Be a catalyst for change.
Antioch University’s online Master of Business Administration (MBA) prepares you to thrive in a dynamic, diverse, and an innovative world where business acumen, leadership ability, and practical application are critically important – and marketable – skills. Antioch’s MBA features the mutual importance of people, planet, and profit in building and leading successful organizations and communities in the 21st century, often referred to as the triple bottom line approach.
This degree is offered by AU Online.
You will be part of a diverse, motivated learning community that understands your busy life and values work-life balance. You’ll take a series of 7-week courses, one course at time, with one-week breaks in between.
- 33-credits. Earn your MBA in 22 months
- 100% online learning, 24/7 access to classwork and resource for convenience
- GMAT scores not required, while accepted
Perfecting Applied Learning for a Higher Purpose Since 1852
Triple-bottom line thinking is an approach we’ve been perfecting for over 165 years. Antioch’s first president, Horace Mann, was a nationally-known abolitionist and social reformer. Antioch was an early adopter of progressive and innovative education – a philosophy that resonates today.
Our mission to empower students with the knowledge and skills to lead meaningful lives and to advance social, economic, and environmental justice connects powerfully with the need to build and lead organizations that enrich people, support the planet, and drive prosperous, sustainable economies globally.
Based on a foundation of robust business skills such as leading people and high-performance teams, financial management, and strategic marketing and communication, Antioch’s MBA helps you apply those skills to effectively inspire and build forward-thinking enterprises and solve socially complex problems.
Antioch’s MBA is a 33-semester-credit program that can be completed in under two years, and most of our students work full time while going to school.
With six entry points each year, you never have to wait long to start your graduate studies.
Alumni Profile – Jesse Lore
“I was drawn to the program by Antioch’s core values of social and environmental justice but was unsure how much interaction to expect among classmates. I now know that’s not an issue and really appreciate the diverse perspectives that my classmates bring from their own lives and professional experiences. The course design promotes dialogue and discussion and enables students to get into perhaps an even deeper discussion than in a traditional classroom.”
– Emily Sollie MBA ’23 (anticipated)
Online does not mean isolated! Faculty are active practitioners in their field. They are engaged and present throughout the class. Video, audio, guest speakers, and other tools keep things vibrant and moving forward.
Your classmates are just as intelligent, engaged, and purpose-driven as you are. You’ll love networking and learning from each other.
Principles of Triple Bottom Line in Organizations
Businesses and non-governmental organizations today are evolving rapidly from a focus solely on their financial bottom line to a higher level of environmental and social responsibility and action – where profitability intersects with the common good to build thriving organizations and communities. This course provides a foundational understanding of the mutual importance of people, planet, and profit in creating and leading successful, sustainable organizations – referred to as the Triple Bottom Line (TBL) approach. Students will apply their knowledge to analyze and evaluate TBL frameworks, formulate the business case for sustainable approaches to organizational development and growth, and illustrate the benefits and competitive advantages that result from TBL thinking.
Organizational Leadership and Change
This course introduces leadership theory and managerial roles to plan, organize, implement, monitor, and evaluate organizational change efforts. Strategic communication plays a critical role in the change-management process, and students will examine best practices in organizational leadership and change management. The course thus introduces leadership theory and some best practices of change leadership such as to scan, focus, align, mobilize, and inspire. The course will focus on several key areas such as: why leaders need to guide staff through periods of change and help transform organizational culture, why formal and informal leadership behaviors are needed at many levels of an organization, and why multiple intelligences are needed not only to manage and lead change, but also to predict and address resistance, anxiety, and the forces of inertia that can sabotage even small change efforts.
Human Resources Management
Human Resource Management deals with a wide range of activities by which organizations (both profit and nonprofit) acquire, maintain, and utilize their workforces. Adopting the perspective of a general manager, students will examine a number of key human resource “levers” or processes contributing to the development of an effective work system, including investing in people (training and development), measurement and incentives (compensation), and tapping potential employees (recruitment and selection) to better understand the complexities of managing people in organizations.
Ethical and Legal Issues Facing Leaders
This course explores the role of ethics in organizational management and the inherent dilemmas facing leaders in private, public or nonprofit organizations. Students will examine various strategies, approaches and models of reasoning about ethical issues and how to explore how personal values and positional power impact decision-making.
