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Master of Business Administration

Accelerate Your Career, Pursue Your Passion

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Take your career to the next level with Lenoir-Rhyne's ACBSP-accredited, 36-credit hour MBA program, which provides exceptional opportunities for professional development and advancement in a wide range of areas in business, commerce, and organizational leadership.

Designed for Working Professionals

Balance work and life on the path to completing your MBA degree. Take classes at your own pace and on your terms—full-time, part-time, on-campus, online, or hybrid. You may begin program studies any semester—summer, fall, or spring term. The MBA program is offered at LR’s Hickory and Asheville campuses. Full-time students generally can finish their degree in four semesters. Any practicum experiences can be completed close to home at your convenience.

Learn more about the MBA program's admission requirements and courses and curricular requirements.

Choose from Nine Specializations

All MBA students complete a thorough core in business, including coursework in accounting, management, marketing, organizational behavior, supply chain operations, communication, and managerial economics.

You can choose to complete a general MBA or specialize in a specific area of interest that matches your career goals and aspirations.

  • Accounting
  • Business Analytics and Information Technology
  • Entrepreneurship
  • General MBA
  • Global Business
  • Healthcare Administration
  • Innovation and Change Management
  • Leadership Development
  • Social Impact

Specialization Spotlight

These MBA specializations are available to both Asheville Center and Hickory students.

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MBA in Social Impact

Built for those interested in industries related to philanthropy, NGOs, nonprofits, mission-driven for-profit companies and other business models. We employ topics like design thinking and other strategies to help you to be the best you can be for your stakeholders.

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MBA in Entrepreneurship

Our lives are filled with examples of successful entrepreneurial stories that are impacting the world in profound ways. The MBA in Entrepreneurship combines solid business principles, entrepreneurial innovativeness, and passion to empower graduates to improve the world.

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MBA in Healthcare Administration

Open doors to lucrative and dynamic careers in the growing health care industry in hospital and healthcare facilities administration and leadership positions with medical service providers, insurance companies, or work to formulate policies for governmental and health departments.

Why Choose Lenoir-Rhyne University

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Student-Centered Approach

The MBA program takes a student-centered approach by focusing on application-based instruction that directly relates to your areas of interest and future career goals. The program is designed to provide you with direct contact and a close professional relationship with faculty members who bring real-world experience to the classroom setting.

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Relevant to Today's Business Needs

Learn decision-making skills and tools. Faculty are professionals with work experience in their field. Class simulations take you from classroom to real business projects. Work with your professors on projects with local businesses and organizations, including conducting audits of businesses under the supervision of your professor. 

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Start Your MBA as an Undergrad

The Bridges to Dreams program provides an opportunity for LR undergraduates to seamlessly matriculate into graduate programs by beginning coursework toward their master’s degree during their senior year, earning their master’s degree in a shorter period of time and saving money. Learn More »

Program Philosophy & Emphasis

The MBA program features a managerial orientation with a focus on decision-making and not mere analysis, an emphasis on individual creative problem-solving skills, a global business perspective, and an emphasis on ethical conduct in management.

The MBA program focuses on five core beliefs that constitute the program's educational emphasis.
  • Managerial Emphasis
    Provide you with lessons and applications that help you manage people and resources to achieve results.
     
  • Decision-making Orientation
    In an environment of imperfect and incomplete information, you must be prepared to understand the risks and rewards of decision-making and to be responsible for the consequences that ensue.
     
  • Creative Problem-Solving
    Business leaders must engage individual creativity and innovation; more importantly, they must be able to develop the creative abilities of those in their employment.
     
  • Global Perspective
    As the world's economies grow evermore closely linked, thinking globally enhances opportunity and confronts competitive realities. 
     
  • Ethical Leadership
    Quality decision-making requires that business leaders always consider the ethical components for all stakeholders, cultivated by means of a reflective and thoroughly considered set of moral principles.
Monica Rangel

The flexibility of the MBA program is what attracted me to Lenoir-Rhyne. I can go to school while working full time and taking care of my daughter. The web streaming options have made it possible for me to manage coursework and family life.”—Monica Rangel '19

Take the Next Step

Achieve your personal and career goals. Enroll in the MBA program at LR where your ambition and dedication will prepare you for what's next. Our enrollment counselors are here to help you explore your options and advance your career.

Enrollment - Hickory

Nichole Siemering
MBA Enrollment Specialist - Hickory
828.328.7311
nichole.siemering2@lr.edu

Enrollment - Asheville

Jan Wolff
MBA Enrollment Specialist - Asheville  
828.407.4270
jan.wolff@lr.edu

Program Contact

David Jones, Ph.D.
O. Leonard and Helen S. Moretz Family Professor of Business, Chair of the Charles M. Snipes School of Business and Economics
Asheville Campus
828.407.4267
david.jones@lr.edu

The Charles M. Snipes School of Business & Economics is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).

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