical values and knowledge with practical ministry decisions.

What courses are offered?

Please see the course of study page for a complete listing of classes offered.

How many hours does it take to graduate?

The total number of hours required for the MACS at Bryan is 36 semester hours. The program is adult-oriented, cohort modular-based, and designed for those currently serving in ministry organizations.  Classes meet every other weekend on Friday evenings (6 - 10 p.m.) and Saturday mornings (8 a.m. - 12 p.m.) at the Krystal Building in downtown Chattanooga with computer mediated sessions on the alternate weeks. Full-time, terminally qualified Bryan College faculty, along with select specialists from the ministry community, provide instructional excellence in the MACS Program.

How much does it cost?

The cost of the MACS degree is $3,600 per term for three terms (total of $10,800). This cost covers tuition and does not include books, graduation fees, etc. Financial Aid is available to assist with the cost of the program.

How do I apply?
Here are the steps to the admissions process:

  1. Must have a bachelor's degree with a minimum 2.75 GPA.
  2. Complete the Online Application
  3. Submit a 5-7 page essay where you describe (a) your spiritual journey and (b) why you wish to pursue a MACS degree.
  4. Secure two letters of recommendation (one from a spiritual mentor or pastor).
  5. Submit a $50 non-refundable application fee.
  6. Request official copies of your college transcripts.
  7. Complete the CSAT (Christian Studies Assessment Test); $50 fee.
Congratulations on taking this important step toward achieving a graduate education in Christian studies that is designed to equip for leadership in ministry. If you have any questions regarding the MACS at Bryan, please contact an MACS admissions counselor toll free at 877.256.7008 or macs@bryan.edu to discuss the details of the Master's Degree in Christian Studies at Bryan College.
Financial Aid

Getting Started

Important Information


The purpose of financial aid is to provide financial resources to students who otherwise would not be able to obtain a college education.

We recommend completing the FAFSA during the initial stages of the admission application process.

The FAFSA must be submitted each year to determine eligibility for need-based grants (available only to students enrolled in undergraduate programs) and Stafford Loans.

If you are a first-time borrower of a Stafford Loan please complete Entrance Counseling and a MPN.
 

Contact Information

423.775.7339
423.775.7300 (fax)

Financial Aid Office
P.O. Box 7000
Dayton, TN 37321
 
FAFSA View My Awards

Booklist
 The following information is provided to ensure you have your books and learning resources in time to complete assignments due the first class session:
  1. We recommend you purchase your books 3-5 weeks before your class start date.
  2. To ensure you are ordering the correct title, author, and edition, visit  Bryan College's virtual bookstore  to get complete information.
    1. Click "Order Textbooks."
    2. Choose your program from the drop-down list under "Select Your Courses."
    3. Find detailed information for the book(s) and/or other resources that are required for each course in your program.
  3. You may purchase your books through Bryan College's virtual bookstore  or any other source of your choosing.  Also note that in addition to purchasing a new textbook, some titles are also available as a used book, an eBook, or a for-rent book.  Books ordered from Bryan's online bookstore are typically shipped within 24-48 hours after your order is submitted.
  4. If you have textbook questions, please contact us at ags@bryan.edu

Program Features
The Master of Arts in Christian Studies at Bryan is Bryan's newest graduate degree. Please check back soon for updates.

The MACS will provide an exceptionally strong biblical foundation in ministry for increased effectiveness in church and para-church leadership roles. Bryan’s MACS provides an accredited graduate program that seeks to develop leaders and managers who were unable to obtain seminary training but need to advance their skills in biblical basics, worldview/apologetic thought, and ministry leadership.

MACS Program Highlights

  • Complete MACS in 16 months
  • Fully accredited
  • Classes meet alternate weekends
  • Financial aid available
  • Adult-friendly format
  • Cohort model
  • Classes begin in spring and fall semesters

MACS at Bryan is designed to…

  • Provide students with kingdom values, biblical knowledge, and ministry skills
  • Encourage intellectual curiosity and a commitment to life-long learning
  • Inspire an appreciation for academic ministry research that is both theoretical and practical

MACS Graduates will…

  • Provide leadership to their respective organizations and to kingdom ministries around the globe
  • Evaluate and manage ministry with biblically based leadership
  • Strategically analyze, synthesize and evaluate theological, worldview, and Christian apologetic ministry
  • Integrate biblical values and biblical knowledge with practical ministry decisions
tuition & fees

Direct Full-Time Expenses

 
Tuition per credit hour
Total for entire program
$     300
$10,800

Additional Indirect Expenses (estimated)

 
Books and Supplies
Transportation
Living Expenses
$  1,200
$     576
$  5,574

Fee for All MACS Students

 
Graduation Fee (due two weeks before commencement exercises)
$     200

*Expenses determined by individual needs are not included. Provided for planning purposes and subject to change.
program features
The MACS will provide an exceptionally strong biblical foundation in ministry for increased effectiveness in church and para-church leadership roles. Bryan’s MACS provides an accredited graduate program that seeks to develop leaders and managers who were unable to obtain seminary training but need to advance their skills in biblical basics, worldview/apologetic thought, and ministry leadership.
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Graduate Certificates

