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Waxahachie, TX

September 24, 2019 | Andrew Hurst


SAGU Redesigns MBA to allow for shorter term lengths and elective flexibilitySouthwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) is excited to announce an update to our Master’s of Business Administration (MBA) that will go into effect beginning January of 2020. 

The updated MBA program will offer more personalization, course flexibility and the option to complete the degree at an accelerated rate.

Students will be able to complete an MBA degree in 12, 18 or 24 months and will have six opportunities to start each year. 

“Offering students the ability to complete the program in a way that fits into their already busy lives is one of the many advantages of our updated MBA," says Dr. Shelly Zaldivar, SAGU’s Business Department Chair. 

  • The new course structure will be 7 weeks, with A & B sessions each semester and two 6-week compressed sessions during the summer
  • Students CAN enroll and start in EITHER the A or B session
  • Enrolling in two courses in each A & B session simultaneously allows for the 12-month degree completion time

With this update, students will not have to split their attention between several subjects at the same time. With only one or two subjects, the updated program offers complete concentration on one course with a relatively manageable course load.

Dean of Distance Education and Extension Sites, Joseph Hartman says, “I am looking forward to an MBA program which allows students to focus intensely on one course at a time while completing the same number of credit hours as they would in a traditional semester.”

Elective Flexibility

Our elective courses provide an avenue to obtain a skill set specific to a student's career and leadership interests to complement our already strong core set of courses. This update enables our graduate students to select graduate-level electives that align with their goals. “Students can select courses such as Operations Management or Organizational Strategy,” said Dr. Zaldivar. “Additionally, we will occasionally offer Special Topics courses." 

Looking toward the future

Hartman shared that even bigger projects are on the horizon with plans to update several other undergraduate degree programs next year. 

“Being in such a dynamic industry, these updates place our institution in a favorable position for the future while providing more options for our students.”


As a leading Christian university, SAGU educates and prepares individuals who want to serve Christ and others. SAGU helps students discover and develop their God-given callings in a Spirit-empowered, learning community.

We believe in affordable tuition, made possible in part through the financial support of donors who embrace the mission of SAGU and the importance of affordable, accredited programs to train Christians for leadership in ministry, business, education, and service.

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