Academic Policies

Graduation Requirements

To receive the Master of Science in Management (MSM), a student must meet the following requirements:

  1. The student must complete the approved curriculum (maximum of 36 semester hours of graduate credit) with a cumulative graduate grade-point average of 3.0 or better on a four-point scale. Note: grades for all courses, including transfer credits, will be used to calculate the student's cumulative graduate grade-point average.
  2. No course or credit hours will count toward graduation if the grade earned is a C- or below.
  3. Only four courses of C grade (C+ or C) may be applied to the MSM degree.

To receive the Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree, a student must meet the following requirements:

  1. The required 47 semester hours of graduate credit must be completed with a cumulative graduate grade-point average of 3.0 or better on a four-point scale.
  2. No course grade of C- or below will count towards graduation.
  3. Only five courses of C grade (C+ or C) may be applied to the MBA degree.

All requirements for the MSM or MBA degree must be met within six years of the date of the student's initial program registration.

Application for graduation must be completed by September 30 for December diplomas and by December 31 for May or August diplomas.

Graduation requirements are defined by the student's "graduation year" catalog or the catalog immediately preceding his/her graduation year.

There is no qualifying or exit examination. A student achieves candidacy status in the MSM Program when he or she has earned at least 24 semester hours of graduate credit with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better. A student achieves candidacy status in the MBA Program or when he or she has earned at least 36 semester hours of graduate credit with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better.

Probation/Suspension Policy

Any student making a grade of C- in any course will be automatically placed on academic probation. He or she may continue in the program but must repeat that course with a later group.

Each student must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 each semester to remain in academic "good standing." If the cumulative GPA falls below 3.0, after the completion of nine semester hours, the student will be placed on academic probation for the following semester (twelve credit hours). Upon gaining the required 3.0 average, the student will be again in good standing. However, if the student does not increase the average to 3.0 during the probationary semester, he/she will be placed on academic suspension and may apply to the Admission Committee for reinstatement after a three month waiting period. The student will be assigned to a later group if reinstated by the Admission Committee.

Any student making a grade of D+ or below in any course will be automatically placed on academic suspension. After a three month waiting period, the student may petition to return to the program. If reinstated by the Admission Committee, the student may repeat the course with a later group and (if achieving a grade of C or better) may continue in the program sequence with that later group.

Any student receiving more than one grade of D+ or below will be permanently dismissed from the program.

Grading System

Trevecca Nazarene University's grading system, based on class work and examinations, is as follows:



Quality Points





































*Note: A grade lower than a C in a course must be repeated.



Given for sickness or emergency reasons near end of a course. The incomplete must be approved by the teacher and the program director. The "I" must be removed within twelve weeks or the grade will be based on points earned for completed work.



Granted to a student who officially withdraws from a class before the beginning of the third class meeting. The grade of "W" may be assigned by the program director or the division dean in extenuating circumstances.



MSM 5013 (6 weeks) Organizational Behavior and Leadership (3 semester hours)

This course serves as the foundation for the program by providing a survey of key management theories and terminology. Both classical approaches and contemporary conceptualizations of management are studied. Special emphasis is placed on leadership, motivation, culture, team building, and organizational communication.

MSM 6013 (6 weeks) Personal and Professional Ethics (3 semester hours)

This course develops a conceptual model for ethical decision-making in an organizational context. It relies heavily on the case-study method where real-life business situations are examined for their ethical issues and dilemmas. A key goal is to improve student's clarity and consistency in ethical judgments in both personal and professional situations. Analyzing business situations through the worldview of Christian values will be emphasized. Students write codes of ethics for their organizations and themselves.

MSM 5023 (8 weeks) Global and Economic Environment (4 semester hours)

This course familiarizes students with the economic forces, institutions, and policies that govern the environment in which business operates. Changes in both the national and global economy are explored from managerial, market and financial perspectives. Topics include opportunity cost, demand and supply, industrial organization, antitrust, deregulation, fiscal and monetary policies, trade policies, and exchange rates.

MSM 6073 (6 weeks) Data-Based Decision-Making (3 semester hours)

This course provides participants with tools and techniques to perform data analysis and hypothesis testing in order to make data-based management decisions. Data collected from students' organizations is used throughout this course to answer practical, "real-world" research questions. Topics include basic statistics, control charts, one-sided mean tests, two-sided mean tests, variance comparison, correlation analysis, and introduction to experimental design.

MSM 5073 (6 weeks) Management Information Systems (3 semester hours)

This course emphasizes computer systems technology and is designed to enable the learner to understand the field from a managerial perspective. Existing and emerging technologies will be reviewed to provide an awareness of technology capabilities; keeping in mind the managerial perspective. Topics to be covered include information systems planning, systems management, the systems development life cycle (SDLC), project management (P.M.), change management, networking and telecommunication concepts. Other topics to be discussed are: transaction processing (TPS), decision support systems (DSS), executive information systems (EIS), enterprise resource planning (ERP), and artificial intelligence/expert systems AI/ES. Cases will be used to supplement the learning experience, and to apply course principles and concepts. Project management and systems analysis methods will be thoroughly explored and applied in a learner-selected project where the learner carries out the project planning and implementation strategies/techniques to see the project to fruition.

