Department of Management and Adult Studies


ERIN N. ANDERSON, Chair, Department of Management and Adult Studies; Director, Management and Human Relations Program, 2002
BS, Wayne State College, 2000; MBA, Middle Tennessee State University, 2002.

JONATHAN B. BURCH, Director, Graduate Business Programs, Associate Professor of Management, 2000
BA, Trevecca Nazarene University, 1997; MA, Trevecca Nazarene University, 1999; EdD, Trevecca Nazarene University, 2003.

CANDIS A. THORNTON, Assistant Director for MHR Academic Advising, 2002
BA, Trevecca Nazarene University, 1996; MA, Fisk University, 2002.

GERRON S. SHOWALTER, Assistant Director for MHR Administration, 2008
BS, Trevecca Nazarene University, 1994.

CHARISSA A. YUSI, Assistant Director, Graduate Business Programs, 2003
BA, Trevecca Nazarene University, 2002.

MARCUS A. LACKEY, Admissions Counselor, 2000
BA, Olivet Nazarene University, 2002.

Department of Management and Adult Studies General Information

The Department of Management and Adult Studies provides undergraduate and graduate liberal arts based, interdisciplinary programs from a Christian perspective that are designed to meet the developmental, academic, spiritual, and career needs of adult learners. Undergraduate programs and concentrations have a major emphasis in general management and human relations skills building. Graduate programs and concentrations present a major focus in the areas of management, leadership, quality, and organizational excellence. The department is committed to offering mission-driven campus and off-campus academic programs for adult learners in partnership with other University departments and community colleges in the southeastern United States. Adult learners who pursue department programs will experience comprehensive student support, responsive personnel, engaging classroom instruction, program coherence, content applicability, and andragogical curricular design and methodology.

Management and Human Relations BA

The BA in Management and Human Relations is an evening program designed for adult learners 23 years or older. Students meet one night a week in an accelerated format in which courses are taken one at a time in an integrated sequence. The major, which is interdisciplinary and social science based, consists of 28 semester hours of course work and an 8-semester-hour applied research project. Sixty (60) semester hours of college work are required for entry into the program. Of the 60 hours, 30 hours must meet specific general education criteria. Twenty-four hours of the 120 semester hours required for graduation may be earned through prior learning credit and/or additional college course work. Several elective courses designed specifically for MHR students are available for those who need additional hours to graduate.

A minor in General Business is also available with a few additional hours added to the 36 MHR hours. The BS in Management and Information Systems will not be offered to new candidates in 2009 and will be discontinued in 2010.

A complete description of the program is available in the Management and Human Relations Catalog.

Call (615) 248-1529 or (800) 818-4256, fax (615) 248-1700, or e-mail: for information concerning the program.

Information Technology BS

The B.S. in Information Technology at Trevecca is designed to help adults who have at least 48 semester hours of credit and an interest in pursuing a career in the growing IT field to complete a bachelor's degree in the IT discipline and who, because of work or distance, cannot be on campus each week. The 17-month, 48-semester-hour program is an accelerated program requiring minimal on-campus time and the use of distance education technologies. The program is composed of two parts: coursework and the documentation of prior learning.

A complete description of the program is available in the BSIT Catalog.

Call (615) 248-1529 or (800) 818-4256, fax (615) 248-1700, or e-mail: for information concerning the program.

Graduate Business Programs

The MS in Management Program (MSM) is an innovative approach to educating today's graduate business students. The curriculum requires few prerequisites and has a practices-based qualitative focus. The "human systems" of the organization are a major focal point of the program. Leadership, team-building, communication, diversity, change management, strategic planning, business ethics, and globalization are key themes.

The Master of Business Administration Program (MBA) builds on the Master of Science in Management Program with the requirement of three additional courses: Advanced Accounting, Advanced Finance, and Business Law. The MBA program equips students with a graduate educational foundation so that they are prepared to assume managerial responsibility in a variety of organizational settings. Additionally, the MBA program helps students develop advanced skills in legal, financial, and accounting functions. The MBA program graduate will have a thorough understanding of business enterprise, an advanced understanding of quantitative methods and the applications of analysis to business decision making, an enhanced knowledge of leadership skills, the ability to solve complicated and realistic business problems, and an expanded understanding of managing a business enterprise in a global environment.

The delivery system for the programs is unique as well. The curriculum is modularized, concentrated, focused on team-based learning, and designed specifically for working with adults with diverse academic and experiential backgrounds.

Thirty-six graduate hours of credit are earned by completing the MSM coursework, and forty-seven hours of credit are earned by completing the MBA coursework. The MSM program takes 81 weeks or 19 months to complete, and the MBA can be completed in 24 months. Classes meet one night each week in four-hour sessions.

Students will be part of a group of 20-25 students who will attend all the courses together, forming an important support group. Classes are taught seminar or discussion style. Team-based learning approaches are emphasized, capitalizing on student collaboration and peer accountability.

The graduate faculty are committed to instructional strategies and assessment methods that allow for maximum synthesis, exploration, and analysis by the students at the graduate level of depth and complexity.

The aim is to extend the knowledge and intellectual maturity of the graduate student and to equip him or her to provide leadership in whatever organization he or she may serve. Competency-based evaluation methods, application-based projects, learning contracts, and other individualized instructional techniques are used wherever appropriate.

Admission policies and general information about the Graduate Business Programs can be obtained from the program office. Write, call or e-mail:

Graduate Business Programs
Trevecca Nazarene University
333 Murfreesboro Road
Nashville, TN 37210-2877

Phone: (615) 248-1529 or 1-800-818-4256
Fax: (615) 248-1700