The Master of Divinity/Master of Business Administration (M.Div./M.B.A.) program prepares students for numerous ministerial contexts, including congregations, religious non-profits, religiously affiliated organizations, and church agencies. As religious institutions and congregations continue to morph into complex organizations and as non-profits and other religiously affiliated organizations continue to proliferate, the need continues to grow for qualified, competent, and well-educated individuals who understand and appreciate the mission of such institutions. Individuals in this program will benefit from the skill set developed through the Master of Business Administration but they will also gain through the Master of Divinity degree the biblical, theological, and ministerial formation necessary to serve in such contexts. The M.Div./M.B.A. joint degree meets the standard requirements of both graduate degree plans.


Students have two options for starting their joint degree.

  1. Non-business undergrad majors will complete the MDiv educational program prior to entering the MBA program. As part of the admissions process for the MBA program, students applying for the joint degree will complete the GMAT or GRE 60 days before starting the MBA program. Once prospective students have been accepted into the MBA program, they will complete the Integrated Management System (IMS) course before taking the core business courses. Students taking IMS receive academic credit but do not earn a grade. Students must pass the IMS course in order to continue on with the MBA portion of the joint degree.
  2. Business undergrad majors have the option of starting either the MBA portion or the MDiv portion first. Students with an undergraduate degree in business are not required to take IMS. Master of Divinity students who fail to complete the requirements for the MBA portion of the joint degree, however, will be eligible to complete the MDiv degree in consultation with the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the Seminary.

Prospective students will declare their intent to enroll in the joint degree with the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at Truett Seminary and the Graduate Associate Dean of the Business School. Students will be required to make formal application to each academic unit.


Since both degrees are awarded simultaneously, all requirements in both schools must be completed in order to receive either degree.

More information about the M.Div./M.B.A. is available at Baylor’s Hankamer School of Business website or contact:

Hannah Van Dyke
Assistant Director for Admissions, School of Business