MSM 6053 (8 weeks) Fundamentals of Financial Accounting (3 semester hours)

This introductory course to financial accounting teaches students how to use financial statements in the decision-making process. Topics covered include, but are not limited to: investments by owners, debt and equity instruments, income statements, distributions to owners, cash and accrual accounting, depreciation, inventory systems, cash flow, and ratio analysis. An annual report project is assigned as an integral part of this course.

MSM 6063 (8 weeks) Foundations of Managerial Finance (3 semester hours)

This course is an introduction to the basics of business finance. Topics include breakeven analysis, leverage, short-term financial management, time value of money, cost of capital, capital budgeting, capital structure, bonds, preferred stock, and common stock. These topics will be covered from an introductory viewpoint and will give students the required foundation necessary to successfully complete an advanced course in this area.

MSM 6100 (6 weeks) Human Resource Development and Management (3 semester hours)

This course analyzes the strategic role of the human resource function in relation to the company's overall objectives. The focus is how the company builds and maintains a work environment conducive to business performance excellence while enabling employees to develop and utilize their full potential. Key topics include employment law, the labor market, human resource planning and costing, HRIS, workforce diversity and EEOC, union/management and compensation systems, health/safety/security, employee rights and discipline, training and development.

MSM 6023 (8 weeks) Production and Operations Management (4 semester hours)

This course teaches students how to organize and manage labor, equipment, material, and information systems, resources required to deliver products that satisfy customer needs. The course provides business students with the understanding of manufacturing planning and control systems, continuous process improvement techniques, lean manufacturing methods, strategic quality management systems, and other manufacturing practices.

MSM 5093 (6 weeks) Marketing Management (3 semester hours)

This course focuses on the importance of modern organizations being market driven and globally competitive. It examines the role of the marketing function and fundamentals, such as market segmentation, targeting, product life cycle, new product planning, distribution strategies, pricing, promotion, forecasting, market analysis, and competitor analysis. Students conduct marketing audits of actual organizations.

MSM 6033 (8 weeks) Organizational Strategy and Change (4 semester hours)

This integrative course focuses on the formulation of overall organizational policy within a dynamic, global environment. The perspective taken is that of top management, and the key questions are "What industry are we in?" and "How do we successfully compete in this industry given its characteristics and our strengths?" This course also examines the means by which the aforementioned strategies can be implemented and successful ways to execute the inevitable changes that will accompany them. Special emphasis is placed on motivation and compensation, training, leadership and culture. In addition to examining various theoretical conceptualizations of change, several diagnostic tools will be utilized.

Advanced Graduate Management Courses

(Required for those pursuing the MBA degree)

Students desiring the MBA degree must complete all MSM coursework prior to being considered for the MBA degree. Students who have completed the MSM course requirements will be required to take three additional MBA-level courses to complete the MBA Program. The three additional courses are (1) Advanced Accounting, (2) Advanced Finance, and (3) Business Law. These courses will be offered in the same format as is the MSM Program.

MBA 6203 (8 weeks) Advanced Managerial Accounting (4 semester hours)(Prerequisite: Fundamentals of Financial Accounting or equivalent)

This course is a review of managerial accounting concepts and techniques used by managers in planning, performance evaluation, and decision-making. Topics include, but are not limited to, the following: classification of costs, determining costs of products, the study of cost behavior and its application in making business decisions, introduction to capital budgeting, operating budgets, standard costing, and the use of management accounting in evaluating business performance.

MBA 6213 (8 weeks) Advanced Managerial Finance (4 semester hours)(Prerequisite: Foundations of Managerial Finance or equivalent)

This course integrates many of the financial concepts that managers need to understand. These concepts include capital budgeting, break-even analysis, working capital management, financial instrument valuation, cost of capital, and the risk and return trade-off. Emphasis will be on the application of concepts and techniques in the analysis of cases.

MBA 6223 (6 Weeks) The Legal Environment of Business (3 semester hours)

This course provides fundamental knowledge of legal concepts and principles important to business decision-making. Topics include the legal system, torts and product liability, contracts, agency, forms of business organization, employment law, and government regulation.

Graduate Business Program Administration

Director, Graduate Business Programs

Associate Director, Management and Human Relations Program

Director for Marketing and Recruitment

Office Manager

Academic Advisor

Admissions Counselor

Graduate Business Faculty

JAMES E. AGEE, III, Assistant Professor of Management
B.B.A., Eastern Nazarene University 1994; Ph.D, University at Albany.
Professor Agee is one of the program's human resources experts. His research interests include employee disability issues and psychological contract violations, and he is experienced in HR consulting in the for-profit and non-profit arenas. Professor Agee teaches the Human Resource Development course in the program.