Bryan College offers graduate certificates in business for individuals with an earned bachelor’s or master’s degree. Graduate certificates provide an opportunity for students to specialize in human resource management or marketing. Upon completion students will earn a Graduate Business Certificate.
tuition & fees

Direct Expenses

 
Tuition cost per credit hour
Total for entire program
$   467
$7,005

Additional Indirect Expenses (estimated)

 
Books and Supplies**
$   500

*Expenses determined by individual needs are not included. Provided for planning purposes and subject to change.
** Students are responsible for purchasing textbooks.
admissions requirements
To be eligible for admissions into the Online Graduate Certificates program, a student must meet the following requirements: 
  1. Must have a bachelor's degree showing an upper level course in either human resource management or marketing with a minimum 2.75 GPA.
  2. Complete online application.
  3. Request an official transcript to be mailed to:
                     Bryan College AGS
​                   100 West MLK Blvd. Suite 200
                   Chattanooga, TN 37402
 
              Once accepted, please complete the online orientation prior to the beginning of the first course. 
 
curriculum

Marketing Certificate

15 Credit Hours (5 courses; 3 credits each)

Human Resource Certificate

15 Credit Hours (5 courses; 3 credits each)

  • BUSM 550 Marketing Research
  • BUSM 552 Consumer Behavior
  • BUSM 554 Integrated Marketing Communication
  • BUSM 556 Global Marketing
  • BUSM 558 Seminar in Marketing
  • BUSM 551 Human Resource Development
  • BUSM 553 Strategic Compensation Management
  • BUSM 555 Managing Organizational Change
  • BUSM 557 Employment Law
  • BUSM 559 Seminar in Human Resources

Course Descriptions - Marketing Certificate

BUSM 550 - Marketing Research (3 credits)
The general objective of this course is to develop the ability to conduct marketing research and provide information for marketing decision-making.  The broad course objectives are to help students understand the central concepts of marketing research, the methods of conducting marketing research and how to use research to solve the problems faced by a marketing manager.

BUSM 552 - Consumer Behavior (3 credits)
Marketing begins and ends with the customer, from determining customers’ needs and wants to providing customer satisfaction and maintaining customer relationships.  This course examines the basic concepts and principles in customer behavior with the goal of understanding how these ideas can be used in marketing decision making.  Topics covered include customer psychological processes (e.g. motivation, perception, attitudes, decision-making) and their impact on marketing (e.g. segmentation, branding, customer satisfaction).  The goal is to provide a set of approaches and concepts to consider when faced with a decision involving understanding customer responses to marketing actions.

BUSM 554 - Integrated Marketing Communication (3 credits)
In this course, students learn how to identify and evaluate the full gamut of competitive strategic alternatives in both business to business and business to consumer marketing using a wide variety of analytic tools to develop and analyze consumer insights.  Based on this analysis, the major elements of a communication plan are put in place: media, message, target audiences, testable objectives, and budgets. Students learn to measure consumer and business target audiences by their demographic, psychographic and attitudinal characteristics and to analyze the style and appeal of messages within campaigns. Students also learn how to develop a balanced marketing communication plan utilizing the multitude of vehicles available to reach a target audience using the latest today’s technological tools and media.

BUSM 556 - Global Marketing (3 credits)
Global marketing is an extremely demanding discipline but, from a career standpoint, one which is both challenging and rewarding.  Inherent to the success of any global marketing processional, yet many times overlooked and/or underappreciated, is the critical nature of human understanding and relationships in business planning and execution.  This is especially relevant in today’s business environment when you consider the dual multinational company imperative of continued revenue and profit growth in mature markets and successfully expanding into new growth and emerging markets.  This course assumes an understanding of marketing principles and some exposure to and appreciation of the global environmental.  This objective of this course is provide an understanding of how the global environment (particularly cultural diversity) affects the application of marketing principles and business practice on a global basis and the competencies necessary to be a successful global manager.

BUSM 558 – Seminar in Marketing (3 credits)
An examination of current topics in the area of marketing is the focus of this course. Outside readings, case studies, a variety of written assignments, and a final research project are generally required.

Course Descriptions - Human Resource Certificate

BUSM 551- Human Resource Development
This course examines employee training and development from a strategic and practical perspective. Key aspects of training, including assessment, design and evaluation are studied. The strategic significance of employee development as it relates to career management will also be covered.

BUSM 553 - Strategic Compensation Management
This course studies the strategic importance of compensation taking into consideration current theory, research, and business practices. Emphasis will be placed on understanding the elements of a total compensation plan including system design, compensation strategy, individual pay, benefits, and compensation system management issues.

BUSM 555 - Managing Organizational Change
Students will understand the dynamics of change and how they impact the strategic planning of an organization. The course examines the concept of change and its impact on organizations. Special focus will be given to managing and leading change, current change theories, resistance to change, and understanding the dynamics of change.

BUSM 557- Employment Law
An examination of employment and personnel law, this course gives an overview of the large body of laws, administrative rulings, and precedents which encompass all areas of the employer/employee relationship. Some of the topics considered will include employment discrimination; wages; unemployment compensation; pensions; workplace safety; and workers’ compensation.

BUSM 559- Seminar in Human Resources
This course will examine current topics in the area of human resource management. Outside readings, case studies, a variety of written assignments, and a final research project are generally required.