Marketing and Communication Strategy
This course explores marketing and communication strategies as an essential business component within an organization. Students will develop both an intellectual and hands-on understanding and appreciation of essential marketing and communication concepts, and how those concepts can be applied to the growth, development, and long-term success of an organization.
Marketing and communication strategies, models, and tactics will be addressed through the lens of branding, the classic “Four Ps” of marketing (Product, Price, Place (distribution), and Promotion), messaging, integrated marketing communication, and tactical application.
Managerial Financial Analysis
This course provides insights on accounting concepts related to both financial and managerial accounting. Introduction to the study of accounting dealing with the preparation and analysis of the balance sheet, income statement, and related accounting records will also be covered. An extension of traditional managerial accounting to the emerging measurement systems of sustainability accounting is made with investigations of Sustainability Accounting Standards, the Global Reporting Initiative, and best practices in managing and measuring in a triple bottom line context will also be covered.
Global Economics and Sustainability
This course is designed to focus on four major elements of global economic activities, covering trade, foreign investment, the balance of payment, and debt specifically. Within each of these elements, we will first analyze the foundational undertakings of the world since World War II and then unify the information as it relates to a central theme: how to achieve a higher level of global sustainability. As such, this course aims to harness students’ comprehension of economic “globalization” and its impact on sustainable development in regards to environment, social responsibility, and economic influence. The curriculum will also highlight the different dimensions and linkages among developed, newly-developed, and under-developed nations, as well as between wealth and poverty and the potential to grow.
The course content aims to offer students a realistic interpretation of the current global sustainability approach that most large multinational corporations employ. In doing so, we will explore different policy initiatives to make trade and investment more socially and environmentally responsible. This course can be taken as an introductory course to “global economics” and “corporate responsibility/accountability.”
Strategy, Innovation and Resilience
Every organization must successfully address opportunity, challenge, and change, or wither. Usually, there is no shortage of ideas and passionate perspectives. How does an organization adapt and evolve, develop forward-looking futures for itself, and decide its best course of action? Strategy, innovation, and resilience constitute the “how” and are the bedrock of a vibrant, sustainable organization. Students will study current and emerging theories of organizational strategy, innovation, and resilience. Drawing on content from this and previous courses, students will apply, evaluate, and develop approaches to leading practical strategic thinking and execution and fostering innovation and resilience, including the integration of environmental, human, and financial sustainability in businesses and NGOs. Readings and resources will lean strongly toward what working practitioners require and find most useful in their work.
Antioch University particularly seeks qualified candidates who will contribute to building a student population diverse in gender, ethnicity, age, class, physical abilities, learning styles, sexual orientation, professional backgrounds, religious backgrounds, and community experiences.
How to Apply
- Online Application (No Application fee)
- Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university. Applicants who have not finished their degree must do so before the first day of their desired start term.
- Current resume.
- GMAT scores accepted but not required.
- Essay: Please describe your personal and professional goals, why you are interested in this program, and how it will help you achieve your goals. Why is this the right time for you?
- Additional requirement for international students:
- Reading & Writing in English Proficiency Assessment (if applicable) or TOEFL score of 550 “paper-based”, 214 “computer-based”, and 79 “internet-based” or higher.
Please submit all materials to:
900 Dayton Street
Yellow Springs, Ohio 45387
All application materials submitted become part of an applicant’s file and cannot be returned.
Students in this program participate in online learning activities organized within small- and large-group learning communities. Antioch University Online is a 100% online learning environment, and therefore, in addition to having the traditional learning skills, students are expected to have basic technological skills, compatible computer hardware, operating system, and internet connectivity upon entrance into the program.
Cost + Aid
|Master in Human Services Administration (MHSA)||$614 per semester hour|
|MA in Nonprofit Management||$614 per semester hour|
|Master of Business Administration||$614 per semester hour|
Many students finance their education through some form of financial aid. You may not be sure which federal, state, public, and private aid packages – such as loans, scholarships, and grants – are right for you. Our staff is here to help you, so you can focus on what’s most important: beginning your academic program.
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