ED ANTHONY, Associate Professor of Information Technology & Management
B.S., Southern Connecticut State University, 1979; M.S., Southern Connecticut State University, 1982; M.B.A., University of New Haven, 1992; Sc.D. University of New Haven, 1996.
With more than 20 years of teaching, speaking, and training experience in information technology, organizational management, and personal development, Professor Anthony has held numerous positions in information technology and management in the corporate business environment. He is an award-winning speaker and a member of the National Speakers Association and the founder and current director of the Trevecca Institute of Computer Information Technology within the Department of Business Administration. He teaches the Management Information Systems in the MSM program.

JONATHAN B. BURCH, Associate Professor of Management
B.A., Trevecca, 1997; M.A., Trevecca, 1999; Ed.D. Trevecca 2003.
Professor Burch specializes in leadership and organizational effectiveness. He previously worked as a Six Sigma Process Improvement Manager, and also served four years as the Coordinator of the Graduate Management Programs here at Trevecca. His leadership training has extended to Kenya, East Africa, and the Philippines. Professor Burch teaches the opening course in the program, Organizational Behavior & Leadership.

KENNETH J. BURGER, Professor of Marketing
B.S., North Dakota State University, 1967; M.B.A., Kent State University, 1971; D.B.A., University of Kentucky, 1981.
Professor Burger conducts research and teaches business strategy, entrepreneurship, new product development, and marketing management. He has worked extensively in both the public and private sector as a consultant and trainer, and he managed a worldwide engineering program and launched two companies that focused on business development and strategy and process/quality improvement. Professor Burger teaches the Marketing Management and Data-Based Decision-Making courses.

LINDA EVERETT GARRARD, Associate Professor of Finance
B.A., University of Montevallo,1968; M.B.A. Samford University, 1974; Ph.D, University of Memphis, 1992.
Professor Garrard's research interests include strategy, mergers and acquisitions, prospect theory and risk, and women and management. She has presented numerous papers to the Academy of Management and published in the areas of risk and ethics and has been a repeat recipient of the annual Teaching Excellence Award at Trevecca. Professor Garrard teaches Ethics and Organizational Strategy in the MSM Program.

JAMES T. HIATT, Dean, School of Business and Management; Professor of Business
B.S., Trevecca 1976; J.D., University of Tennessee 1979; M.B.A., Middle Tennessee State University, 1991.
Professor Hiatt has taught business law and law-related courses at Trevecca since 1983. He directed the Department of Business Administration for twelve years and has provided overall administration and leadership to the School of Business and Management since 1995. Before joining the Trevecca faculty, Professor Hiatt practiced law in Nashville, specializing in small business representation and pension planning. He currently teaches Legal Environment of Business in the MBA curriculum.

J. ALLEN JINNETTE, Associate Professor of Business
B.B.A., Middle Tennessee State University, 1992; M.S., Middle Tennessee State University, 1993; CPA, Tennessee, 1994; M.P.A., Georgia State University, 2000; doctoral program University of Mississippi.
Professor Jinnette comes to Trevecca with more than ten years of teaching experience. His expertise includes Cost Managerial and Financial Accounting. His area of research is primarily in analysis of intangible assets and behavior in accounting. He teaches Advanced Accounting in the MBA Program.

MARY ANN MEINERS, Professor of Economics B.S., Georgetown 1975; Ph.D, Vanderbilt 1988.
Professor Meiners conducts research in economic education, international economics, and economic development. She has been an examiner for the Tennessee Quality Award and is a past recipient of Trevecca's annual Teaching Excellence Award. Professor Meiners teaches the Global and Economic Environment course.

GREG RUNYAN, Coordinator, Department of Business Administration; Associate Professor of Business
B.S., Trevecca Nazarene University, 1979; C.M.A., C.F.M., C.P.A., Tennessee; M.B.A.,
Tennessee State University, 1989.
Professor Runyan has more than 16 years of teaching experience and presently serves as Trevecca's business department coordinator. His domains of expertise include accounting, finance, and financial planning. He brings a wealth of knowledge and practical experience to the university classroom. Professor Runyan teaches the Fundamentals of Financial Accounting course in the MSM Program.

SCOTT D. WARD, Professor of Finance
B.S., University of Southern California, 1980; M.B.A., Indiana University, 1982; M.A. University of Rochester, 1988; Ph.D., University of Rochester, 1992.
Professor Ward comes to Trevecca with more than 10 years of teaching experience. His expertise includes Managerial Finance, Investments, Strategic Corporate Finance and Monetary and Fiscal Policy. He has worked with Lloyds Bank in California as a cash management consultant and with First Florida Bank as a cash management officer. He teaches Foundations of Managerial Finance and Advanced Managerial Finance for the MSM/MBA Program.